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Did FDA Approve Lianhua Qingwen As COVID-19 Treatment?

Did FDA Approve Lianhua Qingwen As COVID-19 Treatment?

Did the FDA approve the Lianhua Qingwen as a treatment for mild COVID-19?

Find out what’s the latest miracle drug on social media, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : FDA Approved Lianhua Qingwen As COVID-19 Treatment!

People are sharing an MSN News report that claims that the traditional Chinese medicine, Lianhua Qingwen, was approved by the FDA as a treatment for mild COVID-19!

MSN News proclaimed, FDA approves China drug Lian Hua Qing Wen for mild COVID-19.

 

Truth : FDA Did NOT Approve Lianhua Qingwen As COVID-19 Treatment!

Like 99.9% of miraculous cures being touted on social media, this is yet more fake news about another COVID-19 treatment.

Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Was Posted By GMA News In December 2020

This news article is actually old news, and was posted on 8 December 2020.

It wasn’t even published by MSN News. They merely syndicated the news from GMA News.

Fact #2 : It Was Approved By PH FDA, Not US FDA

Due to the misleading title, many people thought Lianhua Qingwen was approved by the US FDA.

It was actually approved by the Philippines FDA, not the US FDA.

Fact #3 : It Was Approved As Traditional Medicine, Not COVID-19 Treatment

The Philippines FDA approved Lianhua Qingwen as traditional medicine, not as a treatment for mild COVID-19.

This was what Philippines FDA Director General Eric Domingo said :

It was approved last Friday as traditional medicine. It may now be sold, prescribed, and used in the Philippines.

It was the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines who touted Lianhua Qingwen as a treatment for mild to moderate COVID-19 cases that was approved in China.

As of 2 August 2021, it has not been approved in the Philippines for use as a treatment for COVID-19.

Fact #4 : Lianhua Qingwen NOT Proven To Cure COVID-19

Despite being approved as a treatment for mild to moderate COVID-19 cases in China, there is currently no evidence that Lianhua Qingwen can cure COVID-19.

That’s hardly surprising because Lianhua Qingwen is merely a mix of herbs :

Forsythia suspensa (Thunb.) Vahl (Weeping Forsythia) Fruit -27.41mg Lonicera japonica Thunb. (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower-27.41mg Gypsum Fibrosum-27.41mg Isatis indigotica Fort. (Isatis) Root-27.41mg Dryopteris crassirhizoma Nakai (Male Fern) Rhizome and Frond Bases -27.41 mg Houttuynia cordata Thunb. (Heartleaf Houttuynia) Aerial Part- 27.41 mg Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth. (Cablin Patchouli) Aerial Part-9.40mg Ephedra sinica Stapf (Ephedra) Herbaceous Stem-9.14mg Prunus sibirica L. (Bitter Apricot) Ripe Seeds-9.14 mg Rhodiola crenulata (Hook. f. et Thomson) H.Ohba (Bigflower Rhodiola) Root and Rhizome-9.14mg Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch. (Liquorice) Root and Rhizome-9.14mg 1-Menthol-7.50mg Rheum palmatum L. (Rhubarb) Root and Rhizome-5.47mg

None of its ingredients have been proven to cure COVID-19, although poor quality studies have demonstrated that it is effective in reducing fever.

And yes, Forsythia is the name of the fake homeopathic cure created by Jude Law’s character – Alan Krumwiede in the medical thriller – Contagion.

 

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Fact Check : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid?

Advice on ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid is circulating on WhatsApp.

Let’s take a look at his advice, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid

This ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid has been circulating on WhatsApp, teaching people how to take ivermectin to prevent and cure COVID-19.

It is rather long, so SKIP to the next section for the FACTS.

IVERMECTIN DOSE & PROTOCOL.
By Dr Amir Farid

(For best absorption, take AFTER FOOD)
Ivermectin is Best as PREVENTION. Can reduce infection by 86%.

Take 12mg/every week, (adult 50kg and above) even after vaccination (because many still get infected, some die, after completing vaccination) until COVID new cases are low.

(If weight is 90 kg or above, take every 5 days instead of weekly)

 

Fact Check : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid?

This advice on ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid is misleading and dangerous, and here are the FACTS why…

Fact #1 : Ivermectin Not Approved For Human Use In Malaysia

Ivermectin is not approved for human use in Malaysia, only animal use. It is also not approved for use against COVID-19.

However, hospitals can apply for the off-label use of ivermectin, which must be done in a monitored environment.

So it is WRONG for any doctor or medical specialist to advice people to self-medicate with ivermectin, more so using an unapproved protocol.

Read more : Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Sale Of Illegal Ivermectin Punishable By Fine And/Or Jail

People selling illegal ivermectin in Malaysia are subject to these penalties :

  • Individuals : Up to RM25,000 and/or 3 years of prison for the first offence, and up to RM50,000 and/or 5 years of prison for subsequent offences
  • Companies : Up to RM50,000 for the first offence, and up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences.

Read more : Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Should Be Taken Before Food

Dr. Amir Farid doesn’t seem to know that ivermectin should be taken on an empty stomach!

In fact, it’s best not to eat any food for two hours before or after taking ivermectin, for optimal absorption.

Instead, he is advising people to do the opposite. Can you really trust him to know what he’s talking about?

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol Not FLCCC Compliant

The main group pushing ivermectin is FLCCC, and Dr. Amir Farid has spoken up in favour of the FLCCC.

However, the ivermectin dose + protocol that he is recommending has NOTHING to do with the FLCCC ivermectin protocol.

FLCCC recommends taking ivermectin just once a month to prevent COVID-19. Dr. Amir Farid is asking people to take it once a week.

FLCCC recommends taking ivermectin just twice after getting infected with COVID-19. Dr. Amir Farid is asking people to take one to two tablets for 5-7 days.

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol NOT Based On Any Study

Medicine doses are calibrated for safety and efficacy though clinical studies.

However, Dr. Amir Farid’s recommended ivermectin dose and protocol does not appear to be based on any study.

It is not even based on the FLCCC ivermectin protocol, which itself isn’t based on any study either.

So it is unknown why Dr. Amir Farid believes his ivermectin dose and protocol works. There is certainly no proof of it working.

Fact #6 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #7 : Dr. Amir Farid Raided For Prescribing Ivermectin

On 16 June 2021, Dr. Amir Farid’s clinic was raided for supplying ivermectin to patients, “falsely claiming that it can prevent COVID-19“.

Dr. Amir Farid confirmed the raid by the Malaysia Health Ministry, but declined to provide further details.

Fact #8 : Dr. Amir Farid Made False Claims In MAECC Briefing

Dr. Amir Farid was part of the first MAECC briefing on ivermectin, where he made several false claims :

  • Malaysia can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic “in a matter of weeks” if ivermectin is used (false)
  • doctors swore the Hippocratic oath and must be compliant with the Nuremberg Code and the Helsinki Declaration (false)
  • it is unethical to insist on more clinical trials to investigate the efficacy of ivermectin (false)

Read more : MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks?

Fact #9 : People Have Overdosed On Ivermectin

Self-medicating with ivermectin can lead to overdosing because the tablets available in most countries, including Malaysia, are formulated for animal use.

In February 2021, the Missouri Poison Center even issued a warning :

There have been reports of intentional ivermectin overdoses which can cause serious symptoms such as seizures, coma, lung and heart problems.

Fact #10 : Not Safe To Buy Ivermectin Online

Due to the hype in ivermectin, scammers are pushing online sales of ivermectin at ridiculous prices, like the Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!.

A single strip usually costs just US$0.30 (RM1.20), but is being sold for anywhere between US$9 to US$25 (RM35 to RM100).

Even worse – there is no way to know if you are actually purchasing ivermectin, or fake tablets labelled as ivermectin.

Those who purchase and consume ivermectin are putting themselves at risk.

So please advise your family and friends NOT to purchase ivermectin. They should instead protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated!

 

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“You Wanna Kena Whacked?” Maskless Bully To Be Charged!

The maskless bully who threatened to “whack” people who asked him to put on a face mask will be charged in court!

Take a look at the two viral videos, and find out why this Covidiot will soon be charged in court!

 

Maskless Bully : “You Wanna Kena Whacked?”

In this viral video, a maskless bully wanted to buy food at this roadside stall, but became aggressive when confronted for not wearing his face mask.

He started cursing and threatening not just the stall owners, but also another customer in the video, “You wanna kena whacked?

The video naturally went viral on social media, and netizens soon identified him as Shyamalan Jaganathan, a 33-year old licensing consultant who once worked for the Echez Group.

Echez Group has since announced that Shyamalan has not worked with them since 2018, stating :

We want to express to you that this person does not work with us since 2018 and does not represent the values and principles of our company.

We have already taken the necessary measures so that he can no longer use our name in social networks.

Echez Group respects and promotes among its employees, collaborators, and associates the application of the Biosafety protocols required in each geography where we have presence.

When his MyKad and His LinkedIn profile became public, Shyamalan quickly deleted his LinkedIn account.

Unfortunately, that didn’t stop netizens from coming across and sharing a video of a previous encounter in which he was abusive to another gym user.

 

“You Wanna Kena Whacked” Maskless Bully To Be Charged!

The incident happened at Jalan Desa Bakti in Kuala Lumpur, at around 10:30 AM on 19 July 2021.

The stall owner’s daughter lodged a police report against Shyamalan a few hours after the incident.

The Brickfields police announced that they were investigating the matter under :

  • Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation
  • Regulation 17(1) of the Prevent and Control of Infectious Disease Regulations 2021 for breaking the Phase 1 SOP (not wearing a face mask)

On 20 July 2021, Deputy Brickfields OCPD Superintendent Basri Sagoni confirmed that they arrested Shyamalan near his house in Taman Desa Bakti at 8 PM last night.

On 21 July 2021, Brickfields District Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said that the police obtained a one-day remand extension, and he will be charged tomorrow (22 July 2021) for criminal intimidation and not following the COVID-19 SOP.

He could receive up to two years of prison and/or a fine for criminal intimidation, as well as a compound for violating the SOP.

 

Maskless Bully : Why He’s A Danger To Society

Shyalaman is just one of the few but very vocal people who refuse to abide by COVID-19 precautions, in particular – wearing a face mask in public.

If he has COVID-19, he can easily spread it to other people simply by standing next to them. When he walked up to the man in the video, he was more than just physically threatening the other customer.

This is a real concern as the Delta variant of COVID-19 is capable of infecting people in 5 to 15 seconds, if you do not wear a face mask.

That is why it is critical that everyone must wear a face mask in public, preferably double-masked, and put on a face shield or some kind of eyewear if possible.

You should maintain a physical distance of 2-3 metres from other people if you can. Please don’t be a Covidiot like Shyamalan.

And definitely GET VACCINATED against COVID-19.

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

 

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Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

Can you walk in and get your COVID-19 vaccination at any vaccination centre in Malaysia from 1 August onwards?

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

 

Claim : Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

Two messages have gone viral and are being shared on various WhatsApp groups.

They both claim that anyone who have not received their COVID-19 vaccine can walk in and get vaccinated at any PPV, from 1 August onwards.

Important information. Please share. From Aug 1 anyone who has not received their vaccine can walk into any PPVs for their vaccination

For those who has not gotten their Vac Appointment, for Sel/KL only. Beginning 1Aug, walk in any PPV, any age.
1. MIECC Mines – Sinovac
2. PWTC- AZ
3. Sunway Pyramid CC – Pfizer
4. Uitm Seksyen 7 – sinovac
5. Uitm Puncak Alam – Sinovac

They are sometimes shared with this video of National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, saying that anyone can walk in for their COVID-19 vaccination from 1 August onwards.

