Malaysia finally admits losing the Apricot undersea cable due to its cabotage policy, in a stunning reply from the Communications and Multimedia Minister.
Malaysia Admits Losing Undersea Cable Due To Cabotage!
Malaysia Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong has stridently rejected claims that Malaysia was excluded from the Apricot undersea cable project due to the cabotage policy.
On 30 September 2021, he denied that his decision to revoke the exemption of cabotage on undersea cable repairs was the reason Malaysia was excluded from the Apricot undersea cable project.
However, Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim revealed that he received a Parliamentary reply from the Communications and Multimedia Minister that basically admits that the loss was due to the cabotage policy.
Here is the Bahasa Malaysia quote from the Communications and Multimedia Minister, followed by our English translation :
Pemilihan negara bagi menyertai rancangan pemasangan kabel Internet Apricot dasar laut (subsea cables) adalah keputusan syarikat Facebook dan Google. Malaysia tidak tersenarai (bypass) sebagai salah satu negara yang terlibat dalam pendaratan stesen kabel dasar laut tersebut memandangkan isu pengecualian Dasar Kabotaj yang masih belum selesai.”
The choice of country to participate in the Apricot undersea Internet cable (subsea cable) installation plan is decided by Facebook and Google. Malaysia was not listed (bypassed) as one of the countries involved in the landing of the submarine cable station due to the unresolved Cabotage Policy exemption issue.”
This reply by the Communications and Multimedia Minister directly contradicts the Transport Minister’s strident denials, and confirms what most people already know – Malaysia was bypassed in the Apricot undersea cable project because this government refused to exempt undersea cable repairs from the cabotage policy.
What Does Loss Of Apricot Undersea Cable Mean For Malaysia?
Backed by Google and Facebook, the Apricot undersea optic cable will connect South East Asia and North Asia and the US, with a whopping bandwidth of 190 terabits per second (Tbps) and very low latency.
Being bypassed means Malaysia has lost investments and high-speed connectivity worth US$300-400 billion (RM1.26 to RM1.68 billion), according to MIDF Research.
And to add salt to the wound, it comes after Malaysia already lost two earlier undersea cable investments by Google and Facebook called Bifrost and Echo.
This continued loss of subsea cable landings runs contrary to Malaysia’s MyDIGITAL Initiative, which aims to achieve the HIGHEST number of subsea cable landings in South East Asia by 2025.
Malaysia currently only has 23 subsea cables, including those under construction. This leaves it behind Indonesia and Singapore, which have 55 and 31 cables respectively. Even the Philippines is catching up with 19 cables so far.
Is the continued refusal to exempt subsea cable repairs from the cabotage policy worth the loss of billions of dollars of investments?
This government seems to think so, but many would strongly disagree with them.
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Did the US National Center for Biotechnology Information confirm that the Chinese herbal medicine Lianhua Qingwen cures COVID-19?
Find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : US NCBI Said Lianhua Qingwen Treats COVID-19!
This claim is being propagated by the OneNews Philippines website, through their article US Health Agency Says Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help COVID-19 Patients Recover Faster.
It’s pretty long, so please skip to the next section for the FACTS…
The US National Center for Biotechnology Information said “overall,” treatment with the Chinese herbal medicine Lianhua Qingwen for 14 days resulted in a “significantly higher rate of, and a shorter time to, symptom recovery.”
The United States’ National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCIB) stated in a May 16 study that the traditional Chinese medicine Lianhua Qingwen (also Lianhuaqingwen) “could be considered to ameliorate clinical symptoms” of coronavirus disease 2019.
According to the NCIB, which is part of the United States National Library of Medicine, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, 284 COVID-19 patients were randomized to receive the usual treatment alone or in combination with Lianhua Qingwen, with four capsules taken three times a day for 14 days.
“The primary endpoint was the rate of symptom (fever, fatigue, coughing) recovery,” NCIB said.
It reported that “overall,” the 14-day treatment using the Chinese herbal medication for 142 patients “resulted in a significantly higher rate of, and a shorter time to, symptom recovery than the control group” of 142 patients who received the usual treatment without Lianhua Qingwen.
“The rate of recovery of fever, fatigue and coughing was also higher in treatment group,” the study read. “(Lianhua Qingwen) capsule had a favorable safety profile for the treatment of (COVID-19).”
“To our knowledge, this is the first multicenter randomized clinical trial that demonstrates the safety and efficacy” of Lianhua Qingwen capsules, the NCIB said.
Are the claims on ivermectin made by a TUDM Brigadier-General and TUDM Major accurate?
