Sarawak police hunting down alleged organ dealer

Datuk Aidi Ismail — file pic

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Aug 10: Sarawak police are now hunting down the man who has alleged that he is selling human organs to foreigners.

Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said the police had set up a special task force to track down the man to verify the authenticity of the report which was published by  The Sun, United Kingdom recently.

“We are looking for him. We need to investigate if what he claimed is true because this is a very serious offence,” Aidi told DayakDaily when contacted today.

He said the team was set up today after a report was made against the allegation.

Earlier today, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said in a press conference that he has requested the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to investigate the matter.

He urged the relevant authorities to verify the news even though he described it as merely a cerita dongeng (myth) and ‘sensational reporting’.

“I saw the video. But I don’t know whether it is true or not for a Sarawakian to be involved in selling of human organs. I can’t really accept it, simply because, you know, all these videos sometimes can be (done by) somebody trying to seek cheap publicity (he uploaded) in YouTube or whatever.

“(But) if it’s true, there must be certain laws where the government can take action against characters like this. If it’s true… I’m worried that he’s a little bit kuku who claimed that he’s a middleman who sells (human organs) for money,” he said after launching ‘Journalism of Responsible Tourism Management’ (JRTM) at his office at Bangunan Baitul Makmur here today.

Abdul Karim added that The Sun, United Kingdom is known to write about sensational news.

“To me its cerita dongeng (myth) and they should publish it on 1st of April, not this time and we can laugh at it,” he added. —DayakDaily