By Chew Lip Song
UMNO’s official Facebook account has come under fire after it declared Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba as one of the top three health ministers in the world.
Without attributing the source for the accolade, the posting dated June 13 listed health ministers from China Ma Xiaowei and Dr David Clark from New Zealand as the other two who had served with distinction.
The posting read: “Three top health ministers in the world. Thank you Dr Adham Baba and team. We are luck to have you as our Health Minister.”
But netizens were quick to question the self-declared honours. One “Zulfahan Pagon” wrote left a comment on the Facebook page saying he couldn’t find where the information was sourced from and provided a screenshot of his Google search.
Another user, “Firdaus Hakim” wrote: “Haha… syiok sendiri”.
In April, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was named by a Chinese TV network as one of the world’s top three doctors in handling the Covid-19 outbreak, alongside America’s Dr Anthony Fauci and New Zealand’s Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
Incidentally, Clark was demoted in April after he ignored national lockdown rules and drove his family to a beach 20km from his home.
Ma had also been criticised for not doing enough at the start of the outbreak in Wuhan.
Dr Adham, a medical doctor before joining politics, had also come under fire after he suggested on national television that drinking warm water could help prevent Covid-19 from spreading.