 

Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia : The Facts

The viral messages are not accurate, and here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Operation Surge Capacity Runs From 26 July – 1 August

On 16 July 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced Operation Surge Capacity.

This 5-day Operation Surge Capacity aims to give the adult population in KL and Selangor at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 1 August 2021.

To vaccinate the remaining 1.3 million adult population in KL and Selangor, the CITF (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force) will need to sustain 272,000 vaccinations per day.

Fact #2 : Walk-In Vaccination After Operation Surge Capacity

In a video that is often circulated with the viral message, Khairy Jamaluddin actually said that walk-in vaccination will only happen AFTER Operation Surge Capacity is completed.

So the actual date when people can walk-in and get their COVID-19 vaccination is predicated on the success of Operation Surge Capacity.

If Operation Surge Capacity is extended, then this option will likely be delayed.

Even if Operation Surge Capacity succeeds by 1 August, walk-in vaccination can only happen the next day – 2 August 2021.

So it’s best to WAIT for the official kick-off announcement, and not accept some random WhatsApp message at face value.

Fact #3 : Walk-In Vaccination Only In KL + Selangor

The first viral message also falsely suggests that anyone in Malaysia will be able to walk into any PPV to get vaccinated.

This walk-in vaccination option will only be available in KL and Selangor vaccination centres (PPVs) to “mop up anybody that has not received their first dose in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor”.

Fact #4 : Walk-In Vaccination Also For Undocumented

Surprisingly, undocumented people in Malaysia will also be allowed to walk into any PPV in KL and Selangor to get vaccinated.

This is very good news, as it is important that EVERYONE gets vaccinated, irrespective of their status in Malaysia.

Khairy Jamaluddin said, “This is so that we can ‘mop up’ anybody that has not received their first dose in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Some people may not have been captured by the Statistics Department’s data, while there are those who are undocumented.

Fact #5 : Walk-In Vaccination Only For Adults

On 17 July 2021, CITF kicked off walk-in vaccinations for senior citizens aged 60 years and above in KL and Selangor.

When they expand the walk-in programme after Operation Surge Capacity, it will be restricted to adults – those who are 18 years and above.

So the second message is WRONG in claiming that anyone of “any age” can walk into a PPV to get vaccinated.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination in KL + Selangor Kicks Off!

Fact #6 : Walk-In Vaccination Only For Those Without Appointments

Another fact not mentioned by the first message – only those who do NOT have a vaccine appointment yet, will be allowed to walk into a PPV in KL or Selangor.

Khairy Jamaluddin said, “Those who have already received their appointment dates are advised to stick to their appointments. Do not walk in.

Fact #7 : Sinovac Will Only Be Used For Dose 2

On 15 July 2021, Malaysia Health Minister, Adam Baba, announced that Sinovac will no longer be used for new vaccinations, and the remaining stock would be used to complete current vaccinations.

Adham Baba said, “About half of the 16 million have already been distributed, so the rest will be used to cover second doses. For those who have yet to be vaccinated, they will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Hence, the second viral message with the list of vaccination centres offering Sinovac for walk-in vaccinations is FALSE.

Fact #8 : CITF Confirmed This Fact Check

On 19 July 2021, JKJAV issued a statement by the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) addressing the viral messages :

  • the walk-in programme will be updated and announced LATER
  • not all vaccination centres (PPVs) will be open for walk-in vaccinations.

So there you have it – the definitive debunk of the two fake viral messages above – from JKJAV and CITF.

 

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Malaysia Has 4 Most Dangerous COVID-19 Cities In Asia?

Does Malaysia have four of the most dangerous COVID-19 cities in Asia?

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

 

Malaysia Has 4 Most Dangerous COVID-19 Cities In Asia?

People are sharing this infographic, claiming that Malaysia has four of the most dangerous COVID-19 cities in Asia, according to WorldAtlas.

  • Kuala Lumpur : second most dangerous city in Asia
  • Petaling Jaya : third most dangerous city in Asia
  • Klang : fourth most dangerous city in Asia
  • Johor Bahru : tenth most dangerous city in Asia

Note : This is fake news, so we placed a FALSE overlay to prevent it from being abused further.

 

Malaysia Does NOT Have 4 Most Dangerous COVID-19 Cities In Asia

This is more fake news being shared on WhatsApp.

This infographic is real, but it was edited to convey a completely different message. Here is what you need to know

Fact #1 : This Infographic Is From 2016

This infographic is genuine, but it was originally posted in April 2016, not 2021.

The fake news creator just added the words “Covid terror countries” at the top.

Fact #2 : Infographic Was About Crime, Not COVID-19

The infographic above was about crime, not COVID-19. Obviously, COVID-19 did not exist back in 2016.

Fact #3 : Ranking Was Roundly Mocked

The WorldAtlas ranking was not based on actual crime statistics, but user surveys on the website, Numbeo.

Needless to say, it roundly mocked when it was released, as it did not reflect actual realities.

Fact #4 : Klang Isn’t A City

Klang is not a city, it’s a town. That’s another reason why the WorldAtlas ranking in 2016 was mocked.

 

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Online Learning For Schools In Malaysia Extended To August!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that online learning for all schools will be extended until 31 August 2021!

Here are the details…

 

Online Learning For Schools In Malaysia Extended To August 2021!

On 17 July 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 37 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 25 July to 31 August 2021
  • Group B : 26 July to 31 August 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

Starting from 1 September 2021, some students will be allowed to go back to school, for face-to-face learning.

  • Phase 2 states : students who will be sitting for examinations
  • Phase 3 states : all students in stages

 

Previous Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

 

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Fact Check : LifeSiteNews Promotion Of Ivermectin + FLCCC

LifeSiteNews is promoting ivermectin and the FLCCC, claiming that it has “proved to be incredibly effective at both preventing and treating COVID-19“.

Let’s go through LifeSiteNews’ claims on ivermectin and FLCCC, and see what the FACTS really are!

 

LifeSiteNews Promotes Ivermectin + FLCCC

The Catholic anti-abortion website, LifeSiteNews, recently promoted ivermectin and the 5-man FLCCC team that created the ivermectin protocol against COVID-19.

The author, Michael Haynes, even suggested that ivermectin “may well have saved” President Trump’s life“, but “has been subject to widespread suppression and misinformation” to “promote financial revenue over saving lives“.

 

Fact Check : LifeSiteNews Promotion Of Ivermectin + FLCCC

LifeSiteNews is a well-known purveyor of fake news, so it’s not surprising to see them post fake news on ivermectin and the FLCCC.

Let’s go through the various claims LifeSiteNews made about ivermectin and the FLCCC, and find out what the FACTS really are…

Claim #1 : FLCCC Discovered COVID-19 Causes Inflammation + Blood Clots
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that the FLCCC team “realized in March 2020” that COVID-19 causes “organ inflammation and blood clotting“, and they then developed their MATH+ protocol.

The truth is Chinese scientists had long noted that inflammatory response and coagulopathy in COVID-19 patients.

Case in point – this 11 March 2020 study published in the Lancet by Chinese scientists showed that :

  • 50% of people who died from COVID-19 had coagulopathy.
  • 90% of inpatients with COVID-19 pneumonia had coagulopathy.

They also suggested that the coagulopathy was caused by :

  • systemic pro-inflammatory cytokine responses
  • ACE2 receptors on myocytes and vascular endothelial cells

This multi-centre cohort study was carried out in Wuhan, during the early days of COVID-19 – in January 2020.

Did the FLCCC publish any paper to document and prove their “realisation” in March 2020? No.

Claim #2 : MATH+ Protocol Made Global Standard Of Hospital Care
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews quoted Michael Capuzzo, who claimed that the MATH+ protocol developed by FLCCC was made the “global standard of hospital care“. That’s not true.

On 2 September 2020, the WHO strongly recommended the use of systemic corticosteroids in patients with severe and critical COVID-19, but recommended against using systemic corticosteroids in non-severe COVID-19.

The MATH+ protocol is made up of Methylprednisolone, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Thiamine (Vitamin B1) and Heparin.

Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid and is thus part of the global standard of hospital care for COVID-19.

However, the rest of the MATH+ protocol is NOT part of the global standard of hospital care.

Claim #3 : MATH+ Protocol Proven By Latest Studies
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews quoted Michael Capuzzo, who claimed that the MATH+ protocol was recommended against by health bodies throughout the world but subsequently made global standard of hospital care, “courtesy of later studies“.

The truth is the use of corticosteroids to treat the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) seen in COVID-19 was born out of experience with the SARS epidemic in 2002 and 2003.

So when COVID-19 hit at the end of 2019, Chinese doctors immediately tried to use corticosteroids to treat their patients.

If you look at the 11 March 2020 Chinese study, you can see that the Chinese already succeeded in using corticosteroids in January 2020!

On top of that, the RECOVERY trial tested eight existing drugs in March 2020, including dexamethasone – a corticosteroid.

By June 2020, researchers were able to confirm that corticosteroids like dexamethasone can reduce mortality in severe and critical COVID-19.

The FLCCC did not run a single clinical trial to prove that the MATH+ protocol works better than just corticosteroids against COVID-19.

Claim #4 : MATH+ Protocol Hailed As Eminently Successful
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that the MATH+ protocol was “hailed as eminently successful” and the FLCCC doctors were fast becoming “heroes of the pandemic”.

The truth is – the FLCCC had nothing to do with the success of corticosteroids in treating COVID-19.

The Chinese discovered the efficacy of corticosteroids in treating ARDS in SARS-CoV-1 – which is closely related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

As early as March 2020, they showed that corticosteroids were effective in improving outcomes for COVID-19 patients. This was confirmed by the RECOVERY trial by June 2020.

That’s why the FLCCC is not being feted. They had NOTHING to do with the discovery of corticosteroids as a treatment for COVID-19.

Claim #4 : Ivermectin Proven To Work
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews wrote about how Dr. Kory from the FLCCC testified before the US Senate Homeland Security Committee in December 2020 that “ivermectin basically obliterates transmission of this virus” and that “if you take it, you will not get sick“.

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Claim #6 : Ivermectin Worked In Peru + India
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that “thousands, even millions, were given the drug, with COVID cases and deaths plummeting as a result“.

As these latest COVID-19 charts show, that is simply NOT TRUE. Both countries continue to suffer badly from COVID-19.

Despite the use of ivermectin, India suffered a massive and disastrous wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths from March 2021 onwards. That’s why India stopped using ivermectin on 27 March 2021.

Read more : India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

Claim #7 : Only New Pharmaceutical Drugs Will Be Approved
Verdict : FALSE

Michael Capuzzo claimed that “the only thing that’s considered to have sufficient evidence or proven efficacy is essentially a big new pharmaceutical drug”. That’s also FALSE.

As I pointed out above, corticosteroids which are patent-free and very cheap, were recommended as a global standard of care by the WHO on 2 September 2020.

I should also point out that the FLCCC ivermectin protocol not only uses VERY LITTLE ivermectin, it requires you to consume 5-6 pills every day, at great cost.

Read more : Is Ivermectin Prophylaxis Cheap? Here Is What It Really Costs!
Read more : Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

Prophylaxis US Price
FLACC I-MASK+ Protocol $1.03 per day
$31 per month
$375 per year
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39

Claim #8 : President Trump Was Given Ivermectin
Verdict : FALSE

Michael Capuzzo also claimed that former President Trump was given ivermectin, which “may well have saved the president’s life“.

