Fake FB accounts pitting opposition leaders against one another, warns PBS

The fake Facebook postings targeting two PBS leaders.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has condemned the action by certain individuals who have created fictitious Facebook accounts with the intention of misleading people.

PBS vice-president Johnny Mositun told the media in Sandakan today that these individuals are hiding behind fake social media accounts and using certain apps to create posts attributed to two PBS leaders.

The two leaders, PBS secretary-general Jahid Jahim and PBS information chief Joniston Bangkuai, became victims when both were made to look as if they had posted private messages on their Facebook pages condemning former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia as well as Umno and PAS leaders.

The screenshots of the alleged posts were uploaded by a Facebook user under the name Erangel Gill on Wednesday.

In the posts, Jahid allegedly said: “PAS and Umno bring negative vibes to the PBS campaign. PBS shouldn’t have agreed to work with them.”

Bangkuai was accused of saying: “Tan Sri Pandikar’s view on Sabah and Sarawak being one of the 13 states in Malaysia was solely his, not that of PBS. We would like to stress and take legal action against anyone who links Tan Sri Pandikar with PBS. PBS does not welcome Tan Sri Pandikar.”

Pandikar recently turned up to campaign for PBS in the Sandakan by-election.

Both Jahid and Bangkuai, who were accused of allegedly making the posts on Tuesday at 9am, have denied the postings and updated their pages to notify their followers.

Mositun said the party suspected the fake accounts belong to certain political parties but did not identify them.

“The purpose of these heinous acts is to pit opposition parties against one another. This is a desperate act from a desperate party. I am surprised they are willing to stoop this low.”

He advised the political parties who resorted to such action to stop and be more professional instead of spreading lies among the people.

Mositun added that the Sandakan by-election had revealed the real faces of “New Sabah” and “New Malaysia”.

On another matter, he said Bersih 2.0 only condemned Warisan when campaigners were caught using police boats to travel to Pulau Berhala to campaign.

He said the election watchdog may not realise there have been several other breaches of the election law, particularly by Warisan.

“For example, the vehicles used by the chief minister were marked with the special car number plates ‘Ketua Menteri’ even though the chief minister was not attending official government events.

“The car was used to attend a political campaign last night. It was neatly parked near the campaign event, with the number plate ‘Ketua Menteri’ clearly visible.

“If this is not a misuse of government vehicles and machinery, I don’t know what is,” he said.