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Did Malaysia PM Refer To Queen Elizabeth II As Male?

Did Malaysia PM Refer To Queen Elizabeth II As Male?

Did Prime Minister of Malaysia Ismail Sabri Yaakob refer to Queen Elizabeth II as male in his formal condolences?!

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

 

Claim : Malaysia PM Referred To Queen Elizabeth II As Male!

People are sharing a screenshot of a Facebook post by Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, in which he apparently referred to her as “male”.

The person who created it highlighted portions of the official statement in which the Prime Minister apparently referred to her Majesty as “male”.

His Majesty who is also the longest-serving ruler in the history of the world is known for his dedicated nature in protecting the welfare of his people.

His service in maintaining the good relationship of the United Kingdom and countries around the world including
Malaysia is always remembered and appreciated.

I hope His Royal family and the people continue to be strong in facing this challenge.

 

Truth : Malaysia PM Did NOT Refer To Queen Elizabeth II As Male!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, is known for his poor command of the English language. So it is not surprising to see Malaysian netizens poke fun at him for that.

However, this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Official statements, especially on matters of great import, would certainly be vetted by government officials before they are posted.

It would have been a major faux pas if Ismail Sabri wrote and posted his own message without first getting it vetted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is after all, official communication from one government to another.

And so, when Ismail Sabri posted the message, it came in two versions – Bahasa Melayu (Malay) and in English:

Bagi pihak Kerajaan Malaysia, saya merakamkan ucapan takziah kepada Kerajaan dan rakyat United Kingdom berikutan kemangkatan Ratu Elizabeth II.

Legasi pemerintahan Baginda Ratu Elizabeth II akan terus dikenang. Baginda akan selalu dihormati atas komitmen yang tidak berbelah bahagi ke atas Komanwel, dan sumbangan berterusan Baginda dalam usaha mengukuhkan hubungan dua hala antara United Kingdom dan Malaysia.

Doa kami sentiasa bersama rakyat United Kingdom dalam menempuhi waktu sukar ini. Semoga roh Baginda bersemadi dengan tenang.

——

On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, I offer my deepest condolences to the Government and people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will always be remembered for her selfless devotion to her service. She will be respected dearly for her unwavering commitment to the Commonwealth and her contribution in efforts to strengthen bilateral ties between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved people of the United Kingdom during this time of mourning and sorrow. May Her Majesty’s soul rest in peace.

The person who created the fake news intentionally used Facebook’s machine translation feature to automatically translate the Bahasa Melayu version into English, even though there is already an official English version of the message.

Because Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is gender neutral and does not differentiate between he or she, the machine translation automatically defaults to the male pronoun – he / his / him, except where it refers to the Queen specifically.

Hence, the viral screenshot is genuine, but it does not show the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, referring to Queen Elizabeth as male. It only shows the limit of machine translation.

In the screenshot, you can also see Malay > English at the top of the translation – yet more proof that this was translated from Bahasa Melayu (Malay).

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Did Kajang Prison Warden Invite Najib To His Home?!

Did the Kajang prison warden invite Najib Razak to his home, after he was convicted and jailed?!

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

 

Claim : Kajang Prison Warden Invited Najib Razak To His Home!

People are sharing a video that purportedly shows the Kajang prison warden showing former Prime Minister Najib Razak around his home, even though he was supposed to be in jail!

😡 Najib is seen in the house of the Prison Warden ,This Is Breaking The SOP, Najib Is Been treated as a VIP, Najib Is wearing Silk Baju, The warden should be sack & put in Jail ,Money is King,

 

Truth : Kajang Prison Warden Did NOT Invite Najib Razak To His Home!

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

Fact #1 : That Is Not The Kajang Prison Warden

The only person that I can visually identify is former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is seen wearing a peach coloured Baju Melayu.

The person showing him around the house is not the Kajang prison warden, but a Felda settler called Ithnin Abdullah.

That is actually a homestay that Ithnin Abdullah owns, and is not the home of the Kajang prison warden.

Fact #2 : The Video Was Posted On 17 June 2022

The video was originally posted on TikTok on 17 June 2022 – more than 2 months before Najib Razak was jailed 12 years for corruption.

You can also see the name of the original poster in the viral video – @DatoNajibRazakFan. This was the description of the original TikTok video (with my English translation) :

Cantik rumah homestay ni. Milik seorang peneroka Felda Kledang, Ithnin Abdullah.Ada disimpan gambar-gambar kenangan bersama saya juga. Ya, dahulu banyak meluangkan masa dengan peneroka.Felda ini peninggalan legasi arwah ayahanda.Saya hanya mahukan yang terbaik bukan sahaja buat generasi pertama atau kedua Felda, tetapi untuk generasi-generasi akan datang juga.