LifeSite co-founder and president Steve Jalsevac suggested that Capuzzo’s claims could indeed be true, even though Capuzzo provided no reference for his claim.

The treatment that former President Trump received when he was infected with COVID-19 did NOT include ivermectin :

  • Dexamethasone
  • Remdesivir
  • Regeneron REGN-COV2 monoclonal antibodies
  • Zinc
  • Pepcid – an antacid
  • Aspirin
  • Vitamin D
  • Melatonin

 

FLCCC Ivermectin Lies : A Sin In Christianity

LifeSiteNews is well-known purveyor of fake news, and devout Christians should be wary about the lies they tell.

As LifeSiteNews is a faith-based Catholic publication, whose many readers and fans are devout Christians, it would be remiss of me not to remind everyone that…

LYING IN A SIN IN CHRISTIANITY

One of the Ten Commandments state that “thou shalt not beat false witness against thy neighbour“.

And the Bible has many verses on lying :

Proverbs 6:17-19 – Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 12:22 – The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 25:1 – Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.

Peter 3:10 – Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

 

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Fact Check: Police Fine For Playing Badminton Outdoors?

Is it true that the police issued a fine to people playing badminton outside their house in Subang Jaya?

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

 

Claim : Police Fine For Playing Badminton Outdoors?

A picture of a police car outside a home has gone viral, together with these messages claiming that the police issued this family a fine for playing badminton outside their house.

在梳邦再也不戴口罩 kena Saman 在屋外打羽毛球…

Play badminton outside the house without mask kena Saman at Subang Jaya…

Saman, Playing badminton without mask in USJ3

 

Truth : No Fine, Just WARNING For Playing Badminton Outdoors!

The viral messages are all FALSE.

The police did not issue a fine to this family for playing badminton outside their house. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : This Incident Happened In USJ 2

At least one viral message claimed that this incident happened in USJ 3.

This incident actually happened in USJ 2 – at Jalan USJ 2/6A, to be precise.

Fact #2 : They Were Playing Badminton Outside Their Home

The residents of that home were indeed caught playing badminton outside their home.

Residents of Subang Jaya, which is under EMCO restrictions, are FORBIDDEN to exercise outside their homes.

Fact #3 : The Police Has The Right To Fine Them

For not complying with the EMCO SOP, the police has the right to issue them a fine of up to RM 10,000 per person.

Fact #4 : The Police Only Gave Them A Warning

The Subang Jaya district police issued a statement on 13 July 2021, clarifying the incident.

The police officers who caught the two Chinese men playing outside their home only gave them a warning about the SOP, explaining to them that no outdoor exercise is permitted during EMCO.

The residents were advised not to play badminton outside their house again, and to comply with the EMCO SOP.

 

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Fact Check : Robbers Pretending To Be Government Officials?

Is there a gang of robbers pretending to be government officials?!

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

 

Viral Warning : Robbers Pretending To Be Government Officials!

People are sharing messages warning of a gang of robbers pretending to be government officials, together with a picture purportedly of one of these robbers.

Here is the English and Malay version of the viral warnings being shared on WhatsApp and Facebook :

Security Alert from Police: Be warned, there is a group going to homes and pretending to be officials from home affairs.

They have documents with the letterhead Department of Home Affairs and claim to be confirming that everyone has a valid ID for the upcoming elections.

They are robbing homes. Take note there is no initiative like that from the government.

Send this on your neighbourhood group chat. They are everywhere and they look presentable.

Makluman Keselamatan dari pihak Polis:

Berhati-hatilah, ada sekumpulan penyangak pergi ke rumah dan berpura-pura menjadi pegawai dari urusan rumah.

Mereka mempunyai dokumen dengan surat dari kementerian dalam negeri dan mengaku mengesahkan bahawa setiap orang mempunyai kad pengenalan yang sah untuk pilihan raya akan datang.

Mereka sebenarnya ingin merompak rumah. Perhatikan bahawa tidak ada inisiatif seperti itu dari pemerintah.

Hantar ini pada group whatsapp kejiranan anda. Mereka berada di mana-mana dan kelihatan kemas rapi seperti seorang pegawai.

 

Robbers Pretending To Be Government Officials : Fake News!

This is just FAKE NEWS. There is no gang of robbers pretending to be government officials!

The Malaysia Immigration Department and the Royal Malaysia Police announced on 13 July 2021, that the man in the photo is a genuine Immigration officer.

According to Ampang District Police Chief, ACP Mohamad Farouk Ishak, the Immigration officer was conducting an official investigation into an individual staying at a house in Pandan Indah, Ampang.

From the picture, you can clearly see that the officer is wearing a t-shirt with the Immigration Department HQ logo, and carries an Immigration Malaysia badge as well.

The Immigration officer introduced himself and inform the residents of the purpose of his visit. Therefore, the fake viral message is FALSE, and slanderous to the officer.

The 60 year-old Malaysian homeowner who hosted the Immigration officer during his inspection also lodged a police report over the matter.

 

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FamilyMart 70th Anniversary Survey Scam Alert!

Please watch out for the FamilyMart 70th Anniversary survey scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

FamilyMart 70th Anniversary Survey Scam Alert!

People are now sharing these FamilyMart 70th Anniversary messages on WhatsApp :

FamilyMart 70th Anniversary!

Click to enter to participate in the survey, have a chance to win $1000!

FamilyMart 70th Anniversary!

Through the questionnaire, you will have a chance to get 2000 Ringgit .

 

FamilyMart 70th Anniversary Survey : Why This Is A Scam

Unfortunately, this is yet another survey scam.

For one thing – FamilyMart was established in Sayama, Japan in September 1973 and incorporated on 1 September 1981.

So they would only be celebrating their 70th anniversary in September 2043 or September 2051!

I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones.

Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us, using the same survey scam they have been using for years :

Now, let me show you how to spot these scams next time!

If you spot any of these warning signs, DO NOT PROCEED and DO NOT SHARE!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these scammers do not have a good command of the English language, so if you spot bad grammar, stay away.

Proper contests or events sponsored by major brands like FamilyMart will have a PR or marketing person who will vet the text before allowing it to be posted.

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. No one is going to give you money or free gifts just to participate in a survey!

FamilyMart isn’t going to give you FREE money, just because it’s their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real FamilyMart Domain

A genuine FamilyMart Malaysia campaign would use the real FamilyMart Malaysia domain – www.familymart.com.my.

Or they would run it off the official FamilyMart Malaysia page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/FamilyMartMY/.

If you see nonsensical domains like uglyarticle.club, ldxqw.bar, etc. that’s a sign of a SCAM!

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you will eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

That is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

 

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Stop Using MySejahtera Helpdesk For Vaccine Appointment!

JKJAV is WARNING people to STOP using the MySejahtera Helpdesk to ask for their vaccine appointment!

Find out what’s going on, and why this is just another Internet hoax!

 

MySejahtera Helpdesk For Vaccine Appointment?

Viral messages have been circulating on the Internet and WhatsApp, advising people on how to get their vaccinations earlier, or to choose their vaccines :

CARA NAK CEPATKAN DAPAT TARIKH VAKSIN

Yang dah lama dafter vaksin tapi masih tak dapat lagi tarikh, buka app MySejahtera dan cuba cara ini:

1) Klik pada ‘Covid-19 Vaccination’
2) Pilih ‘Vaccine Information’
3) Pilih ‘Helpdesk’
4) Pilih ‘Start’
5) Pilih ‘L Other Queries?’
6) Pilih ‘E Other Issues’
7) Taip ‘Nak appointment vaksin’
8) Tekan ‘Next’ dan tekan ‘Submit’

HOW TO GET AN EARLIER VACCINATION DATE

For those who registered long ago but did not get any vaccination date, open MySejahtera and try this method :

1) Click on ‘Covid-19 Vaccination’
2) Choose ‘Vaccine Information’
3) Choose ‘Helpdesk’
4) Choose ‘Start’
5) Choose ‘L Other Queries?’
6) Choose ‘E Other Issues’
7) Type ‘Want a vaccination appointment’
8) Tap ‘Next’ and tap ‘Submit’

 

Stop Using MySejahtera Helpdesk For Vaccine Appointment!

On 4 July 2021, JKJAV issued a warningSTOP using the MySejahtera Helpdesk to get an earlier vaccine appointment!

The Helpdesk is meant for people to get help from the JKJAV team, not for people to request for earlier vaccination appointments!

The COVID-19 vaccination appointments are automatically arranged according to these criteria :

  • When you first registered for COVID-19 vaccination
  • Your age
  • Any co-morbidities (chronic illness) you may have
  • Where you currently live

JKJAV warns that there are no shortcuts to getting vaccine appointments, and that there is no need to use the MySejahtera Helpdesk for this purpose.

People who have been using this method in the fake post are drowning out genuine complaints by other users.

Someone should tell the Perak Health Department too, because they themselves fell for the fake news!

This “confusion” or “fake news” is likely based on the earlier fake news that senior citizens age 60 years and above can use the MySejahtera Helpdesk to ask for a vaccine appointment.

So please STOP using the MySejahtera Helpdesk to request for an earlier vaccine appointment… and TELL YOUR FRIENDS to stop doing that too!

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Scam Alert : COVID-19 Relief Fund By Federal Government!

Please watch out for the COVID-19 Relief Fund by Federal Government scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : COVID-19 Relief Fund By Federal Government!

People are now sharing this COVID-19 RELIEF FUND message on WhatsApp :

Apply For The Covid-19 Relief Fund Provided By The Federal Government. Hurry Up, It takes few seconds to apply. Dont [sic] miss this opportunity.

Apply Here

Note : I added the Scam Alert overlay to prevent it from being further abused.

 

COVID-19 Relief Fund : Why This Is A Scam

I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones. Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us.

I will now show you why this COVID-19 Relief Fund message is just another scam. Please warn your family and friends!

Fact #1 : No Global Relief Fund By Any Federal Government

When a scam tells you that “the federal government” is giving away money, you should always ask yourself – WHICH federal government???

No government in the world is giving away money to anyone across the world. Not even the three richest economies in the world – US, China and the EU – have a COVID-19 relief fund to give money away like that.

Fact #2 : The Three Questions Are A Red Herring

Most of these scams employ simple but useless questions to trick you into thinking that this is genuine. Look at the three questions this scam is asking :

  • What’s your age range?
  • How much money do you want to receive?
  • What’s your employment status?

In a real government relief programme, your eligibility status will be based on some official document – your identity card, driver’s licence, passport, etc.

No one is going to give you money simply because you answer a few questions. And NO ONE is ever going to ask you how much you want to receive!

Fact #3 : No Government Will Ask You To Invite Friends / Groups

A real government relief programme will NEVER ask you to invite friends and groups on WhatsApp, much less insist that you invite 15 friends or 5 groups before they give you money.

That’s a dead giveaway that this is a scam, and the scammers want you to help them scam other people. So NEVER invite your friends to join the scam.

Fact #4 : SNF Global Relief Initiative Is Not By Any Federal Government

To make the scam look legit, the scammers used the SNF Global Relief Initiative for the COVID-19 Pandemic graphics.

That initiative is not by any government, but by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

And just in case you are wondering, no, the SNF does not give away money to individuals. They only make grants to non-profit organisations and collaborative funds.

