Crop Biotech Update

Malaysian Bioethics Council Established

May 25, 2012

The Malaysian Bioethics Council was launched on  22 May 2012 by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili. The Council is made up of representatives from noted academic experts, and representatives from government and non-government offices and aims to provide advice, as well as resolve and manage bioethical issues in the country.

"The council's main terms of reference is mainstreaming bioethics and disseminating information on bioethical issues among people from all walks of life," said Dr Ongkili. The Bioethics Council will be focusing on the impact of science and technology on the environment, society, public health, culture, laws and religion. One of the expert members, Prof. Dato' Dr. Khalid Yusoff said that the Council will be in charge of bioethical matters that are currently not covered under existing instruments. For example medical bioethics is under the purview of the Malaysian Medical Council and Islamic matters are under the National Fatwa Council. The Council's inaugural chairman is Prof. Datuk Dr. Mahani Clyde from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

For more information about biotechnology in Malaysia, email Mahaletchumy Arujanan  of the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Center at maha@bic.org.my.