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Written Reply by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, to Parliamentary Question on Mosquito Breeding, on 8 July 2019

TOPICS: Dengue

Question from Mr Desmond Choo: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources over the last three years (a) what has been the trend of mosquito breeding by households and commercial entities: (b) how many cases of repeat offenders have there been; and (c) whether the current level of enforcement and severity of punishment sufficient to deter offenders and better prevent the spread of dengue.

Reply by Minister Masagos Zulkifli:

Between January and May 2019, the National Environment Agency (NEA) conducted more than 372,000 inspections which
uncovered about 6,500 instances of mosquito breeding. About 900 enforcement actions were taken against households, including 3 repeat offenders. Another 950 enforcement actions were taken against other premises, which include construction sites and commercial premises. The total number of enforcement actions taken for mosquito breeding has generally increased between 2016 and 2018.
 
2. To safeguard public health, NEA will not hesitate to take enforcement action against anyone found to be breeding mosquitos. NEA last reviewed the penalty regime in 2016 to impose a fine on all households detected with mosquito breeding, and not just those found with breeding within active dengue clusters. Under the Control of Vectors and Pesticides Act, owners whose premises are found with mosquito breeding may be fined up to $5,000 or imprisoned for a term not exceeding 3 months or both, with heavier penalties for subsequent convictions. NEA will monitor the enhanced regime to ensure that the penalties for mosquito breeding are appropriate and have sufficient deterrent effect.

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