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Will JPJ Require Eye + Medical Tests For Senior Drivers?!

Will JPJ require senior drivers to get an eye test and medical examination to renew their driving licence in 2024?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2023-07-21 : Added JPJ’s official statement on the viral claim
Originally posted @ 2023-07-20

 

Claim : JPJ To Require Eye + Medical Tests For Senior Drivers!

This message has gone viral on WhatApp, claiming that the Malaysia Road Transport Department (JPJ) will require senior drivers who are 65 years and older to get an eye test and medical report before they can renew their driving licence in 2024!

Post as received!👇🏻

Notice
Hi seniors, those above 65 yrs will need to get eye tests & medical from 2024 to get your driving licence re-newed.
Go to jpj now to get your licence extended at the warga Emas counter. We just did it. Very fast. Less than 15 mins.
Mine expires 2027 so they extended till 2034. Rm30/yr. pay with credit card. Very easy.
1. At jpj pj, go to the right door -enquiry to get your number.
2. Then go to pintu B to warga Mas counter & give your driving licence & pay.
3. Then go a counter on the left to give the guy your ic. Wait for him to give u your new driving licence.

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Truth : JPJ Does NOT Require Eye + Medical Tests For Senior Drivers!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Eye Test + Medical Report Not Required To Renew Driving Licence

First, let me just point out that the renewal of your driving licence has very few requirements:

  • The driver must not be blacklisted
  • You can only renew your driving licence for up to 10 years.
  • You must provide the following documents:
    – Original MyKad / passport (or copies, if renewed by a representative)
    – Original MyKad / passport of representative (if renewed by a representative)
    – Original driving licence
    – 1 colour photo (25 mm x 32 mm, with a white background)
    – Fee of RM2 per year for Class A/A1)
    – Fee of RM20 per year for Class B, B2 and C
    – Fee of RM30 per year for Class D and above

There is no requirement to undertake any eye test, or provide a medical report, in order to renew your driving licence.

Fact #2 : JPJ Labelled The Claim As Fake News!

A check of the JPJ website and official Facebook page confirmed that the Malaysia Road Transport Department has not announced any additional requirements to renew your driving licence.

There was also no such announcement on the official Facebook page of Malaysia Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

At around 5:45 PM on July 20, 2023, JPJ finally issued a statement, calling the claim it will require senior drivers to undertake an eye test and provide a medical report to renew their driving licence as “fake news“. Here is the statement in English:

VIRAL MESSAGE DISCLAIMER NOTICE

The Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) would like to inform everyone that the claim that went viral on WhatsApp about Senior Citizens aged 65 and above being required to undergo eye examination and health examination starting in 2024 IS NOT TRUE.

Accordingly, the driving license renewal for senior citizens remains as usual.

In this regard, JPJ advises the public not to be so gullible and to contact the nearest JPJ office to get more accurate information so as not to be deceived.

Recommended : Where + How To Renew Driving Licence In Malaysia!

Fact #3 : PDRM Asked For Fit To Drive Test In 2021

This fake news is likely based on 2021 news reports about a possible Fit To Drive test for senior drivers in Malaysia.

In September 2021, Malaysian police asked the government to consider introducing a “Fit To Drive” assessment system to evaluate senior drivers who are 60 years and older, before they are allowed to renew their driving / riding licences.

At that time, federal traffic police chief Azisman Alias explained that the suggestion to the Malaysian Transport Ministry and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) was based on the number of cases involving senior citizens who were caught driving against the flow of traffic, and committing other offences at traffic lights and road junctions.

We need to assess the capability of senior citizens on the road because of the risk posed to other road users as well as themselves.

There have been several cases involving drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. We also see a rising number of cases of driving against the flow involving the elderly aged 60 to 70 years and above.

When the police detained them, it was apparent some of them aged 70 and above had some sort of dementia or senility. Some of them were also found to be not alert to certain traffic conditions.

He suggested, at that time, that the medical fraternity alongside the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) should conduct a study on the possibility of introducing aptitude or cognitive tests for senior drivers.

They (senior drivers) should only be allowed to renew their licences provided they undergo a medical check-up and receive confirmation from a doctor that they are fit to drive, mentally and physically.

He cited developed countries such as the UK, Canada, Singapore and Australia, which have introduced similar tests. For example, senior drivers in Singapore who are over 65 years old must undergo an annual medical examination by a medical practitioner.

