A new Act aimed at stopping the illegal organ trade involving Malaysian patients is currently being studied by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
DISHEARTENED by the prospect of a long wait for a transplant, kidney patient Simon (not his real name) decided to take a chance on a deal to get the organ in China.
Paying a significant amount of money to a third party, the 50-year-old businessman flew to China and was checked into a facility for eight days.
“I lived in fear of being discovered. I could not sleep,” he says of his time there, as such unregulated private transplants are illegal in China.
The operation was a success, says Simon, and he is currently on a course of anti-rejection drugs that costs him a few thousand ringgit a month.
Asked what made him resort to such drastic measures, he says he might have had to wait years for a transplant through regular channels in Malaysia; furthermore, he is already 50 and is not a preferred candidate for an organ compared with younger patients, he says.