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Did COVID-19 Leak From Gilead Sciences Fort Detrick Lab?

Did COVID-19 Leak From Gilead Sciences Fort Detrick Lab?

Did a lab assistant expose how Gilead Sciences covered up the leak of COVID-19 from their Fort Detrick laboratory?

Take a look at the viral farewell note exposing this cover-up, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : COVID-19 Leaked From Fort Detrick Lab!

A document with the filename “Covid -19 Truth_Confession Exposed.pdf” is being shared on WhatsApp, together with this message :

The farewell note by an Ex-Gilead Sciences Fort Derrick Lab assistant who confessed COVID-19 leaked from the lab in Maryland. CDC covered up the facts. Her supervisor Prof Frank Plummer and others who know the facts were all killed and she now fears for her life. Virus was transported to Wuhan by seafood. She apologized to the world.

The PDF document contains the screenshot from an August 2020 post by one “Samantha Hill“, together with a diagram.

Sorry, we played an evil part in the outbreak of COVID-19

I am anonymous, I used to be an American, but I am more of an Indian. I learnt in the University of Manitoba and did some trivial work in the Fort Detrick Laboratory after graduation. My supervisor and I know almost everything about COVID-19, and that’s why he was killed. Now I came back to India. I gather myself up and decide to tell the truth, hoping I will still be alive when all of you learn the truth.

The place I worked was quite mysterious and it is where many military biological weapons and chemical weapons are researched and developed, which is the highest level of confidentiality. Inferiors as me could only be qualified to serve the client company, but I still didn’t have the clearance for all the information about any single experiment.

Note : We added the FAKE overlay to prevent the diagram from being further abused.

 

No, COVID-19 Did Not Leak From Fort Detrick Lab!

This is yet another FAKE STORY that appears to be part of a Chinese propaganda effort to shift the blame for COVID-19 to the United States.

I will show you why this is completely made up, and is nothing more than Chinese propaganda.

Fact #1 : This Fake Story Was Posted In August 2020

This fake story was originally posted on a new Facebook account with the name “Samantha Hill” on 11 August 2020.

It gained little traction on Facebook, but was widely shared on Weibo by Chinese netizens.

It appears to have been resurrected after the United States under President Biden started an earnest look at whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus might have accidentally been leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Fact #2 : Screenshot Was Taken By Creator

The Facebook account was deleted, but the screenshot is now being circulated in June 2021 in the form of a PDF document.

Interestingly, this new screenshot can only come from the person who created the Samantha Hill post.

We know this because the screenshot shows the Facebook privacy selector (marked in red below), which only appears for the post creator!

Only the person who created the post would be able to take that screenshot.

Fact #3 : 赵盛烨 (Zhao Shenye) Could Be The Creator

Samantha Hill claimed to be an American of Indian ethnicity, who worked at Gilead Sciences. But I will now show you why “she” is most likely a Chinese man called 赵盛烨 (Zhao Shenye).

As I noted in Fact #2, the screenshot can only be taken by the post creator, “Samantha Hill”.

If you look at the bottom right corner of the screenshot, you will find a watermark – the Weibo handle of 赵盛烨 (Zhao Shenye), who also goes by the name xodn.

And if you take a look at Zhao Shenye’s Weibo page, the first post is about Gain of Function (GOF) virus modification by Professor Baric and Dr. Peter Daszak!

Looks like we hit pay dirt! Zhao Shenye could be the mysterious Samantha Hill…

Fact #4 : Fort Detrick Belongs To US Army

Fort Detrick is a massive 13,000-acre campus that belongs to the United States Army.

It is home to the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) laboratory, which China has suggested leaked the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Fact #5 : Gilead Sciences Does Not Operate Lab In Fort Detrick

Fort Detrick is completely owned and managed by the US Army Futures Command, and that includes the USAMRIID laboratory.

Gilead Sciences Inc. does not own or operate any laboratory inside Fort Detrick. In fact, Gilead Sciences does not even have a laboratory in the state of Maryland.

Here are the current locations of their US laboratories :

  • Foster City, California : headquarters and antiviral research facilities
  • Miami, Florida : respiratory research and clinical development activities
  • Seattle, Washington : respiratory research and clinical development activities

Fact #5 : Fort Detrick Sterilisation Plant Failed But Posed No Risk

The CDC temporarily shut down the US Army lab at Fort Detrick on 2 August 2019, after finding “biosafety lapses” there.

However, that was not because viruses actually leaked from the facility, but rather :

  • the lab was no longer able to decontaminate wastewater from its highest security labs.
  • their steam sterilisation plant was damaged in a flood in May 2018, and they had been using a chemical decontamination method instead.
  • no disease-causing materials were found outside authorised areas

Fact #6 : Wuhan Was Epicentre Of COVID-19 Outbreak

China’s continuous suggestions that there may have been a leak at the Fort Detrick laboratory is illogical.

If SARS-CoV-2 leaked from Fort Detrick, the city of Frederick in Maryland would have been the epicentre of the initial COVID-19 outbreak, not Wuhan.

Now, this does not mean that the SARS-CoV-2 virus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It merely means the Chinese claim about Fort Detrick is nonsensical.

Fact #7 : GS-5734 / Remdesivir Is Pretty Much Useless Against COVID-19

GS-5734 is the development code name for Remdesivir, and it is pretty much useless against COVID-19.

There were promising early results which led to the US granting it emergency use authorisation on 1 May 2020 for severe COVID-19.

However, by September 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued guidance NOT to use remdesivir in people with COVID-19, as “there was no good evidence of benefit”.

So the idea that Gilead Sciences was working on SARS-CoV-2 to sell remdesivir is idiotic.

Fact #8 : Gilead Sciences Does Not Own BlackRock

BlackRock is the world’s largest asset management company, and is more than 50% larger than Gilead Sciences by market capitalisation.

BlackRock is certainly NOT a subsidiary of Gilead Sciences, as Samantha Hill claimed. In fact, BlackRock owns about 8.9% of Gilead Sciences shares (as of 29 January 2021)!

Fact #9 : Dr. Frank Plummer Died Of A Heart Attack

Dr. Frank Plummer was not assassinated while flying from Kenya to China.

He died of a heart attack in Kenya on 5 February 2020, where he was attending the 40th anniversary of the HIV research collaboration between the University of Manitoba and the University of Nairobi.

Fact #10 : The Writer Is Not A Scientist Or American

The writer claimed to be an American who worked as Gilead Sciences lab assistant at their Fort Detrick Laboratory.

However, the Facebook post is rife with numerous scientific and linguistic mistakes, like :

  • virusology : the proper term is virology
  • breeding : viruses are not living organisms – they do not breed. They replicate, and we manufacture them in host cells.
  • villagers : a common term in China, but have you seen Americans call anyone a villager?
  • SARS II : this is a nonsensical name. The official name for the COVID-19 virus was nCoV-2019, before it became SARS-CoV-2 on 11 February 2020.
  • practitioners : Americans call them scientists…

 

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Did Christian Eriksen Collapse After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine?

Did Danish footballer Christian Eriksen collapse on the field after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

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

 

Claim : Christian Eriksen Collapsed After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine!

After Danish footballer Christian Eriksen collapsed during a Euro 2020 match, antivaxxers started claiming that it happened after he received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Tweets from Luboš Motl, a Czech theoretical physicist, and GeraYaYo2 – a Canadian citizen, went viral recently.

They have since deleted two of their tweets, but the Internet never forgets…

Luboš Motl : Christian Eriksen, the Danish player who suddenly collapsed on the pitch, plays for Inter Milan. The chief medic and cardiologist of that Italian team confirmed on an Italian radio station that Eriksen has received the Pfizer vaccine on May 31st.

GeraYaYo2 : Inter Milan Chief Medic and Cardiologist confirmed that he received the Pfizer vaccine 12 days ago. he spoke an hour ago on Radio Sportiva from Italy.

GeraYaYo2 : Christian Eriksen, a perfectly fit soccer player who plays for one of the top soccer teams in the world and has the best medical attention, collapsed on the field today due to heart failure. Thanks [sic] God they were able to bring him back to life.

He was given Pfizer a few days ago

 

No, Christian Eriksen Did Not Collapse Because Of Pfizer Vaccine!

Like the vast majority of negative news about COVID-19 vaccines, this is yet more FAKE NEWS created by antivaxxers.

They did not even hesitate to LIE about someone’s medical emergency to push their agenda. Absolutely disgraceful and shameless!

Fact #1 : Christian Eriksen Was Not Vaccinated Against COVID-19

The truth is Christian Eriksen was not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed this on 13 June 2021, stating, “He did not have Covid and was not vaccinated either.

Luboš Motl refused to accept that, claiming “my source could have been untrue, I am just unsure enough” and “It is not settled for me at this moment.

Is Luboš a cardiologist? Does he have evidence to the contrary? No. So ignore his ignorant blather.

Fact #2 : Radio Sportiva Denied The Claim

Radio Sportiva denied that the claim, stating,

The information reported in the tweet mentioned is false. We have never reported any opinion from the Inter medical staff regarding Christian Eriksen’s condition. Please remove the content from the tweet author, otherwise we will be forced to take action.

Fact #3 : Most Euro 2020 Players Not Vaccinated

There was no requirement for soccer players to vaccinate before playing in Euro 2020.

That’s because they are all healthy young adults, most of whom do not yet qualify for COVID-19 vaccinations (which are being prioritised for older people with co-morbidities).

The Spanish squad, for instance, received emergency COVID-19 vaccination on 11 June 2021 – the first day of Euro 2020, and just 3 days before their first game.

Why? Because their team captain Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for COVID-19!

Ironically, even GeraYaYo2 acknowledged that on 15 June 2021, stating that 870 Euro 2020 soccer players were not vaccinated.

Fact #4 : Christian Eriksen Had Cardiac Arrest, Not Cardiac Failure

GeraYaYo2 claimed that Christian Eriksen collapsed due to cardiac failure. That is FALSE.

Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest, and we know this to be true, because he was successfully resuscitated by CPR and a defibrillator.

Cardiac failure happens gradually and over a long period of time. It doesn’t result in a sudden collapse like that. Rather, your heart has trouble pumping blood to the rest of your body, so you feel weak and breathless.

Cardiac arrest happens suddenly – your heart stops pumping and you collapse immediately – unconscious and (usually) not breathing, which was exactly what happened to Christian Eriksen.

A person with heart failure will not look healthy, whereas cardiac arrest can happen even to people who are young and ultra-fit like soccer players.

Heart failure can be treated with medication, but a cardiac arrest is a medical emergency – you will die if you are not immediately resuscitated.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Fact #1 : Dose Intervals Depends On Vaccine

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

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

Fact #2 : Vaccines Don’t Form Antibodies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #4 : Full Immunity Takes Time

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #5 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Will Anaesthetic Kill People Vaccinated Against COVID-19?

Is it true that getting an anaesthetic can kill those who were recently vaccinated against COVID-19?

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

 

Claim : Anaesthetic Will Kill People Vaccinated Against COVID-19!

