June 27, 2009 00:50 AM
RTM Will Call It ‘Swine Flu’ – Rais
KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 (Bernama) — Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will continue to use the term ‘swine flu’ instead of influenza A (H1N1), said Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Denying that the term would cause confusion, he said ‘swine flu’ was easier for the people, including those in the rural areas, to digest despite the Health Ministry’s stand of using the term ‘influenza A (H1N1)’.
“The issue does not arise at all. What matter most, the people understand that it is swine flu and not elephant flu… if H1N1 is used (by the Health Ministry), RTM will use swine flu.
“We have discussed this matter and internationally it is known as H1N1 but in Malaysia we will use the term ‘swine flu’. This is to ensure that the people understand the meaning,” he said after attending the full rehearsal for the launching of 1Malaysia logo and song at Dataran Merdeka here tonight.
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Update: 2230HR 28/06/09
MOI minister, RY, now speaks through both sides of his mouth while the H1N1 casualty rises to 124. Let’s pray that RY’s information obfuscating does not ‘dumb down’ civil society further until a vaccine is found in 2010.