CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are deeply concerned of the impending field release of Genetically Modified (GM) mosquitoes after the National Biosafety Board approved an application from the Institute of Medical Research to release GM male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
This is an open letter from organisations in Malaysia concerned by the recent Government approval to release GM mosquitoes for the purpose of a field experiment.
Kindly support our cause by highlighting the issue for the welfare of the public and the conservation of our environment by copying and personally sending this letter to its intended recipients.
S M Mohamed Idris
Consumers Association of Penang
GeneWatch UK states that ‘We are concerned that the novelty of this application of GM technology has made regulators in several countries too dependent on advice provided by the company, which has a vested interest in speeding its products into the market place in order to generate financial returns for its investors’.
The applicant and implementer of the field trial is the IMR which had developed the GM mosquitoes in a joint research with UK-based biotech company Oxitec Ltd. The field trial which was supposed to be carried out last December in uninhabited and inhabited sites in the districts of Bentong, Pahang and Alor Gajah, Melaka was reportedly delayed because of bad weather.