This is the warning that has gone viral on WhatsApp.

* [Vaccination Warning] *
Anyone who receives the coronavirus vaccine is prohibited from taking any type of anaesthetic, even a local anaesthetic or one from the dentist, as this poses an extreme risk to the life of the vaccinated person and is highly dangerous. There is a possibility of death. . Therefore, a vaccinated person must wait four weeks after vaccination and, if he has a reaction, four weeks before he can administer the anesthetic after producing antibodies. A friend of ours runs a pharmacy, and one of their relatives got the vaccine two days ago, went to the dentist yesterday and died immediately after getting a local anesthetic. After reading the warnings about coronavirus vaccination, we found out that there are warnings not to take anaesthetic after taking the vaccine.
Please spread this message to protect your family, relatives, friends and all.

 

NO! Anaesthetic Won’t Kill People Vaccinated Against COVID-19!

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19, this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : No Prohibition On ANYTHING After COVID-19 Vaccination

There are NO PROHIBITIONS on ANYTHING after COVID-19 vaccination. You can do anything you want after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

You can eat and drink anything you want. You can exercise, watch TV, play computer games, and even have sex – everything you did before you received the vaccine.

Similarly, there is no prohibition against receiving an anaesthetic or undertaking a dental procedure, after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Please remember – you were only vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime!

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Vaccine Won’t Turn Anaesthetic Into Poison

COVID-19 vaccines are just training boot camps for our immune system. Nothing more.

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

They do NOT react with anything else in your body. They certainly will NOT turn any anaesthetic into poison.

Fact #3 : Receiving Anaesthetic After COVID-19 Vaccination Is Safe

If it is not obvious by now, let us be very clear – there are no warnings against taking anaesthetic after COVID-19 vaccination.

There is no requirement to wait four weeks after COVID-19 vaccination, before it is safe to receive an anaesthetic.

It’s all bullshit. Fake news. Completely made up nonsense.

Fact #4 : No One Died From Getting Anaesthetic After Vaccination

It is impossible to prove what does not exist. But think about it for a minute.

If someone died after receiving an anaesthetic from a dentist, it would have been BIG NEWS, even without COVID-19 vaccination in the picture.

However, there is no such incident. No news report of such a tragedy. Did you read about it? Google it up. It never happened.

So why should you trust what was said in a WhatsApp message, written by an unknown person?

Fact #5 : Anaesthesia Can Dampen COVID-19 Vaccine Efficiency

Research has shown that certain painkillers may dampen the body’s response to vaccines. One study even showed that NDAIDs reduce the body’s cytokine and antibody response to an actual COVID-19 infection.

That is why anaesthesiologists may ask those who have just received their COVID-19 vaccinations to postpone their surgeries.

Any postponement of your surgery or dental procedure is not because of increased risk of death or injury from the vaccine, but to ensure that you receive the full benefit of the vaccine.

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

 

Expert Advice On Anaesthetic + COVID-19 Vaccine

Professor Dr. Marzida Mansor (President of the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists) and Datuk Dr. Jahizah Hassan (President of the College of Anaesthesiologists, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia) issued this statement :

THE Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists and the College of Anaesthesiologists at the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia strongly refute the misleading message circulating on social media about adverse reactions to anaesthesia in individuals who have received the Covid-19 vaccine.

To date, there is no scientific evidence to validate this misinformation. Allowing such misstatements to propagate may impact many vulnerable individuals awaiting anaesthesia for surgical procedures and their inclination to be vaccinated. Hence the need for us to address this with urgency.

We may consider asking patients to defer elective, non-urgent surgeries if they are recently vaccinated not because of interactions with anaesthesia but mainly to confer the full benefit of the two doses of vaccine to protect the individual from Covid-19 when the patient comes to the hospital. Additionally, patients may present with post-vaccination related symptoms such as muscle pain or fever which may extend through the perioperative period. Deferment here is to ensure that the side effects of the vaccine are not confused with other side effects related to the operative procedure.

If the surgery is an emergency, recent vaccination should not be a reason to defer surgery.

There are guidelines on rescheduling elective surgeries for patients who are Covid-19 positive and recovering, which is a different issue altogether. These established guidelines allow for maximal recovery after a Covid-19 infection taking into account the severity of the infection.

We encourage patients to seek expert advice from their healthcare professionals who will be able to provide detailed explanations on this matter.

 

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Fact Check : Amazing Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

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

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

 

Claim : China Created Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

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

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

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

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

 

Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland : The Truth

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

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

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

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

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

No robot made today can match their agility and grace.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recommended : Did China Create This Amazing Female Dancing Robot?

 

Who Would Create Fake Stories About Robot Dancers?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Warning : Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

Please be warned that the viral picture of the SPM 2020 grading scale is misleading! Here are the FACTS!

 

Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale On Facebook + WhatsApp

A picture of the purported SPM 2020 grading scale has gone viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.

In particular, a post by MamaMia Mia on 11 June 2021 went viral and caught the attention of the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM).

In her post, MamaMia Mia commented, “This is why I found it odd that the kids today are getting rows of As“.

She then edited the post, adding “I don’t know where this grading scale came from. People are just sharing them. Even if they deny it, there is no evidence of the truth. The effort of children studying isn’t the issue. It’s the fact that every year the minister will claim that their batch is the best. Suspicious.

 

Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

The grading scale is often shared without any explanation, so many people assume it’s the actual SPM 2020 grading scale.

But a closer look at the title will show that the chart is actually for the 2020 SPMRSM exams – the SPM trial examinations for MRSM (Maktab Rendah Sains MARA) – MARA Junior Science College in English.

It is said that MRSM trial examinations for SPM are tougher than the actual SPM examinations, so it is plausible that they would use a lower grading scale.

KPM has since issued a press release calling it misleading, and even lodged a police report over the post.

 

KPM Press Release On Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale

This is our English translation of the official KPM press release on the viral SPM 2020 grading scale.

DENIAL OF SPM GRADING SCALE ON FACEBOOK

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) would like to refer to the post on MamaMia Mia’s Facebook page on 11 June 2021 regarding the ‘SPM Grading Scale’ with the caption “That’s why I feel it’s weird kids are now getting rows of As.” and “#bilasekolahdipolitikkan” (#whenschoolsarepoliticised) which is now viral.

We stress that the ‘SPM Grading Scale’ that has gone viral does not belong to the KPM Examination Board. The ‘SPM Grading Scale’ is presented as if it is the actual marking grade of SPM in 2020 and can confuse the public, especially parents and candidates for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in 2020. The post tarnishes the image, authority and credibility of the Examination Board as the national assessment body and threatens public order.

The Examination Board lodged a police report at 10.31pm on 11 June 2021, as well as a report to the Communications and Multimedia Commission for further investigation.

Malaysia Ministry of Education
11 June 2021

 

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Fact Check : COVID-19 Vaccine Advice By Singapore Doctor?

Take a look at the viral COVID-19 vaccination advice from a doctor in Singapore, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Advice By Singapore Doctor?

This is the COVID-19 vaccination advice from a doctor in Singapore that has gone viral on WhatsApp.

Got this from Singapore:

Before you guys go for Covid vaccination injection, please have a proper meal. Do not go with an empty stomach.

Have a cup (250cc) of warm water too. These will greatly reduce the discomforts,side effects arising from the injection. After vaccination, while resting, have another cup (250cc) of warm or room temperature water.

Remember, do not drink cold drinks before or after injection. This procedure is especially important for the 2nd injection as the discomforts, side effects are relatively more compared to the 1st injection.

Pass this message to your family members and friends.
Stay safe.

After vaccine, Singapore Doctor advised the following:

1. No walking / exercise for next 5 days. Take proper rest at home.

2. The vaccination will have its proper effect after 2 weeks post the second dose, so do not start behaving carefree and start roaming around. So be extremely careful and possibly stay at home till 2 weeks are over post the second dose.

3. There will be slight fever post vaccination, but if the fever persists till 3rd day…then get him to hospital.

I am not sure whether most senior citizens would be aware of these post vaccination dos and don’ts (like take rest and don’t exercise). So sharing this for the benefit of the senior citizens who got vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Advice By Singapore Doctor : More Viral BS

First of all, just because a viral message says that the advice was given by a doctor in Singapore does not mean :

a) it was actually given by a doctor in Singapore.
b) it must be true because a Singapore doctor said so.

The truth is – this is yet another piece of viral fake news circulating on WhatsApp. And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Have A Meal Before Getting Vaccinated

Frankly, having a meal before getting any vaccination is NOT necessary.

Did you ever bother to have a meal before the many other vaccinations in the past? So why should we have a meal before getting vaccinated against COVID-19?

This advice though is now necessary because of the fear and anxiety that has permeated COVID-19 vaccinations.

Having a meal before vaccination can help avoid fainting after vaccination – what’s known as a vasovagal syncope.

You may recall the American nurse who fainted after her vaccination and declared dead by antivaxxers? She had a vasovagal syncope.

You do not have to have a full or large meal. Just a snack would do. Eat something that brings you comfort, which would relieve any anxiety you may feel.

Recommended : Did This Nurse Faint After Getting Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Fact #2 : Drinking Water Does Not Prevent Postvaccination Syncope

Now, a 2017 study showed that even drinking 250 ml or 500 ml of water before vaccination did NOT reduce the risk of presyncope (feeling lightheaded / dizzy) or syncope (fainting).

So the Singapore doctor’s advice to drink 250 ml of water before COVID-19 vaccination is not based on evidence. Neither is the advice to drink another 250 ml of water after vaccination.

That said, it is important to stay hydrated before and after vaccination, because dehydration can exacerbate any side effect you may experience.

You do not have to drink any specific amount of water. Just drink enough water to feel refreshed and hydrated.

Fact #3 : Water Is Water, Cold Or Not

The advice not to drink cold water is nonsensical. Water is water, whether it’s cold, room temperature or warm.

The temperature of the water that we consume is “normalised” to our internal body temperature once it reaches our stomach.

So it really does not matter whether you have a cool drink on a hot day, or a warm drink on a cold day, before you get vaccinated.

Fact #4 : Don’t Leave After Vaccination

Vasovagal syncope itself is not dangerous, but you can get injured if it happens while you are standing or walking.

Certain COVID-19 vaccines, like the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, can trigger a severe allergic reaction in very rare cases.

That’s why it is important that you do NOT leave right after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

You will be asked to stay in an observation room for 15-30 minutes, before you are allowed to leave.

If you are feeling particularly anxious or worried about the vaccine, you can stay a little longer.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong getting his COVID-19 vaccination

Fact #5 : Side Effects More Common With Second Dose

The second dose of a vaccine will generally produce more side effects, but that does not mean it’s more dangerous.

The first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine teaches your body how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so your body can learn how to make antibodies against it.

The second dose basically gives your immune system a kick, telling it, “This is not a one-time infection. It’s dangerous!

It triggers memory B cells to remember the SARS-CoV-2 antigen, and a more robust response by the immune system.

It is this heightened immune response that produces the side effects – fever, headache, fatigue, etc.