It belongs to a Kledang Felda settler, Ithnin Abdullah. There are pictures of me as well. Yes, I used to spend a lot of time with the settlers. Felda is a legacy of my late father. I only want the best not only for the first or second generation of Felda settlers, but for future generations as well.

Fact #3 : Najib Razak Only Allowed To Go To Hospital / Court

Najib Razak started serving his 12-year prison sentence on 23 August 2022. Since then, he has only been allowed to leave the Kajang prison only to go to the hospital, or to court.

On August 25 and 26, 2022, he was brought out of prison to attend two ongoing criminal trials :

  • Aug. 25 : Misappropriate of RM 2.28 billion from 1MDB
  • Aug. 26 : Tampering of the Auditor-General’s audit report on 1MDB

On September 4, 2022, he was admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur, allegedly for intestinal bleeding.

On September 5, 2022, he returned to the High Court to continue with the main 1MDB trial.

 

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Is Najib Razak Staying In This Swanky Prison?!

Is former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak staying in a swanky prison, after his conviction for corruption in the 1MDB financial scandal?!

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

 

Claim : Najib Razak Is Staying In This Swanky Prison!

People are sharing a viral photo, and posts, claiming that former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is staying in a swanky prison, after his conviction for corruption in the 1MDB financial scandal.

Here are a few examples of the posts that normally accompanies the viral photo (with our English translation where necessary):

PENJARA UNTUK VIP.
Penjara atau bilik tahanan untuk VIP tak sama seperti bilik banduan biasa.
Jangan terkejut , Bilik penjara VIP mungkin aksesnya lebih hebat berbanding rumah orang awam.
Diberi tv , internet , buku , aircond dan katil tilam berkualiti tinggi.

PRISON FOR VIP
Prison or holding room for VIP is not the same as the standard prison room.
Don’t be shocked. VIP prison room may have better facilities than a common person’s house.
Includes TV, Internet, book, air-conditioning and high-quality bed and mattress.

Najib isn’t in a cell. A good friend whose cousin is a senior prison officer at Kajang said Najib is given a house within the prison grounds.

These houses are meant for senior prison officers.

 

Claim : Najib Razak Is Staying In This Swanky Prison!

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

Fact #1 : Prison Quarters Are Not Within Prison Compound

Malaysian prisons have staff quarters on campus for junior officers, but senior officers generally live off-campus.

Even so, the prison staff quarters are not located within the prison compound, but in a separate area some distance away.

This satellite map shows you just how far the Kajang Prison quarters are from the main prison complex.

It is therefore impossible for the Kajang Prison to allocate one of these quarters for Najib Razak’s use.

Fact #2 : Viral Photo Was Of Swiss Prison

The viral photo of the swanky prison room that was allegedly arranged for Najib Razak was actually taken in 2011.

It does not show any prison cell or accommodation in the Kajang Prison. It is a photo of a 3-inmate cell at the Champ-Dollon Prison in Switzerland.

The Champ-Dollon Prison was notorious for overcrowding, so the Swiss government refurbished the cells to make them more spacious. The new prison cells now accommodate 3 prisoners, and even comes with an attached bathroom!

This photo was taken by the Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA when the newly refurbished rooms were unveiled in July 2011.

The official caption for this photo is in French, but translates to “View of a cell for three inmates during new annex’s inaguration on July 25, 2011, in Thonex, near Geneva“.

Fact #3 : Malaysia Prisons Department Refutes Claims

On 24 August 2022, the Malaysia Prisons Department (Jabatan Penjara Malaysia) refuted the viral claims and photo, and again on 7 September 2022.

It also stated that Najib Razak will not be accorded any special treatment, and stressed that all prisoners will be treated the same.

Fact #4 : Najib Razak Already Had Some Preferential Treatment

Najib Razak was already shown some preferential treatment by being taken to the Kajang Prison in a Volvo SUV, with a rather large police escort.

However, there is really no evidence (yet) that he received any preferential treatment inside the Kajang Prison.

Many netizens are calling for the Malaysia Prisons Department to post photos of Najib Razak’s prison cell to assure them that he is not getting preferential treatment. However, that is unlikely to happen.

 

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Malaysia : Pay Hike + Cash For Civil Servants In 2023!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia just announced a special pay hike and cash aid for civil servants and retirees in 2023!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : Pay Hike + Cash For Civil Servants In 2023!

On 30 August 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, announced a special pay hike, as well as cash aid, for civil servants and retirees in 2023.

The package of special pay hikes and cash aid will consist of:

  • extra RM 100 pay hike for Grades 11 to 59, in addition to the basic annual pay raise.
    For example, the annual pay raise for a Grade 11 civil servant is RM 80. That civil servant will now receive RM 100 + RM 80 = RM 180.
  • RM 700 cash aid for Grades 56 and below.
  • RM 350 cash aid for government retirees and veterans without pension.