Let’s take a look at the viral ivermectin claims by these TUDM officers, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Ivermectin Claims by TUDM Brigadier-General + Major
A message on ivermectin purportedly to be by a retired TUDM Brigadier-General and a retired TUDM major has gone viral on WhatsApp.
The message is long, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS.
(07/07, 02:12) BG Dato Goh Seng Toh TUDM: Am very happy today cos my friend’s wife who was tested Covid 19 positive was declared cleared of the Covid19 virus by the doctor at the Government Quarantined Centre this morning. She was on Ivermectin, vitamin C, fresh fruits and simple foods for 5 days. She was so happy. Please consider taking Ivermectin with vitamin C and zinc if any of your family members is infected with Covid19 virus. Early treatment with Ivermectin is even better. Don’t wait until stage 3 or 4
(07/07, 02:12) BG Dato Goh Seng Toh TUDM: Happy too as MoH allow prescription of ivermectin fir treatment upon request though off label … saving life and easing the full icu capacity is utmost important
(07/07, 05:38) Mej Mior Rosli TUDM(B): I have been promoting ivermactin but many laughed at me..
32 countries have used it to combat Covid19..
This medication for initially for animals is safer than panadol if used for human.. eg it is dangerous to take 10 panadol at a time but no harm if you take 10 invermactin ..( actually 1 tablets per week is good enough for prevention..
It kills any Covid19 variants..
The current vaccination does not protect you from the new more dangerous delta variant.. because the current vaccine only protect the alpha variant.
WHO does not regulate, it only gives guidelines.. and no country is obliged to follow WHO’s guidelines.. some countries have better experts and qualified scientists.
MOH has been stubborn and bowed to the big pharmaceutical companies.. something to ponder on and why…
There are hundred of medical journal by experts who have made more than ten years clinical test yet MOH put a blind eye on them.
India use ivermactin on the new delta variant and the pandemic is under control in a short period of time..
Indonesia is manufacturing it now..
Philippines initially ban it but when two of their ministers were contracted with Covid19 and saved by the ivermactin the allowed it to be used..
Australia is using it..
Singapore is using it..
Malaysia, as usual still believe in their consultants and no one else..
Not only on on medicines but in all other fields like engineering, legal, Military, etc.. to malaysian the west is always superior..
Claim #4 : It Is Safe To Take 10 Ivermectin Tablets At One Go
TUDM Major Mior Rosli claimed that it is safe to take 10 ivermectin tablets at one go. That’s potentially dangerous advice, because ivermectin tablets come in different doses, and the proper dosage is tied to body weight.
A 2002 study on ivermectin safety showed that it was safe at up to 120 mg in a single dose. This is 10X the FDA-approved dose of 200 micrograms per kg for a 60 kg healthy adult.
However, the study did not look at taking such a large dose of ivermectin on a continuous basis, only a single dose.
In addition, self-medicating with ivermectin can lead to overdosing because the tablets available in most countries, including Malaysia, are formulated for animal use.
In February 2021, 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.
Did Chinese bombers fire on the US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the South China Seas?
Take a look at the viral news, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Chinese Bombers Fire On US Aircraft Carrier In South China Sea
A YouTube video is going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that Chinese bombers fired on an US aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.
It is usually shared without commentary because the title speaks for itself, and the video itself repeats the same claim.
Truth : Chinese Bombers Did NOT Fire On US Aircraft Carrier
This is fake news by an unknown YouTube channel called M News, and here are the FACTS.
Fact #1 : Chinese Bombers Did Not Fire On US Aircraft Carrier
It bears repeating – this is FAKE NEWS. Chinese bombers did not fire on any US aircraft carrier.
If that really happened, it would have been a major news story all over the world. It would have certainly started a major war between the United States and China.
You didn’t hear anything about it, did you? What makes you think some unknown YouTube website called M News would have an exclusive scoop on this story?
Fact #2 : The USS Theodore Roosevelt Incident Happened In January 2021
Eight Chinese H-6K bombers, escorted by four J-16 fighters and a single Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft practiced a mock attack on USS Theodore Roosevelt as it sailed between Taiwan and the Philippines on 23 January 2021.
The H-6K bomber pilots could be heard in cockpit conversations confirming orders for the simulated targeting and release of anti-ship missiles against the carrier.
However, the Chinese strike group remained more than 250 nautical miles (463 kilometres) away from the carrier group – beyond the 248 mile (459 km) range of their YJ-12 anti-ship missiles.
