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Fact Check : Timah Whiskey Brand Sold + Moving To China?

Fact Check : Timah Whiskey Brand Sold + Moving To China?

Was the award-winning Timah whiskey brand sold to China, with its factory shifting to 100 acres of land?

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

 

Claim : Timah Whiskey Brand Sold + Moving To China!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp and Facebook, with people sharing it as evidence of the dysfunctional government in Malaysia shooting itself in its own foot… again.

Breaking News!

TIMAH sold to China and the whole factory will be shifting to China. And the China businessman is locating the factory in a 100 acres land!

Taxation income for the govt. coffer fr. this company is now forever lost thanks to Malaysia’s holier than thou attitude.

The repurcussion is far greater. Foreigners will fight shy to invest in this country. At anytime d name of your product/co. can be interpreted by religious morons as provocative n you have to bend to their wishes by d stupid govt.

 

Truth : Timah Whiskey Brand NOT Sold / Moving To China!

The Timah whiskey brand has recently been under attack over its name in Malaysia, and it’s really bad for business confidence in Malaysia.

And while the viral message has a point about the Malaysian government’s holier than thou attitude, it is still FAKE NEWS!

And here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Winepak Still Owns Timah Whiskey Brand

The Timah whiskey brand has NOT been sold to any company in China, and is still owned by the Winepak Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd.

Fact #2 : Winepak Is Considering A Name + Image Change

On 28 October 2021, the Malaysia Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi announced that Winepak requested a week to discuss with their shareholders and board of directors on changing the name and image of their Timah whiskey.

Winepak would not need to do this if they actually sold the brand to a Chinese company.

Fact #3 : Moving To China Won’t Change Things

Winepak has also not announced any plan to move its factory to China, and there is no evidence any Chinese businessman will be allocating 100 acres of land for such a factory.

In any case, moving its factory to China will not change things, the Malaysian government is insisting that they change their name and image.

Even if they move the factory to China, they would still have to change the whiskey’s name and image.

Fact #4 : Timah Whiskey Production Does Not Require 100 Acres Of Land

According to Malt Review, Winepak blends the two imported peated malts, with a locally-distilled neutral cane spirit made from molasses, and ages the blend for at least three years to produce this whiskey.

In other words, Timah can be produced in a small facility, and does not require 100 acres (4.35 million square feet) of land, which is enough to build 15 to 20 condominiums!

 

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Can Caffeine, Theophylline, Theobromine Cure COVID-19?

Can methylxanthines like caffeine, theophylline and theobromine cure or prevent COVID-19?

Take a look at the evergreen claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Caffeine, Theophylline, Theobromine Prevents COVID-19!

This “Breaking News from CNN” is going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that Theophylline, Theobromine and Methylxanthine can cure or prevent COVID-19!

Breaking News from CNN :-

Documented casefiles for research purposes had in the case files a proposed cure that would significantly decrease the impact of the COVID – 19 Virus on the human body. The chemical Methylxanthine, Theobromine and Theophylline stimulate compounds that can ward off these virus in a human with atleast an average immune system.

Whats more shocking is that these complex words that were so difficult for people in China to understand is actually called COFFEE * in India, YES, our regular COFFEE has all these chemicals already in it.

The main Methylxanthine in COFFEE is the stimulant caffeine. Other Methylxanthines found in COFFEE are two chemically similar compounds, Theobromine and Theophylline. The COFFEE plant creates these chemicals as a way to ward off insects and other animals.

Who would have known that all the solution to these virus would be a simple cup of COFFEE and that is the reason so many patients in China are being cured. The hospital staff in china has started serving COFFEE to the patients 3 times a day, And the effect is finally in *Wuhan “The centre of this Pandemic” has been contained and community transmission has almost stopped.

Please Share this message to your friends and family to make them aware about this blessing in the form of COFFEE in your kitchen. DRINK MORE COFFEE

Forwarded as received.

 

Truth : Caffeine, Theophylline, Theobrominee Cannot Cure COVID-19!

The truth is – this is an updated version of the coffee can cure and prevent COVID-19 fake news from 2020.

The fake news creator removed references to Dr. Li Wenliang and attributes the discovery to “documented casefiles for research purposes“.

Here are the facts, and reasons why this is nothing more than another example of COVID-19 fake news…

Fact #1 : There Is No Such CNN News Report

A quick check of the CNN website and Google reveals that there is no such CNN news report, claiming that caffeine, theophylline and theobromine can cure or prevent COVID-19.

There is certainly no CNN report on the Chinese using coffee to cure or prevent COVID-19 infections.

Fact #2 : Methylxanthines Are Found In Chocolate, Coffee & Tea

Methylxanthines (or methylated xanthines) are a group of chemicals which include caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine. They are found not only in tea, but also chocolate and coffee.

Theophylline is predominant in tea, while theobromine is abundant in chocolate, and caffeine is the main methylxanthine in coffee.

If methylxanthines can really prevent COVID-19, why didn’t the writer suggest eating chocolate and drinking both coffee and tea for maximum effect?

Fact #3 : China Consumes More Coffee Than India

The Chinese may not drink as much coffee as they do tea, but it is really racist to say that unlike Indians, the Chinese do not know that coffee contains those compounds.

In 2019, the 1.43 billion Chinese population consumed US$8.2 BILLION worth of coffee, while the 1.37 billion Indian population consumed only US$903 MILLION worth of coffee.

In other words, the Chinese consume 8.7X more coffee per capita than the Indians. Could that suggest they are probably more aware of its health benefits?

Fact #4 : Caffeine, Theophylline, Theobromine Cannot Cure Or Prevent COVID-19

If caffeine, theophylline and theobromine can prevent COVID-19, countries with high coffee consumption would see far fewer cases.

Yet the top 5 consumers of coffee in the world – Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland – have over 4.5 million COVID-19 infections as of 22 October 2021, while China only has just over 96,700 infections.

Those 5 countries have a population of only 42 million, while China has 34X more people – 1.43 billion of them!

In other words, drinking coffee appears to make people 1584X more likely to get infected by COVID-19!

Of course, we are not so silly as to make that claim, because correlation does NOT mean causation!

But what we can say is that statistically, drinking coffee does not appear to help cure or prevent COVID-19.

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Prevent COVID-19!

As of 22 October 2021, monoclonal antibodies can treat early COVID-19, while dexamethasone can reduce mortality in severe COVID-19.

Fortunately, we now have several vaccines that can prevent COVID-19, including :

So the best way to protect yourself isn’t to drink coffee, but to take an approved COVID-19 vaccine ASAP!

 

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School Canteen Can Reopen For Teachers + Support Staff!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that teachers and support staff will be allowed to eat at their school canteen!

 

School Canteen Can Reopen For Teachers + Support Staff!

School canteen operators can now breathe a sigh of relief!

On 18 October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that teachers and support staff will be allowed to eat at their school canteen!

They made this decision based on the vaccination rate amongst teachers and support staff in schools. For the same reason, students are still NOT allowed to eat at their school canteen.

 

School Canteen SOP For Teachers + Support Staff

Here is the SOP detailed by KPM for teachers and support staff who wish to eat at their school canteen :

  • Only teachers and support staff who are FULLY VACCINATED, and NOT SYMPTOMATIC, are allowed to eat at their school canteen.
  • They are only allowed to eat in OPEN AREAS, and not in enclosed areas of the school canteen.
  • They must limit the time eating, and there must be no gathering, at the school canteen.
  • They must always practice the 3W COVID-19 precautions :
    – Wash their hands with water and soap or hand sanitiser
    – Wear a face mask, and
    – Warn everyone to maintain physical distance, and avoid greeting each other
  • Canteen operators must ensure that ALL employees are FULLY VACCINATED and NOT SYMPTOMATIC.
  • Canteen operators must limit dine-in to only 50% of each table’s capacity, with physical distancing of at least 1 metre.

Under the Ministry of Health’s definition, individuals are only considered fully-vaccinated if they meet these requirements :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

 

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Melaka + Negeri Sembilan Upgraded To PPN Phase 2 + 3!

Melaka and Negeri Sembilan were just upgraded to PPN Phase 2 and Phase 3 respectively!

Find out why they were upgraded, and what privileges they’ll enjoy!

 

Melaka + Negeri Sembilan Upgraded To PPN Phase 2 + 3!

On 2 September 2021, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan were upgraded to PPN Phase 2 and Phase 3 respectively.

This time, MKN did not announce why Melaka was upgraded, but Melaka residents will enjoy these benefits from Saturday, 4 September 2021 onwards :

  • inter-district travel for fully-vaccinated people
  • long-distance couples can travel interstate to meet each other, if they are fully vaccinated
  • parents or guardians of children below 18 years of age in other states, can travel interstate to meet them, if they are fully vaccinated.
  • prayers in mosques, suraus, and non-Muslim houses of worship are allowed for those who are fully-vaccinated.
  • those who are fully-vaccinated are allowed to dine-in at restaurants, cafes and eateries, while proprietors must display a notice that they will only accept fully-vaccinated customers.
  • tourism is allowed within the same state, for fully-vaccinated people who want to stay in hotels or homestay.

MKN also did not announce why Negeri Sembilan was upgraded to Phase 3, but when they upgraded Negeri Sembilan to PPN Phase 2 earlier, it was made based on these criteria :

  • ICU usage dropped from over 120% at the end of May, to 40% on 23 August 2021
  • 72.3% of adults were fully-vaccinated

With this upgrade, residents in Negeri Sembilan will get to enjoy these privileges from Saturday, 4 September 2021 onwards :

  • Public and private sectors can work at up to 80% employee capacity.
  • Dine-in is permitted at all eateries, with minimum physical distance of 1 metre.
  • Businesses can open from 6 AM until midnight.
  • Public and private schools can reopen, with face-to-face teaching limited to 70% in higher education institutes.
  • Religious activities are permitted.

 

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Fact Check : G64 Strain of COVID-19 from India + Egypt?

Is there a new G64 super spreading COVID-19 strain from India and Egypt?

Find out what’s been said about this G64 super spreader strain, and what the FACTS really are!

Updated @ 2021-08-26 : Added information on COVID-19 surge in Malaysia.
Updated @ 2021-04-30 : Added information on COVID-19 surge in India.
Originally posted @ 2020-08-31

 

Claim : G64 Super Spreader COVID-19 Strain From India + Egypt!

This warning has been spreading on WhatsApp, with a link to a MalaysiaKini report called KL restaurant customer part of new cluster, nine cases report today.

CODE RED WARNING TO ALL MALAYSIAN

Stay away from Mamak shop, nasi kandar and all Indian restaurant hiring Indian workers from India utk sementara waktu, a new covid cluster in KL and potentially spread to the whole country.

Genom G64 covid 19 from India and Egypt are super spreader virus. No appropriate vaccines or treatment for these viruses at least till 2023. Escape strategy for these virus cannot be done at the moment.

 

Truth : No G64 COVID-19 Strain From India + Egypt!

The viral warning has actually been circulating since August 2020 and is completely false! Here are the reasons why...

Fact #1 : MalaysiaKini Labelled It Fake

Most people do not read beyond the headlines or the message, and the person who created this fake message knows that very well.

He/she intentionally inserted the link to a genuine MalaysiaKini article, to make it look like a genuine warning based on the article.

However, the article does not refer to any particular COVID-19 strain, or referred to any super spreader variant.

It only mentioned that the first two cases in the Maju cluster involved workers at a restaurant, but it is unknown if they are foreigners or locals.

In any case, MalaysiaKini labelled the message as FAKE on 27 August 2020.

Malaysiakini would like to warn its readers that one of the news portal’s articles regarding the Covid-19 outbreak is being used to spread a fake message via WhatsApp.

The WhatsApp message uses this genuine link and attaches fake news with a xenophobic message and fake science.

Fact #2 : There Is No G64 COVID-19 Strain

There is no such thing as a G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

At that time, the concern was over the D614G strain that was detected in the Sivagangga Cluster, which originated from India.

The D614G strain is more infectious than the original strain, but is not more dangerous.

This fake news was resurrected in April 2021, because there is a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 cases in India; and they found a new variant with double mutations - both L452R and E484Q mutations.

However, this new variant is not linked to the surge of COVID-19 cases in India. That was due to the Indian government allowing massive political rallies and the giant Kumbh Mela festival to proceed.

In August 2021 - its first anniversary, the fake news was resurrected again, on the back of a massive wave of COVID-19 infections in Malaysia.

This wave has nothing to do with the D614G, but the far more transmissible and virulent Delta variant.

Read more : Delta variant can spread in seconds : How to prevent that?

Fact #3 : There Are Now Vaccines!

We have to point this out, because this viral message is still spreading, and people actually believe that there is no vaccine for this (fake) G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines have now been approved, and administered worldwide. So make sure you get vaccinated against COVID-19 ASAP!

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 25 August 2021 Edition

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) for Malaysia!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest Phase 1 SOP as well!

For Phase 2 SOP, please see National Recovery Phase 2 SOP : 16 August 2021 Edition!
For Phase 3 SOP, please see National Recovery Phase 3 SOP : 4 August 2021 Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : Where Does It Apply?

This Phase 1 SOP currently applies to Kedah, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 25 August 2021 Video!

This video shows the National Recovery Plan SOP slides (25 August 2021) for Phase 1, followed by our English translation.

 

NRP Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 25 August 2021 Update!

This is the latest National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP that was released on 25 August 2021.

