Celebrities should be more careful before agreeing to endorse any product especially involving health and supplement products.
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Putrajaya Hospital Medical Consultant and Nephrologist, Dr Rafidah Abdullah slams singer turns actor Mawi for endorsing a health juice that supposedly can help patients suffering from kidney problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
The outspoken health experts took to Twitter to criticise Mawi’s antic, openly questioning why the Aduh Saliha’s singer would promote such product to patients with chronic conditions.
Dr Rafidah ask Mawi why would he “lie to patients with chronic illnesses” and points out that Mawi’s endorsement of the drinks is in contravention of the Medicines (Advertisement & Sale) Act 1956.
Salam Mawi,— Rafidah Abdullah (@rafidah72) May 4, 2022
Kenapa perlu menipu pesakit2 kronik saya?
Perbuatan ini sudah salah dari segi akta Iklan dan Ubat 1956.
Tak payah nak cerita tentang kenyataan yg menipu dan menunggang agama! pic.twitter.com/HeYpaxKKuF
She also chided Mawi and urged the artist not to ride on religious sentiment and to disseminate false claims in order to promote the product.
The health expert went on to criticise celebrities for endorsing questionable products and urge them to study the guidelines on promoting supplements that were issued by the Ministry of Health.
“Stop lying to the elderlies. Enough is enough,” the doctor tweeted.
Netizens too rallied behind Dr Rafidah, with some pointing out that the market is saturated with products that claim to be beneficial for patients with severe illnesses.
Nenek sy pun pernah minum jus ni. Kononnya elok utk buah pinggang. Now dah sakit buah pinggang tahap 4 😣— 🇲🇾 farhana sabri (@hanaerain) May 5, 2022
Tp plg x logik Dr yg ubat bole hilangkan rabun. Makan ubat esk trs rabun kurang 🙁— nichiimoss🇲🇾 (@ni_reyna) May 4, 2022
There are also others that shared their personal experience looking how their family member’s health deteriorate after depending on the drinks to cure their illnesses.
Although none of them directly blame the drinks, it is evident that they doesn’t agree with the claims that consuming the juice are beneficial for patience with chronic illness.
Ayah aku Takut nak pergi spital. Dok minum jus ni la.. skrg ayah dah meninggal— BINTURONG (@superketum) May 5, 2022
Arwah ayah pernah beli ubat ni 5 botol jugak minum. Takde function lansung. Membazir je beli. Meninggal sebab sakit buah pinggang.— 🌺ftnnbla_aziz🌺 (@ftnnbla_aziz) May 5, 2022
Mawi had previously uploaded a video during which he explains the benefits of consuming the drinks that he said can help treat kidney problems, among other things.
He also claimed that his relative’s health improved after starting to consume the drinks.
The public are advised to visit the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency at www.npra.gov.my to check on the status of relevant products.