PETALING JAYA: A doctor’s first duty is to heal, said a group of prominent Malays, dubbed G25.
Echoing Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the group said the Hippocratic oath requires medical practitioners to heal and not do otherwise.
The group further hailed the Health Ministry’s stance that its doctors would not be allowed to perform amputations on criminals.
“In health care, respecting people's autonomy has many implications. It requires medical practitioners to consult their patients and obtain their agreement before things are done unto them, a process that is unlikely to occur in hudud,” said the group in a press statement on Tuesday morning.
G25 said that it is a doctor’s moral obligation to act for others' benefit, helping them to further their important and legitimate interests, often by preventing or removing possible harm.
“As stated plainly by the director-general, the oath that doctors take is to heal and not to do otherwise
“At the heart of the current debate around the hudud Bill is also justice, in itself a fundamental principle of the Syariah legal system.
“Where is the equality and justice when the hudud laws as currently proposed do not provide adequate protection for the poor and women?” questioned the group.
They added that Islam upholds ethical principles which guide every doctor’s actions.
“It should therefore leave no doubt for Muslim doctors that partaking in amputation, stoning and the death penalty not only contravene their professional ethical principles but also that of Islam,” stressed the G25.
Last month, the group said the implementation of PAS’ hudud would indicate to the world that Malaysia had abandoned its moderate path.The group further expressed its concerns as to whether hudud would succeed in upholding justice.
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