General Health Protocol

  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Children 17 years or younger are discouraged from being in public places and facilities. Updated!
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation and aeration at the premise.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Benefits For Fully Vaccinated People In Phase 1 Areas

Couples In Long Distance Relationship

  • Couples in long distance relationships are ALLOWED to travel inter-state or inter-district to meet each other, on the condition that they must both be fully vaccinated, and have been verified by PDRM with these documents:
    – Copy of identification card of both husband and wife
    – Copy of marriage card / certificate
    – Copy of COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate for both husband and wife
    – Copy of proof of residence of either husband / wife, or confirmation letter from employer
  • The PDRM permission letter must be shown to pass through roadblocks.

Parents With Children Younger Than 18 Years Old Living Apart

  • Parents or guardians who have children under the age of 18 years living in a different state or district, are ALLOWED to travel. to meet them, on the condition both parents are fully vaccinated, and have been verified by PDRM with these documents:
    – Copy of identification card of parents and child’s birth certificate
    – Copy of COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate for both parents
    – Child’s schooling information (if relevant, e.g. boarding school)
  • The PDRM permission letter must be shown to pass through roadblocks.

Overseas Travellers

  • Malaysian citizens or foreigners who have homes in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia My Second Home participants) arriving from overseas, are ALLOWED to undergo mandatory quarantine at home if they are fully vaccinated, and given a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) subject to these conditions:
    – Show proof of a valid negative RT-PCR test taken within 3 days of departure
    – Have a valid and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate (depending on the type of vaccine).
    – Have no symptoms during the health screening conducted at the International entry point.
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine
  • Individuals who arrive from overseas and are not fully vaccinated, or have not been vaccinated, must undergo mandatory quarantine in a KKM-approved quarantine centre.
  • The mandatory quarantine for travellers from all countries is 14 days, and can be extended a further 7 days, based on the risk assessment on Day 14.
  • Travellers must conduct self-evaluation every day using the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in MySejahtera, until the end of the quarantine period (either 14 or 21 days). New!
  • Travellers must undergo RT-PCR screening for COVID-19 on arrival in Malaysia. The RT-PCR tests must be repeated on Day 10 or day 18 (for those quarantined for 21 days). New!

Religion

  • Prayer activities at the mosque and surau for individuals who are fully vaccinated are ALLOWED, subject to the rules and SOP by the state religious authority.
  • Prayer activities at non-Muslim religious houses for individuals who are fully vaccinated are ALLOWED, subject to the rules and SOP by the Ministry of National Unity.

Manufacturing + Construction Sectors

  • For manufacturing and construction activities not listed in the Essential Services list, companies that achieved these fully vaccinated rates are allowed to operate : Updated!
    a) 40% : Allowed to operate at 60% worker capacity
    b) 60% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Mining + Quarrying

  • For mining and quarrying companies that achieved these fully vaccinated rates :
    a) Less than 60% : Allowed to operate at 60% worker capacity New!
    b) 60% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Trade + Distribution

  • These businesses must only accept fully-vaccinated customers :
    1. Car wash
    2. Electric and electronic shop
    3. House and kitchen appliance shop
    4. Furniture shop
    5. Sporting goods shop
    6. Car accessories shop
    7. Car sales and distribution
    8. Clothes, fashion and accessories shop
    9. Jewellery shop
    10. Barber and hair / beauty saloons (basic hair-cutting services only)
  • Premise owners must ensure that customers who wish to enter MUST show their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, to prove that they are fully-vaccinated.
  • Parents who are fully-vaccinated can bring their children 17 years or younger to these premises, in compliance with the general health protocol.

Market

  • Morning market, farmer’s market, night market and weekend market can only accept fully-vaccinated customers. New!
  • Customers must prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card. New!

Dine-In

  • Restaurant operators, including hotels, sports and recreational club houses, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts, food carts, and food kiosks are ALLOWED to offer dine-in services, subject to these conditions :
    – only accept customers who are fully-vaccinated, and asymptomatic
    – premise owners must display a notice stating that only customers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed in
    – workers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work at these capacities :
    a) 40% : up to 60% worker capacity
    b) 60% : up to 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : up to 100% worker capacity
    – premise owners must arrange the tables with physical distancing, and ensure the premise has good ventilation.
    – dine-in is allowed with a maximum capacity of 50% per table, with physical distance of at least 1 metre.
  • Parents who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 17 years or younger to dine-in.

Sports + Recreation

  • The use of sports and recreational premises and facilities is RESTRICTED to only fully-vaccinated individuals, for all individual activities with physical distance of 2-3 metres from 6 AM until 8 PM, within the same district.
  • Permitted activities include swimming, equestrian sports, shooting, tennis / badminton (single), golf, motorsports and so on.
  • Operation of all commercial sports and recreational facilities (outdoor and semi-open), including swimming pool or water sports premises, subject to 60% capacity limit with supervision. Workforce is limited to 60%, including both management and operations. These facilities are limited to fully-vaccinated people, who are allowed to bring children 17 years or younger for the same activities, subject to strict SOP compliance.
  • Operation of all commercial sports and recreational facilities (outdoor and semi-open), including swimming pool or water sports premises are subject to local authorities.
  • Dine-in at the club house restaurant or cafe is ALLOWED.
  • Changing room and shower room at the club house are FORBIDDEN.

Picnics + Camping

  • Picnic and camping activities are ALLOWED in the same district.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 17 years or younger for picnic or camping, subject to strict SOP compliance.

Travel Restrictions In Phase 1 Areas

  • Interstate and inter-district travel (based on district borders determined by state governments) is FORBIDDEN, except for long-distance couples, children in other states / districts, or individuals who have been given PDRM or KKM permission.
  • All entry and exit into MCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to travel at maximum vehicle capacity. New!
  • For those who are not fully-vaccinated :
    a) Only two (2) household representatives may leave to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement and basic necessities. Updated!
    b) Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, security or emergencies. Updated!
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver, and the passenger must sit in the back.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (except worker transportation) is allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.
  • Unloading of non-essential goods in factories is limited to delivery and receipt of goods or cargo in existing stockpiles for the purpose of import and export only with limited workers. Unloading time is only allowed from 8 AM until 8 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Unloading of essential goods is not subject to these restrictions and can proceed as usual.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Travel for funerals and natural disasters are ALLOWED, with police permission.
  • Disaster or humanitarian aid from NGO must obtain permission from the state or district Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operational Control Centre (PKOB) of the affected area.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Members of Parliament or State Legislators are ALLOWED to travel interstate or inter-district to visit their constituencies without conducting any events.
  • Travel for Short Term Business Visitors under the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative for official or business purposes are ALLOWED with police permission.

Civil Service

  • Must work from home (WFH) completely, except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement.
  • Office attendance for essential services in the civil service must not exceed 40% at any one time, and must emphasise work that cannot be performed at home, like payment, maintenance, security, technical management, online meetings and ministerial documentation.
  • Government counter service will operate physically from 1 July 2021 onwards, involving :
    – services that cannot be conducted online
    – counter service capacity must not exceed 50%
    – people are only allowed to be admitted with scheduled appointments
  • Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.

Private Sector

  • Approved essential services in the private sector must have official approval from 1 June 2021 onwards.
  • Employee travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  • Employee capacity for the private sector (essential services only) is limited to 60%, including both operations and management.

MICE

  • Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks are FORBIDDEN, except in-service training through Camp-Based Training.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks conducted online are ALLOWED.
  • Critical interviews are ALLOWED either face-to-face or online.

Business Activities In Phase 1 Areas

  • Restaurants, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Food and beverage sales are only allowed for takeaway, drive-through or delivery, EXCEPT dine-in for fully vaccinated people. New!
  • Park & dine is FORBIDDEN. Updated!
  • Grocers, convenience stores, self-care stores and mini-marts are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Hardware stores, vehicle workshops, childcare stores and religious stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  • Pharmacies can operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Petrol stations can operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.

  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and departmental stores can open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Bookstores, stationery, computer and telecommunications shops are ALLOWED to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Veterinarian clinics and pet food stores are ALLOWED to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Laundry services and optical stores are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM. Self-service laundromats must ensure an employee is present on-premise.
  • Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 2 PM.
  • Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open from 12:01 AM until 6 AM, and from 11 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Morning market and farmer’s market are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 11 AM, subject to proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision. Updated!
  • Night markets and weekend markets are ALLOWED to open, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision. New!
  • Customers to morning markets, farmer’s markets, night markets or weekend markets must show their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card to prove that they are fully vaccinated. Updated!
  • Fishing for livelihood is ALLOWED.
  • All other activities not mentioned in the SOP are FORBIDDEN.

Mining + Quarrying

  • Supply of minerals, rock material and cement only from existing stockpiles as well as transportation from the mine or quarry to the premise or site of major public infrastructure construction or building construction permitted by this SOP.
  • Supply of cement and its logistics to premises or construction sites of public infrastructure or building construction permitted by this SOP are ALLOWED. Updated!
  • The operation and maintenance of mines and quarries is ALLOWED, subject to the Mining and Quarrying SOP.

Education

  • All public and private institutes of tertiary education, tahfiz centres and other educational institutes must CLOSE.
  • Tertiary education will continue ONLINE.
  • All public and private schools and education institutes, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, counselling centres, etc. must CLOSE.
  • Only international exams at international and expatriate schools are allowed.
  • All face-to-face learning are FORBIDDEN, except for tertiary education students who require them.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue using hybrid studies.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres for children 4 to 6 years old are FORBIDDEN to operate, unless both parents are frontliners or working in essential services.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are ALLOWED to operate, subject to the SOP.
  • Parents or guardians sending their children to childcare centres are allowed to transport them at full vehicle capacity. New!

Religion

  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the state Islamic religious authority.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the Ministry of National Unity (KPN).
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Sports + Recreation

  • Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact in open spaces are LIMITED to jogging, cycling, individual games and exercise (like skateboarding, inline skating and so on), without involving sports or recreational facilities, with physical distancing of 2-3 metres within the neighbourhood, from 7 AM until 8 PM.
  • The operation of open public parks are subject to the local authorities. New!
  • The operation of all indoor sports and recreational facilities is LIMITED to critical management duties (finance, maintenance and so on), up to 30% of worker capacity including management and operations. New!
  • Centralised training programs, including closed quarantined competitions using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs with quarantine by State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Malaysian Football League matches are ALLOWED based on the closed Sports Bubble model, without spectators or supporters.
  • Picnic and camping activity for individuals who are not fully vaccinated is FORBIDDEN. New!

Creative Industry

  • Development and broadcasting of creative content through recording or live broadcasts including animation, filming, drama, promotions, sitcoms and the like, including dance, art activities theatre, musical arts, cultural and heritage performances as well as the music are FORBIDDEN, except for individual discussions and live-streaming.
  • Recording and live broadcasts of programmes to convey information (other than entertainment) like news, forum, interviews are ALLOWED.

 

NRP Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : Essential Services

Essential Services Allowed To Operate In Phase 1 Areas

  1. Food and beverages, including for animals
  2. Healthcare and medical services, including dietary supplements, veterinarian services, etc.
  3. Water supply
  4. Energy supply
  5. Security and safety, defence, emergency, social and humanitarian services
  6. Waste disposal and public sanitisation and sewerage
  7. Land, water and air transportation
  8. Port, shipyard, airport services and operations, including loading, unloading, cargo handling and piloting, storage or transportation of commodities
  9. Communications including media, telecommunications and Internet, post and courier, as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying information, news and the like.
  10. Banking, insurance, takaful and capital markets (60% capacity)
  11. Community credit and pawn shops
  12. E-commerce and information technology
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  14. Hotels and accommodation (only for quarantine purposes, segregation, employment for essential services and not for tourism).
  15. Critical construction, maintenance and repair
  16. Forestry services (limited to enforcement) and wildlife
  17. Legislative and judiciary.
  18. Lawyers and commissioners of oaths
  19. Accounting services
  20. Professional services and consultants (subject to the Professional Body’s regulatory authority)
  21. Logistics limited to delivery of essential services

Essential Services According To Sector

All industries are FORBIDDEN, except for the following sectors :

Manufacturing (60% employee capacity)

  1. Aerospace (components and maintenance, repair and overhaul – MRO)
  2. Food and beverage
  3. Packaging and printing materials, only related to food and health
  4. Personal care and cleaning products
  5. Healthcare and medical medicine
  6. Personal care items, personal protective equipment (PPE), including rubber gloves and fire safety equipment
  7. Components for medical devices.
  8. Electrical and electronics of global economic chain importance
  9. Oil and gas, including petrochemicals and petrochemical products
  10. Machinery and equipment for health and food products
  11. Textiles for PPE production only
  12. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities (“optimal” employee capacity)

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and their supply chains
  2. Plantations and commodities (oil palm, rubber, pepper and cocoa)

Construction

  1. Critical maintenance and repair works
  2. Public infrastructure construction works
  3. Building construction works that provide complete employee accommodation at construction sites, or workers that are housed in Centralised Workers Quarters (CLQ).
  4. Construction works carried out by G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors.
  5. Individual home renovation works
  6. Government funded project works
  7. Land investigation works
  8. Professionals / consultants involved in permitted construction works
  9. Services in the supply chain for permitted construction works

Trade + Distribution (Without Vaccination)

  1. Shopping malls must be CLOSED, except for supermarkets, hypermarkets and departmental stores INCLUDING all listed essential services.
  2. Supermarkets and hypermarkets
  3. Departmental store, EXCEPT clothes, decorations, cosmetics and children toys
  4. Pharmacies, self-care stores, convenience stores and mini marts.
  5. Restaurants
  6. Laundry services, including self-service laundromats
  7. Pet care and pet food stores
  8. Eyewear and optical goods stores
  9. Hardware stores
  10. E-commerce – all product categories
  11. Wholesale and distribution – for all essential products only
  12. Vehicle workshops, maintenance and spare parts
  13. Other specialty retail store (petrol stations)
  14. Bookstores and stationery shops
  15. Computer shops and telecommunications

Trade + Distribution (For Fully-Vaccinated)

Allowed in Phase 1 states that have fully-vaccinated 50% of their adult populations. Customers must be fully-vaccinated.

