Empty vaccine syringe scandal is about wealth before health

The Minister of Health, Adham Baba, does not appear to treat the ’empty syringe’ scandal with the seriousness and immediacy it deserves.

How could anyone know that their vaccine was not sugar water, or saline solution?

The exposé about “empty syringes” will embolden the anti-vaxxers.

The world faces an invisible enemy, Coronavirus, but in Malaysia, the rakyat has three enemies to confront.  The virus itself, the politicking and infighting in Putrajaya which has not stopped the spread of Coronavirus, and worst of all, the unscrupulous medical health-workers who withhold vaccines.

Does Adham comprehend that it is not just about getting another jab if one thought one had not received a full dose of the vaccine? He does not reassure us at all.

He should have halted the vaccination program in the particular centre, instituted an enquiry, suspended  the staff and taken great pains to reassure Malaysians.

Instead, he treats the empty syringe scandal, like a shopkeeper of a corner-shop grocery store, who tells his disgruntled customer, “Ok-lah, I give you an unopened pack of maggi mee because you said, the other one is empty.”

With the stress and tension to acquire the jab, the long wait, the queue alongside strangers, who could be silent carriers of Coronavirus, the fear of side-effects and for some, the phobia of the injection, who would recollect if the vial they received, was empty or not?

Anyone with half a brain will realise that this scandal is a crime, on many counts.

First. Medical ethics. It is not just about withholding the vaccine and pretending that the jab had been administered. This covers medical ethics and professionalism. The nurse or doctor who tricked the recipient from receiving the full dose, should be charged, prosecuted and dealt the maximum punishment, to act as a deterrent.

Second. Missing vaccine. The government procured the vaccines at great expense, using taxpayers’ money. When it was reported that the vial was empty, what happened to the contents? Is it hoarded in a freezer at the back of the vaccination facility awaiting the exchange of cash, from unscrupulous strangers? Many things end up on the black market, why not vaccines? People (and companies) are desperate to be protected, they will pay a good price for the vaccine.

Third. The trust deficit. If corrupt and unscrupulous health workers are prepared to cheat the person who has come to be vaccinated, what does that say about the Malaysian medical system? How can anyone place any faith in the people who are supposed to cure us?  This is the consequence of over five decades of lack of integrity and corruption in our public service.

Fourth. False sense of security. A person may leave the vaccination centre, thinking he was fully protected. Whilst most people are aware that the vaccine does not give 100% protection, why should anyone be left with a false sense of security? This goes against all human values and ethics.

Fifth. Consequences. What happens if the person who thought he had been vaccinated, contracts the disease and falls seriously ill? What if he dies? Will the government compensate the family? The stricken family may have lost a breadwinner, or a parent.

Sixth. Vaccine performance. What about the company which produced the vaccine? People may think that particular vaccine was of no use, when in truth, the vaccine had not been administered at all. The company in question should protest to the Malaysian government and demand an inquiry because its reputation is at stake. Moreover, the experts compiling data from around the world, will be horrified that Malaysian statistics is questionable.

Seventh. Inquiry. The suspension of the staff who are complicit in this scandal should have been immediate. This will serve as a warning to others. It will also  reassure the public that the ministry is committed to finding the truth. The guilty should be charged, jailed and receive the maximum punishment to act as a deterrent. They should also be barred from working in the medical sector.

Eighth. Deceit. If the guilty health workers are prepared to withhold vaccine from the person who should receive the jab, what’s to stop this health-worker from committing other dodgy practices? He could be re-using the needle and syringe. He could be transmitting other communicable diseases like hepatitis or HIV/AIDS from one person to a completely innocent person. We should doubt the corrupt health-worker’s integrity and not compromise.

Ninth. Dismissive tone. Adham told the public that “Anyone who has been proven to receive an “empty syringe” will be given a new injection.”  Could he explain how one is to prove that one received an “empty syringe”? What is the evidence, especially as one is not allowed to record the jabs being administered? When Malaysians go for a vaccination, they expect professionalism and should not need to micro-manage  the work of the self-styled experts. For many elderly people, the ignorant and those who have white coat syndrome, the last thing on their minds is to check if the vial is empty or not. The responsibility does not lie with the patient.

