KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Selangor’s Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) will summon 20 state officials for a public hearing on the alarming number of dengue cases in the state.
The Star reported Selangor Speaker and Selcat chief Hannah Yeoh as saying that the hearing is to find out why Selangor recorded the highest number of dengue cases in the nation.
“We will look at the cause of the dengue menace, implementation of preventive and control activities, expenses and efficiency of fighting dengue in Selangor,” Yeoh reportedly told a press conference yesterday.
She said that the hearing is also aimed at finding out if the statistics were linked to poor waste management in the state, as suggested in media reports.
Among the 20 officials to be called up for the February 23 hearing include state health, welfare, women and family affairs executive councillor, Dr Daroyah Alwi and state local government, new village development and legalising of factories committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah.
Health directors from local councils and state land offices as well as several residents associations which are active under the Subang Jaya Municipal Council would also be called.
A report of the hearing will then be tabled in the state assembly meeting in March or April.
The Star reported that this year, Selangor recorded 7,335 dengue cases between January 1 and February 2.
Health Department statistics showed that Selangor had 63,198 cases last year.
In September, Health deputy director-general Datuk Lokman Hakim Sulaiman blamed Selangor’s high population density and rapid development with more construction activities as the cause for increase in dengue cases.
He said Selangor also had the largest population among states with the largest amount of waste disposed daily, leading to more breeding grounds.
Lokman said the “couldn’t care less” attitude towards household waste management had also caused the spread of Aedes breeding grounds.