  1. Car wash
  2. Electric and electronic shop
  3. House and kitchen appliance shop
  4. Furniture shop
  5. Sporting goods shop
  6. Car accessories shop
  7. Car sales and distribution
  8. Clothes, fashion and accessories shop
  9. Jewellery shop
  10. Barber and hair / beauty saloons (basic hair-cutting services only)

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN under the National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP.

  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness, beauty, barber and hair saloons, pedicure and manicure
  • Cybercafes and cybercenters
  • Driving schools, maritime training centres, flight schools
  • Photography activities
  • Gambling, horse racing and casinos
  • Factory manufacturing alcoholic beverages, and shops selling alcoholic beverages
  • Official and unofficial public and private events
  • Social events like feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  • Receiving guests or visitors at home, except in emergencies or for delivery services.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, exhibitions, lectures and all MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events that are face-to-face.

  • Tourist attractions like zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, extreme parks, adventure parks, nature parks, etc.
  • Souvenir and craft shops, culture and historical premises like museums, libraries, art galleries, native art and culture, stage performance, etc.
  • Theme parks, family entertainment centres, indoor playgrounds, karaoke, etc.
  • Interdistrict and interstate tourism
  • Overseas travel by citizens, and local travel involving foreigners entering Malaysia.
  • Sports and recreation that involve groups or physical contact.
  • All indoor sports and recreation activities. Updated!
  • Spectators and supporters are sports and recreational venues. New!
  • International or local championships, competitions, and matches, EXCEPT those organised by the National Sports Council and training matches for teams under the Malaysian Football League (MFL).
  • Sports or recreational activities that cross district and state lines, EXCEPT with police permission.
  • Hotel lounge performances
  • Indoor or outdoor busking (except in PPV – vaccination centres)
  • Night club or pub activities.
  • Cinema activities.
  • Indoor and outdoor filming
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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Dine-In For Fully-Vaccinated : What You Need To Know!

The government just updated and synchronised dine-in privileges for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia.

Here is what you need to know!

 

Dine-In For Fully-Vaccinated : What You Need To Know!

Starting from Friday, 20 August 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated people in Phase 1 states are also allowed to dine-in, bringing them in line with the other states.

On 20 August 2021, MKN released updated SOP guidelines that synchronised the dine-in rules for fully-vaccinated people across Malaysia.

Who Qualifies To Dine-In?

Only those who are fully-vaccinated according to these requirements can dine-in :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

Children are currently not being vaccinated. So parents who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 17 years or younger to dine-in.

Where Can You Dine-In?

From 20 August 2021 onwards, all eateries in Malaysia are ALLOWED to offer dine-in services, including :

  • Restaurant operators, including hotels, sports and recreational club houses, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts, food carts, and food kiosks
  • Restaurant or cafe in sports / recreational club houses

However, restaurant / cafe services in pubs and nightclubs are still FORBIDDEN.

Dine-In Requirements

Eateries offering dine-in services are subject to these requirements :

  • only accept customers who are fully-vaccinated AND asymptomatic
  • premise owners must display a notice stating that only customers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed in
  • workers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work at these capacities :
    a) 40% : up to 60% worker capacity
    b) 60% : up to 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : up to 100% worker capacity
  • premise owners must arrange the tables with physical distancing, and ensure the premise has good ventilation.
  • dine-in is allowed with a maximum capacity of 50% per table, with physical distance of at least 1 metre.

 

Should You Dine-In If You’re Fully-Vaccinated?

The government may be allowing fully-vaccinated people to dine-in across Malaysia, but I would highly recommend that you DO NOT dine-in.

Community spread in Malaysia is rampant with over 20,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, and dining-in is a very risky activity because :

  • you have to remove your face mask for a prolonged period of time.
  • you are seated in (relative) close proximity with strangers.
  • when seated indoors, you will be breathing air that’s shared with other people in the same premise
  • even seated outdoors, you are exposed to people walking past, or the wait staff.

Even though you are fully-vaccinated, you are still at risk of being exposed to the coronavirus and developing a breakthrough infection.

If you really miss dining-in, try to mitigate the risk by opting to :

  • seat outdoors, where there is good ventilation.
  • keep your face mask on, until you need to eat or drink.
  • put on your face mask, whenever you need to speak with any stranger (like the wait staff)

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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PPN Phase 1 : Fully-Vaccinated People Can Dine-In!

The government just announced that fully-vaccinated people in PPN Phase 1 states can now dine-in, as well as new privileges across the country!

Here is what you need to know!

 

PPN Phase 1 : Fully-Vaccinated People Can Dine-In!

Starting from Friday, 20 August 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated people in Phase 1 states will be allowed to dine-in, subject to these conditions :

  • proprietors should provide more outdoor dining capacity for better ventilation.
  • proprietors must verify that customers are fully-vaccinated, by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.
  • customers are allowed to bring children 17 years or younger to dine-in.

While the government is allowing people to dine-in in Phase 1 states, I highly recommend that you DO NOT dine-in at this moment.

You may be fully-vaccinated, but vaccine breakthroughs can still happen. Please continue to stay safe.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

More Privileges For Fully-Vaccinated People In Malaysia

The government also announced additional privileges for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia :

Sports + Recreation

  • Individual sports and recreation without physical touch, in the outdoors and semi-open spaces, are ALLOWED from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Permitted sports include jogging, exercise, tai chi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian sports, archery, hiking, tennis (singles), badminton (singles), golf, motorsports and so on.
  • Dine-in is allowed in sports / recreation club house restaurant and cafe.
  • Customers are FORBIDDEN to use the changing rooms and shower rooms.
  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED, including children who are 17 years or younger, subject to strict SOP compliance.

Night + Weekend Markets

  • Customers must prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.

 

Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia : Do YOU Qualify?

To qualify for the privileges above, you must be fully-vaccinated according to these requirements :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

In addition, these privileges apply to all states that have achieved adult vaccination of at least 50%.

For example, the Klang Valley achieved an adult vaccination rate of 64.7% on 14 August 2021, and therefore all fully-vaccinated adults in the Klang Valley can enjoy these privileges.

 

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Malaysia National Recovery Plan : 8 August 2021 Edition!

Here are the latest updates on the Malaysia National Recovery Plan, that MKN announced!

Updated @ 2021-08-08 : Added new Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 details.

Updated @ 2021-07-20 : Added new Phase 1 and Phase 2 details.
Updated @ 2021-07-09 : Added new Phase 1 and Phase 2 details.
Updated @ 2021-07-04 : Added new Phase 2 details.
Originally posted @ 2021-06-27

 

Malaysia National Recovery Plan : New Criteria

On 15 June 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced the National Recovery Plan with four phases, which was updated on 5 July 2021.

This was further amended with a new criteria on 7 August 2021.

Phase 1

Phase 2

Before achieving 50% adult vaccinations :

  • Must meet these requirements (nationally) :
    – average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <4,000
    moderate healthcare system / ICU capacity
    10% population vaccinated with second dose
  • Must meet these requirements (by state) :
    – new cases averaging less than 12.2 cases per 100,000
    moderate ICU use capacity
    10% population vaccinated with second dose

After achieving 50% adult vaccinations :

  • Must meet these requirements (nationally) :
    – new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging <2,000
    moderate healthcare system / ICU capacity
    Must meet these requirements (by state) :
    – new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging < 6.1 cases per 100,000
    moderate ICU use capacity

Phase 3

Before achieving 50% adult vaccinations, states must meet these requirements :

  • average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <2,000
  • comfortable healthcare system / ICU capacity
  • 40% population vaccinated with second dose

After achieving 50% adult vaccinations, states must meet these requirements :

  • new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging < 3.0 cases per 100,000
  • comfortable healthcare system / ICU capacity

Phase 4

States must meet these requirements before they can transition to Phase 4 :

  • new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging < 1.3 cases per 100,000
  • safe healthcare system / ICU capacity
  • 60% population vaccinated with second dose

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 1 Updates

On 6 July 2021, MKN announced that busking is now allowed in vaccination centres, and supermarkets and departmental stores can fully open up.

On 19 July 2021, MKN announced these changes :

  • Up to 40% of public servants can now work in the office
  • Accounting services are now ALLOWED, with a maximum employee capacity of 60%.
  • Daily and public markets are now allowed to operate from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to local authorities and SOP, with monitoring by RELA or civil defence.
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) is allowed to operate from 7 AM until 2 PM.
  • Cycling and individual sports with physical distancing of 2-3 metres are ALLOWED in the neighbourhood.
  • Ports, airports and the logistics sector can operate 24 hours.
  • Mining and quarrying activities are allowed with up to 60% worker capacity.

On 16 July 2021, the government announced that G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors can resume construction work.

On 3 August 2021, MKN announced that :

  •  residential renovations can begin / resume in Phase 1 areas.
  • supply of cement and its logistics are now allowed
  • individual sports and recreational activities are now allowed within the neighbourhood from 7 AM until 8 PM.
  • critical interviews are allowed, either face-to-face, or online

For the latest Phase 1 SOP, please see National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 3 August 2021 Edition!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 2 Updates

On 27 June 2021, MKN announced details for Phase 2 of the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

On 3 July 2021, MKN announced that five states met the requirements to transition to Phase 2 – Perlis, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. They also announced more updates to Phase 2.

On 5 July 2021, MKN announced that Penang met the requirements to transition to Phase 2.

On 6 July 2021, MKN announced that busking is now allowed in vaccination centres.

On 8 July 2021, MKN announced that Sabah met the requirements to transition to Phase 2.

On 19 July 2021, MKN announced these changes :

  • out-of-studio filming is ALLOWED subject to strict SOP
  • business premises can now open from 6 AM to 10 PM, including specialty stores (petrol stations).

On 3 August 2021, MKN announced these changes :

  • Up to 60% of public servants can now work in the office
  • Critical interviews are now allowed, either face-to-face, or online
  • Individual sports and recreational activities are now allowed within 10 km from your residence, from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Construction industry is now an essential service in Phase 2 areas.
  • Maintenance and repair works are allowed to proceed.
  • Road and highway construction work are allowed to proceed.

For the latest Phase 2 SOP, please see National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 3 August 2021 Edition!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 3 Updates

On 27 June 2021, the MKN announced these details for Phase 3 of the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

What Business Can Reopen In Phase 3

In Phase 3, all economic activities are allowed to resume, EXCEPT for high-risk activities in the negative list, like :

  • Spa
  • Pedicure and manicure
  • Pub and night club

Beauty saloons are ALLOWED to operate, subject to strict SOP.

Creative industry are ALLOWED in Phase 3, for example – live events without spectators.

Travel Restrictions

Inter-district travel is ALLOWED, but interstate travel is FORBIDDEN.

Up to three (3) people are allowed (including the driver) in public and private vehicles like taxi and e-hailing rides and personal vehicles.

Dining-In

Dining-in at restaurants is ALLOWED, but limited to two (2) persons per table, with physical distancing.

Education

The reopening of the education section, including schools, public and private institutes of higher learning, training institutes and other educational institutes under the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Housing and Local Government and Ministry of Rural Development and other agencies are to be determined by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education as well as the Ministry of Health.

Social Activities

Social activities are FORBIDDEN in Phase 3.

However, people will be ALLOWED to receive up to ten (10) guests or visitors at their homes at any one time.

Tourism

Tourism is ALLOWED only within the state.

The reopening of tourist attractions will be subject to risk assessments, and tight SOP.

On 4 August 2021, Perlis, Sarawak and Labuan were upgraded to Phase 3, based on this new SOP.

For the latest Phase 3 SOP, please see National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 4 August 2021 Edition!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 4 Updates

On 27 June 2021, the MKN announced these details for Phase 4 of the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

Phase 4 is when almost all economic and social sectors will be ALLOWED to reopen completely, subject to the existing SOP.

This is also when interstate travel will be permitted.

 

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Can You Eat Durian Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Can you eat durian before or after getting your COVID-19 vaccination?

Did someone actually die eating durian after his vaccination?

Find out what’s going viral on WhatsApp, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Eating Durian Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination Can Kill You!

Two warnings about eating during before / after COVID-19 vaccination have gone viral on WhatsApp (with our English translation underlined) :

紧急事件
告诉家人和朋友,要去接种疫苗之前和之后都不要吃榴莲。
有一个人打了疫苗针回来第二天
吃了榴莲死往生了
不可不知道及必须小心谨慎为妙。
生命可贵,因为一时的无知就把命送掉,可怜。

Important

Tell your families and friends, if you are going before or after vaccination, don’t eat durian. Someone died on the next day after vaccination. Died after eating durian. You should know and be careful. Life is precious, because of ignorance, you lose your life. Pitiful.