Fact #3 : M News Ripped It Off Popular Mechanics
M News used stock footage, and a text to voice software to recite a Popular Mechanics article by Kyle Mizokami on the USS Theodore Roosevelt incident, word for word.
The creator didn’t even bother to edit out the part about the “the map embedded in the tweet above” – the tweet was in the article, but not the video.
The only original thing the creator did was to insert the fake news chyron claiming that Today: Chinese Bombers fire on US Aircraft Carrier in South China Sea.
And of course, sharing it on WhatsApp so you would share it too.
Fact #4 : The Date Changes Daily
M News garnered more than 2 million views for this video, but only because they changed the date in the title on a daily basis!
This allows them to keep sharing the video on social media, and WhatsApp, to fool people into clicking and watching their video.
They first posted the video on 3 February 2021, but they keep changing the date in the title, to make it look “new” and “current”.
Now that you know that M News posts fake videos and fake news, please WARN your family and friends.
And please STOP sharing M News videos, and definitely DO NOT visit their YouTube channel!
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Is it true that Filipino Secretary of Health Duque now allows the use of ivermectin by doctors in the Philippines?
Find out what’s the new viral claim about ivermectin in the Philippines, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Duque Allows Use Of Ivermectin By Doctors!
Nicanor Perlas claimed in two of his blogs that Francisco Tiongson Duque III, the Filipino Secretary of Health, now allows the use of ivermectin by doctors in the Philippines.
Doctors can now prescribe Ivermectin. Secretary of Health, Dr. Francisco Duque III, said he had “no problem with doctors who want to use Ivermectin”. Sec. Duque made the statement at a 09 June 2021 public Congressional Hearing on Ivermectin (HR 1711).
The hearings also revealed that medical associations that have been opposed to the use of Ivermectin had no objections to doctors prescribing Ivermectin if the latter is used on an individual basis. What these medical societies oppose is the issuance of a public policy allowing the use of Ivermectin on a national basis. But Duque affirmed that doctors have the freedom to prescribe Ivermectin as they wish.
Nonetheless, the net result of this new policy is that the use of Ivermectin is now allowed on a large scale as long as there are doctors willing to prescribe the use of Ivermectin by patients on an early treatment or preventive basis. This also means that doctors in a city or a town can convene and/or agree together to prescribe on an individual basis to the residents of local government units (LGUs). And these doctors will not lose their medical licenses.
Citizens also can now contact, via phone or email, doctors open to the use of Ivermectin even if these doctors do not reside in the same geographic area. These doctors can prescribe the use of Ivermectin digitally and send the medicine via courier.
Duque Allows Use Of Ivermectin By Doctors? Not Quite…
Did Filipino Secretary of Health, Francisco Tiongson Duque III, really say that he now allows the use of ivermectin by doctors in the Philippines? Not quite…
I looked into Nicanor’s article a little closer and watched the 9 June 2021 video on the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability public hearing (HR 1711).
Unfortunately, I do not understand Tagalog, so I cannot verify whether Secretary Duque did indeed say that he had “no problem with doctors who want to use ivermectin”.
However, there are still a few facts we can readily ascertain…
Fact #1 : Secretary Duque Did Not Announce Any New Policy
Nicanor Perlas claimed that Secretary Duque announced a new policy. But that’s not really true.
“the net result of this new policy is that the use of Ivermectin is now allowed on a large scale“
Secretary Duque did not announce any new policy, and how do we know that?
If you hover over note , you will see that he came up with that himself!
This is indeed a new policy on the use of Ivermectin because Duque made these statements before a public Congressional hearing. If Duque later retreats from this statement, then he would be guilty of an illegal act called perjury.
At around 3:21:15, Secretary Duque said, “We will make the reiteration that the use of ivermectin prescribed by a physician where it is clear to the physician and to the patient that there is an indication for prescribing ivermectin“.
“There is CSP (Compassionate Special Permit) and compounding authorisation for licensed pharmacists to compound the ivermectin preparation.”
You can only reiterate something that is already in effect. Hence, it is merely a clarification of an existing policy.
And right after that, Congresswoman Bernadette Herrera-Dy asked Secretary Duque to look into the DEU or EUA of ivermectin.
That would not be necessary if Secretary Duque agreed to allow the free use of ivermectin against COVID-19.
Fact #2 : Special FDA Permit For Ivermectin Use
Nicanor Perlas claimed that Secretary Duque “affirmed that doctors have the freedom to prescribe Ivermectin as they wish“.
He also said that “These doctors can prescribe the use of Ivermectin digitally and send the medicine via courier.”