This is how our immune system learns to protect us from COVID-19.

Fact #5 : Call The Hospital First About Side Effects

The advice to head to the hospital if your post-vaccination fever persists beyond two days is nonsensical.

We all have different immune responses to the vaccine, so you don’t have to worry if you only have a mild fever even if it persists to the third day.

If you are worried about any side effect, contact the health authorities or the hospital first.

Let them advise you on what to do, whether they should send an ambulance or you should continue to monitor your condition at home.

DO NOT just go to the hospital by yourself, as the Singapore doctor advised.

You could expose yourself to COVID-19 from people who are seeking treatment but unaware that they are positive for COVID-19.

Fact #6 : You Can Carry On With Your Life After Vaccination

Let me be clear – you were just vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime.

There is no need to refrain from walking or exercise for 5 days, as this Singapore doctor advises.

If healthcare workers who were vaccinated can carry on with their daily work, you too can carry on with your life after your COVID-19 vaccination.

Recommended : Two Doctors Share Their COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences!

Fact #7 : You Must Continue To Take COVID-19 Precautions

Even after you receive the second dose, you must continue to take COVID-19 precautions.

The Singapore doctor is correct that generally, you will only get maximum protection from the vaccine about two weeks after the second dose.

This varies with the vaccine, of course, but the point is – it takes time for your immune system to boost its response to the vaccine.

So you must continue to take COVID-19 vaccine precautions even after you receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #8 : We Must Take Precautions Until Herd Immunity Achieved

Vaccines are like training boot camps for our immune system, teaching it how to identify and fight against pathogens.

And while your immune system may be trained against COVID-19, it doesn’t mean it will always win the battle. That’s why people are so obsessed with vaccine efficacy rates.

So you could still get infected after being fully vaccinated. This is known as a vaccine breakthrough infection.

The good news is even if it happens to you – it will generally be a much milder disease, and you will likely not need to get hospitalised.

Breakthrough infections happen because there is no herd immunity. So we must continue to take COVID-19 precautions until we achieve herd immunity.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This indicates that it is possible to treat the disease.

 

Singapore COVID-19 Autopsy : Same Bullshit, Different Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #2 : There Is No WHO Protocol Forbidding Autopsies

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

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

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

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

COVID-19 is technically not a virus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #5 : A Virus Is Not A Bacterium

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

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

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

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

Fact #6 : Imromac + Apronik Do Not Exist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #9 : COVID-19 Can Cause Blood Clotting

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

From Evelyn

Post from Makati Medical Center.

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

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

#Covid update.

 

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

This viral message is an evolution of an earlier viral message on social media, just enhanced 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.

Fact #3 : Dose Intervals Depends On Vaccine

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

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

Fact #4 : Vaccines Don’t Form Antibodies

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

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

Your immune system creates the antibodies, not the vaccine.

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

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

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

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

Fact #6 : Full Immunity Takes Time

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #7 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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MySejahtera BootstrapMade Controversy Explained!

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

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

 

MySejahtera BootstrapMade Controversy : What Is It?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MySejahtera BootstrapMade Controversy : The Facts!

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

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

Fact #1 : BootstrapMade Is Free For Commercial Use

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #2 : BootstrapMade Is Just A Website Template

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

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

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

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

Fact #3 : Removing The Footer Credit Does Nothing

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

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

What did that buy us? Absolutely NOTHING.

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

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

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

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

Either way – he’s wrong.

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

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

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

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

 

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Fact Check : Our Immunity Drops After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Does our immunity drop for 6 weeks after our first COVID-19 vaccination?

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

 

Claim : Our Immunity Will Drop After COVID-19 Vaccination!

This piece of medical advice is being shared on WhatsApp.

It warns everyone to stay safe after their first COVID-19 vaccination, because our immunity will drop for 6 weeks!

IMPORTANT : Please read

It is worth knowing the reason 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.
which makes it 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
Do read if it’s your turn to take that shot..!

 

Will Our Immunity Drop After COVID-19 Vaccination? Nope!

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

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

Fact #1 : Dose Intervals Depends On Vaccine

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

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

Fact #2 : Vaccines Don’t Form Antibodies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #4 : Full Immunity Takes Time

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #5 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Why This Man Received A FAKE COVID-19 Vaccination!

The viral video of a man receiving a FAKE COVID-19 vaccination is actually REAL!

Take a look at the viral video, and a video of what subsequently happened after the fake COVID-19 vaccination, and find out WHY he was given the fake shot!

 

This Man Received A Fake COVID-19 Vaccination!

After we debunked the fake COVID-19 vaccine injection in Malaysia, we were asked to investigate the viral video of a man in a red Levi’s t-shirt getting a fake COVID-19 vaccination.

After investigating the video, we can confirm that the man did indeed receive a fake COVID-19 vaccination.

In the video, the doctor / nurse can be seen inserting the needle into his shoulder, and then removing it without pushing the plunger in.

If you look closely at the black plunger head, you can see that it never moves in the video.

 

Why This Man Received A FAKE COVID-19 Vaccination!

So why did this man receive a fake COVID-19 vaccination? Was this doctor or nurse an antivaxxer?

Or is this part of a government plan to give people a false sense of hope after running out of COVID-19 vaccines?

Here is what we know so far…

Fact #1 : This Happened In Ecuador

For the record, this video was not recorded in India or Malaysia, or heck – anywhere in Asia.

It was recorded at the Mucho Lote Vaccination Centre in Guayaquil, Ecuador on Sunday, 25 April 2021.

Fact #2 : The Man Was NOT Supposed To Be Vaccinated

From what we can gather, this 54 year-old man was not supposed to be vaccinated.

He allegedly bribed the nurse to cut the queue, essentially getting his COVID-19 vaccination ahead of his turn.

However, the nurse gave him a fake injection instead, literally poking a needle in his shoulder without actually injecting anything.

This is likely because vaccine doses are extremely limited, and would be under close supervision. A missing dose would have been noticed.

Fact #3 : They Were Caught + Arrested

According to Primicias, they were both caught, and the man was escorted out of the vaccination centre. The nurse, however, was arrested on the spot.

The Ecuador Minister of Health, Dr. Camilo Salinas Ochoa confirmed the case, stating that they identified “the nurse and the patient”.

The Ecuador Secretary General of the Presidency, Jorge Wated Reshuan confirmed that the nurse was arrested.

The man who recorded the video of himself receiving the fake vaccination was also arrested.

 

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Fact Check : New Deadly African COVID-19 Variant?

A voice message on a new deadly (South) African COVID-19 variant in Malaysia has gone viral on WhatsApp.

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

 

Fact Check : New Deadly African COVID-19 Variant?

A voice message on the (South) African variant of the COVID-19 virus in Malaysia has gone viral on WhatsApp.

The person speaking in Bahasa Malaysia claims that his family has 17 doctors, and this was an update from his doctor friends at the Rotary Club.

You can listen to it below, or read our English summary right below.

https://www.techarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Malaysia-South-Africa-COVID-19-variant-fact-check.mp3?_=1

According to his friends and relatives who are doctors, there are no beds available for those aged 70 years and above in Kuala Lumpur, and 48 to 60 people are dying every day.

He warned that this (South) African COVID-19 variant cannot be detected by any test, and strikes the lungs directly.

Its victims die in a day before reaching the hospital, feeling normal in the day but succumbing at night, without even a fever.

He said there are many cases of this new African COVID-19 variant in Kuala Lumpur, affecting people in their 30s and 40s. Even children of 6-7 years of age have died from it in KL.

He reminded everyone that the DG Health of Malaysia, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, warned that there will be 10,000 cases per day in Kuala Lumpur by the end of this week, or next week.

And there’s no way to stop that. These days, 40 to 60 people are dying every day in Kuala Lumpur. Soon, it will be hundreds of dead every day.

He also said that this is not just happening in KL, but also in Johor Bahru, Pasir Gudang, etc. And he warns that the hospitals will not accept those who are infected.

He pointed out India as an example, saying that dead bodies are lined up on the roadside. At the Delhi Airport, there are hundreds of bodies lined up on its road.

 

New Deadly African COVID-19 Variant In Malaysia? Not Quite

This voice message is yet more FAKE NEWS shared on WhatsApp… which should really be called the Fake News Network (FNN).

Any person who has to tell you how many doctors he has in his family obviously should not be trusted.

Even though he was trying to scare people into complying with common-sense COVID-19 precautions, we still need to clarify the facts, which are…

Fact #1 : The South African Variant Isn’t New

The man is possibly referring to the South African COVID-19 variant known as B.1.351., which isn’t really new.

It was first reported in South Africa in October 2020, and detected in Malaysia in March 2021 with four cases in Selangor.

Fact #2 : South African Variant Not As Deadly As UK Variant

Both the UK and South African variants are about 50% more infectious, but only the UK variant appears to be more deadly than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus.

According to the CDC, says there appears to be increased severity with the UK variant (B.1.1.7), but not with the South African variant (B.1.351).

On the other hand, the South African variant is more resistant to antiviral and antibody treatments.

It is true that the DG of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said that VOCs (Variants of Concern) were spreading rapidly and linked to high fatality rates.

However, he was speaking in general about VOCs, of which three have been detected in Malaysia – B.1.351 (South Africa), B.1.1.7 (UK) and B.1.617.1 (India).

Fact #3 : No Hospital Has Turned Away COVID-19 Patients Yet

As far as we can determine, no public hospital in Malaysia has turned away any COVID-19 patients, not even if they are 70 years or older.

There is no need to, as not all COVID-19 patients need to be hospitalised. Most of them end up in low-risk COVID-19 quarantine centres at places like MAEPS.

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 situation in the Klang Valley is dire, with 79% of ICU beds in this area allocated to COVID-19 patients.

Fortunately, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced on 19 May 2021 that they were able to increase the number of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients by repurposing normal wards.

Of course, this is not an ideal situation, but it allows the Health Ministry to avoid turning away patients with severe COVID-19.

Fact #4 : Highest Daily Death Toll In Malaysia Was 47

The claim that 48 to 60 people are dying every day in Kuala Lumpur is ludicrous, and FALSE.

The highest daily death toll in the entire country was 47 deaths on 18 May 2021.

Fact #5 : No Children Died In May 2021

The claim that children of 6-7 years old have died from this (South) African variant in KL recently is also FALSE.

The youngest person to die in May 2021 was a 17 year-old youth, who had leukaemia and passed away in Johor on 19 May 2021.

And the youngest person to die in 2021 was a 9 year-old boy, who passed away in Sabah in February 2021.

No 6- or 7-year old child ever died in Malaysia from COVID-19 to date.

Inside a COVID-19 ICU. Photo Credit : China Daily Cdic / Reuters

Fact #6 : DG Health Never Said KL Would Hit 10,000 Cases By Next Week

The DG Health of Malaysia, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, did mention the possibility that Malaysia may hit 10,000 daily cases, or even 20,000 cases a day.

However, it was always in the context of the ENTIRE COUNTRY. He certainly never said that Kuala Lumpur would hit 10,000 cases by the end of this week, or next week.