Tell family and friends not to eat durian before or after vaccination. My friend in the garden was vaccinated and came back and ate durian the next day and died. It is better to know and be cautious. Life is precious, because a moment of ignorance will kill it, pitiful.

Credit : Thanks to Yuh Hui and Ser Loon for helping me with the Chinese translation!

 

Truth : You Can Eat Durian Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination!

Those WhatsApp messages are just more COVID-19 fake news, and here are the FACTS!

Fact #1 : No One Died Eating Durian Before / After Vaccination

No one died from eating durian before or after their COVID-19 vaccination.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) also called these messages FALSE.

Fact #2 : No Restrictions On Diet After Vaccination

After receiving your COVID-19 vaccination, you are FREE to do anything you want.

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your diet and daily life.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Vaccine Is Just Self-Defence Class For Immune System

The COVID-19 vaccine is really just a self-defence class for your body.

By pretending to be the SARS-CoV-2 virus (that causes COVID-19), the vaccine gives your immune system the opportunity to learn how to identify and defeat the real virus.

That’s it! So there is simply no mechanism by which COVID-19 vaccines can possibly cause a reaction with anything you eat or drink.

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect Are Normal

You can expect some mild side effects after vaccination. They are completely normal, because they are signs of your immune system learning how to fight against COVID-19.

You can report any side effects you feel over the next few days in MySejahtera. If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

So please tell your family and friends that these are FAKE NEWS, so they won’t keep sharing it!

 

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Can Raw Chicken Infect You With COVID-19?

Can raw chicken infect you with COVID-19, if they were handled by infected workers?

Find out what keeps going viral, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Raw Chicken Can Infect You With COVID-19!

There have been warnings about the dangers of raw meat contaminated by workers infected with COVID-19.

These warnings are usually tied to claims of a factory being closed over COVID-19 exposure, or multiple COVID-19 cases.

Here is a new example :

31 people in the chicken factory in Menglembu Industrial Zone were infected, and many chickens with the virus have been sold to the whole Ipoh market.

Tell your family not to buy chicken recently, it is safer to go to the market less

 

Can Raw Chicken Infect You With COVID-19? Plausible But Not Probable

Now, I cannot confirm whether a chicken factory in Menglembu had a cluster of 31 workers infected with COVID-19. There is currently no news report of such an incident.

So let’s just consider the question – can raw chicken infect you with COVID-19? Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Not Easy To Get Infected From Handling Food

Based on the fact that other coronaviruses and respiratory viruses can be transmitted through fomites – (contaminated objects), it is certainly plausible way to get infected handling such objects.

However, you cannot get infected just by touching them. You have to touch the contaminated objects and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes.

That is easily avoided by washing your hands before touching your face!

How often do you touch your face while handling raw chicken? Pretty sure no one wants to do that with their dirty hands!

Fact #2 : No Infected Cases From Handling Food

There was also consistent evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can persist on certain surfaces for days. That led to early recommendations for sanitisation of public spaces where known positive cases were present.

However, WHO points out there has been NO SPECIFIC REPORTS of anyone getting COVID-19 through fomite transmission.

The US CDC also has a specific page on the risk of getting infected by COVID-19 through contaminated food, where they concluded that as of 31 December 2020 :

  • Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19.
  • Currently, no cases of COVID-19 have been identified where infection was thought to have occurred by touching food, food packaging, or shopping bags.
  • Although some people who work in food production and processing facilities have gotten COVID-19, there is no evidence of the virus spreading to consumers through the food or packaging that workers in these facilities may have handled.

Just make sure you WASH YOUR HANDS after handling raw chicken or other kinds of meat or produce, BEFORE touching your face!

I would also recommend wearing a face shield while handling raw meat or produce as it prevents you from accidentally touching your face.

Fact #3 : People FAR Riskier Than Contaminated Food

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets from infected human beings.

So you are FAR more likely to get infected by an infected person, than handling raw chicken or other meat contaminated by infected workers at the meat factory.

That is why it is very important to maintain COVID-19 precautions while you are out in public.

It doesn’t matter if you are shopping in an air-conditioned supermarket, or buying groceries in an open-air market.

Just make it a habit to maintain those COVID-19 precautions AT ALL TIMES, as you never know who is infected with COVID-19.

 

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What To Do Before, During + After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Getting ready for your COVID-19 vaccination?

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination!

 

What Should You Do Before COVID-19 Vaccination?

Just received your COVID-19 vaccination appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination!

Medication?

There are fake messages on social media asking people to stop taking their medications before getting their vaccination. That is false and dangerous!

You should CONTINUE to take your medication, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your vaccination.

However, you should limit or avoid alcohol the day before your vaccination. Excessive alcohol intake can suppress your immune system, and reduce the efficacy of the vaccine.

Painkillers?

You should NOT take painkillers before going for your vaccination.

That’s because painkillers can suppress your immune response, and reduce the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more : Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

On Vaccination Day

On the day of your vaccination, please make sure to :

  1. Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Have a good meal, and drink some water. Don’t drink too much, or you will need to go to the toilet!
  3. Make sure you do NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If you are sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    You will be given a new appointment.
  4. Bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed, if possible (Malaysia only, not compulsory).
  5. You must bring some form of identification – MyKad (Malaysia) or passport.
  6. Bring your medication list, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. If you are pregnant, please bring your health record book.
  8. You must wear a face mask, and if possible, wear a face shield.
  9. Bring a bottle of water, in case you get thirsty.
  10. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the forms.

 

What Should You Do During COVID-19 Vaccination?

When you get to the vaccination room or booth, please follow these steps :

  1. Check the label of the vial or prepared syringe, to confirm the vaccine you are receiving. Here in Malaysia, that’s Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.
  2. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume.
Vaccines Dose Volume
Pfizer COMIRNATY 0.3 ml
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria 0.5 ml
Sinovac CoronaVac 0.5 ml

If a low dead volume (LDV) syringe is used, you should read the volume from the first ring of the plunger, not the top.

Read more : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

  1. Ask that you be allowed to record a video of the vaccination process.
  2. After receiving the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that you received the dose.
  4. If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.

Read more : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

What Should You Do After COVID-19 Vaccination?

First, congratulate yourself on protecting yourself and your family. Then take some photos before you leave the vaccination centre, and share them on social media!

Dietary Restrictions?

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your diet or daily life after vaccination. Please remember – you were vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime!

However, it is best if you limit or avoid alcohol intake for a few days. Excessive alcohol intake can suppress your immune system, and reduce vaccine efficacy.

Exercise Or Not?

You may see health authorities advising against strenuous exercise after your vaccination. There are a few reasons :

  • A precautionary measure for adolescents and young adults (below 30 years of age) who received the Pfizer vaccine, as there is a very small risk that they may get myocarditis.
  • To avoid accidents if people start feeling side effects like headache or fever while exercising.
  • To avoid people conflating post-exercise pain and reporting it as post-vaccination side effect.

Continue COVID-19 Precautions!

You must continue to take COVID-19 precautions in public, like wear a face mask and a face shield, and maintaining physical distance in public, because :

  • you will not receive maximum protection until 2-3 weeks after your second dose.
  • vaccines cannot protect you 100% against COVID-19, so there is a small risk of breakthrough infections.
  • new variants like the Delta variant are partially resistant to vaccines.

Report Side Effects

You can expect some mild side effects over the next day or two, like fever, muscle ache and possibly headache.

You should not worry about them – they are evidence of your immune system learning to fight against COVID-19.

You can take painkillers if you need to, but try to use paracetamol / acetaminophen instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and aspirin.

You can report any side effects you feel over the next few days in MySejahtera. If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

Read more : How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!
Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

 

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Clove (Cengkih) : Can It Cure COVID-19?

Can the humble clove (cengkih) really cure COVID-19?

Take a look at the latest culinary claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Clove (Cengkih) Can Cure COVID-19!

The humble clove (cengkih) has been promoted as a cure for COVID-19, shortly after the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread globally.

Every now and then, people will share messages claiming that eating cloves cured them, their family or their friends of COVID-19.

Here is a recent voice message in Malay (with a picture) that is being shared on WhatsApp as evidence that the humble clove can cure COVID-19.

https://www.techarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Cloves-Cengkih-COVID-19-voice-message.mp3?_=1

Here is a rough transcript in English :

Peace be unto you.

I’m a resident here and I want to advise those who contracted COVID-19 to eat cloves. Please spread this out to everyone, your friends, no matter where they are.

Please ask those who has COVID-19 to eat cloves. Chew and then swallow with water. Peace be to God.

Chew and eat 5 to 6 of the cloves. Just eat like that, and then drink water. Peace be to God.

My friends who got COVID-19 have all been cured after eating clove. After 5-6 minutes, they can breathe properly. Their throats feel so clean.

Peace be to God. Those who get COVID-19, please cooperate and eat cloves. No need to cook them. Just chew and swallow with water.

In 5 to 6 minutes, you will be able to breathe and your throat won’t feel stuffy. Peace be to God.

Please spread this to your friends, relatives, no matter where they are.

Peace be unto you.

 

Clove (Cengkih) : Great For Food, Useless Against COVID-19

The clove (Syzygium aromaticum) also known as bunga cengkih in Malay and Ding Xiang (丁香) in Chinese is extensively used in Asian cooking.

Whether it’s Malay, Chinese or Indian cuisine, the humble clove is often used for its rich flavour and spicy aroma.

However, the clove is absolutely USELESS against COVID-19. All those viral messages about cloves preventing or curing COVID-19 are FAKE NEWS!

The clove can neither prevent, nor cure, COVID-19. It has ZERO EFFECT on the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

If you need evidence, just look at how COVID-19 surged in India, Indonesia and Malaysia – countries where cloves are extensively used in local cuisine!

Even though we Asians consume cloves all the time, our citizens are still getting infected by COVID-19.

In addition, breathing difficulties in COVID-19 are not caused by a “blocked throat”, but rather – pneumonia and damage to the blood vessels in the lungs.

So even if chewing cloves relieves your throat, it has NO EFFECT on breathing difficulties caused by severe COVID-19.

Stop wasting cloves by chewing them. Get vaccinated against COVID-19, and enjoy your cloves in your next meal!

 

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More Sectors Allowed To Open In Selangor EMCO Areas!

The Malaysian government has allowed more sectors to open in Selangor EMCO areas!

Find out what businesses and factories are allowed to reopen in EMCO areas in Selangor!

 

More Sectors Allowed To Open In Selangor EMCO Areas!

On 7 July 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) announced that a cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister agreed to allow more sectors to open in Selangor EMCO areas!

  • Electrical and electronics (E&E) and its supply chains
  • Aerospace (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO))
  • Machinery and equipment (M&E) for the production of healthcare and food products
  • Selected food and beverage manufacturing
    – Mineral water, chocolate malt, coffee, tea, fresh milk
    – Sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, break, milk products, grains, milk powder, biscuits, sardine, instant noodles, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt, vermicelli, noodles, sauces, soy sauce, spices, baby food, frozen food (chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables) and animal food.

 

Full List Of Allowed Sectors In Selangor EMCO Areas

A. Manufacturing Sector

  • Dry Food : sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, break, milk products, grains, milk powder, biscuits, sardine, instant noodles, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt, vermicelli, noodles, sauces, soy sauce, spices, baby food, animal food
  • Frozen Food : chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables
  • Drinks : mineral water, chocolate malt, coffee, tea, fresh milk
  • Self-care : baby diapers, adult diapers, medicines, hand sanitiser, face mask
  • Aerospace : Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)
  • Machinery and equipment (M&E) : only for the production of healthcare and food products
  • Electrical and electronics (E&E) : including its supply chains

* Only involves packaging, labelling and transportation

B. Service Sector

  • Water, electricity and energy
  • Healthcare
  • Banking
  • Veterinary and animal feed
  • Security (security and safety), defence, emergency, welfare and humanitarian aid
  • Land, water and air transportation
  • Shipyard and airport port services and operations, including unloading and cargo handling, lighter transport, piloting and storage or stockpiling of commodities
  • Hotels and lodging (only for the purpose of quarantine, segregation, essential service work and not for tourism)
  • Communications include media, telecommunications and the internet, post and courier as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying news, information and the like)
  • Cleaning, solid waste management and sewerage
  • Information technology and E-commerce (for messaging and deliveries only).
  • Delivery of food, beverage and parcel, including p-hailing (parcel hailing)

* Any activity that is part of chain in this service sector list.

Recommended : KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP : 7 July 2021 Edition!

 

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Netizen Power : Deputy Speaker Admits To Durian Party!

Netizens won again – their crowdsourced fact-checking confirmed that the Batu Pahat durian party did indeed happen a few days ago!

Take a look at how they debunked the Deputy Speaker’s claims, and forced him to admit that the durian party really happened!

 

Batu Pahat Durian Party : What’s Going On?

Batu Pahat MP Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, who is also the Deputy Speaker, was seen in a video clip enjoying a durian party with a large group of people, without face masks or social distancing.

Malaysians were naturally outraged by the video, which obviously contravened the MCO 3.0 SOP.

When asked about it, Mohd Rashid claimed that the video was from 2020, before the Movement Control Order was initiated.

On 30 June 2021, the Deputy Speaker “gave up”, admitted that the video was new, and apologised for what he labelled as confusion over what transpired.

