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Can Malaysia Hospitals Now Use Ivermectin For COVID-19?

Is the Malaysia Ministry of Health now allowing hospitals to use ivermectin “off-label” against COVID-19?

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

Updated @ 2024-01-24 : Refreshed for the revival of this old hoax
Originally posted @ 2021-07-07

 

Claim : Hospitals Allowed To Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19!

This is the viral message that is circulating on WhatsApp, with a link to a FreeMalaysiaToday article, called “Hospitals can apply for ‘off-label use’ of Ivermectin, says health ministry“.

Woohoo!! GOOD NEWS!! IVERMECTIN is being recognised!!

Malaysia bucks the tide of heavy Pharma lobby and Approves IVERMECTIN!!

 

Truth : Hospitals Must Apply To Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19!

The viral message is using an actual FMT article to convey a FALSE narrative. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Hospitals Must APPLY To Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) did not “allow” hospitals to use ivermectin as an “off-label” treatment of COVID-19.

They only said that hospitals can APPLY to the Drug Control Agency (DCA) for the “off-label” use of ivermectin.

KKM also said that the use of off-label medication “must be done in a monitored environment“.

Fact #2 : Off-Label Application Has Long Existed

The ability for hospitals to apply for off-label use of medications have long existed.

This permission to apply for off-label use isn’t something new, or exclusive to ivermectin.

Fact #3 : Patient Consent Is Also Required

As off-label use of medicine can be detrimental to the patient, it is important for the doctor to inform the patient of the risks and obtain his/her consent.

In 2012, KKM started introducing a patient consent form, which was updated in 2016, with the latest version issued on 11 March 2019.

The treating physician in the hospital is required to fully explain the risks to the patient, who must then consent to the off-label use of the medication before it can be administered.

The signed consent form is then kept as part of the patient’s record.

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Mechanism Of Action Has Not Been Determined

The person who wrote the fake message claimed that ivermectin acts against COVID-19 in 3 ways. Its mechanism of action is currently unconfirmed.

It has been PROPOSED that ivermectin acts by these mechanisms :

  • inhibiting the host cell’s importin alpha/beta-1 nuclear transport proteins
  • interfering with the attachment of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein
  • exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties

There is no evidence that ivermectin will disrupt virus replication, which occurs after the cell is infected.

There is also no evidence that ivermectin will “flush out the viral debris”, or that it is the dead virus that causes a cytokine storm.

And there is also no evidence that the (proposed) anti-inflammatory properties of ivermectin can heal tissue damage.

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Breathing Difficulties Caused By Pneumonia + ARDS

The fake news writer claims that ivermectin helps to “ease the air duct congestion“. It suggests that he/she falsely believes that COVID-19 creates asthma-like breathing difficulties.

Breathing difficulty in COVID-19 is caused by pneumonia and/or ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome).

COVID-19 causes damage to the blood vessels, causing them to fluid into your lungs. The fluid fills the air sacs in your lungs, which limits their ability to take in oxygen.

You start getting breathless and ARDS develops, leaving you unable to breathe on your own. This is when you require oxygen support, or mechanical ventilation.

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

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

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

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

Fact #7 : Ivermectin Has Not Been Tested Against COVID-19 Variants

The fake news writer claims that with ivermectin “all those scary new variants don’t have to be scary anymore.

What he/she left out was the fact that ivermectin has NOT been tested against COVID-19 variants!

On the other hand, vaccines are being tested against COVID-19 variants, and we know that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines offer robust protection against the Alpha and Delta variants.

Recommended : UK COVID-19 Vaccines Very Effective Against Delta Variant!

Fact #8 : Ivermectin Isn’t Necessarily Safe

The fake news writer claimed that “In 30 years of using ivermectin for humans, there have been minimal reports of adverse reactions.

That’s probably because no one has been stupid enough to self-medicate using ivermectin!

In February 2021, Julie Weber, President of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and the director of the Missouri Poison Center warned that people are getting poisoned by fake COVID-19 cures like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

The Missouri Poison Center also issued a warning :

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

 

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Old Voice Note On COVID-19 Deaths In Malaysia Gone Viral!

An old voice note on staggering COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia from a new African variant has gone viral on WhatsApp! Here is what you need to know…

 

Voice Note On COVID-19 Deaths In Malaysia Goes Viral!

An old voice note on staggering COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia has gone viral on WhatsApp. It claims that a new African variant has caused a massive surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths, with many people in Malaysia “brought in dead” (BID).

The voice message is sometimes accompanied by warnings like this:

START WEARING MASK IN THE PUBLIC… ADVICE FROM HOSPITAL BESAR… K. LUMPUR TEAM… DAILY HUNDREDS PATIENTS ADMITTED N MANY DIED.. VIRUS INTO LUNGS.. LISTEN TO ABOVE.. NO CURE

The voice note claims that hospitals in Malaysia no longer have beds for patients who are 70 years or older, and 48-60 people are dying every day in Kuala Lumpur.

The man on the voice note claims that the new African variant enters the lungs directly, and cannot be detected by COVID-19 tests. He also claimed that many younger people – 30 to 40 years old – have been infected by this new variant.

The man also claimed that the DG Health of Malaysia said that by next week, there will be ten thousand infections a day.

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Viral Voice Note On COVID-19 Deaths In Malaysia Is Old!

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

Fact #1 : Voice Note Is From 2021

When I was first asked to fact check the viral voice note, I immediately remembered that it went viral in 2021 – more than two years ago!

Fact #2 : KKM Says Voice Note Is Fake News

On Sunday, 3 December 2023, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) publicly labelled the viral voice note as fake news (archive). Here is the English translation of their post:

There is a recording of a ‘Voice Note’ that went viral recently claiming that the beds in hospital wards are full and not enough, and commenting that the death rate is increasing in ‘brought in dead’ (BID) cases, as well as the spread of new epidemics from African countries has caused sudden death at one time.

The Ministry of Health would like to inform you that this voice note went viral in 2021 and is now widely distributed through the WhatsApp application to cause public anxiety.

Accordingly, the public is requested not to spread this false news that can cause panic in the community and to always be vigilant against the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic that is still around us. Make sure you take public health preventive measures by always practicing 3W, Avoid 3S, do a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms, get the COVID-19 vaccine including a booster dose, and get early treatment and the antiviral Paxlovid if you test positive for COVID-19.

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Fact #3 : African Variant Is Omicron Variant

The African variant mentioned in the viral voice note is actually the B.1.1.529 variant that was identified in 2021. The WHO identified it a variant of concern on 26 November 2021, and renamed it as the Omicron variant.

Fact #4 : Omicron Variant Is Less Virulent

Omicron and its sub-variants have been the dominant COVID-19 variants worldwide for the past two years. They have proven to be highly infectious, but fortunately, much less virulent than the original virus and the Delta variant.

Hence, the claims that the (South) African variant (which is now known as Omicron) are killing many people isn’t true. Thanks to mass vaccination, and the lower virulence of the Omicron variant, hospitals are no longer filled with dying patients.

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Tests Can Detect Omicron Variant

The claim that the (South) African variant (which is now known as Omicron) cannot be detected by current COVID-19 tests is nonsense. The current COVID-19 tests are more than capable of detecting Omicron variant infections.

In fact, these tests have not changed fundamentally – we have been using the same COVID-19 lab and home tests to detect Omicron infections for the past two years.

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Fact #6 : COVID-19 Is Increasing In Malaysia

That said, it is important not to be complacent. COVID-19 infections are actually trending upwards in Malaysia.

On the same day the old voice note went viral, the current Malaysia Director-General of Health Dr. Muhammad Radzi said that there gas been a 57.3% increase in COVID-19 cases from November 19-25, compared to the week earlier.

Fortunately, the vast majority of the cases (98%) are only showing mild symptoms. Even so, we should all take precautions, to avoid getting infected.

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Pertussis Outbreak : Should You Avoid Rompin + Pekan?!

Should you avoid the districts of Rompin and Pekan, because of the pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak there?!

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

 

Claim : Avoid The Pertussis Outbreak In Rompin + Pekan

People are sharing a screenshot of an official document issued by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) declaring a pertussis outbreak in the town of Kuala Rompin, together with alarming warnings like these:

Please do not go or encounter Pekan and Rompin. There’s an epidemic disease worse than Covid. Everyone is required to wear masks.

Minta semua orang jangan pergi atau jumpa orang Pekan dan Rompin. Ada wabak yg lebih sirius daripada Covid, terus sesak nafas. Minta semua pakai MASK.

请通知身边的人尽量不要过去PEKAN 和ROMPIN区。比新冠病毒更严重的病毒在散播中,患者会短时间内呼吸困难窒息至死。请出访时务必戴上口罩。

Ask everyone not to go or meet people from Pekan and Rompin. There is an epidemic more serious than Covid, [you’ll] immediately suffocate. Ask everyone to wear a MASK.

Here are the text of the viral KKM document, and its English translation:

Sir,

DECLARATION OF PERTUSSIS OUTBREAK IN ROMPIN

With all due respect, I refer to the matter above.

2. For your information, the Rompin District Health Department has declared an outbreak of pertussis localised in Kampung Bahagia, Kuala Rompin on 13.8.2023. In order to control the spread of the disease, we request your cooperation to examine your cases more carefully to see if there are patients from the same locality with the symptoms of pertussis. The correct use of PPE should be practiced to prevent the spread [of pertussis] among healthcare workers.

3. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and hope that the spread of pertussis can be well controlled. Thank you.

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No Need To Avoid Pertussis Outbreak In Rompin + Pekan

Here is what you need to know about pertussis, and why there is no need to avoid people from Rompin or Pekan, or avoid going to those districts.

Fact #1 : KKM Document Is Genuine

First, let me just point out that the Pahang Department of Health confirmed on 19 August 2023, that the viral KKM document is genuine.

According to the Pahang Department of Health, there was a small outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in Kampung Bahagia, in Kuala Rompin, Pahang.

Fact #2 : Only Three Cases Were Reported In Kuala Rompin

Pahang Health Director Dato’ Indera Dr. Nor Azimi binti Yunus said that the pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak involved a mother and her two children, who are being treated, and are in a stable condition.

All the patients have been given treatment and are in stable condition. The Rompin PKD has increased prevention and control activities in the area where the patients are residing.

Health education activities have been undertaken through ceramah, distribution of pamphlets and dissemination of information via social media.

There was no report of any pertussis cases in Pekan.

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Fact #3 : Pertussis Is Not More Dangerous Than COVID-19

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a respiratory disease like COVID-19. However, it is not caused by a virus, but the bacterium, Bordetella pertussis.

Pertussis spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of the infected person, but it is rare these days because the vast majority of people in Malaysia have already been immunised in their childhood.

While pertussis vaccines do not confer lifelong immunity, they are given at childhood, when the disease is most likely to strike and kill. In addition, pertussis can be treated using antibiotics, which is not possible for COVID-19.

Therefore, the claim that pertussis (whooping cough) is more dangerous than COVID-19 is not true.

Fact #4 : Pekan Is An Hour Away From Rompin

It is unknown why people would create fake messages about the risk of pertussis in Pekan. After all, no cases of pertussis were reported in Pekan!

