A warning about robbers posing as KKM officers testing for COVID-19 has gone viral. Find out what happened, and what the facts really are!
Robbers Posing As KKM Officers Testing For COVID-19?
A picture of a KKM van and three men standing outside a house has been circulating on social media, with claims that they are actually robbers :
No, They Are NOT Robbers Posing As KKM Officers!
Despite what was claimed in those messages, the three men are genuine KKM officers. Even the van is an official KKM van. This reminds us of the claim of robberies using a fake TNB notice…
The house owner clarified this in this message (with our English translation) :
The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) also declared the claims false, and even lodged a police report.
What Is The SOP For KKM Officers Testing For COVID-19?
Part of the reason why this false claim went viral was because the Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob warned today, that people should be wary of those who come to their homes claiming to perform COVID-19 swab tests.
“The Health Ministry will only go door-to-door to do swab tests if you live in an area where the enhanced MCO is enforced. Otherwise, health authorities will not do this.”
“If there are people who come to the house claiming to be from the ministry and they want to do a swab test on you, do not let them in and lodge a police report so that action can be taken against these unscrupulous people,”
The Malaysia Ministry of Health also clarified that the District Health Office (PKD) will contact you before they come to the house.
To be sure they are genuine KKM officers, make sure you ask them to show their authority cards. If in doubt, please contact KKM or the police, to verify their authenticity.
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