“I apologise for the confusion that arose when media contacted me to ask about the video at a farm and I replied without first watching the video.”

“After my audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday, only then I had the time to analyse the video involving me.”

“It so happened at the time there was a working visit by minister Zuraida Kamaruddin to Batu Pahat. We gifted durians to the minister’s entourage to take home.”

“When I arrived at the farm, the durian farm owner served us (durians). I had a little bit while discussing with the farm owner on the measures of help that can be channelled.”

He apologised again for his oversight, and said that he would cooperate with the police, who said that they will investigate the matter.

 

How Netizens Proved Batu Pahat Durian Party Happened In June 2021!

When Mohd Rashid first said that the video was old, Malaysian netizens did not take his explanation very well.

They immediately set out to fact check his claim that the video happened in 2020.

Mohd Rashi was photographed with Datuk Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin at the Batu Pahat City Council on 27 June 2021.

The same people were later seen in the video enjoying the durian party at a farm in Batu Pahat.

In the picture on the left, this netizen shared how the Liverpool jersey worn by this man had the Nike brand and EPL gold patch, and could only be from the 2020/21 season.

In the picture on the right, this netizen shared how one lady in the video was wearing a Fareha headscarf called Reyna, that was only released this year.

 

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Did Delta Variant COVID-19 Infect 94 People Buying Durian?

Did 94 people get infected by the Delta variant of COVID-19, while buying durian from roadside stalls?

Take a look at the latest viral durian warning, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Delta Variant COVID-19 Infect 94 People Buying Durian?

This warning went viral on WhatsApp, claiming that 94 people were infected by the Delta variant of COVID-19, while buying durian from roadside stalls in Ulu Yam and Batang Kali.

Please Stay Away from Durian Stalls or Seller at the Roadside of Supermarkets !

94 Positive Cases in a short while after trying to Select durian at Durian Stalls at Ulu Yam, Batang Kali on the way to North and Genting Highlands!

Delta Variant spread in just 14 seconds ! People selecting durian took durian up to their nose and breathe in and out and the next one, Kena Kaw2 and the spread continues !

To all durian lovers…pls take note.

 

No, 94 People Buying Durian Did Not Get Delta Variant Of COVID-19!

It’s the durian season, and inevitably, COVID-19 fake news now have a durian flavour to them.

This is FAKE NEWS, and here are the FACTS. Please SHARE this article with your friends!

Fact #1 : Delta Variant Is Highly Infectious

It is true that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is highly infectious. There is growing evidence that people can be infected after close contact of mere seconds.

However, those cases involve people who did not wear face masks, as I explained here.

You can minimise your risk by maintaining a distance of 2-3 metres from other people, and wearing a face mask (preferably double-masked).

Recommended : COVID-19 Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds, But…

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Spreads From Infected People

COVID-19, whether it’s the Delta variant or not, does not spread through fomites – infected items or surfaces – like a durian.

You will not get infected by COVID-19 from sniffing durians at a roadside stall. You can only get it if you come into close contact with an infected person.

So maintain a physical distance of 2-3 metres from other people, and always wear a face mask!

Fact #3 : No One Got Infected At Durian Stalls

On 28 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) said it’s fake news. They said that the viral message about people getting infected at durian stalls in Ulu Yam is not true.

Fact #4 : Vaccines Can Protect Against Delta Variant

Although two Chinese vaccines are known to offer less protection against the Delta variant, they still offer some protection.

The Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have been proven to offer robust protection, but only with two doses.

Therefore, it is important to get yourself FULLY VACCINATED as soon as you can.

 

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FMCO: Restaurants + Eateries Can Open From 6AM To 10PM!

MKN just announced that restaurants and eateries will now be allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM during FMCO 3.0!

Here is what we know so far…

 

FMCO : Restaurants + Eateries Can Open From 6 AM To 10 PM!

When the FMCO 3.0 (Full MCO 3.0) was announced, restaurants and food outlets were only allowed to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.

However, this limited operational time meant that many restaurants and food outlets were not able to prepare their food in time for dinner takeaways or delivery before they had to shut down by 8 PM.

The good news is that MKN just announced that, from 28 June 2021 onwards, restaurants and food outlets will now be allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM!

This extended operating hours will allow restaurants and other food outlets more time to make their food and beverages available for sale.

This was part of Phase 2, but has now been brought forward.

Dining in is still not allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and food deliveries are allowed.

Dining in will only be allowed in Phase 3 of FMCO 3.0, and limited to two persons to each table.

 

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Kinder Joy : Does Its Wax Coating Cause Cancer?

Is it true that the wax coating of Kinder Joy chocolate candy can cause cancer?

Take a look at the viral health alert, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Kinder Joy Wax Coating Causes Cancer!

Several variations of this health alert about the wax coating of Kinder Joy causing cancer have been circulating since 2014. Here is one example :

“Kinder Joy contains wax coating which is also used in styrofoam containers. That is why Kinder Joy don’t stick to each other when eating it.

Our body needs up to two days to clean the wax. Make sure you stop eating Kinder Joy. This wax can cause CANCER. Share if you care.

 

Kinder Joy : Does Its Wax Coating Cause Cancer?

Is there any truth to these claims? Let’s break down the claims to easily digestible portions, and find out what’s true and what’s false…

Claim #1 : Styrofoam containers use a wax coating
Verdict : False

Styrofoam, which is a type of polystyrene foam, is hydrophobic. That means it naturally repels water.

Styrofoam containers therefore do NOT require a wax coating. Only paper cups and food containers require a wax or polyethylene coating to make them waterproof.

Claim #2 : The same wax coating is used in Kinder Joy
Verdict : False

Since styrofoam containers do not use any wax coating, this claim is automatically FALSE.

But let’s just find out if wax is even used in Kinder Joy. Here is the list of ingredients used in Kinder Joy (in descending order of content) :

Sugar, Palmolein, Skimmed Cow Milk Powder (19.5%), Palm Oil, Low Fat Cocoa Powder (4%), Wheat Flour, Edible Vegetable Fat, Toasted Wheat Germ, Wheat Starch, Powdered Barley Malt Extract, Emulsifier (Lecithin – INS 322), Whey Powder, Sunflower Seed Oil (High Oleic Acid), Raising Agents (INS 503ii, INS 500ii), Salt.

No wax, of any kind, is listed as an ingredient but it is possible that paraffin wax may be an unlisted additive.

Claim #3 : The wax coating prevents Kinder Joy from sticking to each other
Verdict : False

Paraffin wax, as well as other kinds of food-grade waxes, are commonly added to chocolates, candy, hard cheeses and baked goods to ensure that they remain solid at room temperature and/or to give them a shine.

Claim #4 : Our body needs up to two days to “clean the wax”
Verdict : False

Paraffin wax, as well as other kinds of food-grade waxes, are inert and indigestible.

That means whatever wax you consume will not be absorbed or change its form or chemistry.

It will just pass right through your gastrointestinal tract and get excreted in your poop.

Claim #5 : The wax coating causes cancer
Verdict : False

Food-grade waxes have been used as food preservatives and additives for thousands of years.

The most likely target of this warning is paraffin wax, which is commonly sold as baker’s wax or canning wax and have been used as a food additive since the 1930s.

There is one way paraffin wax can potentially cause cancer, but it’s not by ingestion.

A South Carolina State University experiment showed that burning paraffin wax candles for 5-6 hours in an enclosed space can produce significant amounts of harmful and potentially carcinogenic chemicals, including formaldehyde.

 

Verdict : Kinder Joy Cancer Claim Is 100% FALSE!

In conclusion, Kinder Joy does not have a wax coating. And food-grade waxes of any kind do not cause cancer.

In fact, we would like to point out that many natural health stores and “experts” are advocating the use of natural waxes, as opposed to “chemicals” in baking, etc.

This warning is yet another of many fake warnings about “dangerous additives” in our food circulating on the Internet.

It preys on our fear of the unknown additives in processed food. As they say – you only fear what you don’t know.

But now we know that this is nothing but a bunch of baloney. Make sure you SPREAD the knowledge by SHARING this article with your family and friends!

 

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MCO : Can Strata Residents Directly Receive Parcels / Food?

Can strata property residents directly receive parcels or food deliveries directly at their units during MCO?

Let’s find out what KPKT and MKN actually said about this issue.

 

Strata Residents CANNOT Directly Receive Parcels / Food During MCO?

On 17 June 2021, SelangorKini reported (in BM) that strata property managements are prohibited from allowing residents to directly receive parcels or food deliveries at their units.

Strata property covers not just condominiums and apartments, but also flats, townhouses and even landed homes in gated and guarded communities.

Here is our English translation of what the Head of the Strata Management Enforcement Unit, Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT), Inspector Mohammad Izzat Hassan, said :

If they allow the dispatcher or the visitor to enter the occupant’s residence, compound action can be imposed for violating the SOP (standard operating procedures) set by the National Security Council (MKN).

Apart from ensuring the safety of all, we also want to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic from spreading. No more compromises and action will be taken if anyone breaks the rules.

 

Surprise : Strata Residents Are ALLOWED To Directly Receive Parcels / Food During MCO!

With some help from Steven Khoo, Chairman of Surian Condominiums Management Corporation, we looked into this issue, and came to the surprising conclusion that strata residents are ALLOWED to directly receive parcels or food during MCO!

Strata Management Sector SOP By MKN

If we refer to the latest MKN SOP for the Strata Management Sector (11 June 2021 edition), it seems clear that postal, courier and delivery services are only allowed to send their food, parcels, packages to a designated area.

They are asked to employ a contactless delivery method to reduce the risk of infection, and so delivering to a designated area seems like a logical decision.

Strata Management Sector FAQ By KPKT

However, the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) itself issued their MCO FAQ for the Strata Management Sector.

In their latest 3 June 2021 edition, it is stated that the strata management is permitted to use their own discretion to allow the delivery of goods and food directly to the unit.

Here is our English translation of this section of the KPKT FAQ :

What about postal, courier and delivery workers (FoodPanda, Grabfood and so on)?

Postal workers, couriers and delivery workers (FoodPanda, Grabfood and etc.) are allowed to deliver the goods at the place designated by the management, after clearing the body temperature screening test.

The Management may use their discretion to allow delivery workers to deliver goods / food directly to the unit.

So it appears that KPKT has left it to the Strata Property Management to decide whether to allow residents to directly receive parcels and food from delivery services, or not.

Until and unless KPKT changes this FAQ, any fines by their own Strata Management Enforcement Unit will likely have to be cancelled, like what happened when the Manjung Police wrongly fined factory workers for not updating MySejahtera on a daily basis!

MKN Hotline Confirms Management Discretion

The Surian Condominiums Management Corporation contacted the MKN Hotline about this issue on 18 June 2021.

Puan Nurul from MKN confirmed that it is up to the Management’s prerogative, whether to allow direct delivery of goods and food to the strata units or not.

So there you have it – confirmation from KPKT and MKN that direct deliveries of parcels, packages and food to your strata unit is ALLOWED, as long as it is PERMITTED by the Management of your strata property!

 

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Papparich Group Ordered To Close By High Court!

This is the end for Papparich in Malaysia – it has been ordered by the High Court of Malaya to wind up its business!

 

Papparich Group Ordered To Close By High Court!

Last year, shareholder Chen Khairy Voon and the investment holdings company Agathisfour filed separate Winding-Up Petitions against Papparich Group Sdn Bhd on 15 May 2020 and 22 May 2020 respectively, over alleged unpaid debts of RM37.22 million

Just over a year later, the High Court of Malaya in Shah Alam ordered Papparich Group Sdn Bhd (PGSB) to wind up its business on 5 May 2021.

Chan Siew Mei of KPMG Deal Advisory Sdn Bhd was appointed as the liquidator, as per The Business Times.

According to the public notice, the Winding-Up Petition was directed to be heard before the High Court of Malaya at 9 AM on 11 August 2021.

The public notice also called for any party looking to support or oppose the Petition for the Winding-Up of Papparich Malaysia to appear for the hearing.

 

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MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : 3 June 2021 Update!

Here is the 3 June 2021 update of the MCO 3.0 total lockdown SOP of Malaysia, which many are calling FMCO (Full MCO)!

We will keep updating this guide, as and when they issue new SOPs!

Updated @ 2021-06-03 : Added the 2 June 2021 MCO 3.0 SOP video and list.
Updated @ 2021-05-31 : Added the full lockdown SOP list of PERMITTED and FORBIDDEN activities.
Originally posted @ 2021-05-30

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown : Phase 1 SOP Starts 1 June 2021!

On 29 May 2021, the Malaysia Prime Minister’s Department announced that the National Security Council (MKN) decided to order Total Lockdown Phase 1.

From 1 June until 14 June 2021, there will be a complete lockdown of the social and economic sectors across the country.

This new lockdown SOP will apply ACROSS Malaysia – no states are exempted.

Recommended : Malaysia To Undergo TOTAL LOCKDOWN Phase 1!

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : 2 June 2021 Edition!

Here is a video showing the 2 June 2021 edition of the total lockdown SOP for MCO 3.0, which people are calling Full MCO or FMCO.

