Subramaniam: Health Ministry Mulls Making Vaccination Compulsory

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GEORGE TOWN, Jul 15 – The Health Ministry is looking at formulating a new law making it compulsory for new parents to vaccinate their children as protection against diseases. Its minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said talks were being held with the National Fatwa Council which had agreed that vaccination was a responsibility.

“The council had issued a statement that parents must vaccinate their children as protection against diseases. We are still at the discussion stage, so that a law will be drafted to make it compulsory for parents to vaccinate their children,” he told reporters after visiting the Sri Muneeswarar Temple in Jalan Tengku Kudin here Thursday.

Subramaniam, who is also MIC president, urged the Penang police to increase security around small and secluded temples there to ensure that there were no more vandalism against the statues. He said the police should also talk to the temple authorities and advise them on the measures to take to ensure safety in the area. In the last two months, five temples in the state had been vandalised. — Bernama

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