A message circulating on social media purportedly showing a fatal accident involving a Sabah BN leader and a photo of a box-full of cash retrieved from his wrecked is fake.
The photo of the money was actually an old picture that had gone viral previously regarding the alleged distribution of RM100 fake bank notes in the country.
Apparently, the accident did not involve the Semporna Umno leader Abdul Hajan Gurimbang – who was featured in the fake message – but his driver, and there was no box laden with cash found as claimed.
The viral message consisted of four images.
The first image depicted the accident between a Toyota Land Cruiser and a lorry, the second showed a box with bundles of RM100 notes, the third was a rear view of the Land Cruiser, and the fourth, an image of a man clad in blue shirt and cap with the BN logo on it.
“The accident did occur and the man, whose photo was circulated, was the driver identified as Sulaiman Harianto, 28. He was killed at the scene.
“There were two other passengers at that time and they were Datin Rositah Ghani Abdul Shah, 53, and her daughter Nurul Zafiral Abdul Hajan, 24. Both were seriously injured and were taken to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan,” District police chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Farhan Lee Abdullah said today.
The trio were travelling in a Toyota Land Cruiser car on Tuesday when they were involved in an accident with a Toyota Hilux Vigo car and a lorry.
Mohd Farhan, however, said Rositah died in a coma early yesterday morning.
She was the wife of Semporna Umno committee member Abdul Hajan.
He confirmed the photo of the money was fake and has nothing to do with the accident.