These special pay hikes and cash aid will be paid out in January 2023, the Prime Minister announced at the 18th Civil Service Premier Gathering (MAPPA XVIII).

The special pay hike alone will cover 1.28 million civil servants, and cost the Malaysian government and taxpayers RM 1.5 billion (about US$334.5 million).

 

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Did Kelantan Palace Ban Malaysia Chief Justice + Husband?!

Did the Kelantan palace ban Malaysia Chief Justice Tengku Maimun and her husband after she ruled to uphold the guilty verdict on former Prime Minister Najib Razak?

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

 

Claim : Kelantan Palace Banned Malaysia Chief Justice + Her Husband!

An online portal went viral after claiming that Malaysia Chief Justice Tengku Maimun binti Tuan Mat and her husband are both banned from the Kelantan Palace, after she (and four other justices) ruled to uphold the guilty verdict on former Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The online portal also said that even though Chief Justice Tengku Maimun hailed from Kelantan, the Sultan of Kelantan Muhammad V refuses to meet with her or her husband, insinuating that he is displeased with her verdict.

That online portal also claimed that two other persons were similarly blacklisted from the Kelantan Palace, including a politician who is now a government minister.

 

Truth : Kelantan Palace Did Not Ban Malaysia Chief Justice + Her Husband!

This appears to be FAKE NEWS created by that online portal to increase page views by generating controversy, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : There Is No Such Ban, Officially

We do not know how the Sultan of Kelantan feels about former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s guilty verdict being upheld (again).

However, the Kelantan Palace has never announced such a ban, so officially, there is no such ban.

Fact #2 : Kelantan Palace Refuted The Claim As False

On 26 August 2022, the Kelantan Royal Household Comptroller, Datuk Nik Mohd Shafriman Nik Hassan issued an official statement refuting the claim as false.

Here is their official statement in Bahasa Melayu, and our translation in English :

26 Ogos 2022 – Istana Kelantan dengan tegas menyangkal dakwaan sebuah portal yang mengatakan bahawa Ketua Hakim Negara, Yang Amat Arif Tun Tengku Maimun binti Tuan Mat dan suami dilarang ke Istana Kelantan. Kenyataan ini adalah sama sekali tidak benar dan tidak berasas. Tidak pernah ada larangan seperti yang didakwa dikeluarkan oleh Istana Kelantan.

Istana Kelantan memandang serius tohmahan berupa fitnah seperti ini dan menyarankan agar pengamal media merujuk kepada Istana terlebih dahulu mengenai kesahihan apa-apa berita sebelum disiarkan bag mengelak dari mengelirukan masyarakat.

Pihak Istana aka mempertimbangkan untuk mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap portal berkenaan sekiranya fitnah tidak berasas ini berlarutan.

26 August 2022 – The Kelantan Palace firmly refutes the claim of a portal that claimed that the Chief Justice, The Most Learned Tun Tengku Maimun binti Tuan Mat and her husband are banned from the Kelantan Palace. This statement is completely untrue and baseless. No such ban as allegedly has been issued by the Kelantan Palace.

The Kelantan Palace takes this kind of slanderous accusation seriously and urges media practitioners to refer to the Palace beforehand on the veracity of any news before publishing to avoid causing public confusion.

The Palace will consider taking legal action against the portal if this baseless slander continues.

Fact #3 : Entry To Kelantan Palace By Invitation Only

The Kelantan Palace is both a royal institution and a private residence, not a public venue. Therefore, there is really no need to institute a ban.

Technically, everyone is “banned” from entering the Kelantan Palace, except for those who are invited in, or allowed to enter on official business.

Even though Chief Justice Tengku Maimun is from Kelantan, she has no reason to go to the Kelantan Palace unless she receives an invitation by the Sultan of Kelantan.

Just like how you only invite people you want to your own home, the Kelantan Palace does not need to ban anyone. It only needs to invite people it wants.

Fact #4 : This Is Just Fake News To Drive Traffic

This is yet another example of fake news created by online blogs and portals to drive traffic and increase page views for ad money.

Here are examples of other “viral” fake news that we debunked earlier:

Please be wary when you read viral celebrity news like this. Be sure to check if they are real before sharing!

 

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Did Interpol Order Arrest Of Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, Klaus Schwab?!

Did Interpol just issue arrest warrants for Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau and Klaus Schwab?!

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

 

Claim : Interpol Ordered Arrest Of Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, Klaus Schwab!

Vancouver Times just posted a story claiming that Interpol has issued arrest warrants for Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau and Klaus Schwab for crimes against humanity, and genocide!

It’s a long post, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Arrest warrants issued for Justin Trudeau, Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab

Interpol has issued arrest warrants for several people involved in the “plandemic.”

