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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CONSUMERIST: TAKE CHAPEL MATTER TO UN/ICJ MALACCA ORANG ASLI TOLD!

Dato Jacob George
UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON
THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Adopted by the General Assembly 13 September 2007

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday September 13, by a majority of 144 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa and Ukraine). Click here to view the voting record.

Since its adoption, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States have all reversed their positions and now endorse the Declaration. Colombia and Samoa have also reversed their positions and indicated their support for the Declaration.

During the Durban Review Conference in April 2009, 182 States from all regions of the world reached consensus on an outcome document in which they “ Welcome[d] the adoption of the UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples which has a positive impact on the protection of victims and, in this context, urge[d] States to take all necessary measures to implement the rights of indigenous peoples in accordance with international human rights instruments without discrimination…” (UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Outcome document of the Durban Review Conference , 24 April 2009, para. 73).

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (A/RES/61/295)

 

CONSUMERIST: TAKE CHAPEL MATTER TO UN/ICJ  MALACCA ORANG ASLI TOLD!
NONEI am totally flabbergasted that the Alor Gajah Municipal Council has ordered that a chapel located in the Machap Umboo Orang Asli settlement in Malacca be demolished on grounds that it is an illegal structure.

I am saddened to read that chapel caretaker Puanheerby Siam was served with the demolition notice dated Sept 20 by the council’s building department, stating the building was in violation of Section 70 of the Street, Drainage and Buildings Act 1974.

Of course we are not stupid and know pretty well that particular section regulates the construction of new buildings!

But why the action in the first place? What is again the political motive? (as if I did not know!)

And why is the officials from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim), Malacca Islamic Religious Council (Maim) getting involved in what is a civil matter not in their jurisdiction?

Are we saying that an area has been categorised as an Orang Asli settlement having residents who are Christians cannot construct buildings for practising their faith within the area?

I am advised that there are about 20 households in this Temuan settlement, which has been occupied by the Orang Asli since the days of the Japanese Occupation.

I am advised that the said construction of the 20ft by 30ft chapel was completed in March this year to serve 11 Christian families from the Machap Umboo settlement and two more Orang Asli villages nearby.

It is under the pastoral care of Jus Chapel based in Kamping Orang Asli Jus in Selandar, Malacca. Jus Chapel is a registered church with the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) Malaysia, under the mission name of Jus Chapel Tribal Ministry.

To date, Jus Chapel has built five chapels in various Orang Asli settlements.

I am also disturbed to hear that two of the five chapels had faced the same problem before, but after they demanded that the authority issues official letters detailing the reasons for the demolition, it kept silent and eventually dropped the matter.

But I am glad to hear that this matter has been raised with the NECF and a legal panel has been set up to tackle the issue.

I wish to advise both the NECF and the Christian Orang Asli to prepare to take this matter to the United Nations and the International Court of Jurist at the Hague for debate under Human Rights violations on the rights of indigenous communities in Malaysia to have and practice their own religion with pressure, disturbance or destruction of their places of worship!

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CONSUMERIST: ORGAN TRAFFICKING DON’T ACCUSE SHOW PROOF BANGLADESH TOLD!

Dato Jacob George

‘First let me remind Bangladesh, that Malaysia is a signatory to the Istanbul Declaration of Organ Transplants and secondly, we are also working very hard to come up with a bill on Organ Transplants!

I am proud to say that CASSA is working very closely with the leadership at the Ministry of Health led by Director General Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman, his team of policymakers, clinicians and enforcement division to conscientize consumers here and make certain that our country will not be aiding, abetting and carrying out any illegal organ transplants!’ – Dr Jacob George


CONSUMERIST: ORGAN TRAFFICKING DON’T ACCUSE SHOW PROOF BANGLADESH TOLD!

If the statement was made by any other quarter, it may have been more convincing, but no, we are shockingly told by Bangladeshi police not by Interpol that Malaysia is among several countries in the radar of the Bangladeshi police who are on the trail of an international syndicate linked to illegal kidney trade across several Southeast Asian countries!

I nearly fell off my chair laughing that suddenly of all countries, the ‘corrupt to the core’ Bangladesh now attempts to spin out as if they were a nation of ‘Mahatmas and Mother Theresa!’

A statement coming from a country known to be up to their necks in corrupt practices cannot but be taken with a spoonful of salt!

I should know better having dealt with their officials, politicians manpower agents and others where their exploited manpower industry is concerned!