The pertussis outbreak in Kuala Rompin isn’t going to “jump” to Pekan either. Pekan is located over 80 km away from Kuala Rompin! That’s more than an hour’s drive by car!

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Fact #5 : Viral Messages Were Labelled As Fake News

On 21 August 2023, Pahang Health Director Dato’ Indera Dr. Nor Azimi binti Yunus, spoke out again about the viral messages, calling them misleading. Here is an English summary of what she said:

The pertussis case that occurred in Kampung Bahagia, Rompin is under control, so the warnings “not to come to Rompin, not to come to Pekan and Pahang” are inappropriate.

It is not extraordinary for there to be pertussis cases. And an outbreak is declared whenever there are more than two cases of the same disease in a locality. We not only face a pertussis outbreak, but also dengue outbreaks, leprosy outbreaks and so on.

The letter was issued to alert healthcare providers to quickly control the outbreak by actively looking for cases, instead of waiting for people to come to the hospital.

In Kampung Bahagia, we found 370 people (50% of the population) to conduct contact tracing. To date, there has been no new cases, and we have given prophylactic antibiotics to 37 people who were identified as the patients’ close contacts.

We also examined and conducted tracing on 52 residents of Kampung Sepakat that is located next to Kampung Bahagia, and found no new cases.

The chain of an outbreak is considered broken completely, if no new cases were reported within two weeks of the last case to be detected.

She called on the public not to spread unverified information about this pertussis outbreak.

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KJ + Noor Hisham just sued by COVID vaccine victims?!

Were KJ (Khairy Jamaluddin), Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Pharmaniaga just sued by COVID-19 vaccine victims in Malaysia?!

Let’s take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : KJ + Noor Hisham Just Sued By COVID Vaccine Victims!

People are sharing an AgendaDaily article (in Malay) on WhatsApp and social media platforms, claiming that KJ (Khairy Jamaluddin) and Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah just sued by victims of the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia!

The viral post also claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine victims also sued the three COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers in Malaysia – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Pharmaniaga.

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KOTA KINABALU: A group of vaccine recipients filed a lawsuit against the government and the Malaysian Ministry of Health (KKM), especially the former minister in charge of the national vaccination program, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar after claiming to be a victim of the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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Truth : KJ + Noor Hisham Sued By COVID Vaccine Victims In 2022!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS about the COVID-19 pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccines, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Agenda Daily Article Copied From Sinar Harian

I should start by pointing out that the Agenda Daily article is an almost exact copy of its source, a Sinar Harian article.

Fact #2 : Likely Source For False Claims About Sabah Lawsuit

I should also point out this piece of fake news is possibly the source for the earlier false claims that people in Sabah just filed a lawsuit against the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) for forced vaccination.

As mentioned in my fact check article, I can find no evidence of such a lawsuit by people in Sabah. This viral message is the only one that suggests that a COVID-19 vaccination lawsuit was filed in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Fact #3 : No Evidence Lawsuit Was Filed In Kota Kinabalu

The viral message mentioned Kota Kinabalu as the location, which appears to be completely false. The Agenda Daily article it listed as its source did not mention any location.

But the original article by Sinar Harian mentioned Shah Alam, Selangor, as its location. The law firm Shahrin Satheer Kamal & Co. is also based in Rawang, Selangor.

Therefore, the lawsuit was likely filed in Shah Alam, and not Kota Kinabalu as alleged by the viral message.

Fact #4 : Original News Was Published November 2022

The original news was originally published on 16 November 2022, and not on 15 June 2023 as suggested by the viral message.

Noor Hisham Abdullah retired on 21 April 2023, while Khairy Jamaluddin ceased being the Malaysia Minister of Health on 24 November 2022. Whoever created that viral message took care to change their status to match the new date.

Fact #5 : Lawsuit Was Allegedly Filed In November 2022

The Sinar Harian article mentioned that on 16 November 2022, 44 people represented by Shahrin Satheer Kamal & Co. filed a lawsuit against:

  • Malaysia Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin
  • Malaysia Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
  • COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Pharmaniaga

However, a day later – on 17 November 2022, Khairy Jamaluddin said at a press conference that he has yet to receive any lawsuit notice:

I have not received the notice of the summons. When I receive it, I will ask the lawyer I will appoint to answer it.

Since then, there has been no update on this lawsuit, so it is unknown if it was actually filed, or what has occurred since it was filed.

Fact #6 : Malaysia Has A COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund

Like most countries around the world, Malaysia has a COVID-19 vaccine injury fund. Established on 21 March 2021, it is called Bantuan Khas Kewangan Kesan Mudarat Vaksin COVID-19 (Special Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects), and pays out:

  • RM 50,000 for serious side effects that requires extended hospitalisation
  • RM 500,000 for permanent disability or death from the COVID-19 vaccine

If anyone is injured or dies as a result of the COVID-19 vaccines, the victim or the victim’s family can file for compensation with this fund. There is no need to file a lawsuit (and pay any legal fees) to get compensated.

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Were Proven Safe + Effective

All COVID-19 vaccines underwent large clinical trials and were proven to be safe and effective, before receiving their Emergency Use Authorisation. Hence, it is wrong to claim that COVID-19 vaccines were never tested in a clinical trial.

In addition, approved COVID-19 vaccines continued to be monitored for safety and efficacy, and many eventually received their full FDA approval after many months of post-marketing monitoring.

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Did people in Sabah sue KKM for forced vaccination?!

Are people in Sabah suing KKM (Malaysia Ministry of Health) for forced vaccination?!

Let’s take a look at that and other claims in a viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : People In Sabah Are Suing KKM For Forced Vaccination!

People are sharing a video on WhatsApp, in which a man, who disguised himself using a face filter, claimed that people in Sabah are suing the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) for forced vaccination. He also makes many claims about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Here is a transcript of the viral video, which is being shared as evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous and have caused a lot of injuries and deaths.

Finally, you know. I read ah… a group of people from Sabah has finally sued the ministry lah for that forced vaccinations that created a lot of adverse effects to them, and their sickness and deaths.

Finally, it comes lah, you know. I cannot comment too much on it lah, but you know what it’s going to be. There will be more lawsuits against the authorities for this kind of… forced kind of vaccination.

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Truth : People In Sabah Were Not Forced To Get Vaccination!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS about the COVID-19 pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccines, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : No Evidence Of Vaccine Lawsuit Against KKM

I should start by pointing out that I cannot find any reference to a vaccine injury or death lawsuit against the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) that was allegedly filed by people in Sabah.

Perhaps that is such a lawsuit. Perhaps one will be filed shortly. People in Malaysia have the right to file lawsuits, regardless of whether they are justified or not. However, I simply cannot find any evidence for such a lawsuit yet.

It is possible that the man in the video read this fake message circulating on WhatsApp. However, that lawsuit was not filed in Sabah, but most likely in Selangor.

Fact #2 : Malaysia Has A COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund

Like most countries around the world, Malaysia has a COVID-19 vaccine injury fund.

Established on 21 March 2021, it is called Bantuan Khas Kewangan Kesan Mudarat Vaksin COVID-19 (Special Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects), and pays out:

  • RM 50,000 for serious side effects that requires extended hospitalisation
  • RM 500,000 for permanent disability or death from the COVID-19 vaccine

If anyone is injured or dies as a result of the COVID-19 vaccines, the victim or the victim’s family can file for compensation with this fund. There is no need to file a lawsuit (and pay any legal fees) to get compensated.

Fact #3 : WHO Did Not Ban COVID-19 Vaccines

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has not banned any COVID-19 vaccines. The WHO continues to promote access to COVID-19 vaccines globally:

Everyone, everywhere, should have access to COVID-19 vaccines. WHO is determined to maintain the momentum for increasing access to COVID-19 vaccines and will continue to support countries in accelerating vaccine delivery, to save lives and prevent people from becoming seriously ill.

Countries should continue to work towards vaccinating at least 70% of their populations, prioritizing the vaccination of 100% of health workers and 100% of the most vulnerable groups, including people who are over 60 years of age and those who are immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions

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Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Were Proven Safe + Effective

All COVID-19 vaccines underwent large clinical trials and were proven to be safe and effective, before receiving their Emergency Use Authorisation. Hence, the claim that COVID-19 vaccines were never tested is nonsense.

Many of those COVID-19 vaccines eventually received their full FDA approval after many months of post-marketing monitoring.

Fact #5 : Vaccine Makers Never Said Their Vaccines Were Untested

The man in the viral video appears to have “confused” himself with October 2022 testimonial by a Pfizer executive that its COVID-19 vaccine was never tested to “prevent the transmission of COVID-19“.

That is true, because the COVID-19 vaccines were designed primarily to prevent death and hospitalisation from COVID-19. If they prevented transmission – that would have been a nice bonus. But that was never an endpoint in any of the vaccine trials.

In any case, all of the approved COVID-19 vaccines passed their clinical trials successfully. That’s the only way they could get their Emergency Use Authorisation.

Fact #6 : Millions Of People Did Not Die From COVID-19 Vaccines

There is no evidence that millions of people have died from the COVID-19 vaccines. Such massive number of deaths would have been very obvious, and impossible to cover up.

After all, we have all seen the devastation caused by COVID-19 – hospitals and ICUs overwhelmed with dying patients, and mass graves had to be dug to handle the number of dead people. As of 31 May 2023, almost 7 million people were reported to have died from COVID-19 globally, out of over 767 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.

If COVID-19 vaccines did indeed kill millions of people, we would have witnessed a similar disaster – hospital beds and ICUs filled with severely-ill patients, and thousands of people dying every day. Yet, that never happened. The man in the viral video certainly provided no evidence to back up his claims.

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Fact #7 : Malaysia Never Mandated COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine was never mandated in Malaysia. That’s why approximately 13.8% of the population remains unvaccinated.

While there were travel restrictions during the pandemic, they were long removed. In fact, the Malaysia government announced COVID-19 liberalisation which started on 1 May 2022:

  • unvaccinated individuals to enter all premises
  • face mask was no longer required outdoors
  • inbound travellers no longer needed to test negative for COVID-19
  • all forbidden businesses were allowed to reopen

Fact #8 : Sabah Has Second-Lowest COVID-19 Vaccination Rate

It is also important to note that Sabah has the second-lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Malaysia, just ahead of Kelantan. Just over 68% of people in Sabah received at least one dose.

That dispels the claim that people in Sabah were forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine – almost 1 in 3 people in Sabah never received even one dose!

Fact #9 : COVID-19 Vaccine Injury / Death Claims Often Proven False

Most claims of sudden deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false. Here is the latest dozen of other false sudden death claims!

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Do Paracetamol Tablets Contain Machupo Virus?!

Do P-500 Paracetamol / Acetaminophen tablets contain the dangerous Machupo virus?!

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

 

Claim : P-500 Paracetamol Contains Machupo Virus!

People are sharing a post and photo on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, claiming that the P-500 or P / 500 or Aeknil paracetamol tablets contain the dangerous Machupo virus!

URGENT WARNING!

Be careful not to take the paracetamol that comes written P / 500. It is a new, very white and shiny paracetamol, doctors advise that it contains “Machupo” virus, considered one of the most dangerous viruses in the world, with a high mortality rate. Please share this message, with all people on your contact list as well as family, and save a life or lives ….I’ve done my part, now it’s your turn … remember that God helps those who help others & themselves!