Justin Trudeau, Bill Gates, and Klaus Schwab all face international arrest warrants for crimes against humanity and genocide. If convicted, they could face the death penalty.

Read more : Was WHO DG Dr. Tedros Just Arrested By Interpol?!

 

Truth : Interpol Did Not Order Arrest Of Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau Or Klaus Schwab!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by Vancouver Times to generate page views and money from gullible people.

Fact #1 : Vancouver Times Is A Fake News Website

Vancouver Times is a “content aggregator” (copy and paste) website that is known for creating fake news to generate more page views and money.

To look legitimate, they copy and paste news from legitimate news organisations. To drive traffic, they create fake news, sometimes masked as “satire”.

To give themselves a veneer of deniability, they label themselves as a “satire website” in their About Us section.

Vancouver Times is the most trusted source for satire on the West Coast. We write satirical stories about issues that affect conservatives.

Here are some of their fake news that we debunked :

Fact #2 : Interpol Did Not Issue Arrest Warrants For Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, Klaus Schwab

Just in case you are wondering, INTERPOL did not even issue any arrest warrant for Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau or Klaus Schwab.

To convince you that it’s genuine, Vancouver Times linked “international arrest warrants” to the INTERPOL news page.

But if you check the INTERPOL news page, you will realise that they did not announce the “international arrest warrants” for Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau or Klaus Schwab.

Read more : Was Bill Gates Arrested For Crimes Against Humanity?

Fact #3 : INTERPOL Has No Jurisdiction In Any Country

INTERPOL is an international organisation that facilitates police cooperation between different countries.

It acts as a liaison between police organisations, and does NOT have any jurisdiction in any country.

INTERPOL does NOT the power to arrest or charge anyone of any crime in any country around the world.

Investigation, arrest and prosecution of any crime is conducted by the individual country’s police force, not INTERPOL.

Fact #4 : There Is No Death Penalty In The Netherlands

Even if all three of them were arrested and charged with crimes against humanity and genocide at The Hague in the Netherlands, they would not face capital punishment.

The Netherlands abolished the death penalty completely in 1983, with all references removed from Dutch law in 1991.

Regardless of whatever charge anyone may face at The Hague, there is no risk of death by hanging or firing squad upon conviction. That was just bullshit made up by Vancouver Times.

Fact #5 : Bill Gates + Klaus Schwab Were “Arrested” Before

To bait conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccination activists into sharing their fake news, Vancouver Times falsely claimed that both Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab were arrested.

They were both falsely claimed to have been arrested last year, by the infamous Conservative Beaver – a fake news website like Vancouver Times.

There are so many similarities between Conservative Beaver and Vancouver Times that it is possible that they were created by the same people.

Fact #6 : Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus Was Not Arrested For Genocide

Vancouver Times made up the fake story that INTERPOL arrested Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus for crimes against humanity.

That never happened. They only created that story to drive traffic to their website, which must not be doing well despite their prolific copying and pasting of other people’s articles.

Read more : Was WHO DG Dr. Tedros Just Arrested By Interpol?!

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

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

Fact #8 : There Is No Plandemic

To bait anti-vaccination activists into sharing their fake story, Vancouver Times used their favourite term – plandemic.

There is no such thing as a plandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic was not part of some nefarious scheme to bankrupt the world to bring the West under communism.

More than 2.5 years after the COVID-19 pandemic started, the world isn’t bankrupt, and the West is no closer to becoming communist.

Read more : Plandemic 3 To Prove Satan’s Hand In COVID-19 Vaccines!

Fact #9 : There Is No Such Thing As A Publication Ban

Vancouver Times likes to use the “media blackout” claim, to explain why you can’t find any reputable media outlet reporting on INTERPOL issuing arrest warrants against Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau or Klaus Schwab.

That’s utter and complete bullshit. No one – not a judge, not even the American, Canadian, Swiss and Dutch governments – can control the worldwide media, or prevent anyone from writing about their arrest warrants.

You can also be sure that even if the mainstream media refused to run the story, it would have been reported by many other websites and bloggers.

Yet, not a single blogger or online website published their account of this incredible story? That’s because IT NEVER HAPPENED…

Fact #10 : Mainstream Media + Big Tech Would Have Loved The Hype

Vancouver Times is gaslighting you about how mainstream media and Big Tech want to hide the “truth” about INTERPOL’s arrest warrants against Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau and Klaus Schwab.

They would all loved such shocking news, because it would have driven tons of traffic and engagement to their websites / platforms.

In fact, that was precisely why Vancouver Times created the fake story – to drive traffic, for the ad money.

Everything that Vancouver Times publishes should be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

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Is Interpol Investigating Justin Trudeau For Genocide?!

Is Interpol investigating Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for crimes against humanity, and genocide?!

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

 

Claim : Interpol Is Investigating Justin Trudeau For Genocide!