Fact #7 : No Evidence Of Dead Bodies Lining Road At Delhi Airport

It is true that many people are dying in India, but we simply cannot find evidence of hundreds of dead bodies lining the road at Delhi Airport.

Rather, hundreds of unclaimed bodies of COVID-19 victims were found floating in the Ganges river. And bodies are piled up at crematoriums and make-shift cremation grounds.

Why would anyone place dead bodies at the Delhi Airport road???

Fact #8 : Ministry Of Health Called It Fake

The Malaysia Ministry of Health naturally labelled the audio as FAKE NEWS.

They also warned that those sharing the fake audio message could be prosecuted for sharing fake news.

So please stop sharing the audio message. Share this fact check with your family and friends instead!

 

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Fake News Alert : Sinovac Vaccines For Selangor Residents!

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

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

 

Sinovac Vaccines For Selangor Residents Via Selangkah App?

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

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

 

Sinovac Vaccines For Selangor Residents? More Fake News!

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

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Selangor State Government Refuted The Claim

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

ISU MESEJ TULAR BERKENAAN PENDAFTARAN VAKSIN SELANGOR 

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

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

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

On VIRAL MESSAGE REGARDING VACCINE REGISTRATION IN SELANGOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a false claim that we debunked earlier.

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

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

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Did China Threaten West With Waterloo In South China Sea?

Did China threaten the West with a repeat of the Battle of Waterloo in the South China Sea?

Find out what is this Chinese threat going viral on social media, and what the FACTS really are…

 

Claim : China threatens West with Battle of Waterloo in South China Sea!

In the viral poster being shared on social media, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying is seen warning Western powers – Don’t Let It Become Your Waterloo! with a hypothetical scenario.

It was originally posted sometime in July 2020, but was “reactivated” in May 2021 during heightened tensions with the West.

WARNING ISSUED TO WESTERN ALLIES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

Don’t Let It Become Your Waterloo!

The scenario :

  • An attack by US, UK, Australia & Japanese naval forces will be met with electronic disabling of all ships and planes making them sitting targets…
  • US & allies missiles will fail to fire & if they do may explode mid air or re-directed to return to base!
  • The Chinese will give them one warning to withdraw or be sunk!
  • WATERLOO REPLAYED IN 60 MINUTES OF LESS

 

China threatens West with Waterloo in South China Sea : Complete BS

While it may excite pro-China netizens, this is yet another piece of “fan fiction”, like US Navy withdrawing from South China Sea or Mark Zuckerberg’s Not Pretty China Wife.

Fact #1 : Hua Chunying Never Threatened Waterloo

Anyone who checks Hua Chunying’s official Twitter account can confirm that she never posted such a threat.

She may be sarcastic and controversial in her remarks, but she is the official spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Such an overt threat of military action against the US, UK, Australia and Japan, will be seen as an official declaration of hostile intent by China.

It would certainly free the West to ramp up their support of Taiwan, and to actively prepare for hostilities with China.

Fact #2 : Chinese Censors Would Not Have Allowed Such Fake News, Unless…

Such a fake post would not be allowed to be shared on social media, especially Chinese microblogs, without the expressed permission of the Chinese government.

Chinese censors actively and quickly remove all references to anything remotely critical of the Chinese government, like the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest and massacre, or the Hong Kong protests.

We should also not forget that they quickly clamped down on Dr. Li Wenliang when he tried to warn his fellow doctors about COVID-19, forcing him to sign a letter promising not to do it again.

So it would only be possible for any Chinese-related fake news to be spread so widely, with the tacit approval of the Chinese government.

Fact #3 : EMP Weapons Can Disable Ships + Planes, But…

EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) weapons can be used to disrupt or destroy electronics on ships and planes, but they are not magical weapons as claimed in the post :

  • High-Altitude EMP (HEMP) weapons detonate nuclear warheads in the stratosphere to disrupt electronics in a wide area.
  • Non-Nuclear EMP (NNEMP) weapons that use high explosives to deliver a much smaller electromagnetic pulse.
  • High-Powered Microwave (HPM) weapons like magnetrons and vircators – think of them as primitive versions of the ion cannons you see in Star Wars.

A Chinese HEMP weapon would destroy electronics in a very large area (including their own), so it won’t be deployed close to their own coast. This is something they would deploy against the US homeland.

An NNEMP missile would be something the Chinese would use against a carrier group, affecting a relatively small area – several dozen kilometres. However, these missiles would require constant targeting data, or the carrier group could simply move out of danger in mere minutes.

HPM weapons are still rather primitive with very short range. They also cannot target mass targets like EMP weapons.

Fact #4 : Disabled Missiles Won’t Return To Base

We applaud the writer for his/her creativity, but unlike regular mail, missiles don’t come with a return address.

Missiles disabled by EMP weapons, or electronic jammers, will just lose direction or fall harmlessly out of the sky.

They won’t, however, fly back to their base like homing pigeons. Neither can the Chinese reprogram them to return to base…

Fact #5 : China Is The Aggressor Here

While the writer warns of reprisals if the US, UK, Australia and Japan attack, the fact of the matter is – China is the aggressor in the South China Sea.

Whatever may have happened in the past, the US, UK, Australia and Japan are not the ones illegally building artificial islands, or militarising them, or threatening harm to passing ships and planes.

There is no danger of the US, UK, Australia or Japan attacking China. No one in the right mind would believe in such nonsense.

Rather, the danger lies in Chinese overreach in the South China Sea sparking a war, like how Hitler’s overreach with the invasion of Poland started World War 2.

Arguably, only an attack on Taiwan would draw the Western powers (sans Japan) to intervene militarily, and a military occupation of the Senkaku Islands would force Japan and the US to respond militarily.

Fact #6 : China Would Be The French At Waterloo

It’s not certain why China would warn the Western powers and Japan that they would face their own Battle of Waterloo.

In the Battle of Waterloo, it was Napoleon who attacked the allied forces from Prussia, the UK, the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick and Nassau.

In this fan fiction, China would be the French at Waterloo, fighting against the allied forces from the US, UK, Australia and Japan.

Is the writer suggesting that China is bound to lose against the allied forces? Interesting…

 

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Kossan CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, Did Not Die Of COVID-19!

The rumours claiming that Kossan Managing Director and CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, died of COVID-19 are false.

Find out what has gone viral recently, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Kossan CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, Died Of COVID-19!

This viral message has been circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook for 2-3 days now, claiming that Kossan Managing Director and CEO, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kuang Sia, just died from COVID-19.

Kossan Rubber MD, Mr Lim Kwang Sa, aged 72 die of covid 19.Admitted to hospital last Sat and depart today .Kena super spreader variant covid

As regards TS Lim’s 3rd brother’s death { Kossan’s boss), this group from Pulau Ketam went for a dinner at Sekinjang n this was how it happened. A few of them are still in ICU. Just for your info. So, be extra careful n stay safe.

He was very healthy n strong but passed away due to covid.

3days fever
4th day had difficulty of breathing admitted to ICU.
5th day passed away.

He went to test for covid 2 times test negative.
3rd test positive but already had difficulty breathing n passed away next day.

20people or more in that trip contracted covid.

Some even posted pictures they claimed were of his newspaper obituaries.

 

Fact : Kossan CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, Did Not Die Of COVID-19!

The truth is – Kossan MD and CEO, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kuang Sia is still alive and well.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Kossan CEO + MD Is Alive

As the Managing Director and CEO of Kossan Rubber Industries – one of the big four glove makers in Malaysia, his demise would have been big news.

Yet, no mainstream media posted the news of his death. Neither did Kossan Rubber Industries inform Bursa Malaysia or their shareholders of his passing.

The truth is – he is alive and well.

Fact #2 : It Was His Brother Who Died

The pictures of the newspaper obituaries are true, but they were not of Lim Kuang Sia, but his 75 year-old third brother – Lim Kuan Hwa, who passed away on 9 May 2021.

Fact #3 : Kossan Confirmed It

Kossan issued this clarification :

FYI, there is a message going around on the departure of of Kossan Rubber MD. This is fake news … the truth is the MD’s third brother Mr Lim Kuan Hwa passed away on May 9. Please disseminate. Thank you.

So there you have it – this is yet another fake story circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook.

 

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Is There A Communist Revolution Monument In Penang?

Pictures of a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument in Penang have gone viral, with calls from netizens to TEAR IT DOWN!

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

 

Claim : DAP Created A Communist Monument In Penang!

Pictures of a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument in Penang are being shared on Facebook and social media, with messages like this (translated into English) :

DAP created a Communist monument in Penang after they took power.

Communist monument on Flag Hill in Penang.

What are you waiting for? When are you going to tear it down?

Do You Know?

In Penang, there is a World War II memorial called the Revolution Memorial.

But it’s full of Chinese letters and the figures are all dressed as Communists.

There is absolutely no information in English or Bahasa Melayu, much less Tamil.

When people say it’s racist, [you get] angry

This monument was built as soon as DAP took over Penang from Gerakan.

Here is a selection of comments that were posted with that misleading picture, showing how it instigates hate and racial tensions :

Roboh kan semuanya,, pulau Pinang ialah tanah Melayu,,jgn lupa tu,, DAP memang haprak

Demolish it all. Penang is Malay soil. Don’t forget that. DAP is useless.

Say no to komunis DAP

Puak2 pengkhianat DAP..musoh melayu..musoh islam..

DAP are traitors, enemies of the Malays, enemies of Islam.

Robohkan Tugu peringatan pembunuh anak anak peribumi Melayu. kenapa di iarkan sebegitu rupa di mana anguta dan bekas angguta keselamatan kita boleh biarkan sebegitu rupa…Letupkan !

Destroy the memorial of the killers of Malay natives. Why is it being left like that? How can our security forces let this be? Blow it up!

 

Communist Revolution Monument In Penang : The Truth

The short version is this – the monument in the pictures exists, but it is neither a Communist monument, nor was it created or built by DAP.

All of the claims about it in the incendiary posts above are FALSE.

We would like to warn everyone to be careful of political fake news being shared to incite hatred and racial tensions.

Fact #1 : That Is The Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial

The monument in the picture is the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park, also known as the Air Itam War Memorial Park.

It is NOT a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument.

There are two key monuments at this memorial park :

  • a bronze-coloured army supply truck being pushed by three men – memorialising the Nanyang transport volunteers from Malaya, who helped deliver supplies to China when they were blocked by the Japanese.
  • a 45-foot tall white obelisk that commemorates the Marco Polo Incident, that kicked off the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945.

The ashes of some 800 incomplete skeletons of Penang Chinese residents who died under Japanese occupation, and the Nanyang transport volunteers who died, are also buried under the obelisk.

The truck also has a number plate with the date 1939 on it. Communist China didn’t exist in 1939, so claims that this is a Communist monument is… idiotic.

Fact #2 : It Was Built In 1946 And Opened In 1951

Construction on the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park started in 1946, and it was officially opened in 1951.