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : Essential Services

All social and economic activities are FORBIDDEN, except for these 17 essential services :

  1. Food and beverages, including for animals
  2. Healthcare and medical services, including dietary supplements, veterinarian services, etc.
  3. Water supply
  4. Energy supply
  5. Security and safety, defence, emergency, social and humanitarian services
  6. Waste disposal and public sanitisation and sewerage
  7. Land, water and air transportation
  8. Port, shipyard, airport services and operations, including loading, unloading, cargo handling and piloting, storage or transportation of commodities
  9. Communications including media, telecommunications and Internet, post and courier, as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying information, news and the like.
  10. Banking, insurance, takaful and capital markets
  11. Community credit services (mortgage and Ar-rahnu)
  12. E-commerce and information technology
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  14. Hotels and accommodation (only for quarantine purposes, segregation, employment for essential services and not for tourism).
  15. Critical construction, maintenance and repair
  16. Forestry services (limited to enforcement) and wildlife
  17. Logistics limited to delivery of essential services

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : Essential Industries

All industries are FORBIDDEN, except for the following sectors :

Manufacturing (60% employee capacity)

  1. Aerospace (components and maintenance, repair and overhaul – MRO)
  2. Food and beverage
  3. Packaging and printing materials, only related to food and health
  4. Personal care and cleaning products
  5. Healthcare and medical products, including dietary supplements
  6. Personal care items, personal protective equipment (PPE), including rubber gloves and fire safety equipment
  7. Components for medical devices.
  8. Electrical and electronics of global economic chain importance
  9. Oil and gas, including petrochemicals and petrochemical products
  10. Chemical products
  11. Machinery and equipment for health and food products
  12. Textiles for PPE production only
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities (“optimal” employee capacity)

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and their supply chains – for example, shops selling fertilisers and pesticides, or oil palm fruit processing factories are allowed to operate
  2. Oil palm, rubber, pepper and cocoa plantation and commodities including their supply chains

Construction (“optimal” employee capacity)

  1. Critical maintenance and repair works
  2. Major public infrastructure and construction works
  3. Building construction works that provide complete employee accommodation at construction sites, or workers that are housed in Centralised Workers Quarters (CLQ).

Trade + Distribution (8 AM until 8 PM daily)

  1. Shopping malls must be CLOSED, except for supermarkets, hypermarkets, departmental stores and premises selling food and beverages, essential items, pharmacy, personal care, convenience store, mini mart, and restaurants for takeaway and home delivery.
  2. Supermarkets, hypermarkets, pharmacies, personal care stores, convenience stores, mini marts and grocery stores, as well as departmental stores are allowed to open, but RESTRICTED to their food, beverage and essential item sections only.
  3. Restaurants, stalls and food outlets – only for takeaways, drive-through or food delivery
  4. Laundry services, including self-service laundromats
  5. Pet care and pet food stores
  6. Eyewear and optical goods stores
  7. Hardware stores
  8. Vehicle workshops, maintenance and spare parts
  9. E-commerce – all product categories
  10. Wholesale and distribution – for all essential products only

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : The Full List

Note : Any activity NOT mentioned in this SOP is FORBIDDEN.

Travel Restrictions

  1. Interstate or inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN.
  2. Up to two (2) people from each household are allowed to go out to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplements and other daily essentials.
  3. Up to three (3) people, including the patient, are allowed to go out from each household to seek medical treatment, healthcare, screening test, security assistance or other emergencies within a radius of no more than 10 kilometres from their home, or the nearest available service (if there are none within 10 km).
  4. Up to two (2) people are allowed in each taxi or e-hailing ride, including the driver. The passenger must be seated in the rear compartment.
  5. Commercial vehicles carrying essential goods are allowed to carry people up to the licensed limit.
  6. Official government vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum capacity.
  7. All airports and ports are allowed to operate as usual.
  8. Sea and land public transportation services, like employee transportation, public buses, express buses, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail and ferry are allowed to operate at 50% of vehicle capacity.
  9. Travel for funerals and natural disasters are allowed with police permission.
  10. NGOs travelling to assist with natural or humanitarian disasters must obtain permission from the State / District Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be funnelled through the Disaster Operations Control Centre (PKOB).
  11. Interstate / inter-district travel for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccination is ALLOWED with the display of vaccine appointment on MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  12. Members of Parliament or State Assembly are ALLOWED to cross state or district lines.
  13. Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN for couples in long-distance relationships.
  14. Short-term business visitors are ALLOWED for official or business purposes under the One Stop Centre (OSC) Initiative, with police permission

General Health Protocols

  1. Premise owners and business licence holders must ensure that customers enter and leave the premises with a minimum physical distance of 1 metre.
  2. Premise owners and business licence holders are OBLIGATED to provide the MySejahtera QR Code and a logbook to register visits by their customers.
  3. Hand sanitisers must be provided at entry points, and customers must use them before entering the premise.
  4. The use of MySejahtera is MANDATORY in areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of a logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity or reasonable excuses (senior citizens, no smartphone, etc.)
  5. Premise owners and business licence holders must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera, or writing their name and telephone number manually if there is no Internet connectivity.
  6. In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  7. Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  8. Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  9. Children 12 years or younger are NOT allowed in public places and facilities, EXCEPT in emergencies, treatment, education or exercise.
  10. Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  11. Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  12. All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  13. It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  14. There must be good ventilation and aeration at the premise.
  15. It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Civil + Private Employees 

  1. Civil servants must work from home (WFH) completely, except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement.
  2. Office attendance for essential services in the civil service must not exceed 20% at any one time, and must emphasise work that cannot be performed at home, like payment, maintenance, security, technical management, online meetings and ministerial documentation.
  3. Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.
  4. Employee capacity for the private sector (essential services only) is limited to 60%, including both operations and management.
  5. Approved essential services must have official approval from 1 June 2021 onwards. Employee travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  6. Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing.
  7. Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks are FORBIDDEN, except through online methods or in-service training through Camp-Based Training.

Allowed Business + Services

  1. Restaurants, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM for takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
  2. Dine-in and park & dine services, and picnics are FORBIDDEN.
  3. Grocers and convenience stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  4. Hardware stores, vehicle workshops, childcare stores and religious stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  5. Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  6. Pharmacies can operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  7. Petrol stations can operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  8. Supermarkets, shopping malls, pharmacies, personal care stores, convenience stores, mini markets and departmental stores can only open sections limited to food, drinks and essential items, from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  9. Veterinarian clinics and pet food stores are ALLOWED to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  10. Laundry services and optical stores are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM. Self-service laundromats must ensure an employee is present on-premise.
  11. Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 2 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  12. Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 12 noon.
  13. Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM.
  14. Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open from 12:01 AM until 6 AM, and from 11 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  15. Night markets, farmer’s market, weekly markets and guest markets are FORBIDDEN
  16. Fishing for livelihood is ALLOWED.

Education

  1. All public and private institutes of tertiary education, tahfiz centres and other educational institutes must CLOSE.
  2. Tertiary education will continue ONLINE.
  3. All public and private schools and education institutes, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, counselling centres, etc. must CLOSE.
  4. Only international exams at international and expatriate schools are allowed.
  5. All face-to-face learning are FORBIDDEN, except for tertiary education students who require them.
  6. International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  7. Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue using hybrid studies.
  8. Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres for children 4 to 6 years old are NOT ALLOWED to operate, except for parents who are frontliners or both working.
  9. Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are allowed to operate, subject to the SOP.

Religion

  1. Prayer activities are limited to a maximum of 12 mosque and surau committee members only. All other activities are FORBIDDEN.
  2. Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  3. Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).
  4. Non-Muslim houses of worship are limited to 12 committee members only, and congregants are NOT ALLOWED.
  5. Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.

Sports + Recreation

  1. Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact in open spaces are LIMITED to jogging and exercise with physical distancing of 2-3 metres within the neighbourhood, from 7 AM until 8 PM.
  2. Centralised training programs, including closed quarantined competitions using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  3. Centralised training programs with quarantine by State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  4. Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.

Creative Industry

  1. Development and broadcasting of creative content through recording or live broadcasts include animation, filming, drama, promotions, sitcoms and the like, including dance, art activities theatre, musical arts, cultural and heritage performances as well as the music are FORBIDDEN, except for individual discussions and live-streaming.

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN.

  1. Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness, beauty, barber and hair saloons, pedicure and manicure
  2. Cybercafes and cybercenters
  3. Driving schools, maritime training centres, flight schools
  4. Photography activities
  5. Gambling, horse racing and casinos
  6. Factory manufacturing alcoholic beverages, and shops selling alcoholic beverages
  7. Night clubs or pubs
  8. Cinemas
  9. Official and unofficial public and private events
  10. Feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  11. Receiving guests or visitors at home, except in emergencies or for delivery services.
  12. Seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, exhibitions, lectures and all MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events that are face-to-face.
  13. Tourist attractions like zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, extreme parks, adventure parks, nature parks, etc.
  14. Souvenir and craft shops, culture and historical premises like museums, libraries, art galleries, native art and culture, stage performance, etc.
  15. Theme parks, family entertainment centres, indoor playgrounds, karaoke, etc.
  16. Interdistrict and interstate tourism – Overseas travel by citizens, and local travel involving foreigners.
  17. All sports and recreation activities EXCEPT those listed in this SOP.
  18. All sports and recreation premises and facilities, except public pars which are subject to the local authorities. – Sports and recreation that involve groups or physical contact.
  19. International or local championships, competitions, and matches, EXCEPT those organised by the National Sports Council and training matches for teams under the Malaysian Football League (MFL).
  20. Sports or recreational activities that cross district and state lines, EXCEPT with police permission.
  21. Hotel lounge performances
  22. Indoor or outdoor busking
  23. Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  24. Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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Are Mamak Restaurants Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain?

Are mamak and nasi kandar restaurants spreading the Indian COVID-19 strain?

Find out what people are sharing on social media, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Mamak Restaurants Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain!

This warning has been spreading on WhatsApp, with a link to a MalaysiaKini report called KL restaurant customer part of new cluster, nine cases report today.

There are two versions – one in Bahasa Malaysia, and one in English.

PERINGATAN KOD MERAH KEPADA SELURUH MALAYSIA

Menjauhkan diri dari kedai Mamak, nasi kandar dań semua restaurant india yang mengambil pekerja india dari india untuk sementara waktu, sekumpulan covid baru di Kuala Lumpur berpotensi merebak ke seluruh negara.

Genom G64 covid 19 dari india dan mesir adalah virus penyebar super. Tiada ada vaksin atau rawatan yang sesuai untuk virus ini sekurang-kurangnya hinge 2023. Strategi melarikan diri dari virus ini tidak dapat dilakukan pada masa ini.

CODE RED WARNING TO ALL MALAYSIAN

Stay away from Mamak shop, nasi bandar and all Indian restaurant hiring Indian workers from India utk sementara waktu, a new covid cluster in KL and potentially spread to the whole country.

Genom G64 covid 19 from india and Egypt are super spreader virus. No appropriate vaccines or treatment for these viruses at least till 2023. Escape strategy for these virus cannot be done at the moment.

 

NO! Mamak Restaurants Are NOT Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain!

The viral warning has actually been circulating since August 2020 and is completely false! Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : MalaysiaKini Labelled It Fake

Most people do not read beyond the headlines or the message, and the person who created this fake message knows that very well.

He/she intentionally inserted the link to a genuine MalaysiaKini article, to make it look like a genuine warning based on the article.

However, the article does not refer to any particular COVID-19 strain, or referred to any super spreader variant.

It only mentioned that the first two cases in the Maju cluster involved workers at a restaurant, but it is unknown if they are foreigners or locals.

In any case, MalaysiaKini labelled the message as FAKE on 27 August 2020.

Malaysiakini would like to warn its readers that one of the news portal’s articles regarding the Covid-19 outbreak is being used to spread a fake message via WhatsApp.

The WhatsApp message uses this genuine link and attaches fake news with a xenophobic message and fake science.

Fact #2 : There Is No G64 COVID-19 Strain

There is no such thing as a G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

At that time, the concern was over the D614G strain that was detected in the Sivagangga Cluster, which originated from India.

The D614G strain is more infectious than the original strain, but is not more dangerous.

This fake news is spreading again in April 2021, because there is a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 cases in India; and they found a new variant with double mutations – both L452R and E484Q mutations.

However, this new variant is not linked to the surge of COVID-19 cases in India. That was due to the Indian government allowing massive political rallies and the giant Kumbh Mela festival to proceed.

Fact #3 : There Are Now Vaccines!

We have to point this out, because this viral message is still spreading, and people actually believe that there is no vaccine for this (fake) G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines have now been approved, and administered worldwide. So make sure you get vaccinated against COVID-19 ASAP!

 

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Do Zinc, Vitamin C, Herbs + Spices Help Fight COVID-19?

Can zinc, vitamin C, herbs and spices boost your immune system to fight against COVID-19?

Take a look at the latest finger-licking claims on immunity boosters against COVID-19, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Zinc, Vitamin C, Herbs + Spices Help Fight COVID-19!

Coffeeland – which manufactures ice-blended coffee – just produced a video that is being shared on WhatsApp.

In that video, Ray Wong, their Head of Research & Development, tells viewers about minerals, herbs and spices that can boost our immune system against COVID-19.

Let’s go through his advice and see what the facts really are!

 

Zinc, Vitamin C, Herbs + Spices vs COVID-19 : The Finger Licking Facts

Here is the short version – there is currently no evidence that zinc, vitamin C, herbs and spices can help boost your immune system to fight against COVID-19.

Perhaps some of them may work. But there is simply NO EVIDENCE to prove their efficacy against COVID-19, at the moment.