Vancouver Times followed up with their Dr. Tedros arrest story, with a story claiming that Interpol is now investigating Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for crimes against humanity and genocide!

It’s a long post, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, may be facing charges of crimes against humanity and genocide, according to several members of Interpol. Trudeau faces the death penalty if charged and convicted. Agents from Interpol confirmed these details with the Vancouver Times during an exclusive interview. One agent described the evidence against Trudeau as “overwhelming.”

Read more : Was WHO DG Dr. Tedros Just Arrested By Interpol?!

 

Truth : Interpol Is Not Investigating Justin Trudeau For Genocide!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by Vancouver Times to generate page views and money from gullible people.

Fact #1 : Vancouver Times Is A Fake News Website

Vancouver Times is a “content aggregator” (copy and paste) website that is known for creating fake news to generate more page views and money.

To look legitimate, they copy and paste news from legitimate news organisations. To drive traffic, they create fake news, sometimes masked as “satire”.

To give themselves a veneer of deniability, they label themselves as a “satire website” in their About Us section.

Vancouver Times is the most trusted source for satire on the West Coast. We write satirical stories about issues that affect conservatives.

Here are some of their fake news that we debunked :

Fact #2 : Interpol Is Not Investigating Justin Trudeau

Just in case you are wondering, INTERPOL is not investigating Justin Trudeau. And no, Vancouver Times did not score an exclusive interview with Interpol agents.

INTERPOL would never discuss an active case with the media, and certainly not a copy + paste website like Vancouver Times.

And if Vancouver Times did somehow score an “exclusive interview” with multiple INTERPOL agents, they did not reveal any evidence beyond claiming that it is “overwhelming”.

The only thing overwhelming is the amount of bullshit in their fake news articles, as usual.

Read more : Was Bill Gates arrested for crimes against humanity?!

Fact #3 : INTERPOL Has No Jurisdiction In Any Country

INTERPOL is an international organisation that facilitates police cooperation between different countries.

It acts as a liaison between police organisations, and does NOT have any jurisdiction in any country.

INTERPOL does NOT the power to arrest or charge anyone of any crime in any country around the world.

Investigation, arrest and prosecution of any crime is conducted by the individual country’s police force, not INTERPOL.

Fact #4 : There Is No Death Penalty In Canada

Canada abolished the death penalty for most capital offences in 1976, and the remaining capital offences on September 1, 1999.

So Justin Trudeau most definitely does NOT face the death penalty, regardless of whatever crime he is accused of.

Fact #5 : Bill Gates + Klaus Schwab Arrests Were “Arrested” Before

To bait conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccination activists into sharing their fake news, Vancouver Times falsely claimed that both Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab are also under investigation, and could soon be arrested.

They were both falsely claimed to have been arrested last year, by the infamous Conservative Beaver.

There are so many similarities between Conservative Beaver and Vancouver Times that it is possible that they were created by the same people.

Fact #6 : Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus Was Not Arrested For Genocide

Vancouver Times made up the fake story that INTERPOL arrested Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus for crimes against humanity.

That never happened. They only created that story to drive traffic to their website, which must not be doing well despite their prolific copying and pasting of other people’s articles.

Fact #7 : There Is No Vaccine Mandate In Canada

Vancouver Times also used the typical false claim used by anti-vaccination activists that the Canadian government is forcing people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

That’s categorically false – there is no vaccine mandate in Canada. So Justin Trudeau isn’t “under fire” for turning Canada into “a dictatorship”. Neither did he force “millions of Canadians” to get vaccinated.

Read more : Did US Supreme Court just cancel universal vaccination?!

Fact #8 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are Not Experimental

To bait anti-vaccination activists into sharing their fake story, Vancouver Times used their favourite claim – that COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and dangerous.

COVID-19 vaccines are no longer experimental, after they receive either an emergency use authorisation or full approval from a health authority like the US FDA or EMA.

That only happens if they successfully complete their Phase 3 trials, and undergo a stringent review process. So it is not possible to use an experimental vaccine for mass vaccination.

I should also point out that the Pfizer vaccine received its full FDA approval on 23 August 2021, while the Moderna vaccine received its full FDA Approval on 31 January 2022.

So none of those COVID-19 vaccines are experimental. They have all passed their clinical tests, and have been  fully approved.

Fact #9 : There Is No Such Thing As A Publication Ban

Vancouver Times likes to use the “media blackout” claim, to explain why you can’t find any reputable media outlet reporting on INTERPOL’s investigation of Justin Trudeau.

That’s utter and complete bullshit. No one – not a judge, not even the Canadian government – can control the worldwide media, or prevent anyone from writing about his arrest.

You can also be sure that even if the mainstream media refused to run the story, it would have been reported by many other websites and bloggers.