DAP was only formed on 11 October 1965, so the claim that it was built when DAP gained power in Penang is false.

Because the People’s Republic of China was only established in 1949, the claim that this is a communist revolution monument is idiotic.

It is also extremely stupid to claim that the figures were dressed as Chinese Communists, because Communist China didn’t exist when the monument was being built!

Fact #3 : It Was Privately Funded

The original Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park was funded entirely by the Penang China Relief Fund, a Penang-based private fundraising organisation.

It was officially opened at 11 AM on 11 November 1951 by Penang Chinese tycoon and philanthropist, Lim Lean Teng, who was the supervisory chairman of the organisation.

After the Penang China Relief Fund was dissolved in 1952, the Kong Min School was entrusted to maintain the memorial with an annual budget of $5,000, and an annual memorial service.

Fact #4 : It Was Upgraded For Its 60th Anniversary

The Board of Trustees of the Kong Min School decided to repair and upgrade the memorial to coincide with its 60th anniversary.

The RM 400,000 project also added a 60 foot-long wall relief showing Malayan transport volunteers on the Burma-China road, and a peace column with flying doves.

On top of private donations by various organisations and individuals, the Penang state government also chipped in.

When it was opened at precisely 11:11 AM on 11 November 2016 by Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, politicians from both sides of the political divide attended the launch.

Therefore, the claim that no one knew about it, or that it was only something DAP would do, is categorically FALSE.

Photo Credit : The Sun Daily

Fact #5 : There Is Information In FOUR Languages

The memorial park has information in four languages – English, Bahasa Melayu, Chinese and Japanese.

Here is the information panel in English and Bahasa Melayu, proving that the claim there is no information in both languages are FALSE.

 

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Vaccine Registration : Must Change Address In MySejahtera?

A warning to change your address in MySejahtera has gone viral on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

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

 

Vaccine Registration : Must Change Address In MySejahtera?

A warning to change your address in MySejahtera has gone viral on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter over the past two days.

This is to share a potential error in vaccination registration using MySejahtera.

If your status is shown similar to the left screen without state and postcode info, your registration is not complete. Update your state and postcode and resubmit.

The correct status should be as shown on the right ,with state and postcode info.

Not only has this person’s post gone viral, it led to many netizens complaining that they were not informed of this requirement earlier, and criticising the Ministry of Health for being so stupid.

Note : We intentionally address the FALSE overlay to prevent this viral post from being further abused.

 

Vaccine Registration Change Of Address In MySejahtera : The Facts!

Here is the TLDR summary – the viral post above is incorrect and misleading. And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : That Is A New MySejahtera Feature

The inclusion of an option to update your home address is a new MySejahtera feature.

It was probably introduced as part of Version 1.0.34, which was released on 24 April 2021.

Fact #2 : There Is A Separate Address Update Link

On the left is what you would see if you did not update your home address. On the right is what you will see after you update your home address.

What the post failed to point out is that you can update your home address using a separate link, just below the assessment details link – highlighted in red below.

Fact #3 : Only Use It To Change Your Address

When you first registered, you have already submitted your home address.

There is NO NEED to update your address if it’s still the same. You only need to change it if you are moving to a different location.

The feature allows you to change your address WITHOUT going through the assessment again.

But if you need to update your assessment – if you were recently diagnosed with a co-morbidity, for example – the assessment also includes the option to select your state and postcode.

This is an example of what you would see if you are changing the address for a dependent.

Previously, you would just search for your current address or use the GPS locator. Now, MySejahtera adds the option to key in your state and postcode. That’s the only difference.

Fact #4 : Dependents Can Have Different Addresses

You may not know this, but you can set your dependents with a different address from your own home address.

This allows you to manage the vaccine registrations of your dependents if they are living in a different location.

Fact #5 : Address Change Won’t Affect Your Queue Position

Changing your address won’t affect your position in the queue.

So don’t panic if you believed the viral post and changed your address. Your queue position remains safe.

Fact #6 : JKJAV Confirmed This

JKJAV – the Special Committee On COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – confirmed this in a tweet at 10:48 AM on 10 May 2021.

 

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Why You Should NOT Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered!

Many people are sharing the fact that you can reject the COVID-19 vaccine you are offered.

Find out why people are demanding the right to reject the vaccine they’re offered, and why you should NOT do that!

 

Why Are People Demanding To Reject The Vaccine Offered?

Since public vaccinations began, people have been asking – can they reject the COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination centre, if they discover it’s not the vaccine they want?

Why? Because suddenly they are all medical and geopolitical experts, able to debate the nuances of COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, and the impact of these vaccines on East-West supremacy.

Here are some reasons why people are demanding the right to reject the vaccine offered at COVID-19 vaccination centres :

  • I only want the American / Chinese vaccine.
  • The Pfizer / Sinovac / AstraZeneca vaccine killed people.
  • The Pfizer / Sinovac / AstraZeneca vaccine is the best!
  • You can’t trust the Chinese / Americans.
  • I want to support China / America.
  • I hate China / America.
  • Chinese vaccines are made with slave labour.
  • American vaccines are made from aborted foetuses.

 

You Can Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered

Healthcare professionals can tell you that you can reject anything you want. That includes the right to refuse medical treatment, even if it’s to save your life.

And there are many “helpful netizens” who want to help you fight for your right to do any damn thing you want.

Do u know that u cannot choose the vaccine that will be given to u on appointment day but u hv the right to ask what type of vaccine that is given on that day n u can REJECT (our right) to take the vaccine if its not the one u wanted.

On 19/4/21 I took my auntie for co.19 vac. after taking Q#, registration, screening plus other sops n @the last station b4 signing the indemnity form, I asked the person on duty to confirm the vaccine available that day. It was Pzifer. I asked her whether can reject… YES.

Please spread the news to everyone u know b4 its too late. I think 90% of d population did not know or too scared to exercise their right. Just re-register wait in the Q again for the china vac. I hv spread spread to relatives n friends but not in our group. Remember once injected can’t take out.

These are the folks egging on those standing at the ledge, “Go on! You have the right to jump! Damn those who say no to you! It’s your right! FREEDOM!

But will they take responsibility if you get killed or injured listening to their advice?

Of course, not! It was your right, YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, your freedom to do what you please!

 

Why You Should NOT Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered!

There are no words to describe the disdain I have for those who actively encourage other people to reject the COVID-19 vaccine they are offered.

Let me explain to you why you should not listen to those IDIOTS, who are putting YOUR LIVES at risk with their uninformed opinions.

Fact #1 : The best vaccine you can get is the first vaccine you can complete!

The COVID-19 vaccine is not a cure. Think of it as a training boot camp for your immune system.

The vaccine teaches your immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and gives it the opportunity to create antibodies against the real virus.

All this takes time – several weeks at least – for your immune system to learn how to do all that from the vaccine.

That is why it is important to take the FIRST VACCINE you are offered, and COMPLETE IT.

Fact #2 : Vaccines prevent the disease, they cannot cure it

Waiting for the vaccine you prefer puts you at risk of contracting COVID-19 before you get vaccinated.

If you reject the vaccine you are offered at the vaccination centre, you get pushed to the back of the queue, and rightly so.

But in the meantime, you are at risk of contracting COVID-19, and potentially dying from it. Even worse, you are risking your family’s lives too!

If you get COVID-19 before you are vaccinated, the vaccine cannot help you. As I explained above, your immune system needs several weeks to learn how to fight off COVID-19 after you are vaccinated.

So do NOT wait. Do NOT push yourself to the back of the queue. Get the FIRST VACCINE you are offered, and COMPLETE IT!

Fact #3 : Google doctors do NOT understand vaccine efficacy

The clever Google doctors who write all those pithy advice on WhatsApp and Facebook do NOT even understand vaccine efficacy.

The real doctors and scientists who do, can only facepalm when they read online “debates” on vaccine efficacy.

Look at the difference between public perception and reality (find out how we calculate here) :

Vaccine
Efficacy
Breakthrough Rate
Perception Reality
95% 5% 0.05%
90% 10% 0.10%
85% 15% 0.15%
80% 20% 0.20%
75% 25% 0.25%

Fact #4 : All approved vaccines protect you against SEVERE disease + DEATH!

What Google doctors also do not understand is that vaccine efficacy isn’t really that important.

I prepared this table to show you how misleading efficacy rates are.

COVID-19 Vaccines Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Moderna mRNA-1273 94.1% 100% 100%
Gamaleya Sputnik V 91.6% 100% 100%
AstraZeneca AZD1222 76% ~ 85% 100% 100%
Novavax Covovax 60 ~ 89% 100% 100%
CanSino Convidecia 65.7% 90.98% 100%
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 79% ~ 86% 90% 100%
J&J Janssen COVID-19 66.0% 85% 100%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 83.7% 100%

The truth is all approved vaccines will protect you against severe disease, and prevent you from dying from COVID-19.

Sure, it would be really nice if you get a vaccine that protects you against even mild COVID-19, but not getting killed by it sounds pretty awesome to me!

Recommended : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

Fact #5 : Vaccines are in limited supply worldwide

COVID-19 vaccines are in very limited supply, and there does not appear to be enough to vaccinate most countries until well into 2022.

This is a pandemic – a global health crisis. The lives of trillions of people around the world come before your “right to choose”.

Fact #6 : Refusing the vaccine can waste it

Some vaccines – in particular, mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna – require advanced preparation due to their storage requirements.

If you choose to reject your vaccine at the vaccination centre, that dose could end up being discarded!

Are you so entitled that you believe you should have the right to waste a dose of a vaccine that is in limited supply?

You are lucky to be amongst the first offered a COVID-19 vaccine. TAKE THE VACCINE!

 

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Facebook Rolls Out Click To WhatsApp Ads!

You may not have noticed this, but Facebook has started rolling out Click to WhatsApp ads!

Find out what this means for business and customers on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp!

 

Facebook Rolls Out Click To WhatsApp Ads!

WhatsApp founders may have promised not to monetise their platform by selling ads, but that was nine years ago, and before they sold out to Facebook in 2014.

At that time, Jan Koum promised that WhatsApp wouldn’t collect and share data of its users. That changed in 2016 and 2021.

So it seems inevitable that Facebook will eventually introduce ads in WhatsApp. They even accidentally let it slip (see below).

But for now, you can rest easy. They are only introducing Click to WhatsApp ads on Facebook and Instagram at the moment…

Originally kicking off in 2017, Facebook has started pushing Click to WhatsApp ads in Asia. Page owners may be surprised by reminders to connect their pages to WhatsApp.

Ignoring this reminder will invite the warning that you cannot run WhatsApp ads, or add a WhatsApp button to your Page.

We are not sure if that’s a Freudian slip, but Facebook actually mentioned WhatsApp ads. LOL!

 

Click To WhatsApp Ads : What Are They?

These are regular Facebook and Instagram ads, with the additional Send Message button.

Clicking on that button will open a conversation thread in WhatsApp with the Facebook / Instagram business owners (using the WhatsApp Business app).

This allows you to interact directly with the business, like you would using Facebook Messenger.

