Ministry: Clinical criteria determine recipients of organs

  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 Feb 2017

PETALING JAYA: The organ allocation system from a deceased donor to a recipient is purely based on clinical criteria, said the Health Ministry.

Organ allocation, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, is not based on race, religion, background or a person’s status in society.

He said examples of the clinical criteria included duration of dialysis treatment and organ donor-recipient compatibility.

“As such, there are possibilities where organs donated by a non-Muslim are given to a Muslim and vice-versa.

“It is the same with blood donations and transfusion,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement yesterday.

He said this in reference to a video by “certain parties” who questioned the status of non-Muslims wanting to be organ donors.

Dr Noor Hisham said the National Fatwa Council issued a fatwa in the 1970s allowing Muslims to donate organs.

Many muftis have also explained the matter, he said, so it should not be an obstacle if a Muslim receives organs or blood from a non-Muslim and vice-versa.

“The ministry appreciates Malaysians who have registered as organ donors as well as those who donate blood.

“Generally, the awareness among Malaysians is increasing and currently, more than 350,000 Malay­sians have pledged to be organ donors,” he added.

He said those who have pledged to donate their organs can also renew their card by visiting or

@dermaorgan on Twitter.

Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysians who want to take the pledge and become organ donors can register at

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