In the age of doctored images and deep fakes, even government officials like Min Ong are not spared from it. Min Ong shared about his own experience with doctored images in a Facebook post, reminding the public to be aware of such fake advertising floating online.
He said that as a practice, MOH officials and political figures do not endorse any medical products. The offending ad showed Min Ong endorsing a health product that claimed to cure vision problems.
The original photo was from a 2019 post where Min Ong presented an alumnus award to Dr Oon Chiew Seng, a 103 year old pioneer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, in a function in NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
Another photo depicted Min Ong and YB Khairy Jamaluddin, endorsing a health product that claimed a miraculous cure for spinal issues.
The original photo was from a recent post in March 2022, where Min Ong had a meeting with Malaysia’s Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin in KL.
Netizens asked Min Ong to make a police report as a form of deterrence.
Most thanked him for the information.
Some suggested a photoshop challenge since the doctored images were done badly.
Treading dangerous waters, these two.
At the end of the day, never trust dodgy health products being advertised online. Especially when it is badly photoshopped and “endorsed” by popular figures. It can do more harm than good as such products are sometimes not regulated and actually be filled with harmful ingredients.
Reporter’s Opinions: Okay this is funny and gutsy. You really think you can use photos of Min Ong supposedly endorsing what looks like a dodgy China health product and get away with it?
If you really wanna do something, at least ensure your editing skills are good. The pictures look painfully doctored.
A word of advice: Do not trust and consume dodgy health products marketed on social media platforms with weird handles. Most of the time, these products are not regulated by any bodies and it’s filled with toxins. Especially weight loss products.
They will cause more harm than good.
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