How they and their Malaysia’s infamous politicians, their runners and others shared a sine biotic relationship involving millions of ringgit in commissions and kickbacks involving Bangladesh workers!

That resulted in unsuspecting workers who had paid huge commissions thinking they are coming to high paid jobs given the run a round once they have arrived!

Worst to be living under bridges, rivers and dependent on the goodwill of social workers for their meals!

While those who made millions are busy purchasing their luxury cars, million ringgit homes, new wives, and whatever that easy money received can be spent on!

If you think I am being too hard I will stand down!

But let us look at their statement which says that their investigators have identified a reputed international hospital with branches in key regions and capitals, including a hospital in Selangor, Malaysia and that their initial investigations have revealed that donors from remote villages in Bangladesh were flown to the regions to sell their kidneys.

It does not end there that eight people have been arrested in connection with luring the poor illiterate victims overseas for that purpose.

They say that they ‘have information this (international) hospital has branches in India, Malaysia and Indonesia’ and that they ‘have launched a massive crackdown on the illegal kidney trade spanning across several Southeast Asian countries!’

They went on saying that an agency in Dhaka is involved in the illegal kidney transplant. Many poor, illiterate and people with high borrowings (debts) were taken abroad where the kidney transplant is done.

Finally a name is mentioned and even that of a Joypurhat Superintendent of Police, Mozammel Haque who did not confirm but made a stupid statement in a telephone interview that:

“It is possible they have visited these countries,” and that each ‘victim was paid between US$2,000 (RM6,000) and US$3,000 (RM9,000) for a kidney’ but was unsure how much the organ was priced in the black market.

We are however told that so far at least seven cases of illegal sale of kidney have surfaced in Joypurhat – located in northern Bangladesh – where largely impoverished communities survive on seasonal agricultural crops.

That numerous documents related to the unlawful trade were seized from the suspects, adding that more details were expected to be unearthed.

And finally what took the cake was the stupid statement that this ‘is a complex investigation’ and that they ‘are hoping to identify more suspects involved in the racket,”

But Bangladesh media reported that at least 100 people had fallen prey to the international syndicate, which also involved medical experts!

These reports were carried by three mainstream newspapers and brought to my attention since I head the NGO Task force on Illegal Organ Trafficking!

First, if there was any truth to these allegations the information should be sent to our Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Health and our Police force!

That would have been diplomatically and politically correct!

Or they could have alerted Interpol and they would have done the necessary so that this matter would be on the international radar!

But no, those formalities were strangely bypassed and an ordinary police officer below a pay grade decided to make a statement that had international implications and slander!

Yes, I am upset so will be all Malaysians when an unsubstantiated statement and an insinuation is made regarding our country Malaysia and hospitals in Selangor, my home state are conduits of international organ trafficking and exploitation!

First let m,e remind Bangladesh that Malaysia is a signatory to the Istanbul Declaration of Organ Transplants and secondly, we are also working very hard to come up with a bill on Organ Transplants!

I am proud to say that CASSA is working very closely with the leadership at the Ministry of Health led by Director General Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman, his team of policymakers, clinicians and enforcement division to conscientize consumers here and make certain that our country will not be aiding, abetting and carrying out any illegal organ transplants!

On a policy level, organs transplants are only through 1. cadeveric, 2. blood relations and 3. in very special cases after a comprehensive and intensive review by a task force IF the donation is by a unrelated third party!

IF indeed there is evidence, please revert to us with the documents so that a much needed probe can be undertaken but do not spin the news, do not allege wrongdoing, do not insinuate when there is inconclusive evidence!

Malaysia is not China, Mexico, Iran, Israel, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines or some South American backyard!

And therefore – I urge the DG of Health to immediately lodge a Police Report and also register our protest with the Bangladesh government advising them to initiate a comprehensive investigation to absolve Malaysia of any wrong doing and a unwarranted smear!

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CONSUMERIST: FACEBOOK CHARGING FEE A HOAX!

Dato Jacob George

‘My guess is that someone has started the chain letter as a piece of mischief – curious as to how many people they could fool into posting the message onto their Facebook pages.

Looks like this malicious and sickening behavior quite prevalent in Malaysia in certain quarters has now metastasized!’ – Dr Jacob George

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CONSUMERIST: FACEBOOK CHARGING FEE A HOAX!

Whether it is an hoax or a spin or worst a test to evaluate ground and market sentiment the following statement:

‘FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY & PASTE THIS MESSAGE. BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE… PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO…IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHANGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY’

was in very bad taste!

