Lee Lam Thye Urges MCMC To Monitor Online Organ Trafficking Activities

Kidneys top the list of needed organs, and members of the transplant community debate whether or not to provide monetary incentives to increase donations.
Kidneys top the list of needed organs, and members of the transplant community debate whether or not to provide monetary incentives to increase donations.

TAWAU – The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has been urged to keep an eye on organ trafficking being promoted online.

National Organ Donation Public Awareness Action Committee chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said such activity was illegal, against medical ethics and government policy.

“Nowadays, many things are being conducted online. MCMC must keep tabs on possible online organ trafficking activities and take swift action against the culprits,” he told reporters.

Lee Lam Thye
Lee Lam Thye

He launched the state level Organ Donation Roadshow here Saturday, which is targeting to draw at least 1,000 organ donation pledges. Similar campaigns kicked off simultaneously in Kunak and Semporna.

Lee further urged the public to lodge reports to the relevant authorities should they come to know of any organ trafficking incident.

Earlier in his speech, Lee said organ trafficking would undermine organ donation campaign efforts initiated by the Health Minister.

“The organ donor ratio in Malaysia is very low compared to the demand, at around 1.0 to one thousand residents, which is among the lowest in the world,” he said.

Between 1997 and Oct 30 this year, only 366,548 Malaysians have pledged to donate their organs.

“There are reportedly more than 20,000 patients awaiting organ transplant including for kidney, liver, heart and lung,” Lee said.

Meanwhile, Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said the number of organ donation pledges in Sabah currently stood at 2,556.