This makes it easier for businesses to reach the 1.5 billion WhatsApp users around the world, who will like how much easier it is to directly message them using WhatsApp.

On the other hand, it is likely to make it easier for scammers who are already leveraging Facebook ads to cheat people.

 

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Fact Check : Buka Puasa Picnic Allowed In Putrajaya?

A picture of people gathering for a Buka Puasa (Iftar) picnic in Putrajaya is going viral.

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

 

Claim : Buka Puasa Picnic Allowed In Putrajaya?

A picture showing crowds of people gathering for a Buka Puasa (Iftar) picnic in Putrajaya is going viral, with this warning message :

Buka puasa picnics allowed. This was in putrajaya which has more cases than Selangor

BTW Covid cases today over 2000

 

Buka Puasa Picnic Allowed In Putrajaya? The Facts!

Netizens are justly angry with the picture, partly because of the crowd size, and partly because no one appears to be wearing face masks.

However, the truth is not quite what it seems… here are the FACTS :

Fact #1 : The Picture Was From 2019

That viral picture of people having their Buka Puasa picnic is genuine, and was taken at the Laman Iftar in Putrajaya.

However, this picture was taken two years ago – in 2019, not 2021. Obviously, at that time, COVID-19 did not exist and so, there was no need for face masks or physical distancing.

It was posted on 14 April 2021 by Perbadanan Putrajaya, but they specifically pointed out it was taken in 2019.

Fact #2 : Buka Puasa Picnics Are Allowed

Buka Puasa events, including buffet and gatherings are allow.

On 14 April 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council released the SOP for such Buka Puasa activities.

Putrajaya is in an RMCO area, and so Buka Puasa / Iftar activities are allowed at full capacity, subject to other SOP conditions.

Whether such a decision is wise during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – that’s another issue altogether.

Fact #3 : There Are SOPs To Adhere To

To allay fears that allowing Buka Puasa activities while the COVID-19 pandemic is raging, the government insisted on SOPs being followed.

The Perbadanan Putrajaya post with this viral picture actually listed those conditions for those who wanted to do it at the park :

  1. Wear a face mask
  2. Maintain cleanliness
  3. Scan the MySejahtera QR code
  4. Take your body temperature before entering
  5. Maintain physical distance
  6. Bring your own picnic mat
  7. There must be 2 metres between picnic mats

While Perbadanan Putrajaya did not share pictures of the actual picnic, the pictures they shared showed orange physical distancing markers and people wearing face masks.

Fact #4 : Selangor Has More Cases Than Putrajaya

The claim that Putrajaya has more COVID-19 cases than Selangor is outright false.

As of 14 April 2021, Putrajaya only recorded a total of 1,254 cases, while Selangor had 97X more – 121,358 cases!

 

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Scam Alert : Fake DON DON DONKI Giveaway!

A fake DON DON DONKI giveaway is being actively shared on social media.

Please IGNORE it, and do NOT click or participate in it

 

Scam Alert : Fake DON DON DONKI Giveaway!

After DON DON DONKI – Japan’s biggest discount chain store – opened their first store in Malaysia, people have gone ga-ga, and scammers have taken notice.

They quickly created a fake DON DON DONKI giveaway, and many people have been sharing it on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Clicking on it leads you to a fake DON DON DONKI Brand Awareness Survey.

To the uninitiated, it may appear genuine. It has a Google domain, and there is a 100% Guarantee stamp, after all. So how can this be a scam?

Consider for a second the many genuine surveys you have done in the past. Have you ever seen a survey with just TWO questions?

This fake DON DON DONKI survey is intentionally short because the scammer doesn’t want people to quit on seeing a long survey.

In a genuine survey, you would be asked to key in your details for DON DON DONKI management to contact you.

Instead, after you submit, you are taken to what appears to be a Don Don Donki page, asking if you are a member.

This is a FAKE Don Don Donki page. You have been redirected to www.promohebat-my-76.com/cgi-bin/wingame.pl, with the string partner_pk=355.

What basically happened is that you have been tricked into this page by the scammer’s affiliate with a partner number of 355, who gets paid for every person tricked into opening this page.

Whether you choose Yes or No, you will be taken to the same page which is made to look as if you are registering for the voucher.

The truth is you are being tricked into agreeing to share your information with AP Marketing Asia Pacific Limited – a Hong Kong company that collects data to sell, or to push promotions for their clients.

If you key in your details, then you are agreeing to let them sell your email address and contact information to third-parties, as well as accept promotional offers from their clients.

In the next page, they will ask you for your mobile number, and your date of birth. This exposes you to scammers who can use this information for phishing attacks against you or your bank.

In subsequent pages, you are asked to participate in surveys for their clients like Etiqa, and then asked to participate in even more surveys and games.

Ultimately, this is nothing more than a scam to get you to participate in AP Marketing Asia Pacific Limited‘s marketing games and surveys.

You will NOT receive anything and only waste your time. Even worse, you will expose your personal information to AP Marketing’s clients, who may include other scammers.

So please WARN EVERYONE about this fake Don Don Donki giveaway!

 

Don Don Donki Confirms Giveaway Scam!

Don Don Donki was quickly alerted about this giveaway scam, and they issued a statement warning their fans not to participate.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Dear DONKI Fans,

We were informed that a fake page is pretending to be us and is running a giveaway contest.

Please note that DON DON DONKI Malaysia has only one official Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DonDonDonkiMY) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/DONDONDONKIMY/)

To protect your personal details, please do not engage, instead report suspicious pages.

We are grateful for loyal DONKI fans who made us aware of this situation.

Keep safe offline and online. Thank you!

 

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Did A Police Officer Die From Second Vaccine Dose?

Did a police officer die from complications of his second COVID-19 vaccine dose?

Find out what’s the latest viral post, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Gerik Police Officer Died From Second Vaccine Dose!

People have been sharing a post on Facebook and WhatsApp, which includes a screenshot of what appears to be an internal police notification. Here is our English translation :

Gerik today acknowledged yet another death involving a police officer. Complications from second vaccine dose injection. Condolences. May the deceased’s family’s welfare be taken care of.

HOSPITAL REPORT
GERIK POLICE STATION PERSONNEL

Name : Corporal 113854 Rakmin B. Yusoff
Age : 58 Years Old
Place of Duty : Lawin Police Booth, Gerik
Ward : Emergency Ward, Gerik Hospital
Illness : Complications from second vaccine dose injection
Date of admission to emergency unit : 3 April 2021 at 1245 hours

Photo Credit : The Star

 

Did A Police Officer Die From Second Vaccine Dose? NO!

This is yet another piece of fake news that is being spread to scare people into not vaccinating against COVID-19.

Here is what we know about this case…

Fact #1 : The Police Officer Did NOT Die

According to Perak Chief of Police, Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, the police officer did not die. In fact, he’s currently awake and in a stable condition.

Fact #2 : The Police Officer Had A Heart Attack

The Gerik District Police explained that the police officer was admitted to the Gerik Hospital for a heart attack.

The Perak State Health Director, Dato’ Dr. Ding Lay Ming, further explained that the police officer received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on 3 March 2021 at 9 AM, and left after 30 minutes of observation.

In the afternoon of the same day, he experienced felt sick and was given early treatment at the Gerik Hospital, before being transferred to the Cardiac Care Unit in the Taiping Hospital.

He was found to have had a myocardial infarct (heart attack), but is currently in a stable condition. He will be referred to IJN (National Heart Institute) for further treatment.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Fake News Is Punishable By Fines And/Or Jail Time!

Perak Chief of Police, Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, said that the police will take action against the owner of the Junaidah June Facebook account, which posted this fake news.

From 12 March 2021 onwards, fake news regarding COVID-19 and the Emergency proclamation is punishable by fines of up to RM 100,000 and/or up to 3 years imprisonment!

Recommended : Malaysia : Up to RM500K Fine + 6 Year Jail For Fake News!

 

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Did This Doctor Die From Painkiller After COVID Vaccination?

Did this doctor die from the painkiller, Diclofenac, after getting her COVID-19 vaccination?

Find out what happened, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : This Doctor Died From Painkiller After COVID-19 Vaccination!

This is the message that has gone viral on WhatsApp recently :

Dr. Hariharini Md died because she was injected Diclofenac by her husband Doctor after Covid Vaccination, so pain killers should not taken after Covid Vaccination. Valuable information

Heartbreaking news!

This young doctor Hariharini sadly passed away today following developing severe anaphylaxis to Ini. Diclofenac which was given to her by her husband at home for myalgia following Covid vaccination.

She died at Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai after a brief battle in ICU.

She was doing MD Anaesthesia at Madurai Medical College and was married 4 months ago. Her husband is doing MS Gen Surg at Madurai Medical College.

She belongs to the 2012 Batch from Thanjavur Medical College.

Any type of painkiller especially diclofenac sodium in tablet or injectable form is NOT AT ALL Advisable after getting vaccinated.

The fever or body pain or pain at site of vaccine is common and a body response to the vaccine.

Kindly share with all those who have taken the vaccine or going to take.

 

The Doctor Died From Painkiller After COVID-19 Vaccination, But…

Dr. Hari Harini did indeed die after being injected with the painkiller Diclofenac, after she was vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, her death had nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine at all. Here are the facts of her tragic death…

Fact #1 : She Was Vaccinated A Month Earlier

Dr. Hari Harini received her first dose of the Covishield* vaccine on 5 February 2021.

Her husband only injected her with Diclofenac on 5 March 2021a month later, when she complained of a fever and body pain.

* Covishield is the brand name of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

Fact #2 : Fever + Muscle Pain From Vaccine Only Last A Few Days

Fever and muscle pain are your body’s natural initial response to vaccines, and they last only a few days. Generally just a day or two.

Therefore, the fever and muscle pain Dr. Hariharini experienced a month later, had nothing to do with the vaccine.

Fact #3 : She Fell Unconscious Within Hours Of Diclofenac Injection

Dr. Harini started vomiting and fell unconscious within hours of her husband injecting her with Diclofenac.

She was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention, and then to a tertiary care hospital, before being brought to the Meenakshi Mission Hospital.

According to Dr. Kannan – the Medical Administrator of Meenakshi Mission Hospital, when she arrived, she was hypoxic, with a Glasgow Coma Score of 3 – the lowest possible score.

They could not revive her, and she passed away on 11 March 2021, after being on the ventilator for 4-5 days.

Fact #4 : Diclofenac Can Cause Severe Anaphylaxis

Diclofenac – a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) – can cause severe anaphylactic reactions when injected, infused, or taken orally.

This side effect is rare, but can quickly turn deadly, especially if it was injected intramuscularly or intravenously infused.

The anaphylactic shock, when it happens, can be counteracted with an intramuscular injection of adrenaline.

Fact #5 : Her Autopsy Confirmed The Anaphylactic Shock

An autopsy was performed on Dr. Hari Harini and the provisional diagnosis was “hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy due to anaphylactic shock“.

In other words, she suffered from brain damage from a lack of oxygen supply caused by a severe allergic reaction.

