PETALING JAYA: Muslim doctors taking part in amputation, stoning and executing the death penalty according to PASâ€™ hudud will be acting against their professional code of ethics as well as the principles of Islam, said the group of prominent Malays, G25.
â€œThe ethical principles that guide every doctorâ€™s practice are not only enshrined in the Hippocratic Oath but also in the four common basic moral commitments – respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice,â€ they said in a press statement yesterday.
The group said the principles of Islam were in tandem with the same principles that guide every doctorâ€™s actions.
It also lauded the Health Ministryâ€™s directive to not allow doctors from the ministry to perform amputations on criminals.
The G25 said it was a doctorâ€™s moral obligation to act for othersâ€™ benefit, helping them to further their important and legitimate interests, often by preventing or removing possible harm.
â€œIn healthcare, respecting peopleâ€™s autonomy has many implications. It requires medical practitioners to consult their patients and obtain their agreement before things are done to them, a process that is unlikely to occur in hudud.
â€œAt the heart of the current debate around the hudud Bill is also justice, in itself a fundamental principle of the syariah legal system.â€
On Friday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the ministry would not allow its doctors to perform amputations on criminals.
Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also weighed in by saying that the Hippocratic Oath required doctors to heal and not do otherwise.
They were responding to a news portal report quoting Kelantanâ€™s hudud implementation committee member Dr Azhar Abdullah as saying that the state might hire Muslim doctors to perform amputations under its Syariah Criminal Code (II)(1993) 2015.
Islamic womenâ€™s group Sisters in Islam (SIS) also attacked PAS for pushing its hudud plans in Parliament.
Its spokesman said the move was unconstitutional, and told PAS to focus more on Kelantanâ€™s economy, which had been badly affected by the December 2014 floods.