The case of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in Malaysia: Spearheading International Research and Strategic Medical Biotechnology” “
9 Sept 2010
The IMR of Malaysia has applied for approval from the National Safety Board(NSB) to release at least 30,000 genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild at two targeted areas ie The State of Pahang and the UNESCO state of Malacca.
Public objection have been brewing up to disallow the release of these GM mosquitoes into the wild.
Unless more convincing tests are forthcoming -and this is lacking under the current proposed “Emergency Response Plan” and “Risks Assessment” reports provided by IMR as required by the Biosafety Act 2007, there is a need to delay such release pending further credible field-tests.
It is also not clear under the current legal framework of the Biosafety Act 2007, whether such additional precaution is required if the present evidence appears to be lacking in terms of environment risk impact assessment.
It is proposed that the Malaysian National Safety Board(NSB) will adopt a standard that reflect current best practices in the rigorous assessment of overall environment impact. Unfortunately, such standard remains elusive.
In any event, the IMR should not be prevented from proceeding with their work in the name of scientific advance and medical benefits to mankind. This is because the science of genetic modification can be incorporated within the wider dimension of environment sustainability matrix (ESM).
Jeong Chun phuoc
and an advocate in Strategic Environment and Taxation Intelligence(SETI)
He can be contacted at Jeongphu@yahoo.com