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Monday, July 14, 2008

Lelong ! Lelong! Kidney, liver for sale

Gasps! The gahmen is going to make a shocking about-turn. Just 2 weeks ago, the Minister for Health was saying that sale of organ is both morally and legally wrong. The way it was reported, it looked like he was totally against it! Now in the short space of 2 weeks, the tone is changing. He now say it is an option that can be considered. How about that!

The arguments for and against the sale of organs? Nah, too much of it has been said in the press and online forums and I am not going into that here.

Just this: while I understand the hue and cry over the legal and moral issue of sale of organ, I agree with the many other views that the vocal voices against the sale of organ probably does not have any loved ones afflicted with a disease that need a transplant and cannot empathise with those who does. What this society need is more compassion and thoughts for other. We should never close the door on this issue and bury our head in the sand like an ostrich and hope that it will just blow away.

Having said that, it is not something to be rushed through as I also agree that a human organ should not be treated just like another commodity to be traded like innards/organ in a wet market. God forbid that at the end of the day, the only people who can benefit from this will be the rich!

And yes, I do know personally a friend and a relative who are kidney patients and have to go for dialysis. And I share with them their suffering. So no prize for guessing where my support for this is going:)

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