Fact #5 : The Domain Is New + Protected

If you check the domain “relief-fund.live“, you will see that it was only created on 24 March 2021.

Even more suspiciously, all contact and ownership details have been REDACTED FOR PRIVACY. That’s often a sign that the owners are worried about being sued or prosecuted.

Name: relief-fund.live
Registry Domain ID: ac787c4c5c19460696fa1bf46d133faa-DONUTS

Nameservers:
dns1.registrar-servers.com
dns2.registrar-servers.com

Registry Expiration: 2022-03-24 11:41:35 UTC
Updated: 2021-03-29 11:42:31 UTC
Created: 2021-03-24 11:41:35 UTC

Name: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Organization: Privacy service provided by Withheld for Privacy ehf
Email: Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant, Admin, or Tech contact of the queried domain name.
Tel: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Fax: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Mailing Address: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Capital Region REDACTED FOR PRIVACY IS

Fact #6 : The Comments Are Completely Faked

You may notice a bunch of comments at the bottom of the scam website. They are only there to trick you into thinking that other people received the money.

Try refreshing them. They will never change, unlike a real live comment stream. The time codes will not change either.

Try clicking on the Like option. Nothing will happen. Your Like will not register.

That’s because this is a fake comment stream. It’s all hardcoded and fixed.

Now that you know that this is just another scam, please warn your family and friends.

And please remember – no one gives away money like that. Don’t fall for these scams!

 

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Waz Lian – Hotel Sentral Food Bank Mix-Up Explained!

There has been some kerfuffle over the Waz Lian – Hotel Sentral food bank pre-registration that went viral today.

Here is a quick look at what happened, and why Uncle Kentang got mixed up with it!

 

Waz Lian – Hotel Sentral Food Bank Mix-Up? What’s Going On?

On 24 June 2021, a Google Forms link was shared on Facebook, asking people to sign up for free food bags :

Please help to share the news

𝐅𝐎𝐎𝐃 𝐁𝐀𝐍𝐊 𝐈𝐒 𝐎𝐏𝐄𝐍 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐏𝐑𝐄-𝐑𝐄𝐆𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐍𝐎𝐖!
Please share this information with any loved ones or neighbors who are in need of food assistance.
Pre-registration is required. Click the link here to register: http://bit.ly/WLFSentralCSR

If you know anyone in need of food, please invite them to pre-register. Our hotel collaborating with Waz Lian Foundation to organise Food Bank to help underpriviledge people. Once the application is approved, they can collect the food bag from Hotel Sentral KL, Melaka, JB, Penang, Kuantan and Kelantan.

Today, Kuan Chee Heng, a social activist who is popularly known as Uncle Kentang, issued a message :

WE DO NOT HAVE A FOOD BANK.

I did not post out my number for food bank. Konsan Wong is not me. I do not have a Food Bank. We do not link to Waz Lian Food bank. Surprise and amused. More than 1000 calls has bombarded my phones.

Uncle Kentang.

The first thing that came to my mind – this is another scam. But I took a closer look, and discovered that it was just a mix-up!

 

Waz Lian – Hotel Sentral Food Bank Mix-Up Explained!

The truth is this is a legitimate food bank drive organised by the Waz Lian Foundation and the Hotel Sentral Group.

Those who pre-registered for this food bank will receive a bag of food in July 2021 at six hotels under the Hotel Sentral Group in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Johor Bahru, Penang, Kuantan and Kelantan.

They received 10,000 applications, and was forced to close registration at around 5 PM on 29 June 2021.

That’s how many people desperately need help to sustain themselves during the FMCO 3.0 lockdown…

Unfortunately, some “kind soul” added this following section to the original message, and then shared it on WhatsApp where it went viral.

In that additional section, the person asked people to call “Konsang Wong” for free food, and listed Kuan Chee Heng’s telephone numbers.

No wonder Uncle Kentang received more than 1000 calls. People probably thought he was organising this food bank!

Love your life. Don’t commit suicide.

For counselling call Befriender :
03 -76272929
04 – 2822736
06 – 9520313
05 – 5477933

For free food call
Konsang Wong :
019-2316666
03-80656666

Quick share this message out!

爱惜你的生命。不要自杀。
咨询电話Befriender :
03 -76272929
04 – 2822736
06 – 9520313
05 – 5477933

提供免费食物电话
Konsang Wong :
019-2316666
03-80656666

Tzu Chi :
03 -78809048
04 – 2281013

把这条消息分享出去 !

I do not know if the person did it maliciously or accidentally. But it is obvious that Uncle Kentang (Kuan Chee Heng) is not Konsang Wong.

The telephone numbers for Tzu Chi are also wrong. They are for a vegetarian cafe, not Tzu Chi!

And the entire section had NOTHING to do with the Waz Lian – Hotel Sentral food bank drive.

 

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How Much Can A Website Make From Google AdSense?

Find out how much money a website can make from Google AdSense, and learn what you can do to MAXIMISE your earning potential!

 

How Much Can A Website Make From Google AdSense?

Many people have asked me for advice on how to start up their own websites.

Some want to make some side income during the pandemic. Some asked us to take them on as full-time staff.

Others want to start a new business they can do at home – a big plus during this pandemic.

The reality is that – AdSense does NOT pay well at all. But when I tell them that, they think I’m trying to bullshit them.

I procrastinated over this article for many weeks, because it is very uncomfortable for me to acknowledge the facts as well. But we must face the facts… so let’s take a look…

First, take a look at how many page views we get here at Tech ARP.

From December 2020 until April 2021, we published around 402 articles which drew 1.13 million page views.

That averages out to about 282,500 page views a month, or 2,800 views per article. Not a lot of traffic, but it’s not too shabby.

How much do you think we should get with this kind of traffic? Keep that figure in your head, and then take a look at our estimated Google AdSense earnings.

Do note that these are estimated earnings that may change somewhat – Google deducts a certain amount for “invalidated clicks and impressions”.

Assuming that there are no further deductions – Tech ARP earned only US$553.26 or about RM2,268 over four months – an average of US$138 or RM567 per month.

For context – the minimum wage in Malaysia is US$300 or RM1,200 per month. So whatever Tech ARP earns every month is LESS THAN HALF the minimum wage.

And that’s just our revenue. We have not even deducted the costs of maintaining and upgrading our server and other equipment – testbeds, work computers, etc.

Obviously, the money we make from AdSense does NOT even cover our costs, never mind make a decent living for any ONE person.

 

Google AdSense Reality Check : Why So Little???

It was not always like this. Google AdSense used to pay much better… back when there was serious competition from other advertising networks.

So why do websites get paid so little these days?

Ad Blockers Everywhere!

Everyone loves free information, and everyone hates advertisements. Not many people understand that advertisements drive the free Internet model.

So many people install ad blockers to get rid of those pesky advertisements. How many? Let’s calculate…

Tech ARP served 1.13 million page views, of which only 308,000 page views displayed any ads!

That means 72.7% of our readers are using ad blockers, which prevent any advertisements from being shown at all.

We receive ZERO revenue from these readers, even if they like what we write and want to support us.

Shift To CPC Advertisements

The industry’s shift from CPM ads to CPC ads is also partly to blame.

CPM (Cost per Thousand Impressions) ads generate revenue per view, so you get paid every time an advertisement appears to your reader.

CPC (Cost per Click) ads only generate revenue when your readers actually CLICK on the link, and get sent to the advertiser’s website.

With the shift to CPC ads, you don’t get paid a cent for the millions of advertisements that are shown to your readers. You only get paid when someone clicks on them.

Let’s calculate how often people actually click on these CPC advertisements.

Out of 493,132 advertisements that Google AdSense showed our readers, there were only 2,191 clicks.

That’s a click-through rate of just 0.444%.

In other words, only 1 out of every 225 readers who did not use an ad blocker clicked on a single advertisement.

Even more sobering – only 1 out of ever 516 pages people read generated a single ad click.

You would think that people would click on an advertisement as a show of support. In reality, it doesn’t work that way.

 

Don’t Rely On AdSense! This Is What You Should Do…

You still want to create your own website, despite our reality check? I applaud you!

Passion and drive are CRITICAL to creating, maintaining and developing your own website, and I do truly wish you all the best.

The desire to share my knowledge with the world is what keeps me going since I started Tech ARP in 1998 – 23 years ago!

But we must still acknowledge reality, especially as we grow older and have fiscal responsibilities, and a family to support.

I hope these suggestions will help you in your endeavour.

Use AdSense To Cover Costs

Forget about relying on AdSense to generate enough revenue to make a living.

For every US$1000 of income, you probably need 2 million page views. It’s not impossible, but it will take A LOT of work to get there.

I recommend that you only rely on AdSense to cover your costs. Please do NOT quit your day job, if you have one.

In some months, you may get a sudden surge in income. But this is fleeting, so don’t count on it.

Protect Your PR + DA

Build up and protect your Page Rank (PR) and Domain Authority (DA). They are key to ensuring you get high traffic from search engines.

Do NOT sacrifice your PR and DA by committing these mistakes :

  1. Selling dofollow links : this kills your PR and DA by siphoning them to your “sponsor” for a pittance!
  2. Publishing guest posts : free content isn’t really free if they include dofollow links which sap your PR and DA like vampires
  3. Posting press releases : your website will get penalised for “scraped content” if you post lots of press releases, because they are all duplicates of the original content
  4. Adding a PR Newswire widget : you are basically helping them make money off your website, while siphoning your PR and DA for nothing in return.

Page Rank and Domain Authority take years to build up. Trading them even for money is foolish, but sacrificing them for a smile or a thank you is idiotic.

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Foster Relationships

Once you start establishing yourself, PR and marketing agencies are going to start sending you press releases and invitations to their events.

These can be great opportunities to get in touch with brands, and develop relationships that could lead to collaborations and other business opportunities.

Brands that understand and value the work you do will line up to support you. Work with them for a win-win relationship.

Don’t Be A Useful Idiot

Some brands and PR / marketing agencies are notorious for making use of the media, and tossing them aside once they cease to be of any use.

Avoid them at all costs. Don’t fall into the trap of becoming their useful idiot.

The truth is – they don’t appreciate your work, and you are nothing more than their KPI farm – a useful idiot to help them achieve their PR or marketing KPI for the quarter.

Just tell them, “No, thank you” and move on. Have some respect for yourself. You are not their free marketing department.

Remember – branded swag and thank you will not feed you or your family. They are ALL getting paid money for their work, and so should you.

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Ask Your Readers To Support Your Work

This is something that I have recently decided to tried out for myself – asking my readers to support my work.

Whether it’s through Patreon or directly to you, you need to swallow your pride if you want to actually make a decent living writing online.

Ask them to contribute to your work, by making a cash contribution to you, the writer.

This is also the only way to reach the 73% of our readers who use ad blockers. Who knows – it may remind them that ad blocking hurts writers like us?

 

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How To Register Children For COVID-19 Vaccine In Malaysia!

Find out how to register children 12 years and older for COVID-19 vaccine programme in Malaysia!

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Approved For Children In Malaysia!

On 15 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children 12 years and above.

You may recall that the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine was first approved for use in adults 18 years and above on 8 January 2021.

With this approval, children aged 12 years and above will be able to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

 

How To Register Children For COVID-19 Vaccine Using MySejahtera

MySejahtera has been updated to allow registration of children for the COVID-19 vaccine, so here is our video guide on how to do that!

For our step-by-step guide, please see How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera!