Forward as received.

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Truth : Paracetamol Tablets Do Not Contain Machupo Virus

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created to scare people about the safety of medications, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Paracetamol = Acetaminophen

First, let me just point out that paracetamol is known as acetaminophen in the United States, Canada, Japan, Venezuela and Columbia.

You may better know them by their trade names – Panadol is the GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) trade name for paracetamol, while Tylenol is the trade name owned by McNeil, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for the same drug – acetaminophen.

Many people now call all forms of paracetamol / acetaminophen “Panadol” or “Tylenol”, whether it comes from GSK or McNeil or another company. In other words :

Paracetamol = Panadol = Tylenol = Acetaminophen

Fact #2 : Paracetamol / Acetaminophen Do Not Contain Machupo Virus

To be clear – paracetamol or acetaminophen tablets do not contain the Machupo virus.

This was confirmed by many health authorities like the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) [pdf download]:

Seperti kebanyakan virus yang lain, virus ini tidak boleh hidup dalam persekitaran yang kering seperti tablet paracetamol.

Like many other viruses, this virus cannot live in a dry environment like paracetamol tablets.

The Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA) also confirmed that this is fake news:

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) would like to inform members of the public that an “alert” that is circulating on social media regarding the transmission of “Machupo” virus through paracetamol tablets is a hoax. Its content is untrue.

HSA assures the public that the content of the hoax “alert” is inaccurate and is not a cause for concern. Anyone who receives the hoax “alert” should not forward it to others as the information is untrue.

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

Fact #3 : Machupo Virus Only Documented In South America

The Machupo virus is the informal name for Machupo mammarenavirus, an RNA virus of the Arenaviridae family that causes Bolivian haemorrhagic fever (BHF) – also known as black typhus or Ordog Fever.

First identified in 1963, the Machupo virus is deadly with a mortality rate of between 5% to 30%, with an average case-fatality rate of 22%.

However, the Machupo virus has only been documented in South America, mostly in Bolivia, where it is endemic in the regions of Mamoré and Iténez.

Fact #4 : Machupo Virus Is Transmitted By Infected Rodents

The Machupo virus is transmitted through infected rodents, specifically the large vesper mouse (Calomys callosus) that is indigenous to northern Bolivia. That’s why its spread is limited mainly to Bolivia.

In addition, the virus spreads through the saliva, faeces, and urine of infected rodents. Therefore, it is unlikely to spread through sealed packages of any medication, unless the contents were contaminated during production or packaging.

Fact #5 : This Is Old Fake News

Finally, this fake news isn’t even new. It was been circulating since mid-2017. It just keeps resurrecting and going “viral” every few years on WhatsApp and social media platforms.

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Ethylene Oxide Found In Mi Sedaap Noodles Too!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) just announced that the carcinogenic ethylene oxide was also found in Mi Sedaap instant noodles! Here is what you need to know…

 

KKM Orders Recall Of Two Ah Lai + Indomie Instant Noodles

On Monday, 24 April 2023, the Taipei Department of Health announced that found the presence of carcinogenic ethylene oxide in “Ah Lai White Curry Noodles” from Malaysia, and “Indomie : Special Chicken Flavour” noodles from Indonesia.

Both instant noodles were ordered to be taken off the shelves, and its importers fined between NT$60,000 (US$1,960) and NT$200 million (US$6.5 million).

On 26 April, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that its tests of Ah Lai White Curry Noodles samples showed that they comply with local legislation. However, to “ensure the continuous food safety control”, the Ministry ordered the voluntary recall of all “Ah Lai White Curry Noodles” batches that expire on 25 August 2023.

KKM also ordered the voluntary recall of all Indomie : Special Chicken Flavour noodles, and incoming batches will be tested before release at entry points into Malaysia.

Read more : Toxic Ethylene Oxide Found In Two Instant Noodles!

 

KKM : Ethylene Oxide Found In Mi Sedaap Noodles Too!

KKM also informed the public that after all Mi Sedaap instant noodles produced in Indonesia were withdrawn in 2022 because they were found to contain ethylene oxide, its Food Safety and Quality Department had been conducting continuous monitoring of food sold in Malaysia, whether produced locally, or imported.

KKM shared that in its surveillance of 36 samples of instant noodles of various brands from 2022 until today, 11 samples of Mi Sedaap instant noodles were found to contain ethylene oxide, and enforcement action was taken, which may include issuing compounds, court action, as well as product recalls.

Last year, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) also ordered a recall of two Mi Sedaap instant noodles flavours – Korean Spicy Chicken and Korean Spicy Soup, with expiry dates of March 17 2023 and May 21 2023, due to the presence of ethylene oxide.

Those two products, fortunately, did not appear to have been imported into Malaysia, according to KKM.

Recommended : Eu Yan Sang Brown Rice Powder Recall Over Toxins!

 

The Risk Of Ethylene Oxide In Instant Noodles

At room temperature, ethylene oxide is a flammable colourless gas, with a sweet odour. It is often used as a pesticide and sterilising agent, but is considered a health risk if remnants remain on the food products.

The US EPA considers ethylene oxide to be carcinogenic to humans by the “inhalation route”, with exposure linked to an increased risk of lymphoid cancer, and breast cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a Class 1 carcinogen. Due to its carcinogenic properties, the EU sets the limit for ethylene oxide very low, at just 0.02 mg/kg.

Over the years, ethylene oxide has been detected in instant noodles from different brands, which is why regular tests are important to make sure they remain below acceptable limits.

 

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Toxic Ethylene Oxide Found In Two Instant Noodles!

Two instant noodles were just withdrawn after they were identified to contain toxic and carcinogenic ethylene oxide!

 

Toxic Ethylene Oxide Found In Two Instant Noodles!

On Monday, 24 April 2023, the Taipei Department of Health released the results of its 2023 inspection of instant noodles available in Taipei, in which it found that two types of instant noodles from Malaysia and Indonesia were found to contain the toxic and carcinogenic ethylene oxide.

In its statement, the Taipei Department of Health stated that a batch of “Ah Lai White Curry Noodles” from Malaysia, and a batch of “Indomie : Special Chicken Flavour” noodles from Indonesia both contain ethylene oxide – a chemical compound associated with lymphoma and leukaemia.

Tests conducted by the department detected ethylene oxide in both the noodles and the flavour packet of “Ah Lai White Curry Noodles“, but only in the flavour packet of “Indomie : Special Chicken Flavour” noodles.

Both instant noodles were ordered to be taken off the shelves, and its importers fined between NT$60,000 (US$1,960) and NT$200 million (US$6.5 million).

Chen Yi-ting (陳怡婷), who heads the Taipei Department of Health’s Food and Drug Division, said that they conducted the instant noodles inspection in the city by randomly selecting 30 products from supermarkets, convenience stores, hypermarkets, traditional wet markets, Southeast Asian food shops and wholesale importers.

On 26 April 2023, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) ordered a recall of both instant noodles. It also announced that ethylene oxide was found in 11 samples of the Mi Sedaap instant noodles earlier.

Read more : Ethylene Oxide Found In Mi Sedaap Noodles Too!

 

The Risk Of Ethylene Oxide In Instant Noodles

At room temperature, ethylene oxide is a flammable colourless gas, with a sweet odour. It is often used as a pesticide and sterilising agent, but is considered a health risk if remnants remain on the food products.

The US EPA considers ethylene oxide to be carcinogenic to humans by the “inhalation route”, with exposure linked to an increased risk of lymphoid cancer, and breast cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a Class 1 carcinogen. Due to its carcinogenic properties, the EU sets the limit for ethylene oxide very low, at just 0.02 mg/kg.

Over the years, ethylene oxide has been detected in instant noodles from different brands, which is why regular tests are important to make sure they remain below acceptable limits.

 

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Does National Cancer Institute Offer Cheap Chemo?!

Does the National Cancer Institute in Putrajaya offer free medication, and cheap chemotherapy?

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

Updated @ 2023-04-06 : Updated article with new details
Originally posted @ 2021-10-29

 

Claim : National Cancer Institute Offers Free Meds + Cheap Chemo!

This message has been circulating on WhatsApp for many years, but keeps going viral almost every year!

If you know anyone who needs chemo treatment (化疗) and doesn’t have insurance or money, kindly refer them to National Cancer Institute in Putrajaya.

Chemo is RM4k and for seniors citizens it is only RM200 per chemo.

Medication is free. Twin sharing room is RM80.

Doctors and nurses are competent and it’s a new hospital less than 3 years old.

Please share so that our community will benefit out of this information.

National Cancer Institute (Institut Kanser Negara)

Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
No. 4, Jalan P7, Presint 7,
62250 Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya.
Tel : +603-8892 5555
Faks: +603-8892 5588

Email: ncipro@nci.gov.my
URL: http://nci.moh.gov.my

Director: Dr. Asmayani binti Khalib

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Truth : National Cancer Institute Offer Is Fake News!

The viral message has been going around since 2016, and is FAKE NEWS. Let’s take a look at the facts…

Fact #1 : National Cancer Institute Was Established In 2013

The National Cancer Institute (Institut Kanser Negara) began operations on 2 September 2013, providing world-class treatments and healthcare for cancer patients.

That ties in with the first circulation of this fake message around 2016, which claims that the hospital is less than 3 years old.

Fact #2 : National Cancer Institute Is A Public Hospital

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a public hospital under the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM). Therefore, it is no surprise that it provides treatments at highly affordable rates.

However, it is misleading to refer people to the National Cancer Institute for free medication and cheap chemotherapy, because the NCI charges the SAME RATES as other KKM public hospitals!

Fact #3 : Charges Are All Wrong

As mentioned in Fact #3, the National Cancer Institute charges the same rates as other public hospitals.

The NCI website even refers patients to the Malaysia Ministry of Health’s page on hospital charges, which will show you that the fees mentioned are wrong :

  • Each chemotherapy treatment costs RM200 for First Class, RM100 for Second Class, and just RM50 for Third Class.
  • A private room with air-conditioning costs RM120 per day.
  • A private room without air-conditioning costs RM90 per day.
  • A twin-sharing room, without air-conditioning costs RM60 per day.

The prices mentioned above are accurate as of 6 April 2023. Back in October 2021, those prices were even lower!

  • A private room with air-conditioning costs RM80 per day.
  • A private room without air-conditioning costs RM60 per day.
  • A twin-sharing room, without air-conditioning costs RM40 per day.

Recommended : No More Cash Payment At KKM Hospitals + Clinics!

Fact #4 : NCI Called The Post “Fabricated” And “Baseless”

The Director of the National Cancer Institute actually issued a press release on 18 August 2016, which labelled the post as “fabricated” and “baseless”.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) is concerned on the OFFER which was disseminated via social media since the past few months on NCI’s treatment charges which is also included the name of NCI Director, Dr Asmayani binti Khalib and NCI contact details.

NCI asserted that such OFFER is FABRICATED and BASELESS. Each treatment received by the patients varies as the attending officers make recommendation based on the patients’ needs. Information on treatment charge is available on NCI website: http://nci.moh.gov.my/.

