Health Ministry: Back up allegations of forced birth control with evidence

Published on 11 Jul 2019 7:21:11 PM

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad told the press on Thursday that he was skeptical about claims that the Orang Asli were subjected to birth control medication in the past.

He urged those affected to present the evidence to support their claims.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said groups alleging that Health Ministry officials who visited Orang Asli villages and forced women to take birth control pills should provide evidence of this.

The Health Minister told reporters that at Parliament on Thursday, adding that such allegations must be backed with evidence before they could look into the claims.

When asked if patients could be forced to take any medication, Dr Dzulkefly said that officials cannot force anyone to do anything against their consent.