Fake Covid-19 prevention guide among 42 fake news cases

A total of 42 cases of fake news are being investigated by Malaysia’s internet regulator.

KUALA LUMPUR: Six cases of fake news are to be taken to court as investigations proceed into a total of 42 cases, Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said today.

He said 13 investigation papers had been opened by the internet regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

In a posting on his Twitter account, Saifuddin listed 10 examples of fake news being investigated. They were:

  • A claim that the defence ministry will seek the help of veterans to enforce the MCO.
  • A voice message claiming military personnel are authorised to assault people.
    Faking a press release from the National Security Council.
  • A claim of a Covid-19 prevention guide by Japanese doctors.
  • A claim that Sungai Buloh Hospital is seeking donations of personal protective equipment for fighting Covid-19.
  • A claim that the Health Ministry is requesting donations.
  • A claim that a specialist doctor from a hospital in Perak died of Covid-19.
  • A claim that police issued summonses during roadblocks in front of TTDI police station.
  • A claim that Kuala Lumpur Hospital is seeking donations of money and equipment.
  • A claim that a Covid-19 positive patient escaped from Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital.

Saifuddin said anyone who deliberately caused public fear or anxiety could be jailed up to two years or fined, or both, if convicted under the Penal Code.

Those who disseminated contents that are obscene, false or which were a threat to others could be fined up to RM50,000, jailed for a year or both under the Communications and Multimedia 1998 Act.

“Keep using social media platforms in the right manner; pray for #MalaysiaFreeCovid19!” he tweeted.