Malaysia doctors: We will not perform amputation for hudud

PETALING JAYA - The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is opposed to the idea of having surgeons performing medical procedures such as amputation under hudud as it is against medical ethics.

Its president Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan said surgeons were not allowed to perform any form of operation or amputation on patients without their consent.

"We vehemently oppose any idea that surgeons should be made to perform any medical procedure to disfigure patients.

"Doctors are supposed to help and heal the sick, and not the other way round. It will be against medical laws and ethics," he said yesterday.

He was asked to comment on the statement made by Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, who said that in cases where hudud calls for a convict's hand to be amputated (such as in cases of theft), this procedure would be done by surgeons.

Dr Tharmaseelan said doctors have been advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) not to witness or certify caning or whipping of criminals by authorities, and amputations are "far more serious".

"We will lodge a complaint to the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) for breach of ethics if anyone is forced to perform such a procedure, so action can be taken against the doctor.

"This can lead to the doctor being removed from the medical register. The MMA will also take action against him and expel him from the association," he said.

Surgeon Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, who has medical experience at the Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, said such a proposal was not only shocking, but also against the professional oath taken by doctors.

"We are doctors. How can someone suggest surgeons perform such a procedure," asked Dr Ahmad Farouk, who is also Islamic Re­­naissance Front chairman.