 

Registering Children For COVID-19 Vaccine In Vaksin COVID Website

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do that on the Vaksin COVID website.

  1. Go to the Vaksin COVID-19 website at www.vaksincovid.gov.my.
  2. Click on the green REGISTER NOW button.
    Or use these direct links – BM | English | Chinese | Tamil
  3. In the first part of the COVID-19 vaccine registration page, you will need to fill in :
    – Your child’s name
    – Your child’s age
    – Your child’s IC (MyKad) or Passport number
    – Phone number : this can be your child’s own number, or yours

  1. In the next part, you will be asked to fill in these details for your child :
    – State : where your child currently lives
    – Email (optional) : this will be an alternate means to contact you or your child
    – Address : where your child currently lives. This can be different from your address if your child is (for example) in a boarding school or living with a guardian
  2. You will also be asked three simple questions :
    – Is your child interested to take the COVID-19 vaccine :
    – Does your child have any comorbidities?
    – Is your child registered with the Department of Social Welfare Malaysia as a disabled person?

  1. If your child has comorbidities, you will be asked to select them from list :
    – Diabetes Mellitus
    – Hypertension
    – Heart Disease
    – Asthma
    – Cancer
    – Chronic Lung Disease
    – Kidney Disease
    – Liver Disease
    – Stroke
    – Immunocompromised
    – Obesity
    – Bleeding Tendency (INR ≥ 4)
    – History of Severe Allergic Reaction
    – Others : you will need to fill it in manually

Listing your child’s comorbidities will help the JKJAV team prioritise children at higher risk from COVID-19, and exclude those who cannot receive the vaccine.

  1. Once you are done, double check what you have entered and click or tap on the I’m not a robot checkbox.
  2. Then click > SUBMIT.

That’s it! You should see this Thank You message pop-up, confirming that you have successfully registered your child for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

If you do not see this Thank You message, keep clicking on the Submit button every few minutes. You may need to redo the I’m not a robot test every now and then.

Now that you have just learned how to register your children for the COVID-19 vaccine programme in Malaysia, please SHARE this with your family and friends.

Encourage them to register their children for the COVID-19 vaccine programme in Malaysia too! Let’s get rid of COVID-19 together!

 

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Will COVID-19 Vaccines Reduce Our Immunity For 6 Weeks?

Will COVID-19 vaccines reduce our body’s immunity for 6 weeks, putting us at greater risk of getting infected by the coronavirus?

Find out what’s this viral Internet advice all about, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccines Reduce Our Immunity For 6 Weeks!

This piece of medical advice is going viral on WhatsApp, warning that our immunity will drop for 6 weeks after receiving COVID-19 vaccination.

注射了两剂疫苗的人士,敬请注意小心
##############################

值得一提的是,即使注射了兩劑疫苗,人們還是會感染新冠病毒。
第二劑必須在第一劑疫苗注射後的21/28天注射。
第一劑疫苗進入人體後會立即開始形成抗體。
當我們體內形成抗體時,我們的免疫力是會大大的降低。
同樣的情況在21/28天後當我們注射了第二劑的疫苗後,我們的免疫力會降得更低。
在第二次注射後的14天,當抗體在我們體內完全形成了時,我們的免疫力才會開始自然迅速增長。
這一個半月的注射疫苗過程中,由於我們體內的免疫力降低,新冠病毒進入我們體內的機會就變成非常的高。意思是說在這段時間裏,一旦在外接觸到新冠病毒,我們是最脆弱的也是最容易感染病毒。
所以在這注射疫苗一個半月內出外,離開家門是一項非常危險的行爲。
即使注射了兩劑疫苗,我們還是有可能成為新冠病毒的下一個受害者。
一個半月後,體內的免疫力增加了從一百到兩百倍,之後我們感染新冠病毒的風險就會大大的減低,尤其是對于高風險的年長者。
這就是為什麼從首次注射開始的一個半月內,我們要非常注意自己的安全。
確保出門戴口罩。
沒有必要的話就留守在家,千萬不要出門。

Reasons for people getting infected even after taking two doses of the corona vaccine:
The second dose is to be taken 21/28 days after the first dose of the corona vaccine.
The vaccine starts to form antibodies immediately after entering the body.
When antibodies are forming in our body, our immunity decreases a lot.
When we take the second dose of the vaccine after the 21/28 days, our immunity decreases even more.
14 days after the second dose, when the antibodies are completely formed in our body, our immunity starts to grow rapidly.
During this one and a half month, due to low immunity, the chances of the corona virus entering our body are very high. It is due to an exposure to the virus at this vulnerable time that a person gets infected.Hence, it is very risky to get out of the house during this month and a half.
Even after taking two doses of the vaccine, you can become a victim of Corona.
After one and a half months, the immunity in the body rises by 100 to 200 times, after which you are safe.
Need to be careful and safe for one and a half months from the first dose.
That’s why
Make sure to wear a mask
Get out of the house only if necessary.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Will NOT Reduce Our Immunity At All!

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : Dose Intervals Depends On Vaccine

The dose interval very much depends on the vaccine, and other factors :

Instead of relying on a WhatsApp message of unknown provenance (who wrote it?), ask your doctor or just follow your vaccination appointment.

Fact #2 : Vaccines Don’t Form Antibodies

COVID-19 vaccines are basically training boot camps for your immune system. They don’t form antibodies.

Instead, they mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so that your immune system can learn to identify it, and create antibodies against the real virus.

Your own immune system creates the antibodies, not the vaccine.

Fact #3 : Immunity Does Not Drop With COVID-19 Vaccination

You may feel a bit sick after your vaccination. That is not evidence that COVID-19 vaccines reduce our immunity.

That is your body’s natural reaction, as your immune system is triggered by the viral antigens presented by the vaccine.

As your immune system learns to make antibodies against these antigens, it grows stronger against COVID-19, not weaker.

Fact #4 : Full Immunity Takes Time

It is true that full immunity takes time – often two weeks after the second dose is taken (for a 2-dose vaccine).

The second dose is designed to kick the immune system into high gear, basically telling it – “Warning, this is not a one-time attack! COVID-19 can come again!

This not only triggers the immune system to create more antibodies, it also activates your memory cells to “remember” SARS-COV-2 for faster recognition and antibody production in the future.

That is why it is important to complete both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, and continue to practice COVID-19 precautions until your body has enough time to build its defences.

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Fact #5 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

It is true that you can get infected with COVID-19 even after completing your vaccination. However, that is not because COVID-19 vaccines reduce your immunity.

These vaccine breakthrough infections are expected, because vaccines cannot guarantee complete protection.

Even the best COVID-19 vaccines – from Pfizer and Moderna – can only prevent 94%-95% of COVID-19 infections. That means 5% of those who are fully vaccinated using these vaccines will still get infected.

That does not mean vaccines are useless. The point is COVID-19 vaccines prevent severe disease and death, so even if you get infected after vaccination, it will turn out to be mild or asymptomatic.

Vaccine breakthrough infections can be greatly reduced once herd immunity is established. In the interim, you can protect yourself by continuing to wear face masks, maintain physical distancing, and keep your hands clean.

Fact #6 : Vaccine Will Not Give Your Immune System Superpowers

The claim that your immune system is boosted by 100 to 200 times is nonsensical.

The COVID-19 vaccine does not boost your immune system. It only teaches your immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so it can learn to produce the right antibodies before the real coronavirus attacks.

Because your body has never encountered the SARS-CoV-2 virus before, it has ZERO immunity against this novel coronavirus.

As any math teacher can tell you – you cannot divide by zero, therefore any comparison is nonsensical.

What happens after you are fully vaccinated is that your immune system has learned how to fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It does not derive any superpower from the vaccine, it just knows how to make antibodies to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

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Fact Check : Amazing Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Did China create these amazing robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland, beating even the Japanese?

Watch the viral clip for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : China Created Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and even on YouTube. It is often paired with a short explanation in (broken) English.

This classic dance is only created in China and broadcast in Shanghai Disneyland. They are not female dance artists, but all robots made in China.

The performance time is only about 5 minutes, but the ticket queue time takes 4 hours , The ticket price is 499 yuan.

It has surpassed Japan in complexity, and saw its perfect facial expressions. Send this video to everyone to watch, let us enjoy together…

 

Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland : The Truth

The agility and grace of these classic robot dancers at Shanghai Disneyland is amazing.

The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from professional human dancers, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : That Is A Video Of A CBDF Competition

That is actually a video clip from one of the many competitions organised and broadcast by the CBDF (Chinese Ballroom Dance Federation).

Although we cannot ascertain who the dancers are, you can see the CBDF logo in the background, at 4:06 and 4:41.

No robot made today can match their agility and grace.

Fact #2 : 499 Yuan Was The Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a single show.

In truth, that was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

Fact #3 : Disneyland Does Not Charge Extra To Watch Certain Shows

Anyone who has been to Disneyland knows that the entry fee is pricey. That’s because it covers all rides and shows inside Disneyland.

You only need to pay for food and drinks, and arcade games. Or if you opt to purchase Disney Fastpasses (Fastpass, FastPass+, MaxPass) to bypass long queues at popular rides or shows.

Otherwise, all rides and shows are free to enjoy once you enter Disneyland.

Fact #4 : That Is Not The Only Fake Video Of Chinese Robot Dancers

That is not the only fake video of Chinese robot dancers.

This one circulated earlier, claiming to be of a female robot dancer that beats Japanese made-robots.

In this example, they took the video clip from the 2018 World Dance Sport Federation Championship in Lithuania…

Recommended : Did China Create This Amazing Female Dancing Robot?

 

Who Would Create Fake Stories About Robot Dancers?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.

Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

Please share this fact check with your friends, so they know the truth!

 

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Did Singapore Autopsy Confirm COVID-19 Is Not A Virus?

Did Singapore conduct an autopsy that confirmed COVID-19 is not a virus, but a bacterium that causes blood clotting?

Take a look at this new viral message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Autopsy In Singapore Confirmed COVID-19 Is Not A Virus!

This new WhatsApp message claims that an autopsy in Singapore has finally proven that COVID-19 is not a virus, but a bacterium that causes blood clotting!

Singapore has become the first country in the world to perform an autopsy (post-mortem) for a Covid-19 corpse. After a thorough investigation, it was. discovered that Covid-19 does not exist as a virus, but rather a bacterium that has been exposed to radiation and causes human death by coagulation in the blood.

Covid-19 disease has been found to cause blood clotting, which causes blood clotting in humans and causes blood clotting in the veins, which makes it difficult for a person to breathe because the brain, heart and lungs cannot receive oxygen, causing people to die quickly.

To find the cause of the shortage of respiratory energy, doctors in Singapore did not listen to the WHO protocol and performed an autopsy on COVID-19. After doctors opened arms, legs, and other parts of the body and carefully examined them, they noticed that the blood vessels were dilated and filled with blood clots, which impeded blood flow and also reduced the flow of oxygen. In the body it causes the death of the patient.

After learning about this research, the Singapore Ministry of Health immediately changed the treatment protocol for Covid-19 and gave aspirin to its positive patients. I started taking 100 mg and Imromac. As a result, patients began to recover and their health began to improve. The Singapore Ministry of Health evacuated more than 14,000 patients in one day and sent them home.

After a period of scientific discovery, doctors in Singapore explained the treatment method by saying that the disease is a global trick, “It is nothing but a coagulation inside blood vessels (blood clots) and a method of treatment.

  • Antibiotic tablets
  • Anti-inflammatory and
  • Take an anticoagulant (aspirin).

