Ethical dimensions of modern biotechnology in Malaysia

Latifah Amin, Ayuni Ahmad Azlan, Mohd Hanafy Gausmian, Jamil Ahmad, Abdul Latif Samian, Mohamad Sabri Haron, N. Marzuki Sidek

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Abstract

Modern biotechnology has been given priority by the Malaysian government to spearhead the country's economy and modern biotechnology products from other countries are slowly coming in. The development and commercialization of modern biotechnology products in Malaysia depends heavily on public acceptance. If consumer acceptance issues are not adequately addressed, then the potential economic and social benefits of modern biotechnology may not be realized. Consumer acceptance of modern biotechnology is driven by a number of inter-related factors such as knowledge level, moral acceptability and perceptions of benefits and risks of modern biotechnology and trust in institutions of interests. Of the many variables studied by earlier researchers, it was found that moral acceptability was an important predictor or sometimes referred to as 'a veto' of support for biotechnology. The purpose of this paper is to examine how the Malaysian public in the Klang Valley region perceive the ethical aspects of modern biotechnology. Exploratory factor analysis has shown that ethical aspects of modern biotechnology comprised of seven general dimensions namely risks to human health, threatening natural order of living things, monopoly, human rights to modify living things, confidence on regulation, the need for labelling, and patenting rights. Results from the survey on 237 respondents has shown moderate mean scores for the first five dimensions and high mean score for the last two dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09
Pages277-281
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09 - Genova
Duration: 17 Oct 200919 Oct 2009

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Other8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09
CityGenova
Period17/10/0919/10/09

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Malaysia
Biotechnology
biotechnology
acceptance
social benefits
commercialization
monopoly
Statistical Factor Analysis
factor analysis
human rights
confidence
Economics
Research Personnel
regulation
economy
Health

Keywords

  • Ethical aspects
  • Modern biotechnology
  • Risks
  • Threatening natural order of things

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education

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Amin, L., Azlan, A. A., Gausmian, M. H., Ahmad, J., Samian, A. L., Haron, M. S., & Sidek, N. M. (2009). Ethical dimensions of modern biotechnology in Malaysia. In Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09 (pp. 277-281)

Ethical dimensions of modern biotechnology in Malaysia. / Amin, Latifah; Azlan, Ayuni Ahmad; Gausmian, Mohd Hanafy; Ahmad, Jamil; Samian, Abdul Latif; Haron, Mohamad Sabri; Sidek, N. Marzuki.

Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09. 2009. p. 277-281.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Amin, L, Azlan, AA, Gausmian, MH, Ahmad, J, Samian, AL, Haron, MS & Sidek, NM 2009, Ethical dimensions of modern biotechnology in Malaysia. in Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09. pp. 277-281, 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09, Genova, 17/10/09.
Amin L, Azlan AA, Gausmian MH, Ahmad J, Samian AL, Haron MS et al. Ethical dimensions of modern biotechnology in Malaysia. In Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09. 2009. p. 277-281
Amin, Latifah ; Azlan, Ayuni Ahmad ; Gausmian, Mohd Hanafy ; Ahmad, Jamil ; Samian, Abdul Latif ; Haron, Mohamad Sabri ; Sidek, N. Marzuki. / Ethical dimensions of modern biotechnology in Malaysia. Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09. 2009. pp. 277-281
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