KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s special officer, Jefridin Atan, said he will lodge a police report tomorrow on the circulation of fake news that Abdullah had died.
Jefridin said they viewed this matter seriously and he would lodge a report at the Putrajaya district police headquarters.
“We cannot ignore this. The viral message is slander which creates problems for people. By right, the people should be praying for Pak Lah’s well-being and long life.
“It is not a joking matter. I will leave it to police to investigate,” he told Bernama today.
Abdullah’s former press secretary, Teoh Ai Hua, urged people not to share unverified news, saying he met the former prime minister at his residence on Thursday.
“Pak Lah was fine when we met the other day. I do not understand why people want to viral fake news. Please don’t do it,” said Teoh, who is now a lecturer at the Applied Psychology, Policy and Social Work Studies Centre of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).
Today’s fake news about Abdullah follows a similar item on Aug 2, which Jefridin had also denied.
Abdullah, 81, was the fifth prime minister from 2003 to 2009.