[UPDATE] The Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) has pulled the social media posting (18 March) claiming that the MyEG COVID-19 rapid test kit was fake news, myEG has revealed in an official media statement.
The government e-services agency thanked the MOH for retracting the social media post. The MOH has not explained on what grounds the COVID-19 testing kit was deemed “fake news” and did not elaborate on why it had decided to remove the post.
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Earlier today on social media, the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) called out MyEG’s COVID-19 rapid test kits as “fake news” which has caused some confusion amongst netizens. MyEG has responded to MOH’s social media posting in an official statement.
MyEG reiterates that the COVID-19 rapid test kits do exist and, in fact, have been cleared by health authorities in China and Europe, where they are widely used. Specifically for Malaysia, these kits are still pending approval from the local authorities and certification from the MOH.
The government’s e-services platform explained that due to the pandemic emergency, most countries accept the Declaration of Conformity (sample from MOH here), with clinic trial report and all relevant supporting documents. As such, MyEG is working in parallel to accept pre-orders in order to secure availability from its partner, an undisclosed Chinese biomedical firm to ensure they have sufficient supplies once certification is received. Pre-order payments are fully refundable if for any reason certification isn’t received.
Offered at MYR99 per kit (or MYR990 for a set of 10), MyEG believes the testing kit is an accessible option to help Malaysians in early detection of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
MyEG’s full official response
MY E.G Services Bhd (“MYEG”) notes online media reports today in reference to a social media post by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia on its COVID-19 rapid test kits. MYEG wishes to reiterate that, as announced previously, it is awaiting approval from local authorities for the COVID-19 rapid test kit. It is still pending certification from the Ministry of Health at this point in time.
With the requisite documents including regulatory filings, test reports and compliance certificates in place, the test kits have been cleared by health authorities in China and Europe, where they are already being widely used. Due to the pandemic emergency, most countries accept the Declaration of Conformity, with clinic trial report and all relevant supporting documents. As such, MYEG is working in parallel to accept pre-orders (which are fully refundable) in order to secure availability from our partner, a Chinese biomedical firm so that we will have sufficient supplies once certification is received. If for any reason this is not received, all pre-orders are fully refundable.
Due to the simplicity of use for the testing kit, MYEG believes that it is an accessible option to increase testing amongst Malaysians to help assist in early detection and further prevent the spread of the virus. It will also help give Malaysians some peace of mind given its relative ease of use.