ICYMI, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said during a video-conference call with UMNO President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi last Saturday, that he had gone on a World Health Organisation (WHO) video-conference call with “500 countries”…
Yes, that’s why there were ‘500 countries’ jokes and memes all over your timeline the past weekend.
To give you a lil’ backstory, Adham and Zahid were discussing Covid-19 during the call, which was broadcast live on @zahidhamidi.fanpage page on Facebook when he made the comment.
Take a look at this video where it happened:
Hey there, @DrTedros. How many countries are there in the world?
Need your urgent response.
TQ, sir. pic.twitter.com/xp3ojrUEUg
— Mom of KL™️🇲🇾 (@amuse_gueule) April 18, 2020
Ever since that incident, Dr Adham Baba has clarified that it was a slip of the tongue.
“I mistakenly said 500 countries – what I meant was 500 participants from all around the world,” he said to The Star on Sunday. He also added that only 50 countries were participating in the video-conference at that time.
Okay, 500 participants makes much more sense, Adham. But then, an alleged cybertrooper decided to post a picture backing up Adham by editing Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) official Facebook post of the video-conference by changing the participant numbers from 338 to 538.
The tweet translates to”538 participants from 194 countries. Next time, please repeat the sentence if you have mispoke, @AdhamBaba. It’ll be easier to defend”.
Many netizens believed it as first but one Twitter user was quick to point out that the picture had been taken from MOH. He tweeted out the real image that was uploaded on MOH’s Facebook page on 27 March.
Instead of @TinjauM “helping” Adham out, it backfired, badly. Should’ve just sat there and ate your food, bro…
We’re not sure if the picture used is from the same meeting as the “500 countries” video conference because MOH’s picture was from last month and Adham had only talked about it recently. But if it is – Malaysians will not be happy.
Adham recently went viral for last month’s warm water fiasco when he said that drinking warm water could prevent one from getting infected with the virus that causes Covid-19. Pseudo-science, much?
‘Til then, stay home and keep updated with JUICE.