Guess what has been proven to work? COVID-19 vaccines! So get vaccinated, instead of watching random videos on WhatsApp!

For those who want to learn more, please continue…

Claim #1 : Zinc Stops Virus Replication
Verdict : Not Confirmed

Ray calls zinc a very powerful mineral inside our body – the most important mineral to enhance our immune system, and it stops virus replication.

It is true that zinc is important for our immune system, but the only evidence for zinc’s effects on virus replication are a few in-vitro (lab) studies.

This one examined the inhibition of H1N1 influenza virus in dog kidney cells using zinc oxide nanoparticles, while this one shows zinc ions (Zn2+) inhibiting coronavirus and arterivirus RNA polymerase activity in African green monkey kidney cells (Vero E6).

While promising, these lab studies are a long way from demonstrating that zinc supplements stop virus replication in human cells.

A higher power magnification image shows the structure and density of SARS-CoV-2 virions (red) produced by human airway epithelia. Credit : EHRE LAB, UNC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Claim #2 : Zinc Supplement Will Boost Your Immune System
Verdict : Not Confirmed

Zinc is an important mineral for our immune system, and a lack of zinc increases your risk of getting pneumonia and other infections, and slows wound healing.

However, there is currently no evidence that extra zinc can boost your immune system, much less reduce your risk of getting COVID-19.

In fact, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends against the use of zinc supplements for the prevention of COVID-19.

Claim #3 : You Should Take 15 mg Zinc Daily
Verdict : That Depends

Zinc is a micronutrient, and dietary deficiency is rare, because the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is very low :

Life Stage US RDA Upper
Limit
Birth to 6 months 2 mg 4 mg
Infant : 7-12 months 3 mg 5 mg
Child : 1-3 years 3 mg 7 mg
Child : 4-8 years 5 mg 12 mg
Child : 9-13 years 8 mg 23 mg
Teen : 14-18 years 11 mg (male)
9 mg (female)
34 mg
Adult 11 mg (male)
8mg (female)
40 mg
Pregnant Teen 12 mg 34 mg
Pregnant Adult 11 mg 40 mg
Breastfeeding Teen 13 mg 34 mg
Breastfeeding Adult 12 mg 40 mg

Most people will get more than enough zinc from their daily diet. Only those with these conditions should consider zinc supplementation :

  • you have digestive disorders like ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease
  • you are a vegetarian
  • infants over 6 months of age on breastmilk
  • you are an alcoholic
  • you have sickle cell disease

Ray’s recommendation of taking 15 mg of zinc won’t do any harm, if you are an adult. If you feel better popping a pill, go ahead.

However, 15 mg is too much for children and infants. Please check the table above for recommended limits by the US National Institutes of Health.

Too much zinc is dangerous, and can cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, headache… and lower immunity.

You should also note this US NIH warning : Long-term zinc supplementation can cause copper deficiency with subsequent reversible hematologic defects (i.e., anemia, leukopenia) and potentially irreversible neurologic manifestations (i.e., myelopathy, paresthesia, ataxia, spasticity).

Claim #4 : Vitamin C Helps With COVID-19
Verdict : No Evidence

Ray recommends taking vitamin C to boost your immune system against COVID-19.

That sounds nice, but vitamin C doesn’t actually boost the immune system. Rather, it is being evaluated for its effect in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in severe COVID.

However, there is currently INSUFFICIENT DATA to recommend either for or against the use of vitamin C in treating COVID-19 patients.

More importantly, patients who are not critically ill with COVID-19 will have less oxidative stress or severe inflammation. So vitamin C may only play a role in patients with severe COVID-19 disease.

Claim #5 : You Should Take 1000-2000 mg Vitamin C Every 4 Hours
Verdict : Potentially Dangerous

Ray recommends taking 1000 to 2000 milligrams of vitamin C every 4 hours if you are infected with COVID-19.

That works out to 6,000 to 12,000 mg of vitamin C daily, which is excessive and potentially dangerous to health.

The US Food and Nutrition Board established these UPPER LIMITS for the daily intake of vitamin C from both diet and supplements :

Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
1-3 years 400 mg 400 mg
4-8 years 650 mg 650 mg
9-13 years 1,200 mg 1,200 mg
14-18 years 1,800 mg 1,800 mg 1,800 mg 1,800 mg
19+ years 2,000 mg 2,000 mg 2,000 mg 2,000 mg

As you can see, Ray’s recommendation exceeds the FNB upper limits by 3X to 6X for adults, and 5X to 30X for children!

Excessive vitamin C intake can cause diarrhoea, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, reduced vitamin B12 and copper absorption, erosion of the enamel of your teeth, and potentially contribute to the development of cancer.

Claim #6 : Blood Thinners Makes Blood Vessels Thinner
Verdict : False

Ray then talks about anticoagulants, calling them blood thinners that “allow your blood vessels to be thin”.

First of all, anticoagulants is one of two types of blood thinners, and the other type is anti-platelet drugs.

Blood thinners reduce or eliminate the formation of blood clots.

They don’t actually thin the blood, and they do NOT make your blood vessels thinner.

In fact, it would be really terrible if they made your blood vessels thinner – your blood cells would have a harder time getting through!

Claim #7 : Turmeric, Curcumin, Garlic, Cinnamon, Spices Help Against COVID-19
Verdict : No Evidence

Many scientists (and non-scientists) are looking into using these herbs and spices for more than fried chicken.

Could they help against COVID-19? Maybe one day, there will be a finger-licking good study that gives us that good news.

Until then, there is simply no evidence that all those herbs and spices help against COVID-19.

Best keep them in the kitchen, and get yourself vaccinated against COVID-19!

After all, vaccines have been proven to protect you against COVID-19!

 

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Employee Used Fake COVID-19 Test To Skip Work!

An employee used fake COVID-19 test results to skip work, forcing the cafe to close and her colleagues to get tested!

Find out what happened, and why this employee could possible be sent to jail!

 

Employee Used Fake COVID-19 Test To Skip Work!

On 7 April 2021, Justin Tay shared how an employee at his cafe in Skudai, Johor, used fake COVID-19 test results to skip work!

The employee started work as a waitress at the cafe on Monday, 5 March 2021.

She sent her employer a text message the next day – Tuesday, 6 March 2021, claiming that she just tested positive for COVID-19, and was unable to go to work.

He immediately close the cafe, and arranged for it to be disinfected. He also notified customers who were present yesterday, and sent all 13 employees (including himself) to be tested for COVID-19.

While waiting for his test results, he was informed by the doctor that the RTK-Ag (antigen rapid test kit) produces results within 10 minutes, and that his employee’s test results was dated 4 March 2021.

That made him suspicious, so he queried the female employee. She initially claimed that she only received the result on the day she reported for work – a day after she allegedly did the test.

When he told her that he would send the results to a lawyer for advice, the female employee resigned from her job, and finally admitted that the COVID-19 test results were fake.

She apparently asked her friend to edit the positive COVID-19 test report. When you compare both reports, you can see the editing – her friend used a much larger font.

Before reporting the matter to the police, he called up her parents. The female employee and her father came to meet the cafe management, but insisted they did nothing wrong.

So Justin Tay lodged a police report, and reopened the cafe. He estimated his loss at several thousand ringgit, because the cafe was closed and he had to send everyone for COVID-19 tests.

In addition, news spread that their employee was infected, and this caused amok panic and customers to stay away.

 

Police : Employee With Fake COVID-19 Test Under Investigation

The Iskandar Puteri police chief, ACP Dzulkhairi Mukhtar, confirmed that they will be investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, the employee can face imprisonment of between 1-10 years, with whipping, and will also be liable to a fine!

420. Whoever cheats and thereby dishonestly induces the person deceived, whether or not the deception practiced was the sole or main inducement, to deliver any property to any person, or to make, alter, or destroy the whole or any part of a valuable security, or anything which is signed or sealed, and which is capable of being converted into a valuable security, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year and not more than ten years and with whipping, and shall also be liable to fine.

 

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Pub + Nightclub Ban : Fine Quietly Slashed By Half!

The Malaysian government just quietly slashed the fine for breaking the pub and nightclub ban by HALF!

While this may be a relief for those caught breaking the ban, it is still a hefty fine!

 

Pub + Nightclub Ban : Fine Quietly Slashed By Half!

On 17 March 2021, when the Malaysian government announced the three categories of offences, they set the fine for those breaking the pub and nightclub ban very high :

  • Companies operating a pub or nightclub : RM 50,000
  • Entering a pub or nightclub : RM 10,000
  • Entering an eatery within a pub or nightclub : RM 10,000

That changed on 22 March 2021, when the Malaysia Ministry of Health released this infographic on the Act 342 fines.

What most people, and even the press, did not notice was – they quietly slashed the fine for breaking the pub and nightclub ban by half!

  • Companies operating a pub or nightclub : RM 25,000
  • Entering a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000
  • Entering an eatery within a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000

While this may be a relief for those already hit with the massive RM 10K or RM 50K fine earlier, it is still a considerable sum of money.

Please note that the ban includes any restaurants or cafes within the pub or nightclub.

Since 8 February 2021, pubs and nightclubs are no longer allowed to serve food or drinks at their restaurants, or even offer takeaway!

But apparently, pubs have now switched their licences to restaurants and eateries that serve alcohol, bypassing this ban.

Recommended : Act 342 Offences : COVID-19 Fines, Discounts + FAQ!

 

Pub + Nightclub Fine : Can Appeal For A Discount!

Individuals or companies who get fined for not complying with the pub and nightclub ban can appeal for the following discounts, at the nearest District Health Office.

  • Pay within 7 days : 50% discount
  • Pay within 8 to 14 days : 25% discount

Please do NOT appeal for the discount at the police station. The discount can only be given, and the fine paid, at the District Health Office.

Also note that the discount is only given to first-time offenders. Repeat offenders will not receive the discount.

This infographic by the Malaysia Ministry of Health summarises the fines and discounts for those who break the pub and nightclub ban :

 

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CEM014 Eggs : Cook Properly Or Return Them!

Both Singapore and AEON in Malaysia have called for the recall of all eggs stamped with CEM014.

Find out what’s going on, and why you should properly cook all CEM014 eggs, or return them!

 

Food Recall : All Eggs Stamped With CEM014!

On 19 March 2021, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) announced a recall of all eggs stamped with CEM014, due to possible Salmonella enteritidis contamination.

On 20 March 2021, AEON in Malaysia followed up with a recall of the same CEM014 eggs in Malaysia, at about 11:17 PM.

These eggs were all produced by Linggi Agriculture Sdn. Bhd. in Melaka, Malaysia.

Customers who purchased these CEM014 eggs should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

 

Can You Still Consume CEM014 Eggs?

The Singapore Food Agency detected Salmonella enteritidis in the CEM014 eggs, which may cause illness if consumed raw or undercooked.

Symptoms of a Salmonella enteritidis infection include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea approximately 12-72 hours after consuming any contaminated food or beverage.

So these eggs can be safely consumed if properly cooked, as the Salmonella enteritidis bacteria is killed by cooking.

In fact, SFA advised “customers who have purchased the affected eggs” to “cook them thoroughly before consumption”.

It is important to point out that washing the affected egg has no effect, as the Salmonella enteritidis bacteria is inside the shell.

This is because Salmonella enteritidis infects the ovaries of hens, and contaminate their eggs before their shells are formed.

Only proper cooking can ensure safe consumption. So either cook these properly, or return them.

 

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Warning : Pahang Limits Dining To Just 1 Hour!

Please be warned that Pahang limits dining at eateries, cafes and restaurants to just 1 hour!

 

Warning : Pahang Limits Dining To Just 1 Hour!

On 5 March 2021, Pahang switched to the less stringent RMCO / PKPP restrictions, which allowed some limited tourism, as well dining in at eateries, cafes and restaurants.

However, the Pahang Disaster Management Committee decided to impose an additional limitdining is limited to 1 hour per customer!

In Pahang, all dining premises must follow requirements :

  • there must be 1 metre distance between tables
  • seating capacity is according to table size and 1 metre physical distance between customers
  • maximum dining time is 1 hour per customer
  • the dining in capacity of the premise must be stated at the premise entrance, and obeyed

 

Scan MySejahtera Every Hour While Dining In Pahang?

While sitting inside a cafe or restaurant for hours will increase your risk of getting infected with COVID-19, it seems impractical to have a standard 1 hour limit for dining premises.

After all, a 5-course dinner at a full service restaurant will definitely take longer than an hour, while a quick bite at a burger joint will last less than 30 minutes.

So unless they are basically asking restaurants to serve pre-cooked meals, we have no idea how the Pahang state government is going to enforce this rule.

However, scanning MySejahtera every hour is NOT going to work, because it will merely prove to the police that you have been inside the cafe or restaurant for more than an hour.

A quick check on MySejahtera will show the police just how many times you scanned MySejahtera at the same dining outlet, and therefore, how many hours you were there.

Therefore, the only thing you can do while in Pahang is to limit yourself to dining in at cafes and eateries that serve pre-cooked or quick meals, and avoid full-service restaurants that serve multiple-course meals.

The safest option is to order food to go – by drive-through or takeaway – or have it delivered to you.

It’s just not worth getting a RM 10,000 fine for dining in more than 1 hour in Pahang…

 

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Must You Scan MySejahtera Every Hour At Cafe / Restaurant?

