Singapore Muslims to be included in Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

In his closing speech in Parliament on January 21, 2008, the Minister of Health Khaw Boon Wan summarised the recent amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) which will see all Muslim citizens and permanent residents from age 21 to 60 being included under the Act from August 1, 2008.

About 300,000 Muslims are expected to be added to the current non-Muslim population of potential donors. The amendment to the Act garnered the support of Muslim government leaders, members of parliament as well as MUIS (the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura, also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore), community and religious leaders.

Background on HOTA

The original HOTA was enacted in 1987 to allow kidneys of mortal accident victims to be transplanted to kidney disease patients. Since 2004, the Act was amended to also cover livers, hearts and corneas, and under all circumstances of death of potential donors. See more information on HOTA at the Ministry of Health's website.