This indicates that it is possible to treat the disease.

 

Singapore COVID-19 Autopsy : Same Bullshit, Different Country

If you thought this viral message was familiar, that’s because it’s the SAME BULLSHIT that went viral earlier, just swapping out Russia for Singapore and some other changes.

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : First COVID-19 Autopsies Were Conducted In China

Wuhan was the origin of the COVID-19 epidemic in China, and it was there that the first patients died, and where the first autopsies were conducted.

The forensics team from the Tongji Medical College of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology conducted the first autopsy of a COVID-19 patient on 16 February 2020.

By 24 February 2020, they conducted a total of nine autopsies – the results of which was published in the Journal of Forensic Medicine.

Fact #2 : There Is No WHO Protocol Forbidding Autopsies

There is no such thing as a WHO protocol that forbids autopsies of any person who died from COVID-19, or any other disease.

The World Health Organisation is an international advisory body. It has no power over individual countries, and therefore, cannot ban post-mortem autopsies in any country.

In fact, the WHO actually published guidelines on how to perform autopsies and manage the bodies of dead COVID-19 patients.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Is Caused By SARS-CoV-2

COVID-19 is technically not a virus.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, which was initially called 2019-nCoV, before being officially named as SARS-CoV-2.

Fact #4 : SARS-CoV-2 Is A Real Virus

We know that the SARS-CoV-2 is a real virus, because Chinese scientists isolated it and with the help of the University of Sydney in Australia, released a draft sequence of its genome on 10 January 2020.

The complete genome of approximately 30 kilobytes in length was published on 3 February 2020.

You can look at the entire SARS-CoV-2 viral genome that was released by Chinese scientists here.

SARS-CoV-2 genome diagram. Credit : Rohan Bir Singh, MD

Fact #5 : A Virus Is Not A Bacterium

Any half-decent student of biology can tell you that a virus is not a bacterium. They are completely different.

A virus, for example, is not even a living organism. It is just RNA or DNA encapsulated within a protein or lipid shell, and can only replicate within a host cell.

A bacterium, on the other hand, is a single-celled microorganism that can multiply by itself. It is also much more complex, with intracellular organelles and even extracellular appendages.

SARS-CoV-2 – the COVID-19 coronavirus – is a virus, not a bacterium.

Fact #6 : Imromac + Apronik Do Not Exist

Two of the drugs mentioned in the viral message – Imromac and Apronik – do not even exist!

Fact #7 : There Is No Cure For COVID-19 (Right Now)

As of 10 June 2021, there is no cure for COVID-19. Only vaccines that can help prevent it.

Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, or anti-coagulant medication cannot cure COVID-19.

Both aspirin and paracetamol are painkillers, and they won’t cure COVID-19.

Fact #8 : Low Dose Aspirin Does Not Prevent COVID-19

100 mg is actually a low dose for aspirin, which is normally given in the form of 325 mg or 500 mg tablets to adults.

Many people already take low-dose aspirin (also called baby aspirin) – usually 81 mg – to reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

However, that has not prevented any of them from being infected with COVID-19.

Fact #9 : COVID-19 Can Cause Blood Clotting

COVID-19 can cause a hypercoagulable state, in which a severe inflammatory response triggers localised blood clotting which can become generalised.

It is especially common in severe COVID-19 disease, and has nothing to do with a bacterium, or radiation.

When a COVID-19 patient presents with blood clots, they are treated with blood thinners like aspirin and heparin.

 

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CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

The CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, with just ⅓ of the laptops or tablets to be distributed by 12 June 2021!

Here are the details…

 

CERDIK Initiative : What Is It?

The CERDIK Initiative, which started in February 2021, aimed to provide low-income B40 families with a laptop or tablet and Internet access for a year.

This initiative is fully financed by GLCs (Government-Linked Companies) and GLICs (Government-Linked Investment Companies), with contributions of about RM 150 million (USD 37 million).

Yayasan Hasanah – the Khazanah foundation selected to be its secretariat – will manage the initiative which aims to distribute 150,000 laptops or tablets to students from B40 families across the country.

The laptop / tablet (with 1 year of Internet connectivity) will be distributed to schools, and students will retain them until they complete their education.

 

CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

Even though the CERDIK Initiative kicked off in February 2021, they only managed to distribute 12,887 devices to 95 schools in 51 districts by 5 June 2021.

The Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin said that another 40,290 devices will be distributed by 12 June 2021.

He estimates that the remaining 96,823 devices will be fully distributed by end of September 2021.

As you can tell, the CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, and students from low-income B40 families are going to suffer.

Students have been learning online (PdPR) since mid May 2021. Until they get these devices and Internet connectivity, students from B40 families will have trouble joining those classes and keeping up.

If these students end up getting their devices in August and September, they would only be able to learn for a few weeks before the school term ends in November!

 

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Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that online learning for all schools will be extended until July 2021!

Here are the details…

 

Current Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

On 26 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education announced that schools will be closed, and students would study online for two weeks in May :

  • Group A : 16 to 27 May 2021
  • Group B : 17 to 28 May 2021

This was followed by the 2-week mid-year term holidays.

  • Group A : 28 May to 12 June 2021
  • Group B : 29 May to 13 June 2021

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for 37 days (5 weeks and 2 days).

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

Here is a better look at the slide.

 

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New MySejahtera Vaccine Appointment Feature For Seniors?

Is it true that MySejahtera has a new vaccine appointment feature for senior citizens of 60 years and above?

Find out what is this new MySejahtera feature that is going viral on social media, and what the FACTS really are!

 

New MySejahtera Vaccine Appointment Feature For Seniors?

People are posting and sharing messages about a new MySejahtera feature that lets senior citizens of 60 years and above request for COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Here are two examples of those viral messages :

For those above 60,who still do not have an appointment for your vaccination,you can go to MySejahtera Helpdesk,and press B

For all those who are yet to get your vaccination appointment.

FYI
For those above 60 yrs and have yet to get vaccination date, you can do the following:-
1. open mysejahtera
2. click on help desk
3. Start
4. Select option B
5. You will be given an appointment.

It’s for 60yrs n above.

 

Not A New MySejahtera Vaccine Appointment Feature For Seniors…

The viral messages are not exactly correct.

This is NOT a new MySejahtera feature lets senior citizens request for, and receive, a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

This is really a Helpdesk alternative to the JKJAV hotline for people who have already registered for their COVID-19 vaccination.

This is similar to the new Helpdesk features that allow people to check, change or cancel their vaccine appointments online, instead of through the JKJAV hotline.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It Is Not A New MySejahtera App Feature

The viral messages ask us to open the MySejahtera app and tap on Helpdesk to get to the new vaccine appointment feature.

The truth is tapping on the Helpdesk option in the MySejahtera app merely opens up a web browser, and redirects you to the online MySejahtera Helpdesk website.

You don’t even need to use the MySejahtera app. You can access the MySejahtera Helpdesk website using any Internet browser via these links – English | Bahasa Melayu.

Fact #2 : It Is Just A New Help Option

The truth is – this is just a new Helpdesk option, to help people check for their COVID-19 vaccine appointments, and for the MySejahtera team identify those who didn’t get their vaccine appointments yet.

If you select B. 60 years old and above but haven’t received my appointment (Phase 2), you will be asked if you have  chronic illness or not.

Whatever option you select, you will be taught how to check for your vaccine appointment in MySejahtera :

  • Click on the COVID-19 Vaccination icon on the MySejahtera main page.
  • Choose the Vaccine for [your name] option to view your appointment details

And if you still do NOT see your vaccine appointment, then you are asked to submit your MySejahtera user ID (MySJ ID) and your MyKad or passport number.

In the next page, you will be asked to submit your mobile number and an email address for them to write back to you on what to do next.

This will allow the MySejahtera team to look into your vaccine appointment, or why your MySejahtera app does not display the vaccine appointments.

It does NOT mean you will be automatically given your COVID-19 vaccine appointments, as the viral messages claim.

Your COVID-19 vaccine appointment will be issued according to these criteria :

  • when you registered for COVID-19 vaccination
  • your age
  • if you have any co-morbidities (chronic illness)
  • your location

Nowhere in this process do you see it being mentioned that this feature allows you to request for a vaccine appointment.

Fact #3 : It Is More Convenient Than Calling Hotline

To be clear, this is a legitimate Helpdesk option to help senior citizens age 60 years and above check for their COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

It is no different than calling the JKJAV hotline at 1800-888-828, to ask why you have not received your vaccine appointment.

Now that this new Helpdesk option has been introduced, you should definitely use it instead of calling the JKJAV hotline, which is always busy and hard to get through.

Fact #4 : This Is Not A Vaccine Registration Feature

This new Helpdesk option helps to identify senior citizens who may not have received their appointments, possibly due to these reasons :

  • not aware of where to look for vaccine appointment details
  • did not even register for COVID-19 vaccination
  • MySejahtera app cache corruption

However, it is not a replacement for the COVID-19 vaccine registration process. You cannot use this “method” to ask for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment if you have not yet registered for it.

Even with the introduction of this new Helpdesk feature, you must still register yourself for COVID-19 vaccination through these five ways :

  1. The MySejahtera app – a future update will introduce a button to register for an appointment.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Please make sure you register for your free COVID-19 vaccine ASAP!

 

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Did Man Die From COVID-19 Contaminated Package?

Did a 20 year-old man die from COVID-19 after contracting it from a contaminated package?

Find out what’s this new viral story (pun intended!) and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Man Dies From COVID-19 Contaminated Package!

There are two messages that have gone viral in the last few days on social media, about a young man who died from COVID-19, after contracting it from a contaminated package!

[29/05, 11:29 pm] My son, in Kuantan just passed away from covid. He was only 20 yrs old. He only had headache which he thought was migraine (3 hours) and took panandol but after 2 hours he died at home. No other symptoms at all but just headache. Fortunately my hubby and I had been vaccinated so not affeted at all. He is a student and study only at home. Never go anywhere. He got it because he took a courier package. The courier guy who stay in Batu 10 kuantan had covid . after my son death then forensic check only know he died from covid. Both of them wore mask. The courier guy is now in icu. Stage 4. Thats why now it has spread everywhere in Kuantan. [29/05, 11:29 pm] Kalau terima barang Dr kurier jgn terus ambil jemur dulu atau gantung d pagar sb kita ta tahu kurier ada covid ke tak
HATI-HATI……….

Hati2 bila kurier hantar barang.. (cdg: biarkan 1 jam+ dan basuh dettol)

From someone in Subang SS17 chat group:-
My neighbour’s son, Chan in Kuantan Taman Tas just passed away from covid. He was only 20 yrs old. He only had headache which he thought was migraine (3 hours) and took panandol but after 2 hours he died at home. No other symptoms at all but just headache. Fortunately his parent had been vaccinated so not affeted at all. He is student and study only at his house. Never go anywhere. He got it because he took a courier package. The courier guy who stay in Batu 10 kuantan had covid . after chan death then forensic check only know he died from covid. Both of them wore mask. The courier guy is now in icu.h Stage 4. Thats why now it has spread everywhere in Kuantan.

Beware, make sure you sanitize every parcel, letter or delivered foods package upon receiving.

 

No! He Did NOT Die From COVID-19 Contaminated Package!

Like 95% of what you read on social media, this is yet another piece of fake news. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : No 20 Year-Old Man Was Brought In Dead In Pahang

Our sister site, The Rojak Pot has a running list of all COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia.

