Fake news, PMO says of recording on Rosmah

PMO says accusations on government spending allegedly involving Rosmah Mansor are baseless.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has strongly denied claims made in an audio recording about the prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, which has been circulating on WhatsApp.

In a statement on Facebook, the PMO said an individual had come out with “baseless accusations” on the government’s spending, allegedly involving Rosmah.

“The Prime Minister’s Office denies the wild and baseless allegations made by the individual. The act of the individual is clearly politically motivated to incite the people.

“Now, the spreading of false news and slander is becoming rampant on social media, including on mobile applications such as WhatsApp and Telegram, especially ahead of the 14th general election.”

The PMO said the individual had, in the recording, claimed that the government had forked out a lot for Rosmah’s birthday cake and the cost of installing two CCTV cameras at her office in Putrajaya.

The individual also claimed that the source was a colleague who worked in the finance ministry.

The PMO said there were also claims that the goods and services tax collection amounting to RM70.1 million had been stolen and was not found in the treasury.

The PMO advised the public to use their judgment to evaluate and check the authenticity of any such news before believing the lies disseminated by irresponsible parties for personal and political gain.

It also warned that those involved in the fabrication and dissemination of false news could be investigated under the Anti-Fake News Act 2018, which provides for a fine not exceeding RM500,000 or imprisonment of not more than six years or both, upon conviction.

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