Did KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chai Koh Meow die from the Pfizer booster dose?
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Dr. Chai Koh Meow Died After Getting Pfizer Booster Dose!
Three messages have gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chai Koh Meow died after receiving the Pfizer booster dose.
All three refer to the same Sin Chew news report in Chinese. Just skip over to the next section for the facts…
(Translation : At the age of 58, he passed away just after he was given a booster shot. Improve the safety of the jab…)
Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot
Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot ?
Dr Chua (Cai GaoMao) Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Ministry of Health
Dr. Chai Koh Meow Did NOT Die From Pfizer Booster Dose!
Okay, the title isn’t entirely accurate, since the viral messages aren’t accurate in the first place.
So let’s take a look at what we can confirm as facts, and what will still be “in the air” for now…
Fact #1 : “Dr. Chua” Is Actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow
The Dr. Chua in all three viral messages isn’t really Dr. Chua.
The Sin Chew report referred to him as 蔡高茂 (translated Cai Gaomao), with the position of the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Malaysia Ministry of Health.
He is actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow, with the position of Senior Principal Assistant Director of the Police and Development Section of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Division of the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).
Those who claim that Chai is the same as Chua are wrong. It is true that they share the same Chinese character 蔡 (Cai), but they are legally different surnames.
Here are OTHER legally different surnames based on the same Chinese 蔡 (Cai) character : Choy, Choi, Chuah, Tsai, Tsoi.
Dr. Chai Koh Meow cannot, for example, travel using a plane ticket bought using the name Chua Koh Meow or Choy Koh Meow. So it’s stupid to suggest that Chai is the same as Chua.
His name was also visible in the picture posted by Sin Chew, which was shared by Dr. Chai himself on his Facebook page on 21 August 2021.
Respect Dr. Chai’s name. He is Dr. Chai Koh Meow, not Dr. Chua Koh Meow.
Fact #2 : There Is No KKM Deputy Director-General Called Dr. Chai
The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) actually has THREE deputy Director-Generals, based on their portfolio :
- Medical : Dato’ Dr. Asmayani binti Khalib
- Public Health : Datuk Dr. Chong Chee Kheong
- Research + Technical Support : Datuk Dr. Hishamshah bin Mohd Ibrahim
There is no deputy Director-General within the Malaysia Ministry of Health called Dr. Chai.
Fact #3 : Dr. Chai Received His Pfizer Booster Dose 8 Days Earlier
According to the Sin Chew report, Dr. Chai received the Pfizer booster dose “last Tuesday”. That would be 9 November 2021.
He reportedly passed away during his sleep on the night of 17 November, and was discovered in the afternoon of 18 November 2021.
In other words, he received his Pfizer booster dose 8 days prior to his death.
Fact #4 : Most Dangerous Pfizer Side Effect Occurs Within Minutes
Pfizer shipped over 1.5 billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccine as of 22 September 2021. That means at least 500 million people have already been fully vaccinated with their vaccine.
Based on the large number of vaccinations, we are very well aware of the potential risks and side effects of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The most dangerous side effect of the Pfizer vaccine is anaphylaxis – a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
But this occurs within MINUTES of getting the vaccine and can be quickly treated, which is why you are asked to stay back for observation after receiving the vaccine. It does not happen hours or days after vaccination.
Fact #5 : DG Health Clarified The News Report
The Director-General of Health Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed Dr. Chai’s passing on 18 November 2021, and that :
- he received his booster dose on 9 November 2021,
- he did not report any extraordinary side effects, and
- he resumed work as usual until 16 November 2021.
Finally, he said that Dr. Chai’s death is being investigated, and requested that everyone avoid speculating until the official autopsy results are obtained.
Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do NOT Protect Against Other Causes Of Death
COVID-19 vaccines are not magical. They are just self-defence classes that teach our immune system to identify SARS-CoV-2, so it can learn how to defeat the real virus.
This prepares our immune system for a future “battle” against COVID-19, helping to prevent serious illness that may lead to hospitalisation or death.
However, COVID-19 vaccines do not and cannot protect against OTHER causes of death.
We cannot assume that every death that occurs after receiving the vaccine must be due to the vaccine, because people will die of other causes, even if they are vaccinated.
In Dr. Chai’s age group, the most common causes of sudden death are cardiac arrest and stroke. With or without vaccines, people will die of these causes.
Do we know the cause of death? NO, WE DO NOT. So we should NOT jump to conclusions, and make false claims.
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