Many hundreds of thousands were totally pissed off and some users had started posting a message on their walls, and encouraging their friends and family to do the same, claiming that Facebook will start charging this summer and many like me saying if they do then I will opt out as life can go on for me without facebook – period!

By the vulgarity of this prank if it was a prank was according to the message, if you post it on your own Facebook wall then you will still be able to use the social network free of charge!

Sounds like the workings and strategies of some of the made in Malaysia cronies running several monopolies, businesses, and other industries not because they are experts but because they are politically connected a very life consuming and destroying pandemic!

Coming back to facebook I am now advised by its management that the truth is Facebook has no plans to charge its users for accessing the site – indeed, it would be a very odd time for them to announce such a controversial move, just as its freely-available Google+ rival is launched.

My guess is that someone has started the chain letter as a piece of mischief – curious as to how many people they could fool into posting the message onto their Facebook pages.

Looks like this malicious and sickening behavior quite prevalent in Malaysia in certain quarters has now metastasized!

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CONSUMERIST: D-DAY FOR PALESTINE AT THE UN?

Dato Jacob George

‘The larger U.N. General Assembly must make certain that they stand by the Palestinian people  and not allow a cruel decades long miscarriage of justice to continue!

The Palestinian ‘killing field’ like others in other parts of the world must be stopped and a statehood recognized!

This is the least they could do after previous failed peace talks, bickering and sporadic outbreaks of violence, genocide, war crimes, and the imprisonment of a population robbed of their peace, land, statehood, independence, human dignity and life itself!

On one hand, it is about a homeland, human dignity and the right to statehood for a community of people who have endured suffering, genocide, war crimes, theft of land and property and the other the awful reality of the Jewish lobby, Israel’s cannibalism, bullying and a US veto!’ – Dr Jacob George

 

CONSUMERIST: D-DAY FOR PALESTINE AT THE UN?

As far as I am concerned whether due to an expected US veto or other manipulation it fails it does not matter but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ bold bid for UN recognition of Palestinian statehood has won him admiration at home and re-energized international efforts to seek statehood once and for all!

It was heart-warming to see thousands of jubilant, flag-waving Palestinians watching on outdoor screens across the West Bank cheered on their president Friday as he submitted his historic request for a UN nod.

I am advised that in Nablus, the crowd roared ecstatically when Abbas, known as Abu Mazen, told the UN General Assembly that he had submitted the request for full UN membership.

That was not all as in New York, Abbas’ speech was interrupted repeatedly by thunderous applause as he told the largely sympathetic gathering of world leaders that the Palestinians had had enough of negotiations that have foundered for nearly two decades and yielded few tangible results for the millions who live under Israeli occupation.

It was quite clear that the new Palestine he and al peace loving Palestinians and their sympathizers envisioned would be in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in 1967!

When President Abbas said the following:

“It is a moment of truth and my people are waiting to hear the answer of the world”

“At a time when the Arab peoples affirm their quest for democracy — the Arab Spring — the time is now for the Palestinian Spring, the time for independence.”

It certainly gave out the cry that went on for decades for a homeland, for dignity and sensitivity to be returned to a community who were treated as if they were the problems rather than the victims of a flawed, racist, and vulgar foreign policy undertaken by colony powers and a United Nations that was repeated hijacked by countries having veto powers tolerating a rascal, a recalcitrant and a big bully!

At the security council, I am expecting US opposition to shoot it down.

The US has already go on record stating long-term peace can only be reached through negotiations!

If you thought that was bad let me point out another vulgar act when it is learnt that Israel have also been pressuring council members to either vote against the plan or abstain when it comes up for a vote.

You do not have to be a Harvard Law Professor to know that Palestine requires the support of nine of the council’s 15 members to pass, but even if the Palestinians could line up that backing, a US veto is assured!

President Obama is a very decent man but the Washington Hawks, the right wing and the Jewish lobby will make certain this move will fail!

The Security Council will meet today to examine the Palestinian membership request.

The larger U.N. General Assembly must make certain that they stand by the Palestinian people  and not allow a cruel decades long miscarriage of justice to continue!

This is the least they could do after previous failed peace talks, bickering and sporadic outbreaks of violence, genocide, war crimes, and the imprisonment of a population robbed of their peace, land, statehood, independence, human dignity and life itself!

On one hand, it is about a homeland, human dignity and the right to statehood for a community of people who have endured suffering, genocide, war crimes, theft of land and property and the other the awful reality of the Jewish lobby, Israel’s cannibalism, bullying and a US veto!

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