Rabu, Ogos 03, 2011


Beware of 'silicone' geckos

imageKOTA BARU 2011/08/03: Dishonest animal traders have resorted to injecting silicone into geckos to enhance the size of the reptiles for bigger profits.

Geckos, a lucrative business in Kelantan and the southern Thailand provinces, are being injected with silicone so that traders can put a much bigger price tag on the reptiles.

In Kelantan, rumours have spread like wildfire that the gecko is a cure for major diseases such as HIV/AIDS and this has caused prices for the reptile to shoot up.

A gecko trader who wanted to be known only as Azli said the silicone injections ploy had been uncovered only recently after a number of geckos bought from suppliers across the border died a few days after being purchased.

image "I took a dead gecko to an animal expert who discovered that its head did not match the oversized body," said Azli, adding he had paid RM40,000 for the lizard.

Upon further checks, he said it was found that the gecko had been injected with silicone and salt powder to make it big before the sale.

"The expert also suspected that the gecko had died of an overdose of silicone," said Azli, 45, from Rantau Panjang.

He said he had bought the "fake" gecko after receiving photographs from a supplier via an email in November.

image"I went to Sungai Golok to take delivery of the lizard and paid the high price as the gecko was big. A buyer was already waiting to buy it from me later. But, the gecko died a few days after I brought it back home," he said.

Azli said he believed there were 10 gecko suppliers across the border taking advantage of Malaysians' interest in the reptiles.

He said locals should not simply pay if they were offered large-sized geckos, especially if the price was unreasonably high.

Meanwhile, state Wildlife Department director Rahmat Topani confirmed that syndicates were involved in producing the unusually big geckos through artificial means.

image "I have been told that some victims were cheated of up to RM100,000 by a syndicate, which targets rich buyers. As far as I know, the geckos have no medical benefit at all and it does not cure illnesses," he said.

A recent report had quoted a medical practitioner in the Philippines, Dr Ofelia Monzon as saying that the lizard -- which he had referred to as the tuko (Philippine gecko) -- had not been proven to cure serious ailments like cancer, HIV and AIDS.


Haram Makan, Berubat Guna Cicak Tokek

13 ulasan:

  1. belum dibuktikan bahawa cicak tokek ni boleh mengubati sebarang penyakit dan ia juga tidak mempunyai apa2 manfaat. jadi, tidak payahlah memelihara atau membeli tokek.

  2. cicak tokek begitu mahal harganya kerana dikataka ndpt mengubati pelbagai penyakit. namun hingga kini belum ada bukti saintifik.

  3. jangan mudah terpedaya!

  4. Is the gecko shown above is real? So big! There is no scientific experiment yet to prove the effectiveness of geckos in healing disease. People should be careful and don't easily believe with such thing.

  5. Overdose of silicone? They are animals, how can anyone do this because of money! I hope the police can investigate this matter further.

  6. I still don't believe that this lizard is able to cure those sorta disease

  7. Doing another fail experiment on animals? And for the sake of money? WELL DONE, these people should be fined, should be jailed and should be hanged!!

  8. I think soon this lizards will extinct if its not protected. But of course if this lizard could help to cure all those diseases listed above, that will be good. Lives can be saved.

  9. There is no proof that gecko's have any medical benefits, why are people still willing to spend so much money on something that does not work?

  10. Furthermore, its not halal using geckos. The government should ban it and make it illegal to sell, buy or import geckos.

  11. berhati-hatilah..jangan mudah terpedaya. cicak tokek ni belum dibuktikan lagi mempunyai khasiat untuk mengubati penyakit..

  12. Jadi jangan ingat besar sihat. Tapi mungkin diberikan ubat pembesar.

  13. jika cicak ini tidak menyumbang kepada industri perubatan, kenapa ada pihak yang sanggup membeli pada harga yang tinggi? mesti ada sebab lain kenapa cicak ini mendapat permintaan yang tinggi.