Director
National Cancer Institute
Ministry of Health, Malaysia
18th August 2016

Fact #5 : Institut Kanser Negara Director Is Dr. Mohd Anis

As of April 2023, the Director (Pengarah) of Institut Kanser Negara is Dr. Mohd Anis bin Haron, not Dr. Asmayani bent Khalib.

Dato’ Dr. Asmayani binti Khalib is currently the Deputy Director of Health (Medical) of the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

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Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 4 Jan 2023!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just updated its COVID-19 booster dose policy, and will now offer walk-in booster dose at all KKM hospitals and clinics!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 4 Jan 2023!

On 31 December 2022, KKM updated its first and second booster dose policy, in light of new Omicron subvariants, and a potential wave of infections by travellers from China.

First Booster Dose

Adolescents who are 12 to 17 years old can get their first booster dose as early as six months after finishing their primary series COVID-19 vaccinations.

Adults who are 18 years and older can get theirs earlier – as early as three months after finishing their primary series COVID-19 vaccinations.

Criteria Interval
18 Years or older At least 3 months after
finishing primary series
12-17 Years Old At least 6 months after
finishing primary series

Second Booster Dose

Adults who are 18 years and older, but do not have any health problems, can now receive their second booster dose, as early as six months after receiving their first booster dose.

Adults with co-morbidities, senior citizens, residents of long-term care facilities, as well as frontline health care workers and pregnant or nursing mothers can receive theirs earlier – as early as four months after receiving their first booster dose.

Criteria Interval
18 Years or older
with high-risk health problems
At least 4 months
after 1st booster dose
50 years or older
Long-term care facility resident
Frontline Health Care Worker
Pregnant / Nursing Mother
18 Years or older
without health problems
At least 6 months
after 1st booster dose

Should You Get Them?

It is recommended that you get these booster doses to better protect against more contagious COVID-19 variants like the many Omicron variants.

The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines continues to protect you against hospitalisation and death. However, the Omicron variants are particularly evasive, and will cause more breakthrough infections.

While most of these breakthrough infections will be mild or moderate, it puts vulnerable people – the elderly and people with co-morbidities – at risk. That’s why they are being given the booster shot first, over everyone else.

In addition, antibody protection from COVID-19 vaccines has been shown to wane over 2-6 months, so booster doses are necessary to restore optimal protection.

Think of booster doses as extra training camps for your immune system (army). Sure, it already learned how to fight off the SARS-CoV-2 virus after going through boot camp (primary series vaccines), but it is always a good idea to give your “army” more training!

Read more : What Should You Do Before / During / After Your Booster Dose?

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Available By Walk-In

From 9 January 2023 onwards, the Malaysia Ministry of Health will offer vulnerable groups the option to physically walk-in and receive their booster doses at all KKM hospitals and clinics nationwide.

These individuals will not need to arrange for an appointment to get their COVID-19 booster doses.

Criteria

  1. Individuals with an existing co-morbidity, including chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, etc.)
  2. Senior citizens, who are 60 years or older
  3. Individuals who are at risk of developing severe disease or complications from COVID-19 infections (e.g. immunocompromised patients, cancer patients, etc.)

When + Where

Start date : From 9 January 2023 onwards
Locations : KKM hospitals or health clinics (Klinik Kesihatan)
Time : According to the hospital / clinic’s normal operating hours

Those who do not qualify are still eligible for the free COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. You just need to get an appointment at the nearest public or private hospital / clinic registered under ProtectHealth for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Program History

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago.

It was then expanded to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago, on 22 October 2021.

On 9 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that it would be made available to younger adults.

On 24 November 2021, KKM announced that it will be open to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

On 16 December 2021, KKM made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to receive the booster shot, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 28 December 2021, KKM halved the booster dose interval for most COVID-19 vaccines!

On 21 March 2022, KKM added the CanSino booster shot to the PICK vaccination programme, and updated its booster dose recommendations.

On 14 April 2022, KKM started to offer a second booster shot using the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

On 4 January 2023, KKM updated its booster dose policy, and will now offer walk-in booster dose at all KKM hospitals and clinics.

 

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Prego Carbonara Sauce Recall In Malaysia + Singapore!

Prego just announced a recall of its Carbonara Mushroom Pasta sauce in Malaysia and Singapore! Here is what you need to know!

 

Prego Carbonara Sauce Recall In Malaysia + Singapore!

On Friday, December 23, 2022, Prego announced a recall of its Prego Carbonara Mushroom Pasta sauce 665g jars sold in Singapore and Malaysia.

Please note that only selected Prego Carbonara Mushroom Pasta 665g jars sold in Malaysia and Singapore are affected by this recall:

  • Expiry Date : 17 August 2023
  • Time Code : 22.18 – 23.20
  • Batch Number : 2022081716

Prego is recalling this batch of Carbonara Mushroom Pasta Sauce because it may have “an unpleasant smell, unusual colour, watery appearance and separated layers of liquid“.

Prego warned that this batch of Carbonara Mushroom sauce should not be consumed, and is asking consumers who purchased them to return them for a full refund.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) also issued a notice, confirming the recall of the Prego Carbonara Pasta Sauce that was produced by Campbell Cheong Chan (M) Sdn. Bhd.

 

Prego Carbonara Sauce Recall Notice

Here is the official recall notice by Prego Malaysia, but note that the recall applies to both Malaysia and Singapore:

We’re very sorry! Unfortunately, our Prego Carbonara Mushroom Pasta 665g, with an expiry date of 17 August 2023 and, a time code between 22.18 – 23.20 has a manufacturing error. The affected batch may have an unpleasant smell, unusual colour, watery appearance and separated layers of liquid so should not be consumed

As a precaution, we’re asking you to return any jars you may have with this exact expiry date and time code. These products are only available in Malaysia and Singapore. You can return it from where you bought for a full refund. No receipt or proof of purchase is required.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Rest assured that all our other Prego products meet high-quality standards and are safe to enjoy!

For more information please call us on 03 7787 6288 or email arn_my_consumers@arnotts.com

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GE15 SOP + Process For COVID-19 Positive Voters!

COVID-19 positive voters can still vote on the 15th General Election, but they must follow these SPR requirements…

 

GE15 SOP For COVID-19 Positive Voters!

If you just tested positive for COVID-19, don’t worry – you can still vote on 19 November 2022, when Malaysia holds its 15th General Election (GE15).

On Tuesday, 15 November 2022, the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) released their SOP for how COVID-19 positive people can vote during GE15.

Please go through it, and follow them, to ensure that you can cast your votes on GE15:

Before Election Day

  1. COVID-19 positive voters must complete a special health form that they will receive via SMS.
  2. Candidates and political party employees who test positive for COVID-19 are FORBIDDEN from conducting any physical election campaign activities. However, they can still conduct virtual campaigns during their Home Surveillance Order (HSO) period.

On Election Day

  1. COVID-19 positive voters are FORBIDDEN from taking public transportation, including e-hailing rides, to get to the voting centres.
  2. COVID-19 positive voters are REQUIRED to wear a face mask, and must often sanitise their hands.
  3. COVID-19 positive voters are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser and pen.
  4. COVID-19 positive voters must report their infectious status to Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) officials stationed at the entrance to the voting centres.
  5. KKM officials at voting centres will check your COVID-19 risk assessment in MySejahtera.
  6. COVID-19 positive voters are REQUIRED to wear a face mask at all times, except when asked to remove it for identification at the polling station.
  7. COVID-19 positive voters will be escorted by KKM officials to the polling station (Saluran) and given priority, to avoid mixing with other voters.
  8. Safe physical distancing must be maintained at all times, especially when COVID-19 positive voters face election officials and remove their face mask (for identification).
  9. COVID-19 positive voters MUST use a hand sanitiser, before dipping their finger into the indelible ink.
  10. Let the indelible ink dry.
  11. Place your mobile phone in the allocated place and sanitise your hands with a hand sanitiser before making your vote.
  12. KKM officials will monitor the process from time to time.
  13. COVID-19 positive voters must IMMEDIATELY leave the voting centre, after voting and continue with their HSO quarantine at their own homes.

The SPR are advising all COVID-19 positive voters to come at least two hours before the closing time of their voting centre.

 

GE15 Process For COVID-19 Positive Voters!

SPR also created a flow chart of the voting process for COVID-19 positive persons, which I will summarise in this sequence:

  1. On arrival at the voting centre, you must report your health status to the KKM officer stationed there.
  2. The KKM officer will check you COVID-19 risk status in the MySejahtera profile page, while also checking your polling station (Saluran).
  3. You are REQUIRED to wear a face mask, and clean your hands with a hand sanitiser.
  4. The KKM officer will escort you to your polling station (Saluran), and you will be given priority to avoid mixing with other voters.
  5. At the polling station, you must maintain a safe physical distance from the election clerk and KKM officer when you remove your face mask for identification purposes.
  6. You must use a hand sanitiser to clean your hands BEFORE you dip your finger into the indelible ink.
  7. You must let the indelible ink dry, and then use a hand sanitiser again after placing your phone in a designated spot.
  8. You will then be given your paper ballot.
  9. Now, you can go to the voting booth to mark your paper ballot.
  10. After casting your vote, you must immediately leave the voting center, and return home to complete your HSO quarantine.

 

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Must You Sanitise Hands After Dipping In Indelible Ink?!

Must you sanitise your hands after dipping your finger in indelible ink during the GE15 general election?!

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

 

Claim : You Must Sanitise Hands After Dipping Finger In Indelible Ink!

This warning has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media, claiming that there is a new requirement for the 15th General Election (GE15) to sanitise your hands, after dipping your finger in indelible ink.

According to the viral message, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) requires you to use a hand sanitiser after you dip your finger in indelible ink.

A new requirement this election. They’ll be asking you to sanitize ur hands after you’ve dipped ur finger in the ink (a KKM requirement).

Pse remember not to sanitize the ink finger, as the alcohol will dissolve the ink & cause it to smudge even before you vote.

So bring along a tissue & be careful not to allow the ink to stain urself, clothing & most importantly ur ballot paper.

You may ask the Ketua Tempat Mengundi (KTM) for a replacement ballot paper if any strains do occur, it’s their prerogative to give or not.

 

Truth : No Need To Sanitise Hands After Dipping Finger In Indelible Ink!

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

Fact #1 : You Are Not Required To Sanitise Your Hands

While the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) recommends good hand hygiene, either using soap and water, or a hand sanitiser, it did not issue any new requirement for the 15th General Election.

You are NOT required to sanitise your hands before or after dipping your finger in the indelible ink. That is simply fake news.

Fact #2 : Indelible Ink Usually Contains Biocide

Indelible ink used in dipping bottles usually contain a biocidal agent to prevent transfer of pathogens from one voter to another.

Hence, you are not required to sanitise your finger after dipping it in indelible ink.

Fact #3 : SPR Labelled Message As Fake News

Just in case you don’t believe me, the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) labelled the viral message as fake news on 9 November 2022.

The message that is circulating is fake and don’t trust any information from unreliable sources. Refer to the SPR website spr.gov.my for the actual voting protocol.

BERSIH – The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections also labelled this viral message as “false” and “misinformation”.

Recommended : You Must Surrender Your Phone Before Voting In GE15!

Fact #4 : Indelible Ink Cannot Be Washed Off Using Alcohol

The indelible ink used in Malaysia has an organic pigment to instantly colour the finger, and a small amount of silver nitrate for more permanent staining.