That does not appear to be true.
At around minute 48 of the video, Secretary Duque explained that hospitals who want to use ivermectin for their COVID-19 patients can apply for a special permit from the FDA.
At around minute 58, he repeats that those who want to use ivermectin against COVID-19 can apply for the Compassionate [Use] special permit.
Fact #3 : Ivermectin Not Been Proven To Work Against COVID-19
Nicanor Perlas claimed that “ivermectin is a drug that scientists and doctors have found to be very effective and safe for the early treatment of COVID-19“.
There is simply no compelling evidence of such a claim.
The latest ivermectin study that was published in The Lancet showed NO DIFFERENCE in clinical outcomes, even though they used TRIPLE the dose recommended by the FLCCC.
And this February 2021 study that was published in The Lancet showed that ivermectin did NOT reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
FLCCC remains the only group promoting the use of ivermectin against COVID-19.
Fact #4 : FLCCC Protocol Doesn’t Use Ivermectin Much
Despite FLCCC’s promotion of ivermectin, it doesn’t actually figure much in their I-MASK+ protocol.
For prophylaxis, ivermectin is only taken once every 4 weeks! Even if you were exposed, you only take ivermectin for two days!
Did Dr. Joey Avila MD die from COVID-19 after receiving his second dose of the Sinovac vaccine?
Find out what’s this new viral warning, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Dr. Joey Avila Died From COVID-19 After Sinovac Dose 2!
This post about Dr. Joey Avila dying from COVID-19 after receiving his second dose of the Sinovac vaccine has gone viral on social media.
Post from Makati Medical Center.
We lost our chief of pathology, Dr Joey Avila, in MMC to COVID. He had received his 2nd Sinovac, then got COVID within about a week of his 2nd dose.
Reasons for people getting infected even after taking two doses of the corona vaccine: The second dose is to be taken 21/28 days after the first dose of the corona vaccine. The vaccine starts to form antibodies immediately after entering the body. When antibodies are forming in our body, our immunity decreases a lot. When we take the second dose of the vaccine after the 21/28 days, our immunity decreases even more. 14 days after the second dose, when the antibodies are completely formed in our body, our immunity starts to grow rapidly. During this one and a half month, due to low immunity, the chances of the corona virus entering our body are very high. It is due to an exposure to the virus at this vulnerable time that a person gets infected.Hence, it is very risky to get out of the house during this month and a half. Even after taking two doses of the vaccine, you can become a victim of Corona. After one and a half months, the immunity in the body rises by 100 to 200 times, after which you are safe. Need to be careful and safe for one and a half months from the first dose.
That’s why Make sure to wear a mask Get out of the house only if necessary.
NO! Dr. Joey Avila Did NOT Die From COVID-19 After Sinovac Dose 2!
This viral message is an evolution of an earlier viral message on social media, just “upgraded” with a section on Dr. Joey Avila dying from COVID-19 after receiving his second Sinovac vaccine dose.
Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.
Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!
Fact #1 : Dr. Joey Avila Died From COVID-19
Dr. Jose “Joey” Maria Avila, MD – the Chief of Pathology at Makati Medical Center – died from COVID-19 on 20 April 2021.
Fact #2 : Dr. Joey Avila Only Had One Dose
Dr. Saturnino P. Javier, the Medical Director of Makati Medical Center, refuted the claim that Dr. Joey Avila was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Sinovac vaccine.
He stated that Dr. Avila only received ONE dose of a vaccine, whose brand cannot be disclosed.
It could be either the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccine – both of which were rolled out in March 2021. But it certainly isn’t Pfizer because that only rolled out in May 2021.
Fact #3 : Dose Intervals Depends On Vaccine
The dose interval very much depends on the vaccine, and other factors :
Vaccine breakthrough infections can be greatly reduced once herd immunity is established. In the interim, you can protect yourself by continuing to wear face masks, maintain physical distancing, and keep your hands clean.
Fact #8 : Vaccine Will Not Give Your Immune System Superpowers
The claim that your immune system is boosted by 100 to 200 times is nonsensical.
The COVID-19 vaccine does not boost your immune system. It only teaches your immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so it can learn to defeat it before the real virus attacks.
As your body has never encountered the SARS-CoV-2 virus before, it has ZERO immunity against this novel coronavirus.
As any math teacher can tell you – you cannot divide by zero, therefore any comparison is nonsensical.
What happens after you are fully vaccinated is that your immune system has learned how to fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
It does not derive any superpower from the vaccine, it just knows how to make antibodies to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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