Bank Negara denies freezing card purchases for non-essential items

As the movement control order continues to be enforced, fake news items continue to be spread on social media.

PETALING JAYA: Bank Negara Malaysia today denied that it had frozen card payments for non-essential items from March 27 till the movement control order is lifted.

This is one of the fake news items carried on social media. The communications and multimedia ministry has been issuing daily statements to rebut such allegations and allay the fears of the public.

Just two days ago, a senior citizen in Melaka was fined RM2,000 for spreading fake news linked to the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque last month.

The outbreak has claimed 27 lives and infected 2,320 people.

Meanwhile, the Segamat Hospital in Johor denied claims that its wards were being used to treat Covid-19 patients.

This is despite it being gazetted as a screening hospital for the pandemic.

The National Security Council also dismissed claims that the clothing of Covid-19 patients would be sold in a bundle sale.

Other news items declared fake:

  • National Security Council denied allegations that Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob had announced a list of areas in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur which would be involved under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO).
  • The health ministry denied that Kampung Pandan, Desa Pandan and Taman Maluri were declared as “red zones” when a Rohingya man from Kampung Pandan was suspected of being infected with Covid-19 and sent to Sungai Buloh Hospital.
  • The Sarawak state disaster management committee refuted the statement of a person who was allegedly ordered to obtain the personal information of villagers at Kampung No. 3 in Kuching and its surrounding areas for a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas on a possible lockdown in Kampung No. 3, Kampung No. 4 and Kampung No. 6.
  • The ministry denied allegations that there would be the third wave of Covid-19 infections on March 31, or that people would have to stay indoors during dusk and during the rainy season, as those were times when the coronavirus was alleged to spread easily.
  • The ministry denied it had any connection with parties applying for medical equipment and food for a high-risk group at the Institute of Medical Research which screens Covid-19 samples.
  • Perlis Health Department and Tuanku Fauziah Hospital denied any link with flyers distributed by the PPKSE Staff Club, asking for clothes, equipment, food and other necessities for frontliners.