Former PM survives second bogus social media obit

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife Jeanne Abdullah were said to be on a lovely vacation somewhere in Malaysia. Photo: Izad Raya/Facebook

Former PM survives second bogus social media obit

No guys, once again, Malaysia’s fifth prime minister isn’t dead.

A former press secretary to former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi came forward yesterday to quash the second hoax this year about his death.

The 82-year-old, also fondly known as Pak Lah, is currently on vacation, Izad Raya told reporters yesterday, hours after a Facebook post announcing his former boss’ passing went up.

“The news is fake, as I have talked to his son. Pak Lah is healthy and is currently on a vacation with his family in the country,” Izad said. He also urged those spreading rumors to find better things to do. The first rumor about his death this year circulated in June.

Screengrab of the Nov. 15 2021 ‘fake news’ announcement of Abdullah Badawi’s passing. Photo: Galeri Tun Abdullah Badawi/Facebook

Abdullah served as prime minister from 2003 to 2009 and has been out of the spotlight since his resignation.

Former PM survives second bogus social media obit


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