Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya. (NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Negara today passed the Dental Bill 2017 to enable the Malaysian Dental Council and Malaysian Dental Therapist Board to be established.

Dewan Negara deputy president Datuk Seri Abd Halim Abd Samad announced that the bill was passed by a majority voice vote after six senators spoke during the debate on it.

Earlier, when tabling the bill, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said it was among others aimed at providing for the registration of dentists and dental therapists as well as regulating the dental profession in the country.

He said the Dental Act 1971 had successfully regulated dental practice for 46 years, however, with the development of practice and technology in dentistry, a new law with a broader jurisdiction and provisions covering all aspects of dental practice was required .

Dr Hilmi said the enforcement of the bill would also indirectly give recognition to the profession where only professional dentists were eligible to offer dental service to Malaysians and foreigners in the country.

“This will ensure quality of the dental service, as well as increase the people’s confidence and trust,” he added.

The bill was passed by the Dewan Rakyat on Monday. - Bernama

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