Were KJ (Khairy Jamaluddin), Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Pharmaniaga just sued by COVID-19 vaccine victims in Malaysia?!
Let’s take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : KJ + Noor Hisham Just Sued By COVID Vaccine Victims!
People are sharing an AgendaDaily article (in Malay) on WhatsApp and social media platforms, claiming that KJ (Khairy Jamaluddin) and Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah just sued by victims of the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia!
The viral post also claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine victims also sued the three COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers in Malaysia – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Pharmaniaga.
KJ, Dr Noor Hisham sued over Covid-19 vaccine issue
Three Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers were also sued, Pfizer, Astrazeneca and Pharmaniaga
15 O6 2O23
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KOTA KINABALU: A group of vaccine recipients filed a lawsuit against the government and the Malaysian Ministry of Health (KKM), especially the former minister in charge of the national vaccination program, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar after claiming to be a victim of the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine.
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Truth : KJ + Noor Hisham Sued By COVID Vaccine Victims In 2022!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS about the COVID-19 pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccines, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Agenda Daily Article Copied From Sinar Harian
I should start by pointing out that the Agenda Daily article is an almost exact copy of its source, a Sinar Harian article.
Fact #2 : Likely Source For False Claims About Sabah Lawsuit
I should also point out this piece of fake news is possibly the source for the earlier false claims that people in Sabah just filed a lawsuit against the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) for forced vaccination.
As mentioned in my fact check article, I can find no evidence of such a lawsuit by people in Sabah. This viral message is the only one that suggests that a COVID-19 vaccination lawsuit was filed in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Fact #3 : No Evidence Lawsuit Was Filed In Kota Kinabalu
The viral message mentioned Kota Kinabalu as the location, which appears to be completely false. The Agenda Daily article it listed as its source did not mention any location.
But the original article by Sinar Harian mentioned Shah Alam, Selangor, as its location. The law firm Shahrin Satheer Kamal & Co. is also based in Rawang, Selangor.
Therefore, the lawsuit was likely filed in Shah Alam, and not Kota Kinabalu as alleged by the viral message.
Fact #4 : Original News Was Published November 2022
The original news was originally published on 16 November 2022, and not on 15 June 2023 as suggested by the viral message.
Noor Hisham Abdullah retired on 21 April 2023, while Khairy Jamaluddin ceased being the Malaysia Minister of Health on 24 November 2022. Whoever created that viral message took care to change their status to match the new date.
Fact #5 : Lawsuit Was Allegedly Filed In November 2022
The Sinar Harian article mentioned that on 16 November 2022, 44 people represented by Shahrin Satheer Kamal & Co. filed a lawsuit against:
- Malaysia Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin
- Malaysia Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
- COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Pharmaniaga
However, a day later – on 17 November 2022, Khairy Jamaluddin said at a press conference that he has yet to receive any lawsuit notice:
I have not received the notice of the summons. When I receive it, I will ask the lawyer I will appoint to answer it.
Since then, there has been no update on this lawsuit, so it is unknown if it was actually filed, or what has occurred since it was filed.
Fact #6 : Malaysia Has A COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund
Like most countries around the world, Malaysia has a COVID-19 vaccine injury fund. Established on 21 March 2021, it is called Bantuan Khas Kewangan Kesan Mudarat Vaksin COVID-19 (Special Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects), and pays out:
- RM 50,000 for serious side effects that requires extended hospitalisation
- RM 500,000 for permanent disability or death from the COVID-19 vaccine
If anyone is injured or dies as a result of the COVID-19 vaccines, the victim or the victim’s family can file for compensation with this fund. There is no need to file a lawsuit (and pay any legal fees) to get compensated.
Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Were Proven Safe + Effective
All COVID-19 vaccines underwent large clinical trials and were proven to be safe and effective, before receiving their Emergency Use Authorisation. Hence, it is wrong to claim that COVID-19 vaccines were never tested in a clinical trial.
In addition, approved COVID-19 vaccines continued to be monitored for safety and efficacy, and many eventually received their full FDA approval after many months of post-marketing monitoring.
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