CONSUMERIST: ORGAN TRAFFICKING ALLEGATION CASSA & DOCTORS STRIKE BACK!

Dato Jacob George

‘Those wealthy who have long dictated and impoverished the marketplace of goods and services in a class war, now attempt to manipulate one’s life and death by putting a price on the last bastion of human dignity – one’s own body parts!

This is vulgar, despicable but a reality today!

China, Mexico, Philippines, Israel, Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, several African and South American countries are already bases where this organ trade and tourism is commercialized and extended!’ Dr Jacob George

CONSUMERIST: ORGAN TRAFFICKING ALLEGATION CASSA & DOCTORS STRIKE BACK!

The Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam Selangor (CASSA) Chief and a group of senior doctors have lodged a police report, urging the authorities to launch a “detailed and professional” investigation to clear the air over allegations that Malaysia is involved in an international organ trafficking syndicate.

The joint Police report was made by Malaysian Society of Transplantation president Dr Harjit Singh, Malaysian Society of Nephrology president Dr Wong Hin Seng, and Consumer Association of Subang and Shah Alam (CASSA) president Dr Jacob George. (See Pix Above Trading Human Organs)
The report also received the support of Kuala Lumpur Hospital head of Nephrology Department and senior consultant Dr Ghazali Ahmad and Dr Tan Chwee Choong of Klang Hospital.

To put in a nut shell the group were asking for a serious and comprehensive investigation into the (alleged) commercial transplants or organ trading involving Bangladeshi citizens as reported by their police there, which implicated Malaysia!

There is no two ways about this and if and the operative word here IF the allegations were true, then the report must name the said hospital and those who are behind this heinous act!

For the record it must be mentioned clearly that Malaysia is not a banana republic and we have legislation and policies and a Transplantation Bill in the pipeline!

One must not forget that the provisions of both the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and the National Transplant Policy, clearly show Malaysia does not condone organ trafficking.

If true and again I emphasize here IF true than CASSA calls for punitive sanctions and action to be taken!

If there are loopholes we will make certain those are not available any longer and CASSA will work closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)and the policy divisions to make certain of this!

This Police report is to send a signal to the world at large that we will not tolerate any form of organ tourism, trafficking and violation of the Istanbul Declaration in which Malaysian is a signatory!

We want the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Police to act and if the claims are unfounded action must be taken against those behind this action to smear the country’s image!

We are all custodians and we want to make sure that organ trafficking does not get a foot base here!

For the record, on Sept 21, Bernama had reported that Malaysia was among several countries on the radar screen of the Bangladeshi police who are on the trail of an international syndicate linked to illegal kidney trade across several Southeast Asian countries.

Bangladeshi police had stated that donors from remote villages in Bangladesh had been flown to the various destinations to have their kidneys harvested. Eight have been arrested in connection with the case.

The victims were paid between US$2,000 (RM6,000) and US$3,000 (RM9,000) for a kidney. The actual black market price for the organs was not mentioned.

The report said investigators have identified a reputed international hospital with branches in key regions and capitals, including a hospital in Selangor, said to have been involved in the illegal
business.

That is not all as CASSA is aware that a Reuters report earlier this month also named Malaysia as one of the countries where buyers purchased kidneys from Bangladesh. It reported that brokers often posed as a friend of relatives to lure the victims, often impoverished, into hospitals here, Singapore and India.

Last March, the Home Ministry uncovered organ trafficking activities involving Malaysian victims abroad. It said women and children were being kidnapped and brought to a foreign country where their organs were removed and sold to those who needed them.

We are also told that about 60,000 transplants are taking place worldwide each year, and one in 10 are done illegally. In Malaysia, some 10,000 patients are waiting in line for organs such as kidneys, livers, hearts and lungs.

The Health Ministry had already announced that it will work with Home Ministry and police to investigate the claims.

CASSA believes we need to also address the issue of availability and if we do not the free market system will be abused!

Those wealthy who have long dictated and impoverished the marketplace of goods and services in a class war, now attempt to also manipulate one’s life and death by putting a price on the last bastion of human dignity – one’s own body parts!

This is vulgar, despicable but a reality today!

China, Mexico, Philippines, Israel, Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, several African and South American countries are already bases where this organ trade and tourism is commercialized and extended!

The pertinent question remains of how one can address this situation in a pragmatic manner and the thoughts of Malaysia’s Malaysian Society of Transplantation president Dr Harjit Singh’s statement come to light!

Dr Harjit said:

“We are trying to promote more organ transplants and (encourage) donors (to help). If we have more donors, it will save Malaysians trying to buy (organs) through illegal means.”

He continued that doctors and CASSA on behalf of consumers are lodging this report as they are “very, very concerned” and upset over the allegations.

“We should not allow Malaysia’s name to be defamed in such a manner. Our police should
immediately liaise with their Bangladeshi counterparts and ask for evidence. Up till now, we do not have any evidence to show whether anyone (here) has ever done this,” he said.

Meanwhile CASSA has initiated a hot-line at 016-3261700 for any information that will shed light on this vulgar and criminal act!

CASSA has also alerted both the Home Minister and the Malaysian Inspector General of Police on this matter!

To those intending to provide feedbacks or any information on this heinous act CASSA assures all feedbacks will be confidential and privacy will be always a hallmark!

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