Yet, not a single blogger or online website published their account of this incredible story? That’s because IT NEVER HAPPENED…

Fact #10 : Mainstream Media + Big Tech Would Have Loved The Hype

Vancouver Times is gaslighting you about how mainstream media and Big Tech want to hide the “truth” about INTERPOL’s (non-existent) investigation of Justin Trudeau.

They would all loved such shocking news, because it would have driven tons of traffic and engagement to their websites / platforms.

In fact, that was precisely why Vancouver Times created the fake story – to drive traffic, for the ad money.

Everything that Vancouver Times publishes should be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

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Did Dutch Gov Close Farms To Fight Climate Change?!

Did the Dutch government just close thousands of farms and cattle ranches to fight climate change?!

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

 

Claim : Dutch Government Closed Farms To Fight Climate Change!

People have been sharing videos of angry farmers blocking roads with their tractors, claiming that they are protesting the closure of farms and cattle ranchers by the Dutch government.

Such videos are now being spread in pro-CCP groups as “evidence” of corrupt Western governments, or how Western governments oppress the common people.

28 June 2022
As the Dutch government closed dozens of farms and cattle ranches to reduce nitrogen by 30%.
Angry and hungry farmers blocked the roads nationwide
Corrupt Dutch govt trying to artificially create food shortage.

Following politicians’ decision to close dozens of farms and cattle ranches to reduce nitrogen to comply with absurd EU rules on nitrogen pollution, angry Dutch farmers have issued an ultimatum and are threatening to block the country’s airports, ports and distribution centers.

The Dutch government wants to close 17,000 farms out of 50,000 by 2030 to reduce Nitrogen emissions. Their “leaders” have bought into the climate change hysteria during a time of impending global food shortages. These bozos have a few screws missing.

 

Truth : Dutch Government Did NOT Close Farms To Fight Climate Change!

These posts appear to be an intentional “misunderstanding” of the facts surrounding these Dutch farmers’ protests.

These protests have been covered extensively, and so have the Dutch government’s proposal. So it seems incredulous that people would continue to lie about this issue.

Fact #1 : Dutch Government Did NOT Close Any Farm / Cattle Ranch

Let’s start with the most basic fact – the Dutch government did not close any farm or cattle ranch. This is complete and utter nonsense.

There are no laws in the Netherlands that would permit the Dutch government to forcibly take over, or shut down, any farm or cattle ranch.

This kind of blatant lie can only perpetuate in the minds of conspiracy nutcases, and Chinese netizens because only authoritarian governments (like the CCP in China) are capable of such actions.

Seizing and closing farms and cattle ranch may be possible for the government in China, but not in the Netherlands.

In fact, the Dutch government has offered BUY OUT (not close) farms near nature reserves.

Fact #2 : Dutch Farmers Have Been Protesting Since 2019!

What many of these “concerned netizens” (intentionally?) do not tell you is that Dutch farmers have been protesting against such climate change laws since 2019.

Dutch farmers protest in October 2019

Fact #3 : The Government Was Complying With A Court Order

This issue actually started way back in May 2019, the Dutch Administrative Court of the Council of State (the highest administrative body in the Netherlands) ruled that the Dutch government breached EU rules on protecting nature reserves from ammonia and nitrous oxide.

The Dutch Administrative Court suspended permits for all construction projects that pollute the atmosphere with nitrogen compounds, stalling the building of new homes, roads and airport runways… as well as the expansion of dairy, pig and poultry farms.

Fact #4 : Dutch Government Tried Other Measures First

To comply with the court order, the Dutch government tried other measures first.

For example, in 2020, they cut the maximum speed limit on roads in the Netherlands from 130 km/h to just 100 km/h for most of the day, to reduce nitrous oxide emissions.

The government also allocated more money to help farmers reduce emissions from pigs, and changed the composition of animal feed.

Fact #5 : Dutch Farms Produce A Lot Of Pollution

The problem is partly caused by Dutch farmers themselves. Their farms are highly concentrated, with four times more animal biomass per hectare than the EU average.

Dutch agriculture is responsible for 40% of the nitrogen pollution in the Netherlands. The entire construction sector, for example, is only responsible for 0.6% of nitrogen emissions.

Thanks to its large livestock sector, and intensive use of fertiliser, the Netherlands – the world’s second-largest agricultural exporter – is also one of the top greenhouse gas emitters in Europe.

Fact #6 : Only Farms Near Nature Reserves Are In Danger

Depending on their proximity to nature reserves (Natura-2000 areas), Dutch farms will have to reduce their nitrogen emissions by 12% to 70%.

Those located in or close to the Natura-2000 areas will be particularly hard-hit by the new nitrogen limits :

  • 40% of the nitrogen sensitive Natura-2000 areas must be below the critical deposition value (< 255 mole per hectare) in 2025,
  • 50% of the nitrogen sensitive Natura-2000 areas must be below the critical deposition value in 2030, and
  • 74% of the nitrogen sensitive Natura-2000 areas must be below the critical deposition value in 2035.

