KULAI, 14 FEB: Twenty-one police reports have been lodged while four charges were made under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, following to the spreading of false information related to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Johor.
State Housing, Communications and Multimedia committee chairman, Dzulkefly Ahmad said if found guilty, a fine up to RM50,000 or a one-year jail term could be imposed.
“The latest case is regarding the sharing of false information occurring at SJK(C) Kulai Besar. However the Health Department has issued a statement to deny the matter.
“I hope the rakyat will consider before making any information to go viral. Do not share if you are unsure,” he said to reporters in a press conference after attending Info On Wheels programme at TJ Mart in Kulai here, today.
Dzulkefly, who is also Kota Iskandar assemblyman said that charges could be made not only to those who created the post but also to the people who share the news.
“We do not want to create a panic situation. The rakyat can refer to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Information Department’s websites on the latest update for Covid-19.
“This include to look for precautionary measures that should be taken during the virus outbreak,” he said adding valid information could also be obtained at sebenarnya.my – a website under the Ministry of Communications.
Dzulkefly said through the platform, rakyat can keep updated on the validity of news to avoid getting involved in making fake news to go viral.