Fact #6 : Painkillers Could Dampen Vaccine Efficacy

Vaccines work by tricking your body into thinking that there is a real infection, triggering an immune response that cause “side effects” like injection site pain, fever and muscle aches.

These side effects are really your body’s natural immune response to any infection, and are therefore welcome signs that the vaccines are doing their jobs.

Research have shown that certain painkillers may dampen the body’s response to vaccines. One study even showed that NDAIDs reduce the body’s cytokine and antibody response to an actual COVID-19 infection.

That is likely why the US CDC recently updated its guidance on March 16, 2021, to :

  • avoid taking painkillers BEFORE getting vaccinated against COVID-19
  • treat post-vaccination fever by drinking plenty of fluids and dressing lightly
  • treat pain and discomfort with a cool and wet washcloth, and using or exercising the arm
  • take over-the-counter painkillers after COVID-19 vaccination, with your doctor’s advice

Unless you really need to, try to avoid taking any painkiller for the fever or muscle ache.

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

 

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Must Foreigners In Malaysia Carry Passport At All Times?

Must foreigners in Malaysia carry their passport at all times, because there is a massive operation to weed out illegal foreigners?

Find out what’s the latest viral message, and what the facts really are!

 

Massive Immigration Op, Have Your Passport At All Times?

A viral message has gone out, purporting to be a warning from Malaysia Immigration Director-General Dato’ Indera Khairul Dzaimee Bin Daud, with his picture attached :

All FOREIGNERS residing in Malaysia from now on should carry their PASSPORT with them at all times.

We are on [a] massive OPERATION to weed out all illegal foreigners and to enable us [to] roll out vaccination for our citizens.

FOREIGN Embassies should take note.

 

Must Foreigners In Malaysia Carry Their Passport At All Times?

Fact #1 : The Viral Message Is Fake, But…

First of all, we should point out that the Malaysia Immigration Department has officially denounced the viral message as FAKE.

That said, we believe that they are referring to the claim of a “massive OPERATION to weed out all illegal immigrants” or that it was “to enable us [to] roll out vaccination for our citizens.

Before we get to the law, let’s take a look at their statement, with our English translation :

PENAFIAN : BERITA PALSU

Orang ramai dinasihatkan supaya tidak terperdaya dengan BERITA PALSU menggunakan gambar Ketua Pengarah Imigresen.

Segera laporkan kepada Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia jika terdapat sebarang berita yang meragukan supaya tindakan sewajarnya dapat diambil.

DENIAL : FAKE NEWS

The public is advised not to be fooled by the FAKE NEWS using the picture of the Director General of Immigration.

Immediately report to the Malaysian Immigration Department if there is any suspicious news so that appropriate action can be taken.

Fact #2 : Foreigners Must Have Passport / Travel Document At All Times

Even though the message above is FALSE, foreigners should carry their passport or travel document with them at all times during their stay in Malaysia.

According to Section 6(3) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, all foreigners must be able to produce a genuine passport / travel document / entry permit with a valid endorsement / pass upon request.

Failure to produce a valid passport or travel document, with a valid pass, could result in these penalties

  • a compound of RM3,000, or
  • a fine of up to RM10,000 and/or up to 5 years imprisonment

In their advisory to foreigners, the Malaysian Immigration Department states :

As such foreign visitors are reminded :-

  1. To take precaution on the safety of their passport / travel document and must carry with them during their stay in Malaysia.
  2. Must ascertain that they produced their passport / travel document to an Immigration officer at the point of entry and has been issued with the relevant pass.
  3. To report immediately to the Immigration Department for the lost of their passport / travel document.

So it really doesn’t matter if there is a massive operation to weed out illegal immigrants or not. All foreigners should carry their passport / travel document with them at all times.

 

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Fact Check : Doctor’s Diary On Covaxin Side Effects?

Is an Indian doctor’s diary and advice on the side effects of the Covaxin vaccine genuine?

Take a look at the viral post on Covaxin side effects, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Doctor’s Diary On Covaxin Side Effects : A Viral Sensation

An Indian doctor’s diary on the Covaxin vaccine’s side effects, and his advice on how to deal with them, has gone viral on social media…

What’s amazing is that it’s gone viral even in countries where the Covaxin vaccine, is not, and will likely never be available!

A doctor’s report from his diary on his own health after receiving Covaxin vaccination

(Save for your reference till vaccination is done)

Diary for 2 days

I got my self vaccinated today (25/01/2021) at 11:25 am, on the left upper side of the arm. I had no side effects till 10:30 pm.

I had my dinner at 8:00 pm and I was all fine till 10:30 pm with no side effects, I went to bed around the same time. At 11:30 pm, while I was still lying in the bed, pain started at the vaccination site, which wasn’t before. I had a slight chill and my temperature started rising, at 12:30 am. I measured my temperature and I was having 99.4*F. As expected, along with the temperature started the rest of the side effects. I had bodyache, warmness in my eyes, neck pain. Pain at the vaccination site became worse and I also had slight choking in my throat.

Throughout the night I was restless, could not sleep much, my temperature at 2:00 am was 100.4*F. I kept myself observing closely.

I was happy though, as all these side effects indicated that the vaccination was successful and my body is giving robust response.

26/01/2021

I slept around 4:00 am got up at 6:00 am, feeling drained, my temperature was again 100.4*F at 6:30 am. Throughout the day I had fever ranging between (99.7*F-100.2*F) body ache, pain at vaccination site, sore throat, mild cold. In the evening, around 6:30 pm, my temperature was 99.3*F, pain slightly reduced at the vaccination site, some relief was also observed in my sore throat.

I had my dinner at 8:30 pm and went to bed at 10:30 pm, before bedtime my temperature was 99.2*F.

27/01/2021

I woke up at 6:00 am, feeling quite well, body temperature was 98.7*F, pain at vaccination site grossly reduced, pain only felt when I press my vaccination site with my hands, sore throat, neck pain gone.

All these side effects were like having mini-Covid symptoms.

Importantly, the whole batch of the doctors who got vaccinated the same day kept on sharing their side effects within our group and about 80-90% of us had common side effects as mentioned above.

The other symptoms which my colleagues had.

1. Dizziness, at the time of administering the vaccination and afterwards as well.

2. Rise in blood pressure.

3. Nausea.

I am sharing with you the first-hand experience which we doctors had at the time and after vaccination. You all will be experiencing the same, whenever you get vaccinated, so do not get anxious, as you all now, know the side effects.

 

Fact Check Of Doctor’s Diary On Covaxin Side Effects

There’s no way to tell if the viral diary was actually written by a doctor, since it’s unsigned and not attributed to anyone. So we cannot verify his/her account.

However, we can fact-check a few interesting points, claims and advice in that viral account. Let’s see what the FACTS really are…

Fact #1 : India Uses The Metric System

Interestingly, the writer recorded his/her body temperature in Fahrenheit, instead of Celsius.

Like the vast majority of the world, India uses the metric system, and an actual Indian doctor would use Celsius.

Fahrenheit is only used in the United States, Belize, Palau, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands – none of which has the Covaxin vaccine.

Fact #2 : The Writer Use Terms Doctors Generally Won’t

Generally, doctors will not use terms like vaccination site, temperature started rising, warmness in eyes, rise in blood pressure, or mini-Covid symptoms.

The proper terms, which normal people would have understood, would have been injection site, fever, hypertension or increased blood pressure, or COVID-like symptoms.

Fact #3 : How High Was Their Blood Pressure?

The writer claimed that his/her medical colleagues reported “rise in blood pressure”, without stating how much higher.

This is important, because a significant increase in blood pressure is defined as an increase in systolic blood pressure of greater than 20 mm Hg, or an increase in diastolic blood pressure of greater than 10 mm Hg.

If the writer is an actual doctor, and his colleagues only reported slightly elevated blood pressure, he/she should have written it off as irrelevant, or normal physiological variances.

Blood pressure can also temporarily increase for all sorts of perfectly normal reasons – smoking, caffeinated drinks, anxiety, or even mild exertion before the reading was taken.

A single elevated BP reading is not indicative of the blood pressure actually being high. In fact, blood pressure readings are only accurate if you follow these rules :

  • you did not drink a caffeinated beverage or smoke in the last 30 minutes.
  • you did not rest (sit quietly) for at least 5 minutes
  • you are seated with your arm rested, so that your elbow is about heart level
  • you did not talk during the measurement
  • there is a difference of less than 5 mm Hg between two readings taken consecutively.

Fact #4 : Dizziness During Injection 

Dizziness during injection is not a side effect of the Covaxin vaccine, because it’s in the process of being injected into the body, and thus have no effect yet.

It is actually a symptom of vasovagal syncope – the same physiological response that caused Tiffany Dover to faint on TV after receiving an injection of the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine.

People with vasovagal syncope will feel dizzy or faint when exposed to certain triggers like pain, emotional stress, fear of needles or even just the sight of blood.

So it is not surprising if some people feel dizzy or faint after getting an injection, whether it’s of a COVID-19 vaccine or a placebo.

Fact #5 : Some Side Effects Are A Good Sign

The known Covaxin vaccine side effects include :

  • injection site pain, swelling, redness, itching
  • stiffness and weakness of the injection arm
  • body ache, headache
  • fever, malaise, weakness
  • rashes, nausea, vomiting

While side effects like allergic reaction, rashes and vomiting are obviously not good, other side effects are a good sign.

Vaccine “side effects” like fever and muscle ache are actually a sign that the vaccine is working, and your body’s immune system is kicking into action.

Remember – COVID-19 vaccines like Covaxin basically use the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus or its spike protein to train your body’s immune system to fight against the real virus.

So you should at least expect some symptoms of a real COVID-19 infection, as the body works to fight off the “fake infection” that the vaccine just delivered.

Fact #6 : Hydrate With Water, Period

Hydration is simple – drink water. It really doesn’t matter if it’s cold, hot, warm, lukewarm, or room temperature.

There is also no fixed rule on how much water to drink a day. It very much depends on the individual’s life and environment.

Someone who is physically exerting himself in a dry climate would naturally require more hydration than a rich socialite chilling out in the sauna.

Fact #7 : Hydration Has No Effect On Vaccines

Any doctor worth his/her salt would know that body maintains its biological equilibrium through homeostasis.

So additional hydration after vaccination will not have any effect. You will just piss it out.

Fact #8 : Perfume Isn’t Bad For Vaccination

This needs some context. It’s not wrong to smell nice when you meet people.

Some health authorities are advising people to avoid wearing scented products like perfume or cologne, as other people waiting for their vaccinations may be allergic to them.

Fact #8 : Alcohol Rub / Swab Is Fine

WHO recommends against swabbing the skin with alcohol before injecting the vaccine, consider it an unnecessary waste of time and money. So don’t be worried if the nurse or doctor skips this step.

However, there is nothing wrong if you let the nurse or doctor swab your skin with alcohol before injecting the vaccine.

No one swabs the skin with alcohol after an injection, so we have no idea why the writer would ask you to refrain from doing so.

