Saifuddin: Stern action awaits those claiming that MOH faked Covid-19 data

Saifuddin advised members of the public to check the information they received came from reputable sources before sharing it with others. — MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has issued a statement reassuring the public of the veracity of the Health Ministry’s (MOH) official Covid-19 data.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said concerns had been raised over attempts by certain parties to maliciously question the reliability of MOH’s Covid-19 data, which is announced daily.

He said this during a National Security Council special meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Oct 27.

“This act of questioning the authenticity of the data is a malicious and deliberate attempt to incite confusion and sow distrust towards the government’s effort in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

Saifuddin explained that the government has always made sure that the data released by the Health Ministry is valid and accurate.

“The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) are investigating this matter and stern action will be taken against any irresponsible parties,” he added.

Saifuddin further guaranteed that the MOH’s data, released on Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) channels and Bernama, is authentic.

He also advised members of the public to ensure that any information they may have received came from reputable sources before sharing it with others.

If there are any doubts over a certain report or information, Saifuddin urged members of the public to visit or inform the Fast Reponse Team at 03 8911 5103 for them to investigate the authenticity of the information.

On Oct 26, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah refuted claims made by some parties on social media that the Covid-19 data, which recorded 1,228 cases on Saturday (Oct 24), had been faked.

A WhatsApp message was also circulated widely claiming that the Health Ministry had been instructed by Muhyiddin to falsify the figures.

“This data is not being manipulated. This is the facts that we have. We use this system from day one. It cannot be that when the data shows zero or one-digit figures, we accept it, but when it shows a figure of more than 1,000, we reject the data,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

The Covid-19 data from every state in Malaysia is gathered by the Health Ministry at 12pm every day through the public health information system.

“It does not just come from me, but it is from the whole team that collects these data,” he said, adding that discussions will also be held once the data has been gathered.

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