The silver nitrate is the indelible part of the ink, staining dead skin cells (including your fingernail and cuticle) on exposure to ultraviolet light. It can only be removed as your skin cells are replaced, and you grow new nail.

You can clean off the organic pigment in hours, but the silver nitrate stain on the finger will typically stay for 3-4 days, while the stain on the fingernail and cuticle area will last 2-4 weeks.

Fact #5 : You Should Let Indelible Ink Dry Before Voting

Regardless of whether you want to sanitise your hands or not, you should always let the indelible ink dry after dipping your finger in the bottle.

This is a standard procedure when voting – to avoid smudging the ballot paper, which may invalidate it. Fortunately, indelible ink dries quickly, so smudging is usually not a problem.

 

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Pfizer Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Coming To Malaysia!

Malaysia has ordered the Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, which will arrive later this month!

 

Pfizer Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Coming To Malaysia!

On 31 October 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the Ministry of Health (KKM) placed orders for the new Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 vaccine.

There is no additional cost, as Malaysia is amending its existing order for the Pfizer vaccine, to the newer bivalent vaccine. The new Pfizer bivalent vaccine is expected to arrive in Malaysia later this month.

The original vaccine is effective against Omicron and the XBB (sub-variant). However, I would like to inform you that Malaysia has placed orders for the bivalent vaccine from Pfizer.

The bivalent vaccine targets both the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as the newer Omicron subvariants like BA.4 and BA.5.

However, people who are in the high-risk categories are advised to get their booster dose, instead of waiting for the Pfizer bivalent vaccine to arrive.

He also encouraged those travelling overseas for work or holidays, to get their booster dose.

Malaysia is recording a small wave of XBB subvariant infections, which had hit Singapore earlier.

Read more : Singapore Advice On Omicron XBB Variant?!

 

Pfizer Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

Pfizer and BioNTech tested both an Omicron-specific monovalent vaccine, as well as a bivalent mix like Moderna. They also tested them in both the standard 30 µg dose, and a higher 60 µg dose.

The Omicron-only booster dose offered the strongest immune response against the Omicron variant – 2X to 3X higher than the original COMIRNATY vaccine.

Their bivalent booster dose candidate, on the other hand, offered 1.5X to 2X higher antibody levels against the Omicro variant than the original COMIRNATY vaccine.

However, most health authorities prefer the bivalent version as it will boost protection against the original virus, as well as the Omicron variant at the same time.

Pfizer Vaccine Type GMR
(vs. Omicron)
60 µg Monovalent 3.15
30 µg Monovalent 2.23
60 µg Bivalent 1.97
30 µg Bivalent 1.56
30 µg Original Vaccine Baseline

One month after administration, both monovalent and bivalent Pfizer vaccine candidates offered significantly higher neutralising antibodies against the Omicron BA.1 variant.

Pfizer Vaccine Type GMT
(vs. Omicron)
60 µg Monovalent 19.6X
30 µg Monovalent 13.5X
60 µg Bivalent 10.9X
30 µg Bivalent 9.1X
Without Booster Baseline

Pfizer also said that both vaccine candidates demonstrated a favourable safety and tolerability profile, similar to the original Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

 

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PLUS Warns Of 7.6 Million Vehicle Jam This Weekend!

PLUS is warning the public to expect a massive traffic jam this long weekend, with over 7.6 million vehicles estimated to swarm its highways!

 

PLUS Warns Of 7.6 Million Vehicle Jam This Weekend!

PLUS is warning the public to expect a massive traffic jam, with over 7.6 million vehicles estimated to swarm its highways over the next four days!

Many Malaysians are expected to take advantage during the Maulidur Rasul (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday) holiday, offering a 3-day weekend from Saturday to Monday.

In its statement released on Wednesday, 5 October 2022, PLUS said that they are estimating 1.9 million vehicles per day to use its highways from Friday until Monday.

LUS Head of Operations Excellence, Mohd Yusuf Abdul Aziz said PLUS has recorded daily traffic volumes of an average of 1.7 million vehicles since moving to the endemic phase and the trend had shown spikes of 1.9 million vehicles before each weekend.

We expect with more travellers taking advantage of the three-day weekend, traffic will be higher and a longer journey can be expected.

Therefore, we advise highway customers to be prepared and ensure their vehicles are fit for a longer drive this weekend.

 

How To Prepare For Traffic Jam On PLUS This Weekend!

PLUS is advising its highway users to expect a longer journey, and prepare for the inevitable traffic jam. Here are some tips to help prepare for a smoother journey this long weekend.

  1. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and fit for a longer travel.
    a) Service your vehicle if necessary
    b) Ensure the tyres are in good condition, and properly inflated
    c) Ensure that the brakes are working properly
    d) Top up the fuel tank for a longer journey
  2. Top up your Touch ‘n Go card and/or TNG eWallet (if you are using TNG RFID).
  3. Get traffic updates from PLUS through :
    a)Twitter (@PLUSTrafik),
    b) PLUSLine hotline : 1800-88-0000
    c) PUTRI chatbot on the PLUS app
    d) Electronic signboards at various locations along the highways
  4. Use Waze or Google Maps to get live traffic updates, and to plan your travel.
  5. Please make sure you enter and exit the highway using the correct toll booth based on your payment type.
    If you entered using TNG RFID, you must exit using TNG RFID.
    Only Touch ‘n Go card users may alternately use the SmartTag booth (if they have one), or the TnG card booth.

While you are no longer required to wear a face mask indoors or outdoors, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) strongly recommends wearing one at highway rest stops, as they will inevitably be crowded.

 

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Latest SOP For Close Contact / COVID-19 Positive!

Here is the latest testing and isolation SOP for people who test positive for COVID-19, or identified as close contacts in Malaysia!

 

Current SOP For COVID-19 Positive Cases!

The current quarantine rules only considers your vaccination status, irrespective of whether you are symptomatic or not.

People who tested positive for COVID-19, with / without symptoms, will now undergo a 7 day quarantine from the day they receive the positive result, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Do not leave home during the quarantine period.
  • Do not share a room with family members.
  • Self-monitor daily for symptoms and report in the MySejahtera app.
  • Wear a face mask, and maintain a physical distance of >1 meter, if necessary to interact with family members.

The quarantine period is the same for both symptomatic and asymptomatic people.

There is no need for testing. After 7 days, you will be automatically discharged from the home quarantine.

Those who wish to end you home quarantine earlier may opt for supervised RTK-Ag testing:

  • Undergo a supervised RTK-Ag test on Day 4 / 5 / 6 at any health facility / virtually.
  • If test is negative, the results will be uploaded by the healthcare professional, and you can leave home quarantine early.
  • If test is positive, you must continue the home quarantine until Day 7.

Read more : Day 4 Test + Release For COVID-19 Positive In Malaysia!

Those who are not symptomatic (Category 1) or mildly symptomatic (Category 2A) do NOT need to go to the CAC, and only need to isolate at home.

Only Category 2B and above (moderate to severe symptoms), and people who are considered high-risk (even if they are Category 1 or Category 2) must report to the CAC for evaluation and if required, hospitalisation.

  • Have medical co-morbidities – diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension
  • Diagnosed with other non-contagious disease that are uncontrolled / untreated
  • Caretaker of paediatric or geriatric patient
  • Obstetric cases that require monitoring
  • Admissions through the emergency ward
  • Live in homes that are not conducive for self-quarantine
  • Immunocompromised patients (HIV, undergoing chemotherapy)
  • Children who have :
    a) dehydration
    b) prolonged fever and fatigue
    c) chronic disease
    d) no guardian

Read more : Malaysia: Face Mask No Longer Mandatory On Planes!

 

Current SOP For COVID-19 Close Contacts!

From 22 April 2022 onwards, the quarantine requirement for close contacts is no longer based on vaccination status (vaccinated or unvaccinated) or age. It will be based entirely on whether you are symptomatic, or not.

Asymptomatic (No Symptoms)

You will NO LONGER be subject to a Home Surveillance Order (HSO) quarantine.

However, for five (5) days from the last day of exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual, you must :

  • always wear a face mask when you leave your home
  • avoid crowded areas
  • avoid visiting people in high risk groups
  • ensure that there is good ventilation
  • make only essential journeys

There is NO LONGER a need to conduct RTK self-test, unless you are symptomatic. See the next section.

Symptomatic

You will NO LONGER be subject to a Home Surveillance Order (HSO) quarantine. However, you are advised to undergo a self-quarantine.

You are also encouraged to conduct a RTK-Ag self-test on the day you become symptomatic (Day 1), and on the third day (Day 3).

Once you obtain a negative test result and have improving symptoms, you can conduct outdoor activities. However, you must :

  • always wear a face mask when you leave your home
  • avoid crowded areas
  • avoid visiting people in high risk groups
  • ensure that there is good ventilation
  • make only essential journeys

However, if your symptoms worsen, you should seek treatment at the nearest healthcare facility.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidelines above for COVID-19 positive individuals.

Effective
22 April 2022
Quarantine Testing
Asymptomatic No HSO Quarantine
5 days of precautions
No Testing Required
Symptomatic No HSO Quarantine
Advised to self-quarantine
Encouraged to test on
– Day 1 (symptom onset)
– Day 3

 

Previous SOP For COVID-19 Close Contacts!

Until the new close contact rules kick in, these existing close contact rules will still be enforced until 21 April 2022 :

Adults 18 Years & Above

  • No quarantine * : Fully vaccinated with booster dose, not symptomatic on Day 1.
  • No quarantine : Fully vaccinated and just recovered from COVID-19 in the last 60 days.
  • 5 Days : Fully vaccinated with booster dose, but symptomatic on Day 1.
  • 5 Days : Fully vaccinated without booster dose
  • 7 days : Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated

* Must conduct RTK self-test on Day 1 and Day 3, and if positive – report results in MySejahtera, and follow COVID-19 positive protocol. See above.

Children Below 18 Years Old

  • No quarantine : Fully vaccinated and just recovered from COVID-19 in the last 60 days.
  • 5 Days : Fully vaccinated
  • 7 days : Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated

There is no longer a need to test for COVID-19, if you have no symptoms. However, you must finish the full quarantine period.

Those who become symptomatic during the quarantine, must either perform a RTK-Ag self-test, or go directly to a health facility if the symptoms worsen.

  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you must finish the full quarantine period.
  • If you test positive, you must follow the COVID-19 positive protocol. See above.

Read more : New Test + Isolation Rules To Fight Malaysia’s Omicron Surge!

Effective
1 March 2022
On Day 1 Quarantine
Period
Testing
Fully-Vaccinated
+ Booster Dose
No symptoms None RTK-Ag self-test
on Day 1 + 3
Symptomatic 5 Days RTK-Ag self-test
if symptomatic
Recovered in last 60 days None
Fully Vaccinated Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 5 Days *
Recovered in last 60 days None
Incomplete or
No
Vaccination
Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 7 Days *

* No test is required to be released from quarantine, if not symptomatic. However, you must complete the full quarantine period.

 

SOP For Close Contact / COVID-19 Positive : Change History

On 8 February 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced new quarantine rules for people identified as close contacts, or positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia.