Tenth. Tip of the iceberg. If one of the complainants, Tan Wing Sam had not spoken out and lodged a police report, how would the public know about his scandal? We are aware that things like this are almost always covered up, because of the negative publicity. What if Tan had not been aware and subsequently fell ill?

More stories are emerging about vaccine scams and profiteering schemes, such as the forced buying of face masks to enter a vaccination centre. All these will deter people from being vaccinated and this will affect the national vaccination program.  

Adham Baba has clearly failed to demonstrate any leadership. His position is untenable. The buck stops with him. He should resign, or be kicked out.

Rebuilding Malaysia


  • Paul Wolfobitch says:

    Going by what happened to those who sold tainted milk powder in Ketuanan Cina, the criminals received two shots of lead to the back of their heads, Ameen.

    Those in Ketuanan Bolehland who played with, and risked the lives of those whose health they are supposed to take care of should be similarly disposed of, they are effectively murderers – and trash.

    Those punished should include the incompetent and useless bosses of those who fired the guns, they are equally criminal, and should receive maximum punishment.

    But this is Ketuanan Bolehland, those involved may escape punishment for now, and continue burrow their heads in pig sh*t and, as usual shamelessly pretend nothing happened.

    Only Allah and his daughters know how many were aware they were injected with nothing and were left thinking they are protected.

    We can only treat those criminals as Satan-possessed, there’s nothing to describe them, and a utterly worthless gomen that allows the crime to happen, and who now shamelessly and criminally pretends away nothing ever happened.

    Look at it this way, when we have such a thin-skinned fragile flower of a crap minister who can’t take it when others rightly joked about him – and even made a police report to protect his big ego, why is it that our diarrhoea-stained gomen cannot see at all it is not mère words that hurts some – but criminal action that can kill or maim on the part of the gomen?

    The diarrhoea-showered gomen is seriously sick.

    And seriously warped.

    If the gomen is even 2% intelligent, it should quickly disband and let the others of our equally useless politicians take over, then blame them for the same kind of mess they would bless us with.

    The diarrhoea-stained gomen is too stupid and too full of infantile ego to think it is fcuking crass stupid and unbelievably fcuking useless!

    In Malaysia, gomen stupidity is not entirely fun to watch, with our retard clown politicians, it kills!

  • Mathi says:

    This is the outmost disgusting behaviour of one human to another…oh yes…it is just not the empty syringe nurse…there is a whole backdoor supply chain behind the empty nurse…what a shame…but then again..apa nak Malu !

  • tigasuku. says:

    This shows the rot in Malay society is really deep and wide. No one is exempt. There is not one PN minister that has shown integrity in his/her duties. Everyone is only interested in filling their pockets and abusing their power. – like sending a helicopter to buy lunch. Does anyone noticed that no foreign power is coming in to offer assistance? Becasue everyone knows Malaysia is done for. It’s NEP and ketuanan policies have killed the country.I hope this comment can get published. All my comments have not been published. So much for freedom of speech.

  • Winston says:

    It’s a given that the vast majority of the politicians in the government in this country should not be in the government at all!
    And yet we see the same old,same old non-performers being put up at elections regardless of which party they belong to.
    Looks like the electorate has been given Hobson’s Choice all the time.
    And you can bet that no matter how they screwed up, they will be put up as candidates in a GE again and again.
    The only way to solve this problem is to have a new political party made up of technocrats who are chosen based on their merits and thoroughly vetted and deemed suitable to give the country a new lease of life.

    • Paul Wolfobitch says:

      “… The only way to solve this problem is to have a new political party made up of technocrats who are chosen based on their merits blah…”

      As Allah and his daughters would have it, Malaysia is blessed with garbage monkeys who are somehow called “technocrats” – some of the garbage monkeys describe themselves “technocrats” too, blimey!

      Allah and his daughters also created fcuking moronic arseh*le garbage monkeys who decide they can choose who those “technocrats” should be too.

      It always requires some with just enough intelligence to know they are not intelligent, but Malaysia has very limited supply of such. While most Malaysians delusionally think they are jolly damn intelligent.

      All that serve to explain why Malaysia is such a profoundly sh*th*le country.

      Thinking about these would hurt the stale tauhu inside your poor midget heads, so go back and snooze under your coconut tree, I’ll sound the gong when it’s feeding time.

Leave a Comment