Senior Minister becomes victim of fake news

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PUTRAJAYA JUNE 13: Security and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob became a victim of fake news when he was alleged to have said the government did not welcome Singapore citizens to visit Malaysia.

Ismail said, the allegation is not correct as Malaysia is still closing its doors to the outsiders since the enforcement of the Control Movement Order (CMO) on March 18.

“The Malaysians know my voice as they follow the press conference (PC) every day but the Singaporeans do not watch me on the television. Both Malaysia and Singapore are “friends” and neighbours and this fake news will only disturb the relationship.

“I have lodged a report to the Royal Police of Malaysia (RPM) and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) about the fake news,” Ismail said at the press conference held here today.

Earlier Ismail said, RPM and MCMC have opened 266 investigation papers related to COVID-19 fake news. From that 179 are under investigations while 30 have been charged in the courts with 11 have received warning notices and 18 have pleaded guilty.

He said, 332 denies and clarifications about fake news have been presented by the Quick Respond Team (PRP), Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (MCMC) to assist in curbing the dissemination of fake news on COVID-19.

Ismail advised the people to be careful before forwarding any information to others if the contents are not authentic but instead channelled it to PRP at 01-89115103 or visit WWW.SEBENARNYA.MY to check the validity of the story.

The Senior Minister added, for the past two weeks the RPM and MCMC have not opened new investigation papers and this shows that the awareness of the people and the community not to share fake news has increased. –Malaysia World News

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