If you search the list, you will see that only two 20 year-old males died in Malaysia :

  • Case 252679 : 20 year-old Malaysian male, who passed away at the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor.
  • Death #2417 : 20 year-old Malaysian male from KL, who passed away at the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor.

As you can see, neither died in Pahang, and they both died in a hospital. Neither were brought in dead to the hospital.

Fact #2 : Pahang Health Department Called It Fake News

On 30 May 2021, the Pahang State Department denied that a 20 year-old man from Taman Tan passed away from COVID-19.

The Pahang State Health director, Datuk Dr. Bahari Che Awang Ngah said that only 58 people died in Pahang, and the youngest was a 23 year-old man.

He also said that the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital did not receive any BID (Brought In Dead) cases involving individuals in their 20s.

Fact #3 :  Fomite Transmission Is Rare

Early studies show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can persist on surfaces for a long time.

However, later quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) studies show that the risk of getting infected through contact with contaminated surfaces / objects (fomites) is low.

How low? Generally, less than 1 in 10,000 contacts with a contaminated surface will result in a COVID-19 infection.

While not impossible, it is much harder to get infected from touching contaminated surfaces or objects, because you have to then touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands to get infected.

That is likely why there have been no COVID-19 clusters attributed to packages / parcels delivered by couriers or mail services.

Fact #4 :  COVID-19 Primarily Spreads Through People

The SARS-CoV-2 virus primarily spreads through droplets, as well as through aerosol, from infected people. It does not spread by touch.

Hence, the best policy for courier or mail services is to insist that EVERYONE must wear a face mask.

This prevents direct transmission by droplets, and greatly cuts down on aerosols. And best of all – it prevents the parcels and packages from being contaminated!

If everyone wears a face mask, fomites – contaminated surfaces or objects – will be virtually non-existent.

Fact #5 :  COVID-19 Is Easily Destroyed By Soap!

While Dettol can kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, there is no need to go to such extremes. Simple soap and water will destroy the virus!

If you are super worried about contaminated packages, just wiped them down (if they’re wrapped in plastic) with soapy water, or alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?

Fact #6 :  You Can’t Get Contaminated If You Sanitise Your Hands!

Instead of worrying so much about getting your hands contaminated with COVID-19, just sanitise them!

You can’t get COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces if you keep your hands clean!

Just wash your hands with soap and water after opening the parcel, or sanitise them using hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol).

This isn’t just my advice, this is what the US CDC recommends too!

 

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Did Dr. Joey Avila Die From COVID-19 After Sinovac Dose 2?

Did Dr. Joey Avila MD die from COVID-19 after receiving his second dose of the Sinovac vaccine?

Find out what’s this new viral warning, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Dr. Joey Avila Died From COVID-19 After Sinovac Dose 2!

This post about Dr. Joey Avila dying from COVID-19 after receiving his second dose of the Sinovac vaccine has gone viral on social media.

From Evelyn

Post from Makati Medical Center.

We lost our chief of pathology, Dr Joey Avila, in MMC to COVID. He had received his 2nd Sinovac, then got COVID within about a week of his 2nd dose.

Reasons for people getting infected even after taking two doses of the corona vaccine:
The second dose is to be taken 21/28 days after the first dose of the corona vaccine.
The vaccine starts to form antibodies immediately after entering the body.
When antibodies are forming in our body, our immunity decreases a lot.
When we take the second dose of the vaccine after the 21/28 days, our immunity decreases even more.
14 days after the second dose, when the antibodies are completely formed in our body, our immunity starts to grow rapidly.
During this one and a half month, due to low immunity, the chances of the corona virus entering our body are very high. It is due to an exposure to the virus at this vulnerable time that a person gets infected.Hence, it is very risky to get out of the house during this month and a half.
Even after taking two doses of the vaccine, you can become a victim of Corona.
After one and a half months, the immunity in the body rises by 100 to 200 times, after which you are safe.
Need to be careful and safe for one and a half months from the first dose.
That’s why
Make sure to wear a mask
Get out of the house only if necessary.

#Covid update.

 

NO! Dr. Joey Avila Did NOT Die From COVID-19 After Sinovac Dose 2!

This viral message is an evolution of an earlier viral message on social media, just “upgraded” with a section on Dr. Joey Avila dying from COVID-19 after receiving his second Sinovac vaccine dose.

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : Dr. Joey Avila Died From COVID-19

Dr. Jose “Joey” Maria Avila, MD – the Chief of Pathology at Makati Medical Center – died from COVID-19 on 20 April 2021.

Fact #2 : Dr. Joey Avila Only Had One Dose

Dr. Saturnino P. Javier, the Medical Director of Makati Medical Center, refuted the claim that Dr. Joey Avila was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Sinovac vaccine.

He stated that Dr. Avila only received ONE dose of a vaccine, whose brand cannot be disclosed.

It could be either the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccine – both of which were rolled out in March 2021. But it certainly isn’t Pfizer because that only rolled out in May 2021.

Fact #3 : Dose Intervals Depends On Vaccine

The dose interval very much depends on the vaccine, and other factors :

Instead of relying on a WhatsApp message of unknown provenance (who wrote it?), ask your doctor or just follow your vaccination appointment.

Fact #4 : Vaccines Don’t Form Antibodies

Vaccines are like training boot camps for your immune system. They don’t form antibodies.

Instead, they mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so that your immune system can learn to identify it, and create antibodies against the real virus.

Your immune system creates the antibodies, not the vaccine.

Fact #5 : Immunity Does Not Drop With COVID-19 Vaccination

You may feel a bit sick after your vaccination. That’s your body’s immune system reacting to the viral antigens presented by the vaccine.

That does not mean your immunity has dropped after vaccination. This is your body’s natural reaction, as it identifies the foreign antigens and the immune system works to defeat them.

As your immune system learns to make antibodies against these antigens, it grows stronger against COVID-19, not weaker.

Fact #6 : Full Immunity Takes Time

It is true that full immunity takes time – often two weeks after the second dose is taken (for a 2-dose vaccine).

The second dose is designed to kick the immune system into high gear, basically telling it – “Warning, this is not a one-time attack! COVID-19 can come again!

This not only triggers the immune system to create more antibodies, it also activates your memory cells to “remember” SARS-COV-2 for faster recognition and antibody production in the future.

That is why it is important to complete both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, and continue to practice COVID-19 precautions until your body has enough time to build its defences.

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Fact #7 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

It is also true that you can get infected with COVID-19 even after completing your vaccination.

These vaccine breakthrough infections are expected, because vaccines cannot guarantee complete protection. However, vaccines prevent severe disease and death.

Vaccine breakthrough infections can be greatly reduced once herd immunity is established. In the interim, you can protect yourself by continuing to wear face masks, maintain physical distancing, and keep your hands clean.

Fact #8 : Vaccine Will Not Give Your Immune System Superpowers

The claim that your immune system is boosted by 100 to 200 times is nonsensical.

The COVID-19 vaccine does not boost your immune system. It only teaches your immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so it can learn to defeat it before the real virus attacks.

As your body has never encountered the SARS-CoV-2 virus before, it has ZERO immunity against this novel coronavirus.

As any math teacher can tell you – you cannot divide by zero, therefore any comparison is nonsensical.

What happens after you are fully vaccinated is that your immune system has learned how to fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It does not derive any superpower from the vaccine, it just knows how to make antibodies to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

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MySejahtera BootstrapMade Controversy Explained!

Is it true that the RM 70 million MySejahtera website was using a FREE BootstrapMade plan?

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

 

MySejahtera BootstrapMade Controversy : What Is It?

A TikTok creator called eryazmi shared a video on social media, which went viral.

Why? Because he showed how the RM 70 million MySejahtera website was just using a FREE BootstrapMade plan!

In his TikTok video, eryazmi showed that the MySejahtera website had a footer credit link – Designed by BootstrapMade.

He then showed that the footer credit link is there because the MySejahtera website team opted NOT to pay US$19 for a Pro Single BootstrapMade plan.

Instead, they opted for the free BootstrapMade plan, even though he explained early in the video – the MySejahtera app and website cost a whopping RM 70 million (US$17 million)!

You can watch his TikTok video here, but please read our FACT CHECK of his claims below after that.

 

MySejahtera BootstrapMade Controversy : The Facts!

eryazmi is correct that the MySejahtera team opted for the free BootstrapMade plan, but he made a number of misleading statements.

Let’s take a look at what the FACTS really are!

Fact #1 : BootstrapMade Is Free For Commercial Use

Bootstrap is a company that makes website templates that they sell on the BootstrapMade website.

They offer their templates for FREE to download and use, even for COMMERCIAL PROJECTS!

The only downside is that you cannot remove the footer credit link, and you cannot use it to create websites for clients.

Technically, there is nothing wrong for the MySejahtera team to create their website using a free Bootstrap plan, if they are an internal KKM team and not a third-party contractor.

Are they an internal team or a third-party contractor? We don’t know, and until we do, we cannot simply jump to conclusions.

Fact #2 : BootstrapMade Is Just A Website Template

BootstrapMade or Bootstrap templates are just basic design templates for creating your website.

You still need to customise it to suit your requirements, using your own photos and graphics. The Bootstrap team isn’t doing it for you – that’s for sure!

eryazmi‘s claim that the free plan lets the team just generate the MySejahtera website is just false and ludicrous.

Never mind customising the website, he ignored the cost of hosting the website, which likely requires multiple servers and load balancing due to the high traffic.

Fact #3 : Removing The Footer Credit Does Nothing

After the video went viral, the team apparently paid Bootstrap US$19 to remove the footer credit, which is no longer visible at the bottom of the MySejahtera website.

It’s a ONE-TIME charge, not a subscription, as eryazmi claimed.

What did that buy us? Absolutely NOTHING.

The presence, or lack thereof, of the BootstrapMade footer credit at the bottom of the MySejahtera website has ZERO implications on its performance, or the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme.

Nevertheless, it is good that they paid Bootstrap for the template, whether they are an internal KKM team, or a third-party contractor.

Fact #3 : RM 70 Million Not Just For MySejahtera App + Website

Early in the video, eryazmi claimed that RM 70 million was for the MySejahtera app and website. At the end of his video, he claimed that RM 70 million was just for this website.

Either way – he’s wrong.

As National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said earlier, RM 70 million is the amount BUDGETED for the management of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

In other words – RM 70 million is the maximum amount, the ceiling price for multiple systems to run and manage PICK :

  • Management and monitoring of PICK performance indicators
  • Development of PICK daily report dashboard
  • System integration to connect the MySejahtera database with KKM’s existing pharmacy database
  • Development of chatbot
  • Development of the vaccination registration portal (VaksinCOVID.gov.my)
  • Registration and vaccination detection, and Google Map tracking system in MySejahtera
  • Development of genomic surveillance and immunisation surveillance systems
  • Queue Mobile management system for vaccination centres (PPVs)
  • Integration of digital (vaccination) passport system in MySejahtera
  • Logistic and vaccine delivery chain management system
  • Call center operations located in CITF
  • MyVAC (Malaysian Vaccine Support Volunteers) system for the management of volunteers.
  • SMS messaging and call reminders for 5-10 times for each person

It is therefore, categorically false for eryazmi to claim that RM 70 million is what the MySejahtera app and/or website costs.

 

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Scam Alert : Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration!

The viral message about the Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration and the giveaway of a Toyota Corolla is a SCAM!

