KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Michael Chong has cautioned the public about widespread Covid-19 vaccine scams.
The MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief said he was sent a screencap of an online shopping platform supposedly listing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine a few days ago.
He said the vaccine was purportedly being sold for RM63.88 and came with free shipping, adding that it was incredulous that some people were taken in by it.
“How would the shipping be done as the vaccine needs to be stored in extreme cold temperature?
“All these are scams and yet people believe them, ” he told a press conference yesterday.
Chong said that some people fell for such scams as they could be in a desperate situation.
“They are desperate and scared, ” said Chong, who tested positive for Covid-19 and was hospitalised for almost a month, including 12 days in the intensive care unit.
E-commerce platform Shopee said that an image purportedly listing a Covid-19 vaccine on its website was fake.
“We can confirm that we have not found any similar listings on our platform.
“The author of the tweet has confirmed that the image was doctored and indeed fake, ” it said.
Police have also advised the public to be wary of scams offering vaccines.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Zainuddin Yaacob had said that two police reports were lodged regarding a scam involving the sale of vaccines that resulted in losses amounting to RM285,499.
Malaysia kicked off its mass vaccination programme on Feb 24.
The government has said that Covid-19 vaccines would be provided for free under the programme.
There are three phases to the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, with frontliners being vaccinated in the first phase from February to April.