Fake news: Chinese nationals coming to Malaysia to escape Coronavirus

Some 180 passengers from Nanjing arrived at the Langkawi International Airport at 6.00 am on Jan 17 via a special chartered flight using Malindo Air. Source (pic): Bernama

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There has been a spate of fake claims via social media purporting the mass arrivals of Chinese nationals in Malaysia to escape the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has thus far claimed 56 lives worldwide.

The latest involves the alleged arrival of Chinese in Langkawi by the hundreds, seen in a picture which has since gone viral.Travel agency Fantastic Tour Sdn Bhd has since come out to deny this.

“They were here for five days until Jan 21 and have returned home. That was an old picture of the passengers arriving on Jan 17,” the agency said.


PETALING JAYA: There has been a spate of fake claims via social media purporting the mass arrivals of Chinese nationals in Malaysia to escape the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has thus far claimed 56 lives worldwide.

The latest involves the alleged arrival of Chinese in Langkawi by the hundreds, seen in a picture (above) which has since gone viral.Travel agency Fantastic Tour Sdn Bhd has since come out to deny this.




According to the agency’s marketing manager, Mohd Fadhil Kamaruddin, the picture was that of the agency’s passengers arriving from Nanjing, China on the 17thof January.

“Some 180 passengers from Nanjing arrived at the Langkawi International Airport at 6.00 am on Jan 17 via a special chartered flight using Malindo Air.

“They were here for five days until Jan 21 and have returned home. That was an old picture of the passengers arriving on Jan 17,” he told Bernama here today.

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