On 17 February 2022, KKM changed those new COVID-19 quarantine rules, which came into effect on Thursday, 17 February 2022.

On 24 February 2022, KKM changed the COVID-19 quarantine rules again for close contacts. which will come into effect on Tuesday, 1 March 2022.

On 14 April 2022, KKM changed the COVID-19 quarantine rules again for close contacts. which will come into effect on Friday, 22 April 2022.

On 1 May 2022, KKM changed the COVID-19 quarantine rules, to streamline them.

 

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Malaysia: Face Mask No Longer Mandatory On Planes!

Passengers are no longer required to wear a face mask onboard planes flying to and from Malaysia! Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : Face Mask No Longer Mandatory On Planes!

On 28 September 2022, the Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced that passengers are no longer required to wear a face mask on planes flying to and from Malaysia, except when they are compulsory in destination countries.

With immediate effect (28 September 2022), passengers onboard commercial flights are no longer required to wear a face mask.

This move follows the Ministry’s earlier move to relax face mask requirements in public indoor spaces on 7 September 2022.

Based on the current assessment of the Covid-19 situation and taking into account the latest requirements, the ministry has decided that face masks are no longer mandatory when on board aircraft.

– Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia Minister of Health

However, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) still strongly encourages the use of face masks for these groups of passengers :

  • individuals with symptoms like fever, cough and flu
  • high-risk individuals like senior citizens, those with chronic diseases, immunocompromised individuals, pregnant women
  • those travelling with high-risk individuals like senior citizens and children

In addition, passengers may still be required by the destination country to wear a face mask. So bring along a face mask just in case, even if you prefer not to wear one during your flight.

The requirement to wear a face mask on an aeroplane is still subject to conditions set by the country being visited.

 

Face Mask No Longer Mandatory On Malaysia Airlines + AirAsia Planes!

Following the Malaysian government’s announcement, both Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia announced the next day that their passengers will no longer be required to wear a face mask, with immediate effect.

Malaysia Airlines

Effective immediately, passengers of Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, MASwings, and AMAL are no longer required to wear face masks onboard, except where compulsory in destination countries.

The relaxation of the face mask mandate follows the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s guideline on 28 September 2022 to remove the mask requirement onboard commercial aircraft.

The use of face masks is ​however strongly recommended for the following group of passengers:

  • Passengers with symptoms such as fever, cough and cold.
  •  High-risk passengers such as the elderly, people with chronic diseases.
  • Passengers with low immunity and pregnant mothers; and
  • Passengers who travel with high-risk people such as elderly and children.

All MAG airlines are committed to providing a safe and smooth end-to-end travel experience in accordance with its MHFlySafe commitment, allowing customers to fly confidently.

Airline protective measures include:

  • The cabin air circulation system, where cabin air is refreshed 20-30 times an hour
  • The use of High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter that can filter 99.9% of airborne contaminants, including viruses and bacteria.
  • Frequent aircraft cleaning disinfection following guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the World Health Organization
  • Aircrafts are operated by fully vaccinated pilots and cabin crew.

AirAsia

Following the announcement by the Malaysian government that face masks are no longer mandatory on flights, AirAsia Malaysia (AK) has exempted the use of face masks on its flights effective immediately.

The use of face masks on board flights is optional for AirAsia Malaysia (AK) guests, unless they are travelling to or from destinations that require a face mask. Guests who wish to wear a face mask on board may continue to do so.

As safety is our highest priority, AirAsia will continue to operate with the strictest safety standards. All our aircraft are equipped with powerful HEPA filters that remove 99.99% of dust particles and airborne contaminants including viruses and bacteria. The cabin air is completely refreshed every three minutes to ensure the highest possible quality of air throughout your flight.

We will continue to update the guidelines on the use of face masks on board for all other markets that we operate in as we return to the skies.

 

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Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recommendations!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just released their latest COVID-19 vaccine recommendations!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recommendations!

On 9 September 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) released the latest COVID-19 vaccine recommendations of the KKM Technical Working Group meeting of 3 September 2022.

Second Booster Dose For Pregnant / Nursing Mothers

KKM is recommending that pregnant women and nursing mothers receive a second booster dose of the vaccine.

  1. Pregnant women are categorised as vulnerable, because they have a high risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease if infected.
  2. COVID-19 complications in pregnant women can detrimentally affect their pregnancies and foetal development.
  3. Antibodies from the mothers’ primary and booster vaccine doses have been detected in babies after they are born, protecting them from COVID-19.
  4. mRNA vaccine is safe for pregnant women and does not increase the risk of miscarriage, complications of pregnancies or birth defects.

First Booster Dose For 5-11 Year Old Children

KKM is recommending that children 5 to 11 years in age should receive a first booster dose of the vaccine.

  1. Children 5-11 years in age with co-morbidities or who are immunocompromised are at risk of developing severe disease if infected with COVID-19.
  2. Providing them with the first booster dose will boost the efficacy of the vaccine in preventing severe disease by the Omicron variant.
  3. The first booster dose can be given 6-9 months after completing the primary series vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccination For 6-Month Old To 5 Year Old Children

KKM is recommending that children who are between 6 months old and 5 years in age should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  1. The COVID-19 vaccine can be offered to children who are 6 months old up to 5 years old, who have co-morbidities, or who are severely immunocompromised.
  2. KKM has started the process of obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine formulation for this group of young children.

Heterologous Vaccination For Second Booster Dose

KKM is recommending that that heterologous vaccination (mixing of vaccines) be offered for the second booster dose.

However, only the Pfizer mRNA vaccine has been approved as the second booster dose for these groups:

  • Individuals who are 50 years and older
  • Individuals who are 12 years and older, with moderate to severe immunocompromise
  • Individuals who are 18 years and older, with co-morbidities and are at risk of developing severe disease
  • Pregnant women or nursing mothers
  • Healthcare professionals

 

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Malaysia Abolishes Indoor Face Mask Mandate!

Malaysia just abolished the indoor mask mandate, removing all requirements to wear a face mask, except in specific situations!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia Abolishes Indoor Face Mask Mandate!

On 1 May 2022, Malaysia abolished the requirement to wear a face mask outdoors. However, the indoor mask mandate was maintained.

On 7 September 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced the abolishment of the indoor mask mandate as well!

This new ruling starts with immediate effect – on Wednesday, 7 September 2022.

Read more : Malaysia : Face Mask No Longer Required Outdoors!

 

Malaysia : Face Mask Not Required Indoors Except…

Wearing Face Mask Indoor Is Mostly Optional

The wearing of face mask indoors will now be optional, but strongly encouraged for:

  • public places that are crowded like night markets, stadiums, shopping malls and places of worship.
  • individuals with symptoms like fever, cough and flu
  • high-risk individuals like senior citizens, people suffering from chronic illness, immunocompromised individuals and pregnant mothers
  • individuals conducting any kind of activity with high-risk individuals like senior citizens and children

However, premise owners will be allowed to decide whether customers will be required to wear a face mask to enter their premises.

When Wearing Face Mask Indoor Is Mandatory

There are a few instances in which wearing a face mask is still mandatory indoors:

  • individuals who test positive for COVID-19
  • individuals using public transportation like bus, train, taxi (including e-hailing rides), airplane, as well as bus and vans transporting school children or workers.
  • when in health facilities like hospitals, clinics, care centre, haemodialysis centre, and so on.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) also reminds the public that while the face mask mandate for outdoors was abolished on 1 May 2022, it still encourages people to wear a face mask when:

  • in public places that are crowded
  • when you have symptoms like fever, cough and flu
  • if you are a high-risk individual
  • if you are planning to undertake activities with high-risk individuals like senior citizens and children

 

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Fact Check : Two Taiping Cooks Stabbed Each Other?!

Did two cooks in Taiping stab each other in a video that has gone viral on social media?!

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

 

Claim : Two Taiping Cooks Stabbed Each Other!

A short 33-second video has gone viral on social media and WhatsApp, showing two men being taken away in ambulances after stabbing each other. It’s accompanied by messages like this :

Taiping …two cooks in the cooking department stabbed each other today.

It showed a man with a knife sticking out of his chest, while a second man appeared to be severely burnt by hot cooking oil.

 

Truth : Two Taiping Cooks Did NOT Stab Each Other!

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

Fact #1 : No One Stabbed Each Other

First, let me just point out that this video is genuine, but misappropriated to promote a fake story.

No one stabbed each other, or poured hot cooking oil on anyone. In fact, no one was hurt at all.

Fact #2 : It Was A Training Exercise At Taiping Hospital

The viral video showed a simulated fight between a cook and a hospital attendant, which was part of a training drill conducted by the Taiping Hospital and the Taiping Fire and Rescue Station.

It was recorded at Taiping Hospital, and showed only a small segment of an hour-long training drill conducted there on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.

If you look carefully at the video, you can see that the “victims” were wheeled out of the Taiping Hospital’s Dietetics & Catering Department (Jabatan Dietetik & Sajian).

Fact #3 : Taiping Police Confirmed The Training Exercise

The Taiping District Deputy Chief of Police, Superintendent Razlam Ab Hamid confirmed that the video only showed a training simulation conducted by the Taiping Hospital.

The simulation exercise attracted the attention of members of the public in the area and the video was shared via Facebook, with the action during the training resembling scenes of a fight.

However, all the equipment used and every action performed were for the purpose of training the 54 hospital personnel to prepare them on disaster management procedures like fires and so on.

He also said that the Taiping Hospital was conducting these training simulations over two days – on 24 and 25 August 2022, to expose hospital staff to disaster management methods.

 

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Malaysia No Longer Requires Traveller’s Pass!

All travellers to Malaysia will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass in MySejahtera!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Currently : Foreign Travellers Need Traveller’s Pass To Enter Malaysia!

Since 1 May 2022, the Malaysian government has liberalised air travel into Malaysia, waiving both quarantine and insurance requirements.

However, they still require foreign travellers to fill in their details in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass, prior to departure.

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account.
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

This requirement used to apply to Malaysian citizens too, but was waived starting 4 July 2022.

Read more : Air Travel To Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Requirements + SOP!

 

Now : Traveller’s Pass No Longer Required To Travel To Malaysia!

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on 31 July 2022 that all travellers will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass.

Starting Monday, 1 August 2022, all travellers to Malaysia – citizens and foreigners alike – will no longer be required to fill in their details using the Traveller option in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass or Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

With this relaxation, travelling to Malaysia will essentially return to pre-pandemic norms. All you need to enter Malaysia is a valid passport, and a visa (if required).

 

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No More Cash Payment At KKM Hospitals + Clinics!

Public hospitals and clinics under KKM will no longer accept cash payments starting 1 October 2022!

Here is what you need to know…

 

No More Cash Payment At KKM Hospitals + Clinics!

From 1 October 2022 onwards, public hospitals and clinics under the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) will no longer accept cash payments.

They will only accept payments through e-payment methods like :

  • debit card
  • credit card
  • e-wallet

They will, however, accept cash payment if the customer has no other payment options, or a bank account.

KKM is aiming to achieve 95% cashless transactions by December 2022.

 

Why KKM Hospitals + Clinics Will No Longer Accept Cash Payments

This initiative to eliminate cash payments at KKM health facilities is part of the 2021 Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint, which called for all federal and state agencies to prioritise cashless payments by the year 2022.

