KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — The Ministry of Health is working with internet regulators to monitor misinformation on social media about vaccines, Dzulkefly Ahmad said today.
The health minister also told Parit MP Mohd Nizar Zakaria in a written parliamentary reply that all complaints about registered medical practitioners who spread fake news about vaccines would be referred to the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) for action.
“The Health Ministry is also working together with Jakim (Department of Islamic Development Malaysia) and the Mufti’s Office to explain the issue of vaccination and immunisation from the religious perspective that is often used by anti-vaxxers,” Dzulkefly said.
“Besides that, the Health Ministry is working with the Malaysian Homeopathic Medical Council to explain the true picture about the non-existence of homeopathic vaccines that are used by certain parties to make profit.”
A self-proclaimed “freelance doctor” went on a TV Al-Hijrah programme last February with paedetrician Dr Musa Mohd Nordin to advocate her stance against vaccines.
Malay Mail reported thatDeputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye told Dewan Rakyat today that anti-vaccination advocates only comprised about 1 percent of the Malaysian population.
“We are aware that there are anti-vax followers among the community. But if we compare it to other countries, currently the anti-vax followers here are not as organised. In our country, there’s no organised anti-vax movement,” he was quoted replying additional questions by Tenggara MP Adham Baba.