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PUTRAJAYA, 12 Feb 2017:
Requests for organs from donors who had passed away is made regardless of religion, background and status of the recipient in the society.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the system was based on clinical criteria and patient compatibility.
He explained it was possible that organs donated by non-Muslims were given to Muslims, and vice versa.
“It’s not an obstacle for Muslims and non-Muslims to donate organs and blood to any recipient. Similarly, blood transfusion. The ministry appreciates the willingness of many Malaysians who have registered as organ donors and donated blood,” he said in a statement today.
He was responding to a video released by certain parties about the status of non-Muslim citizens who wished to donate organs.
In terms of donating organs, Dr Noor Hisham said a fatwa was issued as early as 1970 by the National Fatwa Council Dialogue – which encouraged organ donation among the Muslim community.
He said public awareness among Malaysians on organ donation is growing and currently, more than 350,000 Malaysians have pledged to be organ donors.
He said the ministry believed Malaysians are driven by a keen sense to help, and save the lives of patients in need.
“For those who have pledged long ago, they may request for a new (organ donor) card through www.fb.com/dermaorgan or @dermaorgan on Twitter.
“The ministry also welcomes more people to register themselves as organ donors at www.dermaorgan.gov.my/.“