All that glitters is not gold - at least that is what the MMA thinks


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 06 Apr 2014

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has challenged the legitimacy of injecting strands of gold thread into patients.

Its president Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan (pic) said the gold threading procedure was not an approved surgical procedure by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) or the Health Ministry.

“Even if it was, it certainly has to be done by qualified medical doctors who are registered with the MMC,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

On Thursday, Dr Lim Yee Peen had come out to defend himself and the safety of the procedure after being accused by several patients of being a bogus doctor.

He had distributed his profile to the media, claiming to have graduated from the University of Glasgow, majoring in Biomedical Sciences, and obtained a PhD in Bio-electro Stimulation from Germany’s Heidelberg University.

It also stated that Dr Lim, who claimed to have treated almost 4,000 patients in Malaysia since 2008, is a certified acupuncturist.

Last month, MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong had highlighted the case of an allegedly bogus doctor having cheated 11 people on the pretext of curing their ailments and beauty problems using the procedure.

Dr Lim, pointed out Dr Tharmaseelan, had a degree in Biomedical Sciences and Acupuncture but not in medicine or surgery despite having practised the procedure for years.

“MMA is shocked that medical practice has come to such a sad state of affairs where non-qualified, non-medical personnel can perform surgery without punishment,” he said.

“We are dismayed and perplexed that while doctors have been disciplined for minor infringements and struck off the medical register if the offence is serious, others are allowed to practise ‘medicine‘ and even perform ‘surgery’,” he said, adding that self-advertisement was also against the Medical Act.

Dr Tharmaseelan urged the MMC to act now and eliminate such practices by unqualified personnel in order to maintain the sanctity of medical practice.

A gold thread implantation is described as a minimally-invasive cosmetic surgery that improves facial wrinkles, sagging skin and other health-related matters.

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