Published: Tuesday June 12, 2012 MYT 4:45:00 PM
Organ transplants done according to procedures, says Liow
KUALA LUMPUR: Organ transplants in Malaysia are carried out according to procedures and standards, and with close health monitoring, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said all hospitals were required to obtain approval from a committee under the Health Ministry before carrying out any organ transplant.
"I confirm that Malaysia is not a country that carries out illegal organ transplants," he said.
Federal CID director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin had said police investigations showed no evidence that local hospitals had been involved in illegal organ harvesting and transplants.
This followed claims that arose in September last year that some hospitals in Malaysia were involved in such illegal activities.
Liow said Malaysia was highly committed to protecting standards and upholding ethics and professionalism in organ donations and tranplants.
He said kidney transplants in Malaysia were done at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Selayang Hospital, University Malaya Medical Centre and a number of private hospitals in the Klang Valley.
"If there is evidence that illegal organ harvesting and transplants occur at any hospital, we will definitely take action against those involved, and meanwhile we are closely monitoring for any such malpractices," he said. - Bernama