Is it true that you must scan MySejahtera every hour whenever you eat at a cafe, coffee shop or restaurant?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

Updated @ 2021-03-15 : Added information on Pahang’s dining limit of 1 hour.

Originally posted @ 2021-03-13

 

Claim : You Must Scan MySejahtera Every Hour At Cafe / Restaurant!

On 13 March 2021, two different messages started going viral on WhatsApp.

They both claim that we must all scan MySejahtera every hour, if we are eating or drinking in a cafe, coffee shop or restaurant.


You must remember this and share. ! If u eat in a restaurant or any outlet n spend over an hour there u must scan My Sejathera again. The same goes for drinking in a restaurant. You have to scan every hour, because the restaurant can only allow u to stay for one hour only. Many people don’t know this. Remember to tell your family members and friends the news. Don’t spend our innocent money on fine again. Come on our money are hard earned. We must be alert.

各位请注意!去茶室飲吃或restaurant喝酒也一样,每过一个小时便要 scan,因为茶室餐厅只能逗留一个小时,这一点很多人不知道,记得把消息告诉你家人朋友,别又无辜花这些冤枉钱.

Attention everyone! The same goes for drinking in the coffee shop or restaurant. You have to scan every hour, because the coffee shop or restaurant can only stay for one hour. Many people don’t know this. Remember to tell your family and friends the news, and don’t let authority to fine you.

 

No, There Is No Need To Scan MySejahtera Every Hour At Cafe / Restaurant!

After checking out the latest SOPs, we can confirm that there is NO NEED to scan MySejahtera every hour at any coffee shop, cafe, restaurant or eatery.

There will be those who wonder – how do YOU know for sure? Never mind they would rather trust some random WhatsApp message, here are the facts!

Fact #1 : MySejahtera Only Required On Entry

MySejahtera is meant to log when you enter a public premise, not how long you stay in one premise.

There is NO NEED for you to log your presence at any cafe or restaurant every hour.

If they needed to know how long you lingered at any premise, they would have made it a requirement to use MySejahtera to “log out” when you leave.

Fact #2 : They Would Not Have Targeted Just Cafe / Restaurant

If the government wanted to log how long people stayed in a premise, they would have made it a requirement for ALL retail outlets.

This would include supermarkets and grocery stores; not just eateries, cafes, coffee shops and restaurants.

Fact #3 : No Time Limit On Dining-In During MCO

Malaysia allowed dining-in from 10 February 2021 onwards, with these two requirements :

  • Limited to two (2) persons per table.
  • Must have minimum physical distance of 1 metre

There was no time limit for customers who are dining in at any eatery, cafe, coffee shop, or restaurant.

When MKN lifted the 2 persons per table limit, there was only one requirement – a minimum physical distance of 1 metre.

Again, there was no time limit for eating or drinking at any any eatery, cafe, coffee shop, or restaurant.

Fact #4 : No Dining Time Limit In CMCO / RMCO SOP

The latest CMCO and RMCO SOP on dining in at restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and the like are the same.

You only need to comply with ONE requirement – a minimum physical distance of 1 metre.

Fact #5 : 1 Hour Dining Time Limit In Pahang

The Pahang state government recently added a 1 hour dining time limit that stated on 5 March 2021.

However, scanning MySejahtera every hour will not help you avoid this time limit.

A quick check on MySejahtera will show the police just how many times you scanned MySejahtera at the same dining outlet, and therefore, how many hours you were there.

Recommended : Pahang Limits Dining To Just 1 Hour!

Fact #6 : No Dining Time Limit In Food Sector SOP

The Food Sector SOP, released on 3 June 2020, only lists these requirements :

  • Workers with symptoms or temperature over 37.5 celsius are not allowed.
  • Tables must be arranged 2 metres apart, to ensure 1 metre social distancing between customers
  • Customers must be seated according to table size, and cannot exceed 4 for big tables.
  • Workers must wear face masks at all times.

This SOP has obviously been superseded by the newer SOP for CMCO and RMCO.

Fact #7 : No Dining Time Limit In Retail Sector SOP

The Retail Sector SOP (which covers cafes, coffee shops and restaurants), released on 24 Nov 2020, lists these requirements :

  • Ensure that workers and customers are recorded (using MySejahtera or a log book).
  • Ensure 1 metre physical distance within the premise
  • Limit the number of customers at any one time
  • Ensure that workers and customers wear face masks
  • Limit the time within the premise (no time limit).

Fact #8 : No Dining Time Limit In Social Event SOP

Just in case, we even looked at the Social Event SOP, released on 24 February 2021, which lists these requirements :

  • Guests with temperature over 37.5 celsius are not allowed.
  • Guests queuing to enter must maintain 1 metre distance.
  • Guests must wear face masks.
  • Guests are limited to 50% of venue capacity.
  • Tables must be arranged 2 metres apart, to ensure 1 metre social distancing between guests

Again, there is no mention of any time limit.

 

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Can Coffee Compounds Cure / Prevent COVID-19?

Can coffee compounds like Methylxanthine, Theobromine and Theophylline prevent or cure COVID-19?

Take a look at this viral COVID-19 claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : The Chinese Used Coffee Compounds To Cure COVID-19!

After hydroxychloroquine and tea, COFFEE is another miracle cure for COVID-19 circulating on the Internet.

Here is the claim that has been circulating on social media since at least June 2020 :

Breaking News from CNN :-

Dr. Li Wenliang, China’s hero doctor who was punished for telling the truth about Corona Virus and later died due to the same disease, had documented casefiles for research purposes and had in the casefiles proposed a cure that would significantly decrease the impact of the COVID – 19 Virus on the human body.

The chemical Methylxanthine, Theobromine and Theophylline stimulate compounds that can ward off these virus in a human with at least an average immune system.

Whats more shocking is that these complex words that were so difficult for people in China to understand is actually called COFFEE * in India, YES, our regular COFFEE has all these chemicals already in it.

The main Methylxanthine in COFFEE is the stimulant caffeine. Other Methylxanthines found in COFFEE are two chemically similar compounds, Theobromine and Theophylline. The COFFEE plant creates these chemicals as a way to ward off insects and other animals.

Who would have known that all the solution to these virus would be a simple cup of COFFEE and that is the reason so many patients in China are being cured.

The hospital staff in china has started serving COFFEE to the patients 3 times a day, And the effect is finally in *Wuhan ” The centre of this Pandemic” has been contained and community transmission has almost stopped.

Please Share this message to your friends and family to make them aware about this blessing in the form of COFFEE in your kitchen.

So please all start taking coffee and get rid of carona virus.

Forwarded as received.

காபிதானே குடிச்சு வைப்போம்.

 

Can Coffee Compounds Cure Or Prevent COVID-19? Nope!

This is yet another Internet hoax, a modified version of the earlier tea cure hoax.

Dr. Li Wenliang did not document any case files for research purposes, or proposed any cure for COVID-19.

Neither are the Chinese using coffee to cure or prevent COVID-19 infections in Wuhan. Here’s how we know that…

Fact #1 : There Is No Such CNN News Report

A quick check of the CNN website and Google reveals that there is no such CNN news report, claiming that Dr. Li Wenliang proposed coffee as a cure.

There is certainly no CNN report on the Chinese using coffee to cure or prevent COVID-19 infections.

Fact #2 : Dr Li Wenliang Was An Ophthalmologist!

Dr. Li Wenliang, who was one of several whistleblowing doctors raising alarm about the new virus, was an ophthalmologist.

As such, he only treats eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and the like. Not viruses like COVID-19.

His role in this COVID-19 tragedy was raising the alarm that was first set off by ER doctor, Dr. Ai Fen, who shared a patient’s report with her former classmates and colleagues.

Fact #3 : Methylxanthines Are Found In Chocolate, Coffee & Tea

Methylxanthines (or methylated xanthines) are a group of chemicals which include caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine. They are found not only in tea, but also chocolate and coffee.

Theophylline is predominant in tea, while theobromine is abundant in chocolate, and caffeine is the main methylxanthine in coffee.

If methylxanthines can really prevent COVID-19, why didn’t the writer suggest eating chocolate and drinking both coffee and tea for maximum effect?

Fact #4 : China Consumes More Coffee Than India

The Chinese may not drink as much coffee as they do tea, but it is really racist to say that unlike Indians, the Chinese do not know that coffee contains those compounds.

In 2019, the 1.43 billion Chinese population consumed US$8.2 BILLION worth of coffee, while the 1.37 billion Indian population consumed only US$903 MILLION worth of coffee.

In other words, the Chinese consume 8.7X more coffee per capita than the Indians. Could that suggest they are probably more aware of its health benefits?

Fact #5 : Coffee Cannot Cure Or Prevent COVID-19

If coffee can prevent COVID-19, countries with high coffee consumption would see far fewer cases.

Yet the top 5 consumers of coffee in the world – Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland – have over 2.17 million infections as of 22 February 2021, while China only has just over 90,000 infections.

Those 5 countries have a population of only 42 million, while China has 34X more people – 1.43 billion of them!

In other words, drinking coffee appears to make people 821X more likely to get infected by COVID-19!

Of course, we are not so silly as to make that claim, because correlation does NOT mean causation!

But what we can say is that statistically, drinking coffee won’t cure or prevent COVID-19.

Fact #6 : There Is Currently No Cure For COVID-19

As of 12 March 2021, there is no known cure or treatment for COVID-19.

However, several vaccines have been developed to prevent COVID-19, including :

So the best way to protect yourself isn’t to drink coffee, but to take an approved COVID-19 vaccine ASAP!

 

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Seafood Scams On Facebook : How To Detect Them!

Seafood scams on Facebook have been proliferating recently, and Facebook just doesn’t care.

So it is up to all of us to spread the word and WARN EVERYONE about these seafood scams on Facebook.

Updated @ 2021-03-07 : Added another confirmed seafood scam page and two reported bank accounts.

Originally posted @ 2021-02-14

 

Seafood Scams On Facebook : What’s Going On?

We were first alerted to the world of Facebook seafood scams by people who were cheated by Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent.

These Facebook seafood scam pages have a simple modus operandi :

  • offer online seafood delivery at very attractive prices and even free delivery
  • advertise on Facebook to reach out to people, and avert Facebook’s ire
  • ghost you after you deposit money into their bank accounts
  • delete your negative comments on their Facebook page

Even though many people reported Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent as scam pages, Facebook declined to take action and they are STILL ACTIVE.

 

Seafood Scams On Facebook : How To Detect Them!

The problem with seafood scams on Facebook is how easily scammers create them. Even if they get banned by Facebook, they will simply create a new one.

Facebook also partly enables them to continue with their scam by ignoring reports, claiming that there is nothing on the scam pages that go against their Community Standards. Duh – as if the scammers will post on Facebook admitting that they are scammers.

So how do we detect these seafood scams on Facebook?

Step 1 : Check List Of Reported / Confirmed Seafood Scams

The first thing you should do is run a quick search online on the name of the seafood vendor. See if anyone has reported them to be a scam.

Confirmed Seafood Scams On Facebook

Multiple people have reported that these Facebook seafood vendors have cheated them :

Reported Seafood Scams On Facebook

These Facebook pages have been reported to be scam pages, but we haven’t been able to independently verify their reports :

Step 2 : Check With The Commercial Crimes Department

Next, use the Commercial Crimes Department’s website to check for bank accounts that have outstanding police reports.

For example, the CIMB 8604503834 has two outstanding police reports lodged against it.

DO NOT BANK ANY MONEY to any account flagged by the Commercial Crimes Department’s website.

Step 3 : Check List Of Reported Company + Bank Accounts

Just because a bank account has not been flagged by the Commercial Crimes Department’s website doesn’t mean it’s safe.

That’s because many people do not bother to lodge a police report, or it may be a recent scam.

Here is a list of reported company and bank accounts, which you should AVOID :

Name Bank Account
Yap Kok Keong CIMB 7635-3713-28
A&B Bintang Trading CIMB 8604-5038-34
Car Boutique Venture CIMB 8604-5267-74
GS 028 Seafood Trading CIMB 8604-5270-14
Lee Pea Ching CIMB 7075-3700-47

Step 4 : Look For An Address

Genuine seafood vendors on Facebook will share with you their address, so you can drop by and select your seafood if you wish.

But don’t just trust the address they post. Always check the address on Google Maps, and use Street View to check if the shop really exists.

Step 5 : Look For Angry Emojis

A genuine seafood vendor may have one or two angry emojis by dissatisfied customers, but scam pages will have A LOT of them.

Hover over the reaction emojis, and look at how many are positive (likes or wow), and how many are negative (angry).

Scam pages will have a lot of angry emojis because they often delete negative comments, so angry customers have only one option – show angry emojis to warn potential customers.

Step 6 : PM People With Angry Emojis

To find out for sure if this is a scam, just PM (private message) those who left an angry emoji react to the Facebook page.

That’s how we were able to confirm that Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent are seafood scam pages.

Step 7 : Pay Only By Credit Card / Cash On Delivery

If you are still enticed by the great offer and want to take a risk, insist on paying with a credit card, or cash on delivery.

NEVER PAY to a bank account directly, because there is simply NO PROTECTION, and NO WAY for you to get your money back.

Using a credit card protects you against fraud, because the payment is not instantly credited to the vendor.

If you did not receive the seafood you ordered, simply call up the bank and inform them. They will refund the money.

If the seafood vendor insists on a direct bank transfer and refuses even cash on delivery, it is highly likely that they are scammers.

 

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