Pro-tem Dental Specialty Board & Updates on Dental Bill 2016

Date 12.10.2016

Dear Esteemed Members of the Malaysian Dental Association,

MDA has received queries from members regarding our silence over the new exercise of the Pro-tem Dental Specialty Board by the Oral Health Division, Ministry of Health & the Malaysian Dental Council.

MDA would like to clarify that we have neither received any kind of invitation for engagement nor request for nomination of members to the Pro-tem Dental Specialty Board. We only got to know about this exercise after being alerted by our members. Please rest assured that we have been actively engaging all relevant parties in regards to the new Dental Bill 2016 and will continue to do so to uphold our prime objective of promoting art & science of dentistry for the benefits of the general public. We will update the members from time to time when we gather more information in regard the Pro-tem Dental Specialty Board and the new Dental Bill 2016.

In February 2016, MDA sent out an email to all members on the updates of the Dental Bill 2016 and requested members to participate in the survey regarding two specific issues in the Dental Bill 2016. We would like to thank all members who took part in the survey and the result of the survey had been published in April 2016 through our MDA Facebook page. We are attaching both the email and result of the survey together with this email for you to revisit on the journey of the new Dental Bill 2016.

In March 2016, MDA President-Elect 2015/2016, Dr. Chow Kai Foo personally handed over a memorandum to the Honorable Health Minister, YB Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam. The MDA has highlighted the issue of the credentialing clause 45 and the severe penalties in the new dental act together with the result of the survey where the majority of the respondents voted against credentialing that restricts the practice of any dental procedures and high penalties.

We have learned that the new Dental Bill 2016 will be tabled in the Parliament. The MDA will continue to be proactive on the issue of Dental Bill and we welcome all constructive suggestions that we can move forward on. Please email us at [email protected]

Last but not least, the Malaysian Dental Association will stand by her members' consensus based on the result of the survey that General Dental Practitioners are not to be restricted to practice any dental procedures within ones capabilities, ethically and responsibly for the benefit of the patients & the penalties in the Dental Act streamlined with the Medical Act 1971.

Serving together with you.

Dr. Siow Ang Yen
Assistant Honorary General Secretary 2016/2017 &
Chairman of MDA Government Policy and Regulation Committee 2016/2017
Malaysian Dental Association

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