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False: Misleading video claiming to be Pakatan rally actually Taiwanese presidential rally from 2019

November 16, 2022


The video shows a sea of Pakatan Harapan supporters rallying in Kelantan, Malaysia.


This is misleading and false. The video is of a rally in Taichung, Taiwan in June, 2019 for then presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu.


A user-submitted video of a mass rally was sent together with an audio clip. In the audio clip, a man claims the video shows an unprecedented crowd supporting a Pakatan Harapan rally in Kelantan, Malaysia.

This has been widely shared on WhatsApp.

The viral WhatsApp message that was shared with us by a user.

Faqcheck Lab has reviewed the video and found the claims in the audio clip to be false.

The video in question was in fact recorded on June 22, 2019 showcasing a rally for then Taiwanese presidential candidate, Han Kuo-yu.

On October 27, 2022 the Taiwan FactCheck Center found that the video was initially mislabelled for a rally for Han Kuo-yu on October 22, 2022.

Taiwan FactCheck Center identified the location of the rally that took place in Taiwan in June, 2019. Click image to view full story.

The video was originally posted on TikTok on October 24, 2022 by users Lang3911. It was titled “Elections make people crazy.” 

Comments under the video show a recent flood of reactions from accounts that appear to belong to Malaysians. They apparently mistook the crowd for Pakatan Harapan supporters.

Screenshot of comments taken on 16 November, 2022

In contrast, earlier comments by other users clearly referred to the video as a Taiwanese event, unrelated to anything happening in Malaysia. 


1) Koh Hsiung going to change government.2) All the best to Xie Long Jie for winning the Tainan mayor election with high votes! Service to the people of Tainan! Solve the problem for farmer and fisherman for their sales and marketing.3) Go Tainan!4) Go Kuomintang!

Faqcheck Lab cautions that disinformation actors often tag a separate audio clip to an unrelated video as a way to mislead the public. The WhatsApp falsehood in this case uses this modus operandi as well.


Trinna Leong & David Chak

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