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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Doctor fined RM5,000 for fake news on Sinovac vaccine


The doctor pleaded guilty to a charge of spreading fake news. (Bloomberg pic)

PETALING JAYA: A doctor has been fined RM5,000 by the sessions court in Kangar, Perlis, for posting inaccurate information regarding the Sinovac vaccine on social media.

Jamnul Azhar Mulkan was charged with spreading false news with the intention of causing public fear through a video posted on the Facebook account “UiDM Polimas”, Harian Metro reported.

Jamnul recorded the video at Beseri clinic in Padang Besar on April 20.

He was charged under Section 4(1) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No.2) Ordinance 2021, which provides for a maximum three-year jail sentence or fine not exceeding RM100,000, or both upon conviction.

Jamnul pleaded guilty after the charge was read before Judge Musyiri Peet today. He was represented by Mohd Khairul Hafizuddin Ramli.

Khairul denied claims that Jamnul was an anti-vaxxer, saying his client had already received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Jamnul, a medical graduate from a university in Egypt, runs a clinic in Pendang and is married with eight children, aged between 15 and 30. He has been wheelchair-bound since an accident in 2017.

It is understood that he paid the fine after the court proceedings. - FMT

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