Fact #7 : Provincial Government To Formulate Emission Reduction Plan

While the Dutch government came up with the plan to reduce nitrogen emissions to meet EU requirements, it is up to the Dutch provinces to develop the necessary measures to hit those targets.

Provincial governments have a year to formulate their own plans, to meet the pollution reduction targets.

Fact #8 : This Is Part Of EU Natura 2000 Conservation Efforts

This isn’t just a Dutch issue, it is actually part of the EU effort to protect the Natura 2000 network of vulnerable and endangered plant and animal habitats.

The Natura 2000 sites cover some 18% of the European Union land area, and 8% of its marine territory.

Fact #9 : Dutch Government Is Financing Agricultural Reforms

To help farmers meet those targets, the Dutch government has earmarked an extra €24.3 billion (about US$25.6 billion) to finance agricultural reforms and their existing buy-out programs.

Farmers who accept the government buy-out program can still open a new farm at a less sensitive location, as long as they substantially reduce nitrogen emissions.

Fact #10 : Protests Are ALLOWED In Real Democracies

What Chinese netizens may not be aware is that protests are not only common, they are allowed in real democracies.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, for example, defended the farmers’ right to protest, but reminded them not to break the law :

Freedom of speech and the right to demonstrate are a vital part of our democratic society, and I will always defend them.

But … it is not acceptable to create dangerous situations, it is not acceptable to intimidate officials, we will never accept that.

With the exception of a few farmers setting bales of hay on fire outside town halls and near roads, and attacking police officers, the majority of farmers have protested the proposed plan peacefully.

So what the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP netizens are deriding as chaos, is really just people expressing their real freedom of speech, which includes the right to protest. Try that in China, and see what that gets you.

 

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Malaysia Cancels Chicken Price Float, Maintains Water + Power Rates!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia just cancelled the floating of chicken price, and maintained water and electricity power rates!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Earlier : Malaysia Removes Price Control + Subsidy For Chicken!

On 21 June 2022, Malaysia’s Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi, announced that price control for chicken and chicken eggs, as well as subsidies for palm oil used for cooking will be removed.

From 1 July 2022 onwards, the price of chicken was supposed to be floated, and would depend on market forces. The price of chicken was expected to increase from RM8.90 per kg currently, to about RM11.90 per kg, once its price was floated.

The government needed to remove the price control on chickens because they would stop giving subsidies to poultry farmers on 1 July 2022 as well.

Read more : Malaysia Removes Price Control, Subsidy For Chicken, Eggs, Cooking Oil!

 

Now : Malaysia Cancels Chicken Price Float, Maintains Water + Power Rates!

Just 3 days later, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced a U-turn on removing price control on chickens.

At 5:45 PM on 24 June 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Ismail Sabri announced that the government has cancelled the floating of chicken price, and will continue to impose a price ceiling.

However, this does not mean the chicken price will remain at its current ceiling prices of :

  • Standard whole chicken : RM 8.90 per kg
  • Super whole chicken (without legs, head, liver and gizzard) : RM 9.90 per kg

According to his official statement, the government will announce the new ceiling price for chicken later.

He also announced that the government has decided to maintain the current water and electricity tariffs in Peninsular Malaysia, by continuing to provide subsidies worth approximately RM 5.8 billion.

  • Domestic users : A rebate of 2 sen per kW-hour will be maintained, with no surcharge.
  • Commercial and industrial users : A surcharge of 3.70 sen per kW-hour will be maintained.

This is good news for domestic users, but not so good news for commercial and industrial users who have to put up with the surcharge.

 

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All Rapid KL + KTM Rides Are FREE For 1 Month!

All Rapid KL and KTM train and bus rides are now FREE for a whole month! Here is what you need to know!

 

All Rapid KL + KTM Rides Are FREE For 1 Month!

On 16 June 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob officially launched the opening of Phase 1 of the MRT Putrajaya Line.

In conjunction with that launch, he announced that all Rapid KL train and bus rides will be free of charge for a month, starting today.

KTM Komuter rides in the Klang Valley will also be free for an entire month, starting today.

I hope that Malaysians will take this opportunity to try these public transportation services, parking their vehicles at Park n Ride facilities.

From 16 June to 15 July 2022, you will be able to ride for free at all MRT, LRT, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), monorail or Rapid KL bus services, as well as KTM Komuter rides in the Klang Valley.

These free rides are subsidised by the Malaysian government, to the tune of RM155 million – RM140 million will go to Rapid KL, while KTM will receive RM15 million.