The 2021-2022 KKM Anti-Corruption Plan also called for cash payments to be eliminated at public hospitals and clinics.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health believes that eliminating cash payments at their health facilities will :

  • reduce the risk of leakage of public funds
  • increase efficiency by making payments at the counter faster, easier and safer
  • reduce the cost and work process of collecting payments
  • reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections through contactless payment

To that end, KKM had ordered the implementation of cashless payment systems at all health facilities back in June 2022, with full implementation starting 1 October 2022, targeting 95% cashless payments by December 2022.

 

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Malaysia Offers 2nd Booster To 50+ Years + Travellers!

Malaysia is now offering the 2nd booster dose to those who are 50 years or older, as well as people planning to travel overseas!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Earlier : Malaysia Gives 2nd Booster Dose To High-Risk Individuals!

Back in mid-April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) offered a second booster dose to high-risk individuals :

  • High-risk senior citizens aged 60 years and above, with co-morbidities like
    – diabetes
    – chronic lung disease
    – chronic renal disease, underlying dialysis
    – chronic liver disease
    – cerebrovascular disease
    – heart failure, ischaemic heart disease, cardiomyopathy
    – chronic neurological diseases
    – BMI of over 40
    – residents of long-term care facilities
  • Individuals who received the Sinovac or Sinopharm booster dose for travel purposes
  • Healthy senior citizens are advised to consult a doctor for second booster dose recommendation

Read more : Second Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Individuals!

 

Now : Malaysia Gives 2nd Booster To 50+ Years + Travellers!

On 19 July 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that the government will now offer the 2nd booster dose to :

  • individuals those who are 50 years and older, even if they do not have co-morbidities, and
  • individuals who are planning to travel overseas

The group in the 50-59 age bracket without any chronic diseases and anyone 50 and below who wants to travel overseas can receive second vaccine boosters.

As announced earlier, the second booster dose will continue to be offered to high-risk individuals living in long-term care facilities, adults 18 years and older with co-morbidities, and COVID-19 frontliners.

The second booster dose will be the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and it will be given :

  • at least 4-6 months after the first booster dose for senior citizens,
  • at least 3 months after recovery for senior citizens who had a COVID-19 infection,
  • and at least 1 month after the first booster dose for Sinovac / SInopharm recipients.

This second booster dose is optional, and is not compulsory. Your vaccination status will not change, whether you take the second booster dose or not.

You can either book your booster dose appointment on MySejahtera, or look for a nearby private healthcare facility offering a booster dose.

These booster doses are offered for FREE by the Malaysian government, as part of the PICK vaccination programme.

 

Why 2nd Booster Dose For Travellers Leaving Malaysia?

Even though many countries have opened up their economies, and even to travellers; the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over.

Many countries are now facing spikes in COVID-19 cases, thanks to new Omicron subvariants that are highly contagious, and evade protection from both previous infections and vaccinations.

Thus, a second booster dose before travelling overseas will offer a short  but useful boost in antibodies that could protect travellers as they fly out of Malaysia into other countries.

This is particularly important for those who received the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines. Both Chinese vaccines offer markedly lower protection, which quickly wane over a matter of weeks.

A Yale University study, for example, showed that Sinovac vaccine recipients will require TWO Pfizer booster doses, to adequately protect against the Omicron variant.

Therefore, if you received Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccine earlier, I highly recommend that you get the booster doses, even if you are not planning to travel overseas.

Read more : Why Sinovac recipients may need TWO Pfizer booster doses!

There is also a more practical consideration for people travelling overseas – some countries in Europe do not recognise the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, both as a primary series vaccine or a booster dose.

Therefore, they will be allowed to obtain a second booster dose, at least one month after receiving their first booster dose.

 

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Air Travel To Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Requirements + SOP!

Here are the LATEST COVID-19 requirements and SOP for those plan to travel by air to Malaysia!

Updated @ 2022-07-03 : Malaysian citizens are no longer required to register for Traveller’s Pass.
Updated @ 2022-06-13 : Added the current COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Originally posted @ 2022-04-28

 

Malaysia Air Travel : Current COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Currently, travellers to Malaysia must provide documentation that they have completed a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), or by a stringent regulatory authority in the country of origin.

There are additional requirements on COVID-19 vaccination for travellers :

  • Those aged 60 years and above are required to receive a booster dose.
  • Those received two doses of Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine, regardless of age, must receive a third dose (of any vaccine) to qualify as fully-vaccinated.

The definition of a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine includes the number of doses required to provide the full vaccine protection, as well as the time needed to achieve protection against COVID-19.

Currently, that means 14 days after the second dose of a two (2) dose vaccine, or 14 days after a one (1) dose vaccine. In the case of Sinopharm / Sinovac vaccine recipients, that would mean 14 days after the third dose.

You are also considered fully-vaccinated immediately after receiving your booster dose.

Please make sure you submit your vaccination information through the Travellers option in MySejahtera, before your flight to Malaysia.

After submitting your COVID-19 vaccination details, you will receive a Travellers digital card, which allows you entry into Malaysia on arrival.

 

Malaysia Air Travel Test + Quarantine Rules From 1 May 2022!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced new test and quarantine rules for travellers flying to Malaysia.

These COVID-19 test and quarantine rules take effect from Sunday, 1 May 2022 onwards!

A. Children 12 Years Or Younger : No Test, No Quarantine!

Irrespective of their vaccination status, children who are 12 years old or younger do NOT need to :

  • undergo pre-departure test
  • undergo on-arrival test, or
  • undergo HSO quarantine

B. Fully-Vaccinated 13 Years Or Older : No Test, No Quarantine!

Fully-vaccinated adolescents and adults who are 13 years or older do NOT need to :

  • undergo pre-departure test
  • undergo on-arrival test, or
  • undergo HSO quarantine

C. Partially-Vaccinated / Unvaccinated 13-17 Years Old : No Quarantine!

Adolescents who are 13-17 years old, and are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated do NOT need to undergo HSO quarantine on arrival in Malaysia.

However, they will need to undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a supervised RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

D. Vaccinated Adults : No Test, No Quarantine!

Fully-vaccinated adults (18 years and older), with or without a booster dose, do NOT need to :

  • undergo pre-departure test
  • undergo on-arrival test, or
  • undergo HSO quarantine

E. Unvaccinated with Medical Exemption : No Quarantine!

Unvaccinated individuals with a medical exemption will be allowed, on a case-by-case basis, to travel to Malaysia without a mandatory quarantine.

However, they must undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

F. Unvaccinated Adults : 5 Day Quarantine

Adult travellers (18 years and older) who are partially-vaccinated, or completely unvaccinated, must :

  • undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia, and
  • undergo a PCR test on Day 4, or a professional RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

Travellers who are exempt from vaccination for health reasons must upload the evidence of medical exemption into the MySejahtera app.

G. Unvaccinated + Post COVID-19 : 5 Day Quarantine

Unvaccinated individuals who recovered from COVID-19 (infected in the last 6-60 days) must:

  • undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia, and
  • undergo a PCR test on Day 4, or a professional RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

If they were not hospitalised, they must undergo :

  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

If they were hospitalised, they can use a Fit To Travel letter from the hospital.

 

Latest Malaysia Air Travel Procedure From 4 July 2022!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health issued the official procedure for travellers who arrive by air, that will take effect from 1 May 2022 onwards.

It was then updated on 1 July 2022, with the abolishment of the Traveller’s Pass for Malaysian citizens.

Before Departure

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account. *
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card *
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).
  3. All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers 13 years and above must undergo a PCR test 2 days before departure.
  4. Those who had a previous COVID-19 infection (within 6-60 days before departure) must undergo a professional RTK-Ag test 2 days before departure, or alternatively, have a Free-To-Travel letter if they were hospitalised for COVID-19 during that time.
  5. You do NOT need to purchase travel and COVID-19 insurance.

* No longer necessary for Malaysian citizens, starting 4 July 2022.

On Arrival

  1. All partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers 13 years and above must undergo a supervised RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.
    a) this supervised RTK-Ag test can be performed at any health facility of your choice, or virtually
    b) COVID-19 breathalyser / professional RTK-Ag tests are available at the airport
    c) Cost of on-arrival RTK-Ag test must be borne by the travellers.
  2. Children below the age of 13, and travellers from Singapore are exempted from the on-arrival test.
  3. Partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers must undergo a mandatory 5-day quarantine.
  4. IMPORTANT : Travellers transiting through Malaysian international airports to Sabah or Sarawak must undergo professional RTK-Ag at the airport, before departing.

Testing Positive On Arrival

If you test positive on arrival, you must undergo a mandatory HSO quarantine of 7 days.

You can opt for the new Day 4 test and release procedure, by undertaking a supervised RTK-Ag test on Day 4 of your quarantine.

  • If you test negative, you are allowed to immediately terminate your quarantine.
  • If you test positive, you must complete your 7-day quarantine

Read more : Day 4 Test + Release For COVID-19 Positive In Malaysia!

Testing Positive During Quarantine

If you are a partially vaccinated / unvaccinated traveller, you will need to undergo a 5-day quarantine, and get tested on Day 4 (PCR) or Day 5 (RTK-Ag).

If you test positive on Day 4 or Day 5, your quarantine will get extended for 5 more days.

 

Malaysia Air Travel Test + Quarantine SOP : Summary

To make it easier to compare the myriad air travel requirements to Malaysia, I created this table to summarise the key requirements.

Vaccination Status Pre-Departure On Arrival Additional Test
or Quarantine
Child (< 13 Years) * No Test Required No Test
No Quarantine
Fully Vaccinated (≥ 13 Years)
Partially-Vaccinated or
Unvaccinated (13-17 Years)
PCR test
within 2 days
Supervised
RTK-Ag
within 24 hours
of arrival

On-Arrival
Professional
RTK-Ag
for travellers
transiting to
Sabah or
Sarawak
Not Vaccinated with
Medical Exemption
Partially Vaccinated or
Unvaccinated (≥18 Years)
5-Day Quarantine
with
Day 4 PCR or
Day 5 RTK

Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated

+ Post-COVID-19
(6-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter **
if hospitalised

* By year of birth
** Also professional RTK-Ag if recovered from COVID-19 infection 6-60 days before departure
*** FTT = Fit To Travel

 

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Malaysian Citizens Don’t Need MySejahtera Traveller’s Pass!

Citizens returning to Malaysia will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass in MySejahtera!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Currently : MySejahtera Traveller’s Pass Required To Enter Malaysia!

Since 1 May 2022, the Malaysian government has liberalised air travel into Malaysia, waiving both quarantine and insurance requirements.

However, they still require all travellers to fill in their details in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass, prior to departure.

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account.
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

This requirement applies to both citizens and foreigners alike – everyone must apply using the Traveller option in MySejahtera.

Read more : Air Travel To Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Requirements + SOP!

 

Now : Malaysian Citizens Don’t Need MySejahtera Traveller’s Pass!

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on 1 July 2022 that Malaysian citizens will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass.

Starting Monday, 4 July 2022, travellers to Malaysia will no longer be required to fill in their details using the Traveller option in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass or Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

However, this is currently limited only to Malaysian citizens. The government will gradually extend this privilege to other groups like social pass holders, students, and permanent residents.

