Malaysian Doctors Who Perform Amputations Under Hudud Will Be Expelled Says MMA

The possible implementation of hudud law in Kelantan may require surgeons to perform amputations even though it is against medical ethics and conduct.

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A Kelantan Government Official Suggests That Surgeons Conduct Amputations Should The Hudud Law Be Implemented

YB Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah

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Yesterday, Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said the state is considering engaging the service of surgeons in performing amputation on offenders.

A statement made by Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, who said that in cases where hudud calls for a convict's hand to be amputated (such as in cases of theft), this procedure would be done by surgeons.

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) Has Expressed Shock At Such Suggestions By The Kelantan Government Official

The Medical Malaysian Association

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The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has expressed “shock” over a report that the Kelantan government will order surgeons to conduct amputations of limbs if it succeeds in implementing hudud.

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has declared its opposition to a Kelantan government suggestion that qualified surgeons be appointed to amputate the limbs of convicted thieves under its proposed hudud legislation.

Doctors Are Supposed To Help And Heal The Sick, And Not The Other Way Round. It Will Be Against Medical Laws and Ethics," Says Dr NKS Tharmaseelan, President Of The MMA

Dr NKS Tharmaseelan said that such actions are against medical ethics

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In a press statement released today, MMA president Dr NKS Tharmaseelan said the suggestion went against traditional medical ethics.

Its president, Dr NKS Tharmaseelan, said amputating the limb of any convicted criminal under goes "against medical ethics and practice".

We vehemently oppose any idea that surgeons should be made to perform any medical procedure to disfigure patients. "Doctors are supposed to help and heal the sick, and not the other way round. It will be against medical laws and ethics," he said yesterday.

“I implore the Kelantan government to rethink getting surgeons to do the ‘menial’ task of implementing a law that is against medical ethics and practice,” he said in a statement.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Has Told Doctors Not To Witness Caning And Whipping, What More Facilitating These Amputations

The World Health Organisation has told doctors not to even witness caning of criminals

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Tharmaseelan said doctors have also been advised by the World Health Organisation not to witness or certify caning or the whipping of criminals, and amputations are “far more serious”.

As the World Health Organisation (WHO) has told doctors not to be a witness or certify the whipping and caning of criminals, Tharmaseelan said the amputation of criminals’ limbs would be even more “serious”.

He noted that under World Health Organisation guidelines it is considered unethical for doctors to even witness the whipping of criminals.

Even If Doctors Were Forced By The State, The MMA Will Make An Official Complaint To The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) Against Doctors Conducting Hudud Amputations

Those who practice hudud amputation will be reported by the MMA

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As such, he said, MMA will lodge a report against any doctor who participates in hudud amputation by lodging a report against him or her with the Malaysian Medical Council for breach of ethics.

He added that MMA would “certainly make an official complaint“ to the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) against any doctor conducting the amputation even if he was forced to do so by the state.

"We will lodge a complaint to the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) for breach of ethics if anyone is forced to perform such a procedure, so action can be taken against the doctor.

Offending Surgeons May Risk Being Expelled From The Profession

“This may lead to him or her being expelled from the medical register as a doctor. The MMA will also take action against the doctor, and expel him or her from the association,” Tharmaseelan said.

He said any surgeons who carry out amputations under hudud risk being ejected from the profession, as the MMA would report them to the Malaysian Medical Council for breach of ethics. “This may lead to him being expelled from the medical register as a doctor. The MMA will also take action against him, and expel him from the association,” he added.

The Perak MCA Chairperson Has Also Criticised Kelantan's Plan As It Is Against The Hippocratic Oath

Dr Mah Hang Soon has criticised the suggestion made by the Kelantan official

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Meanwhile, Perak MCA chairperson Dr Mah Hang Soon also expressed outrage the Kelantan place, which he said would be an act against the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors.

He also said that if no qualified doctor was willing to do the job due to risk of being taken off the medical registry, the state of Kelantan could end up engaging “quack doctors” or “imposters”.

The Hippocratic Oath Is An Oath Taken By Healthcare Professionals To Practice Medicine Honestly

Medical practitioners taking the oath

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The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine honestly. It is widely believed to have been written by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, or by one of his students.

The Oath continues: "And I will use treatments for the benefit of the ill in accordance with my ability and my judgment, but from what is to their harm and injustice I will keep them." In other words, doctors should act in the best interests of their patients.

Kelantan Aims To Table A Bill As Early As June To Implement Hudud Law In The State

A cartoonist's perspective on the hudud law situation

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The Pas-led Kelantan government will table a private bill in Parliament before end of the year to seek a declaration that Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code Enactment II, or hudud, can be implemented in the state.

The PAS-led Kelantan government, via PAS parliamentarians, plans to table a private member's Bill in the Dewan Rakyat as early as June to pave the way to implement hudud in Kelantan.

Hudud Law Is One Of Four Categories Of Punishments Under The Islamic Penal Law

In Islamic law or Sharia, hudud usually refers to the class of punishments that are fixed for certain crimes that are considered to be "claims of God."

They include theft, fornication (zina) and adultery (extramarital sex), consumption of alcohol or other intoxicants, and apostasy.

"The Federal Govern­ment has never rejected the implementation of hudud" Prime Minister Najib Razak Said

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