The MRT Putrajaya Line, which is being developed in two phases, will serve about two million residents in the Klang Valley when it’s fully completed, running from Kwasa Damansara all the way to Putrajaya.

Phase 2 of the MRT Putrajaya line will pass through key areas in the KL city centre, with stations in Titiwangsa, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Ampang Park and the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX).

There will be 36 stations in total, including nine underground stations. But MRT Corp. plans to add another four stations to improve access to the MRT Putrajaya line.

The new Putrajaya is projected is expected to serve over 104,000 users a day when it’s fully completed. Hopefully, that will greatly alleviate traffic congestion in Kuala Lumpur.

 

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This Viral Photo Of Luxembourg PM + His Wife Is FAKE!

The viral photo of the Luxembourg Prime Minister and his wife is FAKE!

Here is what you need to know about that viral photo!

 

Claim : This Is Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel + His Wife!

People have been sharing this viral photo since 2019, but it is going viral again in pro-Russia and pro-CCP groups.

Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel arriving for a function with his wife,Gauthier Destenay.

卢森堡总理和他妖艳的妻子,留着胡子穿 着鱼尾裙,很fashion,你觉得呢?

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg and his coquettish wife, with beards and fishtail skirts, are very fashionable, what do you think?

卢森堡首相贝泰尔携”夫人”昨天抵京,开始对华访问。这是全球首个首相同性恋, 可拭目以待!!

Luxembourg Prime Minister Bettel arrived in Beijing yesterday with his “Madame” and started his visit to China. This is the world’s first gay prime minister Can wait and see! !

 

Truth : That Viral Photo Of Luxembourg PM + His Wife Is FAKE!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS designed to disparage the LGBT community and/or European / NATO leaders.

The very fact that this claim was resurrected from 2019, after Europe heavily sanctioned Russia for invading Ukraine, tells us that this is hardly coincidental.

In any case, here are the reasons why this is NOT a photo of the Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, or his wife.

Fact #1 : Xavier Bettel Is Married To Gauthier Destenay

Xavier Bettel is Luxembourg’s first openly gay Prime Minister, and he married his partner, Gauthier Destenay, a Belgian architect.

Bettel and Destenay had been civil partners since 2010, but was able to marry each other on 15 May 2015 – a year after the Luxembourg Parliament approved same-sex marriage.

Here are the real photos of Luxembourg Prime Minister Bettel (right) with his partner, at their town hall wedding.

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, right, puts his hand around the shoulder of his partner Gauthier Destenay after their marriage at the town hall in Luxembourg, on Friday, May 15, 2015. The marriage comes one year after the parliament approved legislation to turn Luxembourg into an increasing number of countries allowing for same-sex marriages. Bettel and Destenay have been civil partners since 2010. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Fact #2 : That Was Photo Of Conchita Wurst + Andre Karsai

The viral photo is actually of famous Austrian singer and drag queen, Conchita Wurst, and her business manager and the executive director of her company, Andre Karsai.

Conchita is actually the drag queen persona of Thomas Neuwirth, with a fictional backstory – Conchita was born in the mountains of Colombia, and married to French burlesque dancer Jacques Patriaque (Neuwirth’s actual friend)

He says this Conchita Wurst persona is similar to Beyoncé’s Sasha Fierce alter-ego, and uses it as a way to protect his private life.

Neuwirth is gay but not a trans woman. He uses the he/him pronouns when referring to himself, but uses she/her to describe his Conchita Wurst character.

Conchita Wurst is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. She also had a cameo in the 2020 movie, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

Here is an interesting fact about the character’s name. Conchita is a Spanish slang word for vagina, while Wurst is a German slang word for penis. So Conchita Wurst literally means vagina penis!

In 2019, Neuwirth introduced a new mononymous persona called WURST, which would allow for a “more masculine expression”.

Fact #3 : That Photo Was Taken At 2019 Vienna Opera Ball

The viral photo was taken at the Vienna Opera Ball that took place 28 February, 2019, by Jeff Mangione of Kurier magazine.

Here is Conchita Wurst with the Austrian Minister of Justice, Dr. Josef Moser.

And here was her Instagram post at Wiener Opernball 2019 :

Fact #4 : Luxembourg PM Bettel Visited China Twice

As Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Bettel paid two official visits to China :

  • 11-14 June 2017 : Bettel visited China together with two ministers.
  • 27-28 March 2019 : Bettel visited China to witness the signing of several bilateral agreements, and to speak at the Boao Forum for Asia.

There is no evidence that his partner, Destenay, ever accompanied him on his trips to China.

Just in case Chinese netizens are “confused”, let me be clear – that viral photo was not taken in China, during Bettel’s official visit.

Here is an actual picture from Bettel’s official visit to China in 2017.

This photo is being circulated in pro-Russia and pro-CCP groups, as a way to both disparage LGBTQ people and EU / NATO leaders during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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