Lee Lam Thye: Only 446 Malaysians registered as organ donors since 1976


KUALA LUMPUR: Since 1976 until Jan 31 this year, only 446 organ donors have been registered in the country.

National Organ Donation Public Awareness Action Committee chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said 266 of the donors were Chinese, 116 were Indians, 26 were Malays, 27 were others and 11 were not specified.

"The number (of donors) is too low, because currently, there are 18,384 patients waiting for much-needed organs in the country," he told a press conference on the One Pledge A Million Hopes campaign here Monday.

Lee said based on the National Transplant Resource Centre's statistics, the kidney is the most-needed organ in Malaysia involving 18,347 patients, followed by liver (22), lung (seven), heart (four) and heart and lung (four).

"We will continue our cooperation with government agencies, such as the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, Malaysian Institute of Islamic Understanding, religious associations, non-governmental organisations, to tackle misconceptions about organ donation," he said.

At the press conference, Lee also announced the appointment of three individuals as Organ Donation Ambassadors, namely Hot.fm radio presenter Mas Kieran Jakiran, music teacher Tan Mei Ling and social activist Chew Hoong Ling. - Bernama 
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