Spreading fake news will hinder govt’s efforts to conduct National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme properly

Nanta delivering his speech during the Malaysia’s Prihatin Programme organised by Federation of Chinese Associations Sarawak in collaboration with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs today (April 3,2021).

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, April 3: Members of the public have been reminded not to spread fake news on Covid-19 vaccination in particular people jumping queue to be vaccinated.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi said spreading fake news on Covid-19 vaccination especially on people jumping queue to be vaccinated will cause problems for the government to carry out the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) properly.


He explained that one of the five ordinances in the Emergency declared by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government was to stop people from spreading fake news on vaccination.

“If you and I do not know the details, do not simply viral news macam-macam.

“There is conscience and do not indulge into something that can hurt others.

“My family is waiting for their turn (to be vaccinated) and yet out there, people politically spin.

“On vaccination, don’t viral fake information,” he said in his speech during a dialogue with the business community organised by the Federation of Chinese Associations Sarawak (FCAS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) at FCAS headquarters here today.

Nanta said the government conducted the vaccination programme orderly and the list of Covid-19 recipients was determined by the Ministry of Health.

He disclosed that he has been jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccine but his family members have yet to be given the Covid-19 vaccine as the government prioritises frontliners.

At the same time, he said there were some quarters who criticise the government and claimed that they are among the frontliners to be given the Covid-19 vaccine.

Thus, he reminded the people not to be swayed away by certain information which is not authentic and wait for their turn to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

In the meantime, FCAS president Datuk Richard Wee, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry Sarawak director Datuk Stanley Tan, Companies Commission Malaysia Sarawak director Ramle Leen and representatives from the business community were among those present at the dialogue session. — DayakDaily