A price tag for human organs

Source: The Star Online

A new Act aimed at stopping the illegal organ trade involving Malaysian patients is currently being studied by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

The new Bill will have deterrent elements that will criminalise any organ trading and trafficking with clear penalties. – Datuk Dr Ghazali Ahmad, who is Hospital Kuala Lumpur nephrology department head and senior consultant.

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.

Simon is not alone in taking such chances.

Desperate for a new lease of life, Malaysians in need of organ transplants are resorting to getting them in countries like China and India, and they are willing to pay through their nose for them – doling out up to RM500,000 for the part and the necessary surgery. Read more

Ibu bapa Orang Asli khuatir kanak-kanak hilang mangsa penjual organ

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Dalam siri pertama daripada dua bahagian mengenai 7 pelajar Orang Asli yang hilang tanpa dapat dikesan dalam hutan di Gua Musang, Kelantan lebih sebulan lalu, ahli keluarga memberitahu The Malaysian Insider tentang ketakutan dan kekecewaan tetapi pada masa sama menaruh harapan dapat bersatu semula dengan anak-anak mereka.

Kanak-kanak Orang Asli yang belajar di Sekolah Kebangsaan Tohoi di Gua Musang, Kelantan, berdiri hadapan hostel mereka pada 29 September, 2015. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Nazir Sufari, 3 Oktober, 2015.

Kanak-kanak Orang Asli yang belajar di Sekolah Kebangsaan Tohoi di Gua Musang, Kelantan, berdiri hadapan hostel mereka pada 29 September, 2015. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Nazir Sufari, 3 Oktober, 2015.

Lebih sebulan selepas 7 kanak-kanak Orang Asli hilang daripada asrama sekolah di Pos Tohoi di Gua Musang, Kelantan, ahli keluarga yang semakin tertekan kini percaya mereka diculik penjual organ haram.

Mereka juga perlahan-lahan kehilangan harapan untuk melihat kembali anak-anak mereka, kerana operasi mencari dan menyelamat melibatkan beratus-ratus penjejak, lebih kurang 80 kilometer persegi hutan simpan Balah sekitar kawasan itu, menemui jalan buntu.

“Saya rasa kanak-kanak itu diculik. Tidak pernah kejadian sebegini terjadi. Malah, tiada langsung kesan tapak kaki,” kata Midah Angah, ibu kepada Norieen Yaacob, 10 dan Haikal, 8, antara 7 yang hilang pada 23 Ogos.

Kekecewaan semakin semakin menggunung dengan ibu bapa semakin putus harapan dan mendakwa pihak berkuasa tidak menguruskan kes dengan serius serta yakin ini kerana mereka “hanya anak-anak Orang Asli”. Read more