Find out why it is a SCAM, and please alert your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration!

This is the link that has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming to offer you a chance to win a Toyota Corolla during the Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration!

It’s just a scam, so we added that overlay to prevent it from being further abused.

Please DO NOT CLICK on the link, or proceed with the “contest”.

 

Why Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration Contest Is A Scam!

For those of you who are wondering – how do you know it’s a scam, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Link Is Highly Suspicious

If you look at the URL – the link – it goes to http://1s7wttd.nodxteh.cn.

It is obviously not a Toyota-related link, but an unrelated Chinese-registered (.cn) domain.

In addition, it is not an SSL-encrypted link, which would start with https://. While not a hallmark of a scam link, legitimate websites will use SSL-encrypted links (with https, not http)

When you see such links, DO NOT CLICK on them.

Fact #2 : Toyota’s 80th Anniversary Was In 2017

Toyota was established on 28 August 1937. They celebrated their 80th anniversary in 2017.

Here is a 28 August 2017 tweet by the Toyota Motor Corp.

Fact #3 : Toyota Is In The Business Of Selling Cars

Toyota is in the business of SELLING CARS, not giving them away.

Not surprisingly, they did not give away even a single car when they celebrated their 80th anniversary in 2017!

Fact #4 : The Page Has So Many Troubling Clues

If you click on the link, you will be led to this page, claiming you will get a free gift with Toyota… and a chance to win a Toyota Corolla.

The page is full of grammatical mistakes – something an actual Toyota website would not have.

On top of that, why would Toyota give you a Corolla for answering simple questions like “Do you know Toyota?” Seriously…

And below that is a list of comments by people who claimed to have won the Toyota Corolla. Do you really believe that Toyota is giving away so many cars?

Try clicking on their names, and nothing happens. Nothing happens either if you click to Like. So where are the likes coming from?

They are all FAKE COMMENTS. If you check the code, you can see that both the comments and pictures were manually inserted.

Fact #5 : You Will Always Win The Car

You can try the contest any number of times, and you will ALWAYS win the car.

Why? Because the next step involves you sharing this with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp!

So no matter how many times you participate, you will ALWAYS win the free Toyota Corolla. Do you think that’s the case with a real contest?

This is a SCAM. DO NOT SHARE and do NOT proceed beyond this page.

 

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Fake News Alert : Sinovac Vaccines For Selangor Residents!

The viral message that the Selangor state government is planning to roll out 500K doses of the Sinovac vaccine is FAKE NEWS!

Find out what just went viral on social media, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Sinovac Vaccines For Selangor Residents Via Selangkah App?

This is the message that has gone viral – claiming that the Selangor state government is planning to roll out 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine by the end of May.

It also called for Selangor residents to register for the Sinovac vaccine using the Selangkah app, and claimed that the Chinese vaccine is the top 2 safest vaccine.

 

Sinovac Vaccines For Selangor Residents? More Fake News!

The truth is that is more fake news about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Selangor State Government Refuted The Claim

On 17 May 2021, the Selangor state government issued a media statement, refuting the claim. Here is their statement, with our English translation :

ISU MESEJ TULAR BERKENAAN PENDAFTARAN VAKSIN SELANGOR 

1. Saya mengambil maklum berkenaan mesej yang ditularkan menerusi aplikasi Whatsapp yang antaranya menyatakan “The Selangor Government is rolling out additional 500 Sinovac vaccines to Selangorians”. 

2. Saya ingin menegaskan bahawa mesej tular tersebut adalah palsu dan tidak benar. 

3. Segala kenyataan atau pengumuman rasmi berkenaan vaksin Covid-19 di negeri Selangor hanya akan dikeluarkan oleh YAB Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari (Menteri Besar Selangor) atau YB Dr. Siti Mariah Mahmud (Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kesihatan Awam, Perpaduan & Pembangunan Keluarga) sahaja. 

On VIRAL MESSAGE REGARDING VACCINE REGISTRATION IN SELANGOR

  1. I was informed about the viral message on WhatsApp that stated, “The Selangor Government is rolling out additional 500[k] Sinovac vaccines to Selangorians”.
  2. I would like to stress that the viral message is false and not true.
  3. All official statements or announcements about the COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Selangor will only be issued by YAB Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari (Chief Minister of Selangor) or YB Dr. Siti Mariah Mahmud (Chairperson of the Permanent Committee on Public Health, Unity and Family Development).

Fact #2 : Many Selangor Residents Do Not Have Selangor Addresses

It is a fact that many Selangor residents come from other states, and do not have Selangor addresses in their MyKad.

That is why when we register for COVID-19 vaccination in MySejahtera, we are asked to key in our location.

Hence, an official effort by the Selangor state government will not rely on the address in your MyKad (IC).

Fact #3 : Sinovac Is Not The Top 2 Safest COVID-19 Vaccine

This is a false claim that we debunked earlier.

Sinovac was never rated as the top 2 safest vaccine. In fact, there is no safety ranking of any vaccine by any authority.

In fact, the article that spurred this claim actually pointed out that the conflicting trial results for the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac, and noted that “China’s and Russia’s self-serving propaganda campaigns touting their respective vaccines only increased wariness“.

Recommended : Did NYT Rank 4 Chinese Vaccines As Safest In The World?

 

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KRI Nanggala Submarine : Was Its Wreck Recovered?

Was the wreck of the Indonesian submarine, KRI Nanggala, just recovered from the sea?

Find out what has gone viral on social media, and what the FACTS really are!

 

KRI Nanggala Submarine : Was Its Wreck Recovered?

People have been sharing a picture purportedly showing the wreck of he Indonesian submarine, KRI Nanggala, being lifted from the sea.

The picture shows a crane apparently lifting the wreckage of a submarine with the hull number 402 circled in red, with pictures of women crying and hugging each other.

402 is the hull number of KRI Nanggala – the Indonesian submarine that sank 95 kilometres north of Bali on 21 April 2021.

Some also shared part of the Indonesian article – Tangisan Keluarga Korban Pecah, Tim Evakuasi Berhasil Angkat Puing Puing KIR Nanggala 402 Kepermukaan.

In English, the long title translates as “The Victims’ Families Cried, The Evacuation Team Succeeded In Lifting The Wreckage of KRI Nanggala 402 To The Surface“.

 

KRI Nanggala : Submarine Wreck Has Not Been Recovered!

The truth is – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS circulating through social media. Here are the facts..

Fact #1 : The Photo Was Edited

Obviously, the photo was edited – it is a collage.

But more to the point – the photo of the submarine was edited to add the hull number 402.

The person who created the photo lifted the 402 hull number from this picture of the actual KRI Nanggala submarine, and added it to the submarine in the photo above.

Fact #2 : That Submarine Was K-141 Kursk

The submarine used in the fake photo is actually K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy, flipped horizontally.

This is the photo of the Kursk they used to make the fake photo, which we flipped horizontally to make the comparison easier.

As you can see, they edited out the Kursk coat of arms from the sail, and paste the 402 hull number next to it.

Fact #3 : KRI Nanggala Has Not Been Recovered… Yet

Efforts to recover the wreck of KRI Nanggala started on 4 May 2021, with the assistance of the Chinese Navy.

However, as of 11 May 2021, no part of its hull has been recovered from the depth of 838 metres where the wreck has rested.

Fact #4 : Original Article Was Deleted

The original article was posted on 1 May 2021 but recently removed after being exposed as fake news.

However, the video with that fake photo is still available on YouTube, and it was copied and posted by other websites eager to capitalise on the disaster.

Note : We added the FALSE overlay to prevent the article from being further shared as fact.

 

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Google Site Kit JSON Data Error : How To Fix It?

If you just installed the Google Site Kit, only to find it reporting Data error in Analytics with an invalid JSON response, we have the solution for you!

 

Google Site Kit JSON Data Error : What Is It?

The Google Site Kit for WordPress is supposed to make it seamless to integrate Google services like Analytics and AdSense into your website.

But you may get this error message, even after you successfully set up Google Site Kit for your WordPress website.

Data error in Analytics

The response is not a valid JSON response.

This is how it looks like after we integrated Google Site Kit into Tech ARP.

As you can see, it’s kind of pointless if Google Site Kit cannot display your Analytics data directly in your WordPress admin page.

 

Google Site Kit JSON Data Error : How To Fix It?

At first, we thought it might be a Google Site Kit configuration error, but that was not the case.

We tried disabling and reenabling it, reinstalling it, reconfiguring and logging in again, but none of that worked.

iThemes Security Was The Problem

The problem, we finally discovered, was the popular iThemes Security plugin.

But to remove it was not the solution. It was very important in preventing the DDOS attacks that keep hitting Tech ARP.

Here Is The Solution

Finally, we stumbled upon the solution, and it’s ridiculously simple!

  1. Log into your WordPress admin page.
  2. Go to the iThemes configuration page (Security > Settings).
  3. Click on the System Tweaks option.
  4. Look for the Long URL Strings option.
  5. Uncheck the Filter Long URL Strings option.
  6. Click on Save Settings.

That’s it! After you refresh the Site Kit dashboard, you should now see the full stats displayed!

 

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Was Pragya Mishra Killed Over COVID-19 Comments?

Was Indian journalist, Pragya Mishra, murdered in broad daylight after criticising the Kumbh Mela festival for causing the catastrophic COVID-19 surge?

Find out what the viral video of her murder showed, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Pragya Mishra Killed In Broad Daylight Over COVID-19 Comments!

Two videos and a photo are going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that Indian journalist Pragya Mishra was killed in broad daylight after she criticised the recent Kumbh Mela festival in India for causing the catastrophic surge in COVID-19.

The first video showed the news segment in which Pragya Mishra talked about the Kumbh Mela and the COVID-19 tsunami.

The second video was CCTV footage showing a woman getting stabbed by a man in broad daylight.

The videos are accompanied by one or two pictures showing the woman lying in a pool of blood, with one of these messages :

An Indian broadcaster who spoke against unhealthy Hindu gatherings and the spread of Corona disease was assassinated publicly.

Pragya mishra murdered in broad daylight

Because she was talking in news about kumbh mela in the era of cornavirus

 

No! Pragya Mishra Was NOT Killed Over COVID-19 Comments!

This is yet another COVID-19 related hoax. Pragya Mishra is alive and well.

It has been suggested that the fake news was created as a kind of warning to Pragya Mishra –  watch what you are saying about Hindus and the Kumbh Mela, or else…

That is something we cannot prove, but here are the facts that we can prove…

Fact #1 : Pragya Mishra Is Alive And Well

These videos and photos first circulated on or just before 18 April 2021.

At that time, Pragya Mishra was at home because of “COVID-19 protocols”. When she was informed about the videos and photos, she tweeted that she was safe.

As of 30 April 2021, she’s still active on her Twitter account, @PragyaLive.

Fact #2 : Second Video Was Of A Real Murder

Unfortunately, the second video is genuine, and shows the murder of a real woman on 10 April 2021.

It was not Pragya Mishra, but a 26 year-old lady called Neelu Mehta, who worked at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.

She was stabbed and murdered in broad daylight by her husband, Harish Mehta, an employee of the Marriage Bureau.

Allegedly, he suspected his newly-wed wife of eight months of infidelity, and stabbed her to death. Even after she died, he continued stabbing her.

Sadly, no one intervened or tried to help her.

 

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Fact Check : G64 COVID-19 Strain 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!

 

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 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.

 

G64 COVID-19 Strain From India + Egypt? Bullshit!

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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