That suggestion was met with public uproar. The Transport Minister at that time, Wee Ka Siong, also spoke out against it, calling it discriminatory:

Many drivers far above the age of 70 display greater competence in driving compared to those who are younger.

Simply refusing an elderly the means to drive or ride on the basis of their age or based on isolated or anecdotal evidence is discriminatory

As of July 2023, the Malaysia Transport Ministry and the Road Transport Department have not implemented, or even announced, any such Fit To Drive test for senior drivers.

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Fact #4 : Senior Drivers To Voluntarily Surrender Driving Licence

Ultimately, as long as senior drivers have not been blacklisted for committing traffic offences, they can continue to renew driving licences.

This fake news is similar to the 2021 viral claim that senior drivers who are 70 years and above must surrender their driving licences to JPJ.

As Wee Ka Siong, the Transport Minister at that time explained, the Malaysia Road Transport Act 1987 leaves the responsibility to the driver to voluntarily surrender their driving licence if their health is unsatisfactory and may endanger other road users.

Actually, Section 30 of the Road Transport Act 1987 leaves the responsibility to the driver to voluntarily surrender their driving license when they have unsatisfactory health conditions  and may endanger other road users.

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Can COVID-19 Vaccines Give You Eye Worms?!

Can COVID-19 vaccines give you eye worms?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccines Can Give You Eye Worms!

People are now sharing a video showing a worm or worms crawling in a person’s eye, together with comments like this!

I don’t blame the people that took the MRNA gene therapy disguised as a vaccine under the cover of a changed definition . I blame Government for allowing it to happen #CovidVaccines

#truthaboutMRNAVACCINES
#MRNAVaccinesAreALethalBioweapons
#VaccineSideEffects
#VaccineInjuries
#VaccineDeaths
#StoptheShotsNOW
#StoptheShots
❌💉❌💉❌💉👈

Where are the provaxxers???
if this is indeed from the darling vaccine you so advocated what r u saying here Zile/Sello?? People beginning to turn to them zombies?,u should know better Fana nd Brett pit showed us with world war z…

@LightbringerKai

 

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Truth : COVID-19 Vaccines Do NOT Give You Eye Worms!

This is one of the more bizarre examples of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why!

Fact #1 : The Video Shows Ocular Filariasis

The viral video shows ocular filariasis – a worm infestation of a man in Karnataka, India, who sought treatment at the New Medical Centre in Kundapur.

While the video appears to show multiple eye worms, it’s actually just one worm that is 15 cm long. Dr. Srikanth Shetty physically removed that worm, as it could potentially damage the man’s eyesight.

The worm was later identified as a filarial nematode (parasitic worm) of the Wuchereria bancrofti species.

In addition to that worm in his eyeball, the man also had parasitic worms in his blood, which was treated with medication.

Fact #2 : Wuchereria Bancrofti Spreads Via Mosquito Bites

Wuchereria bancrofti is one of three parasitic worm species (the other two being Brugia malayi and Brugia timori) that are capable of infecting humans and causes lymphatic filariasis.

All three parasitic worms spread through mosquito bites, not COVID-19 vaccines. Wuchereria bancrofti is the most common of the three parasitic worm species, and infects over 120 million people globally.

To be clear – there is no possible way for COVID-19 vaccines to infect people with such parasitic worms.

Wuchereria bancrofti has only two hosts – humans as the definitive host, while mosquitoes serve as. the intermediate host. It can only infect human beings through mosquito bites, commonly from the Culex, Anopheles, Mansonia and Aedes species.

Fact #3 : The Video Was Published In October 2018

It is not known when the Indian patient was treated, or when the video was recorded. However, we know that it was published sometime in early October 2018, and went viral at that time.

That is more than 2 years before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and more than 3 years before the first COVID-19 vaccines were approved.

In other words – this video has nothing to do with COVID-19, or the vaccines created to protect us against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Fact #4 : Wuchereria bancrofti Existed Long Before COVID-19

Unlike the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a novel (new) coronavirus, Wuchereria bancrofti is literally an ancient parasitic worm.

Wuchereria bancrofti has been infecting people since time immemorial, with infections being documented in Ancient Greek and Roman texts!

So Wuchereria bancrofti infections have nothing to do with COVID-19, or the vaccines created to protect us against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Fact #5 : Anti-Vaccination Claims Have All Proven False So Far

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing old videos or unrelated diseases to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here is the latest dozen of other false COVID-19 vaccine claims!

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