Fact #9 : Alcohol Consumption Before / After Vaccination Is Fine

There is no evidence that alcohol consumption has any effect on any COVID-19 vaccine, so there is no rule against consuming alcohol before or after vaccination.

But it would be make sense not to drink alcohol before driving to the vaccination centre – which is both unsafe, and against the law.

Fact #10 : Hypertension Is Not A Side Effect

So far, no COVID-19 vaccine (Covaxin or otherwise) has listed hypertension – high blood pressure – as a side effect. So there is no need to monitor your blood pressure after vaccination.

If you already have hypertension, then you should monitor your blood pressure regularly… as you normally would.

 

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Scam Alert : Remote Control Electricity Saver!

Please WATCH OUT for this remote control electricity saver scam being promoted on Facebook and WhatsApp!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

Remote Control Electricity Saver On Facebook / WhatsApp

After TNB started introducing expanding the installation of the new smart digital meter, people noticed that their electricity bills shot up significantly.

This led scammers to introduce “electricity saving devices”, and the latest one is this Remote Control Electricity Saver that is being promoted on Facebook and WhatsApp.

This Remote Control Electricity Saver (超省电) claims to let you cheat the new digital electricity meter by turning it on and off remotely.

  • Only applicable for digital meter
  • No tracking on adjusting the meter
  • No evidence left to show illegal action
  • Not required to remove the current meter

It is being advertised on Facebook (with our English translation).

Alat Kawalan Jauh Penjimatan Kuasa
(Remote Control Electricity Saving Device )
-Single Phase Rm450
-Three Phase Rm750
-Warranty 1 tahun
(-Warranty 1 year)
-Free Postage

如果每个月电费是你的负担救星来啦
完全不动TMB电表,不更改原本线路,安装后,完全看不出任何破绽,用遥控开关省电…
适合于,有地住家,店面,办公室,工厂
上门安装,做好直接看效果 当天安装,当天开始节省70%或以上电费,终生使用
适合所有电表,包括旧电表,digital meter,电子表,及最新的smart meter(single phase or 3 phase meter)
最重要是换了电表,我们的系统一样能使用

If every month electricity bill is your burden
doesn’t move the TMB meter at all, doesn’t change the original line, after installation, can’t see any break at all, use remote control switch to save electricity…
is suitable for, land home, storefront, office, factory
is installed at the door, and it’s done to see the direct effect installation on the day, start saving % or more electricity bills on the same day
Earn ($) in points! Details
The most important thing is to change the electrical meter, our system is just as usable!! !!

 

Remote Control Electricity Saver : Bullshit Scam!

Electricity saving devices DO NOT WORK, period.

So if you see anyone selling them, it’s a scam. You are better off just giving your money to a charity… or to me.

Feel free to ask for my bank account number. At least, you will be supporting my work!

Now, here are the reasons why this Remote Control Electricity Saver is a scam, like all other electricity saving devices!

Reason #1 : The Videos Are So Fake

The videos they use as “evidence” are so fake. They basically shows the scammer turning the electricity meter on and off using the Remote Control Electricity Saver.

In reality, one scammer just turns an electrical appliance on and off, whenever his/her partner turns the Remote Control Electricity Saver off and on.

What does it prove? Absolutely nothing!

Reason #2 : The Device Looks Like A Piece Of Shit

These scammers do not even bother to make their Remote Control Electricity Saver look decent.

It looks like a cheap toy from the bargain bin in the 1980s – a crude black plastic box with tiny buttons and two LED lights. Something kids might pretend is a remote detonator for a toy bomb.

Reason #3 : It Doesn’t Even Pretend To Use A Capacitor

Electricity saving devices use a capacitor to improve the Power Factor* for inefficient devices like fans, fluorescent light ballast and voltage transformers.

By claiming to control the digital meter remotely, it doesn’t even pretend to use a capacitor! What it really claims to do is MAGICALLY stop the digital meter from recording your electricity usage.

* Important Note : Capacitor-based electricity saving devices are still a scam because utility companies do NOT charge residential or small business users for “reactive power” – electricity loss due to Power Factor inefficiency. So it doesn’t matter whether you improve your Power Factor or not – you are only charged for the actual power that is used, and not power that is lost.

Reason #4 : The Man Has Nothing To Do With The Scam

The scammers misappropriated a picture of Liaw San, a retiree from Kajang, making it look like he endorsed their product.

Liaw Sam gained infamy in 2014 when he was slapped with a RM 11,656 (~US$2,914) electricity bill, instead of his usual electricity bill of RM 50~RM200.

 

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Fact Check : RM300 Seat Belt Fine On PLUS Highway?

Is it true that rear passengers caught not wearing a seat belt on the PLUS North-South Expressway will receive a RM300 fine?

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

 

Claim : RM300 Seat Belt Fine By Police On PLUS Highway!

This is the viral message that has been circulating (again) on WhatsApp since early January 2021, but was circulating on SMS and Facebook for a long time now.

. INFORMATION

The North-South Expressway PLUS starts today, and police officers will check every day in the evening~ The passengers in the back seat with no seat belt, will be fined RM300 per person, RM600 for two people”.

Please do update friends & family members to be alert & pay attention in this matter.
Just now a lot of cars have been issued with fines.
Please notify everyone going out to remember to wear a seat belt at the back seat.

Photo Credit : NST

 

The Truth : There Is No RM300 Seat Belt Fine

The truth is there is no RM300 fine for rear passengers who did not wear a seat belt.

Fact #1 : JSPT Refuted The Viral Claim

The Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) refuted the claim that they would be checking cars travelling on the PLUS North-South Expressway in the evenings, and issuing a RM300 fine for those caught not wearing a seat belt at the back.

The JSPT Deputy Director SAC Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain said, “We at JSPT would like to advise all road users to continue complying with the laws and regulations to ensure the safety of every road user.

In addition, we would also like to urge the public to stop spreading fake information and to always ensure the validity of any viral information shared on social media sites.

Fact #2 : Rear Seat Belt Mandatory Since 1 January 2009

It has been mandatory in Malaysia to wear a seat belt while seated in the back seat of a vehicle since 1 January 2009, except for :

  • old vehicles registered before 1 January 1995
  • vehicles registered on or after 1 January 1995 but lack rear anchorage points
  • vehicles that seat more than 8 passengers (not including driver)
  • good vehicles with carrying load of more than 3.5 tonnes

Fact #3 : Seat Belt Fine Is Way More Than RM300

Any driver or passengers, whether seated in the front or rear, caught not wearing a seat belt will be subject to :

  • a fine of up to RM 2,000, and / or
  • a prison sentence of up to 1 year

Fact #4 : RM300 Seat Belt Fine Ended In June 2009

For a 6 month period – from 1 January until 30 June 2009 – the police and JPJ only issued a reduced RM300 fine to those who did not wear a seat belt.

That “introductory fine” has long expired.

 

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Fact Check : February 2021 Happens Once Every 823 Years!

Is it true that February 2021 is once-in-a-lifetime event that happens once every 823 years?

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

 

Claim : February 2021 Happens Once Every 823 Years!

This is the viral claim that crops up almost every year, but gets a refresh every time.

This coming February cannot come in your life time again. Because this year February has
4 Sundays,
4 Mondays,
4 Tuesdays,
4 Wednesdays,
4 Thrusdays,
4 Fridays &
4 Saturdays.
This Happens once every 823 years.
This is called money bags. So send to at least 5 people or 5 Groups and hopefully money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. Send within 11 minutes of reading.

 

February 2021 Happens Once Every 823 Years : Not True!

Here is the short summary – February 2021 is NOT a lifetime event that happens once every 823 years.

In fact, as far as Februarys go, February 2021 is nothing special, and here’s why…

Fact #1 : Most Februaries Have 28 Days

Every February has 28 days, except for leap years where they gain an extra day and have 29 days.

Years that are divisible by 4 are leap years, except for years that are divisible by 100 years.

  • 1896 and 1904 are leap years, but not 1900.

There is one exception though – years that are divisible by 400 have a leap year.

  • 1800 and 1900 are leap years, but not 2000.

Fact #2 : Roughly ¾ Of Februaries Have 4 Weeks

Roughly ¾ of Februaries have 28 days, and therefore 4 weeks with 4 Sundays, 4 Mondays, 4 Tuesdays, 4 Wednesdays, 4 Thursdays, 4 Fridays and yes, 4 Saturdays too.

In other words, February 2021 isn’t unique at all in having 4 of every day of the week… definitely NOT every 823 years.

In fact, it is far more common for Februaries to have 4 Sundays, 4 Mondays, 4 Tuesdays, 4 Wednesdays, 4 Thursdays, 4 Fridays and 4 Saturdays, than anything else!

 

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Did Larry King Die From COVID-19 After Surviving Cancer?

Did Larry King die from COVID-19 after surviving TWO cancers, heart surgery, and SEVEN WIVES?

Find out what the viral news about Larry King’s death, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Larry King Die From COVID-19 After Surviving Cancer?

This is the advice that has been circulating on Instagram and WhatsApp about Larry King dying from COVID-19 :

Larry King was diabetic

He survived 2 cancers : lung and prostate

He survived quintuple bypass heart surgery

He survived at least two cardiac arrest

He survived SEVEN WIVES

Then Covid happened…

WEAR YOUR DAMN MASK

 

No, Larry King Did NOT Die From COVID-19

As much as we admire the effectiveness of the message in reminding people to wear a face mask to protect themselves against COVID-19, Larry King did not die from COVID-19.

That said, please WEAR A FACE MASK, distance yourself from other people in public, and practice good hand hygiene, to protect yourself against COVID-19!

Here are the facts about what Larry King went through in life, and his death.

Fact #1 : Larry King Had Lung + Prostate Cancers

In 1999, Larry King was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and was successfully treated for it.

Then in 2017, he had surgery to remove a lump in his lung, that turned out to be malignant.

Fact #2 : Larry King Had One Known Heart Attack

Larry King had a heart attack in 1987, which led to a quintuple heart-bypass surgery.

This was followed by an angioplasty in 1997 for a clogged heart vessel. Ten years later, he had angioplasty and stents inserted.

Fact #3 : Larry King Survived A Stroke

In March 2019, he suffered a stroke and was in coma for weeks. He survived that, but lost some function in his left foot.

Fact #4 : Larry King Had 7 Wives In 8 Marriages

Larry King was actually married eight times, to seven different women.

  • Freda Miller in 1952
  • Annette Kaye in 1961
  • Alene Akins in 1961
  • Mickey Sutphin in 1964
  • Alene Akins (again) in 1968
  • Sharon Lepore in 1976
  • Julie Alexander in 1989
  • Shawn Southwick in 1997

Fact #5 : Larry King Had COVID-19 But Died Of Sepsis

Larry King was hospitalised for COVID-19 in December 2020, and died on 23 January 2021.

However, his ex-wife Shawn Southwick (whom he divorced in 2019) said that he recovered from COVID-19, but died of sepsis as a complication.

It can be argued though that if he didn’t contract COVID-19, he wouldn’t have suffered from sepsis during his recovery…

 

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