HULU TERENGGANU – The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has advised users of social media not to add fuel to fire amid the current diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea.
Deputy Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said this followed the spread of news on a Facebook account belonging to a television network in Malaysia that a “massacre of Malaysians” had taken place in North Korea. He stressed that the news is false.
“I hope the circulation of this news can be stopped as it is fake and I don’t want the news to be misinterpreted and cause anxiety, especially to Malaysians.
“If there is anyone who still spreads the false news…we will not hesitate to take action,” he said.
Jailani, who is Hulu Terengganu MP, said he had also asked the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to investigate those behind the spread of the false news.
“Yesterday, we received three complaints alleging that North Korea’s missile is capable of reaching Malaysi and with this new case, there are four under investigation.
“My advice to the people, is not to be easily influenced by such contents as they are not authentic. We should get news from the right source and from those with authority.
“Those who try to upload these contents on social media are irresponsible quarters who are trying to aggravate the situation and add fuel to fire,” he said.
Jailani also advised consumers to be wary of spam calls from certain parties requesting them to update their bank accounts.
“We can check our personal information at the bank if the matter involves banking transactions,” he said adding that users should double check if the call was indeed made by a staff of the bank or otherwise.