Subramaniam brands illegal dentists ‘dangerous criminals’, wants swift police action

 |May 18, 2017
Health Minister Dr S. Subramaniam. – File pic credit Facebook Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam.

Mincing no words, Health Minister Dr S. Subramaniam has branded illegal dentists carrying out brace fitting in Terengganu as “dangerous criminals” and wants the police to take stern action against them.

He called on the police not to let up in their investigations into cases involving fake dentists following a string of reports suggesting that unlicensed dental practitioners had been providing brace fitting services in Kuala Nerus.

“These fake dentists are not registered with the Malaysian Dental Council. Hence, their work is criminal and the police must charge them for causing harm,”

“We do receive reports off and on, of people masquerading as dental practitioners and we cannot take immediate action against them as they are not registered as health practitioners under the health ministry,” he said.

Dr Subramaniam said this at a press conference after officiating the MIC’s Annual SPM and STPM Best Indian Student Award Ceremony at the party’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, last night.

In an earlier Bernama report, Terengganu Health Department director, Dr Mohammad Omar said in 2015, four cases involving fake dentists were detected.

Last year, two of them involving women were fined in court, RM20,000 and RM25,000, respectively.

This year, Dr Mohamad said the department detected two cases in which one of them was brought to court while the suspect in the other case fled abroad while waiting for a hearing date in court.

He said the modus operandi of the unlicensed dentists was to carry out brace fitting services at a hotel room or homestay at a fraction of the price via advertising their services on social media such as Facebook. – Bernama