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[UPDATE: UMMC has since responded with a press statement, stating that the medical center has welcomed all forms of contribution since the very beginning of the pandemic. Lazada Malaysia contributed as well by providing a platform to implement donation drive programs. UMMC will use such contributions to manage and handle the Covid-19 pandemic, and they are grateful and appreciative of all contributions and support by all parties.]
Recently, some netizens have come across what looks like a donation page to University Malaya Medical Center (UMMC) on Lazada.
The listings feature an image of fronliners clad in PPE, costing from RM50 to RM500.
PPUM is on Lazada, asking for COVID-19 donations for the hospital equipments. Chip in start from RM50 to RM500 thru Lazada apps. Not much detail provided, click link to the seller’s profile and products. https://t.co/wzBdwg6iDo— cнεтσɱ🕊 (@zt000tz) January 31, 2021
DON’T ASK IF THIS LEGIT or not. pic.twitter.com/6OCQnvANOb
In the age of online scams, we’re all skeptics
Many netizens were extremely quick to voice their doubts about the legitimacy of the donations. In this time where online scams are everywhere, most Malaysians preferred to err on the side of caution, especially when the “merchant” was listed as Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaysia (the correct name is Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya). Later, the merchant name was changed to reflect the correct name.
could be a scam!!— 🇲🇾 YNWA (@Mages_Suppiah) January 31, 2021
how come PPUM translated to Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaysia?— Max Heguy Cybertrooper J-KOM (@husainixx) January 31, 2021
Shockingly, the donation page is legit
They’re not the only ones
Even more shockingly, UMMC is not the only organization that is asking for donations from the public on such e-commerce platforms.
Plenty of NGOs are listed on the platform, such as Mercy Malaysia, Unicef, Yayasan Malaysia, Malaysia Red Crescent Society, and more.
It seems that during this time, money is hard to come by for everyone- organizations included.
TRP has reached out to UMMC for comments.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.