The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said the offer by a “private company” to sponsor two million doses of Sinovac vaccine to the Penang government is bogus.
Khairy said he examined a copy of the letter received by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow detailing the offer. The letter was from a man named Yong Chee Kong who claimed to be a Malaysian working for Xintai Development Enterprise, which is allegedly based in Hong Kong.
In the letter the man claimed he was willing to pay US$2 million deposit and was said to be in touch with Sinovac Biotech international sales head Coco Chang.
Upon further investigation, Khairy said there was no application made to Sinovac Biotech in China and Coco Chang confirmed that she had not been in contact with anyone regarding the matter.
It was also important to note that a search for the company Xintai yielded no results.
In a statement, Khairy stated, “we found that this offer is not genuine. It is a scam, and it is bogus.”
Moreover, on Tuesday (May 18) Chow Kon Yew said the Health Ministry had declined to approve the state government’s request for a private company to sponsor two million vaccine doses from China.
Regarding the matter, Khairy clarified that states can buy their own vaccines, as long as the vaccines are first approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).