Therefore, all travellers who are not Malaysian citizens must continue to fill in their details using the Traveller option in MySejahtera, and obtain the Traveller’s Pass.

 

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KKM Announces Extra COVID-19 Vaccine Doses!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health, KKM, just announced extra COVID-19 vaccine doses for selected groups!

Here is what you need to know!

 

KKM Announces Extra COVID-19 Vaccine Doses!

On 29 June 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced a slew of changes, including extra COVID-19 vaccine doses for selected groups.

Booster Dose For Immunocompromised Individuals Considered 3rd Dose

For individuals who are 5 to 17 years old, with moderate or severe immunocompromise, the primary series vaccine is now considered to consist of 3 doses.

  • Those who received a booster dose earlier, will be considered as fully-vaccinated with 3 doses
  • Those who did not receive a booster dose yet, will need a third dose to be considered fully-vaccinated.

3rd Primary Dose For Immunocompromised 5-11 Years Old

Individuals who are 5 to 11 years old, with moderate or severe immunocompromise, are recommended to receive a third dose to complete their primary series vaccination.

The third dose is to be given at least eight (8) weeks after receiving the second dose.

3rd Primary Dose For Immunocompromised 12-17 Years Old

Individuals who are 12 to 17 years old, with moderate or severe immunocompromise, are recommended to receive a third dose to complete their primary series vaccination.

The third dose is to be given at least 28 days after receiving the second dose.

1st Booster Dose For Immunocompromised 12-17 Years Old

Individuals who are 12 to 17 years old, with moderate or severe immunocompromise, are recommended to receive a first booster dose after completing their 3-dose primary series vaccination.

The first booster dose is to be given at least three (3) months after receiving the third primary dose.

2nd Booster Dose For High-Risk Adults

KKM is also recommending a 2nd booster dose for high-risk adults, currently defined as :

  • 18 to 59 year old individuals who are at high risk of developing severe COVID-19
  • Frontline medical professionals, like medical officers, nurses, etc.

The second booster dose is to be given at least six (6) months after receiving the first booster dose, and after discussing with a registered medical professional

CanSino Booster Dose For All Adults

KKM is also offering the Convidecia vaccine from CanSino Biologics as a heterologous booster dose for all adults 18 years and older, who have received all doses of a primary series COVID-19 vaccine, other than Convidecia or Sinovac.

This CanSino booster dose is to be given at least three (3) months after receiving the second dose of the primary series vaccine.

 

KKM To Announce How To Get Extra COVID-19 Vaccine Doses!

KKM has not finalised the mechanism or the procedure to obtain these extra COVID-19 vaccine doses, and will announce the details later.

But they are calling on Malaysian citizens and residents to step forward to get the extra COVID-19 vaccine doses, once the details are announced.

 

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Free COVID Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids Extended To 31 May!

The first dose of the free PICKids vaccine programme for 5-11 year old kids has been extended to 31 May 2022!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Free COVID Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids Extended To 31 May 2022!

On 13 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that they will stop offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under the PICKids programme after 15 May 2022.

Then on 25 April 2022, they announced that they would also stop offering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for the PICKids programme after 15 August 2022.

Finally, on 12 May 2022, they announced that they will extend the first dose of the free COVID-19 vaccine to 31 May 2022.

From 31 May 2022 onwards, the PICKids programme will no longer offer the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11 year old kids.

From 16 August 2022 onwards, the PICKids programme will no longer offer the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11 year old kids.

  • the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine will no longer be offered at both public and private health facilities across Malaysia.
  • the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine will only be offered as a paid vaccination option in private health facilities.

While you may still pay for the Sinovac vaccine for your child, it is a far inferior vaccine to the free Pfizer vaccine.

Read more : What you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids!
Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine – Which Is Better For Your Child?

Since MySejahtera stopped accepting registration for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year old kids on 8 May 2022, here is what you need to know :

  1. Parents who registered and made appointments on or before 8 May 2022, for vaccination dates on or before 31 May 2022, can continue with their existing appointments.
  2. Parents who registered and made appointments on or before 8 May 2022, for vaccination dates after before 31 May 2022, will have their appointments cancelled automatically.
  3. Parents who try to register on MySejahtera after 8 May 2022, will not be given any appointment.

Therefore, parents who have not registered, or are in the second or third category above, should walk into any KKM health clinic for their free COVID-19 vaccine, anytime from now until 31 May 2022.

There are only two exceptions to this 31 May 2022 deadline :

Children Infected With COVID-19

The first exception to this deadline are 5-11 year old kids who have to cancel their appointments (before 31 May 2022) due to a COVID-19 infection.

Their parents are advised to bring these kids to any government health clinic within 6 weeks after recovering from COVID-19, or by 30 August 2022 at the very latest.

Children Turning 5 After 31 May 2022

The second exception are for children who turn five years old on or after 31 May 2022.

Their parents can register and book their vaccine appointments for the first dose of the free COVID-19 vaccine until 15 January 2023.

These children must receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by 31 January 2023. Thereafter, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be offered for free, and must be obtained as a paid vaccine at private health facilities.

So parents, please HURRY and get your children vaccinated for FREE!

Read more : How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera!

 

Why Is PICKids Ending Free COVID-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

As of 12 April 2022, only 38.6% of eligible children have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This extremely low uptake will result in wastage, as the paediatric Pfizer vaccine has a 6-month shelf life.

As the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids have a lower dose, it cannot be used for older children.

Therefore, to avoid waste, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF-C) decided to stop giving the COVID-19 vaccine under the PICKids programme.

CITF-C also amended the vaccination consent form for children (below 18 years of age), removing this clause :

2. I am responsible for the risks that may occur to children as a result of my decision/action because the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the side effect.

The clause was dropped to avoid confusion, and to convey the existing practice in which the Ministry of Health has never neglected, and is always ready to offer the necessary medical assistance if there are side effects from the vaccination.

I highly recommend that you bring your children to any government health clinic for their COVID-19 vaccination ASAP!

Please don’t waste this opportunity to protect them against COVID-19 for FREE!

 

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Malaysia : No More COVID-19 Test / Insurance For Travellers!

Travellers to Malaysia will NO LONGER be required to undergo pre-departure and on-arrival testing for COVID-19, or purchase travel insurance!

 

Malaysia : No More COVID-19 Test For Most Travellers!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 1, 2022, these groups of travellers will NO LONGER be required to undergo pre-departure testing and on-arrival testing for COVID-19!

  • Fully-vaccinated individuals who are 13 years or older
  • Individuals who recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6-60 days
  • Individuals who are 12 years or younger, regardless of vaccination status

This ruling applies to both Malaysian citizens, as well as foreigners, including those performing the Hat and even foreign workers.

Please note that ALL travellers must still submit information through the Travellers option in MySejahtera, and obtain the Travellers digital card.

Travellers who are 13 years or older, and are not yet fully vaccinated, must continue with the existing testing and quarantine protocol :

  • Not vaccinated with medical exemption : pre-departure PCR test within 2 days, professional RTK-Ag within 24 hours of arrival, no quarantine.
  • Partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated (13-17 yo) : pre-departure PCR test within 2 days, professional RTK-Ag within 24 hours of arrival, no quarantine.
  • Partially vaccinated / unvaccinated : pre-departure PCR test within 2 days, professional RTK-Ag within 24 hours of arrival, 5-day quarantine.
  • Partially vaccinated / unvaccinated post COVID-19 : pre-departure professional RTK-Ag within 2 days (or Fit To Travel letter if hospitalised), professional RTK-Ag within 24 hours of arrival, 5-day quarantine.

Travellers who test positive on arrival in Malaysia will be asked to undergo a professional RTK-Ag test on-the-spot.

To make it easier for you to understand, I created this table to summarise the new rules :

Vaccination Status Pre-Departure On Arrival Additional Test
or Quarantine
Child (< 13 Years) * No Test Required No Test
No Quarantine
Travellers From
Singapore
Boosted (≥18 Years)
Fully Vaccinated (≥ 13 Years)
Fully Vaccinated +
Post-COVID-19 (6-60 Days)
Partially-Vaccinated or
Unvaccinated (13-17 Years)
PCR test
within 2 days
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 24 hours
of arrival

On-Arrival
Professional
RTK-Ag
for travellers
transiting to
Sabah or
Sarawak
Not Vaccinated with
Medical Exemption
Partially Vaccinated or
Unvaccinated (≥18 Years)
5-Day Quarantine
with
Day 4 PCR or
Day 5 RTK

Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated

+ Post-COVID-19
(6-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter **
if hospitalised

* By year of birth
** Also professional RTK-Ag if recovered from COVID-19 infection 6-60 days before departure
*** FTT = Fit To Travel

 

Malaysia : No More COVID-19 Insurance For Foreign Travellers!

Foreign travellers were earlier required to purchase COVID-19 and travel insurance with coverage of at least US$20,000 before travelling to Malaysia.

Only these groups are earlier exempted from the requirement to purchase COVID-19 and travel insurance :

  • Fully-vaccinated citizens of Singapore or Malaysia
  • Fully-vaccinated permanent residents of Singapore or Malaysia
  • Fully-vaccinated Long-term Pass Holders of Singapore or Malaysia

That changes from Sunday, May 1, 2022 onwards – the US$20K travel insurance requirement is NO LONGER REQUIRED for ALL foreign travellers!

So foreigners can travel to Malaysia without that additional cost. Of course, getting travel insurance is always a good idea.

 

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Malaysia : Unvaccinated Allowed To Enter All Premises!

Malaysia will allow unvaccinated individuals to enter all premises!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Unvaccinated Will Be Allowed To Enter All Premises!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 1, 2022unvaccinated individuals will be allowed to enter all private or public premises, s!

Owners of premises are only required to check the MySejahtera app of people entering, to prevent entry by :

  • Individuals who are still positive for COVID-19
  • Individuals who are still undergoing HSO (Home Surveillance Order) quarantine
    This includes travellers who are not fully-vaccinated, and just arrived in Malaysia

So please make sure you continue to use MySejahtera, even though it will also not be mandatory to check-in using the MySejahtera QR code.

You are also strongly advised to enable MySJ Trace, to help facilitate accurate contact tracing.

Read more : How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera

 

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MySejahtera Check-In + Physical Distancing Will Be Optional!

You will NO LONGER be required to check-in using MySejahtera, or ensure physical distancing, in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

MySejahtera Check-In + Physical Distancing Will Be Optional!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 1, 2022, all individuals – irrespective of vaccination status – will NO LONGER be required to check in at premises using MySejahtera.

However, the Malaysia Ministry of Health strongly recommends that you turn on MySJ Trace, to allow for accurate contact tracing.

That does not mean you can uninstall MySejahtera, because premise owners are still required to check your status – COVID-19 positive individuals, and those who have to undergo HSO quarantine are still NOT allowed into public spaces.

In addition, MySejahtera is required to show digital proof of your COVID-19 vaccination for travel purposes, as well for reporting your COVID-19 self-tests.

Read more : How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera

As all economic activities will now be allowed with 100% venue capacity, physical distancing is NO LONGER required, starting Sunday, May 1, 2022.

However, the Ministry of Health strongly recommends physical distancing in crowded situations, especially if you are not wearing a face mask.

 

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