MCMC Probes Seniman Chief over Fake Coronavirus Posting

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Malaysian Artistes Association (Seniman) president Rozaidi Jamil was at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for two hours to give his statement on his action in sharing fake news about the 2019 novel coronavirus infection.

More well-known as Zed Zaidi, 40, he arrived at the MCMC together with his lawyer, Zamri Idrus at 3.30 pm and completed giving his statement at 5.45 pm.

When met, Zed Zaidi said he had given full co-operation to the authorities to investigate the case.

Bernama

‘’People out there must be careful when posting on the social media,’’ he said briefly.

Meanwhile, Zamri said his client was being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for sharing a picture of fake news on Twitter purportedly all countries had barred the entry of tourists from China except Malaysia.

He said Zed Zaidi’s sim card had also been taken and recorded by MCMC.

‘’We were informed just now by MCMC, they will call him (again) if they see a need to obtain further details from Jed…that’s all,’’ he said.

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Asked if Zed Zaidi had the intention to spread invalid news or create panic in society, Zamri said what were written on Twitter were his personal issues.

‘’Not at all, this was indeed confirmed by Zed himself. No ulterior motive,’’ he said.

The actor recently shared fake news to the effect: Breaking News: All countries except Malaysia – All countries has banned Chinese tourists except Malaysia which was uploaded through Facebook account and Twitter.

The top right of the image that Zed uploaded on Jan 27 showed the URL link “breakyourownnews.com” where users could use the application in the website to create a fake breaking news headline.

Zed had also shared a picture of himself wearing a face mask with a caption: “Duduk malaysia pun tak selamat terpaksa pakai tutup hidung ni 24 jam dari influenza ke conovirus plak lepas ni tak tau apa bala lagi nak turun. Mesti Malaysia ada buat benda2 tak baik ni… hmmm aku rasa rakyat ja yg tau.”

(It’s not safe to live in Malaysia, forced to wear a mask for 24 hours. From influenza to conovirus (sic), what disaster will descend next? Surely Malaysia had done something bad..the people know better.)

Subsequently, Zed had told Malaysiakini that he knew the screenshot of the so-called breaking news was fake.

“I was trying to link the ‘news’ which shows a (background) image of people wearing masks to a picture of me wearing a mask,” he had said.

Other than Zed Zaidi, MCMC, with the co-operation of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), also recorded the statement of  “Oh My Media” website owner Mohd Khairul Anuar Rosli, 30, and another member of the public for sharing fake news purportedly on the arrivals of hundreds of tourists from China to Pulau Langkawi, Kedah to escape the coronavirus outbreak in their country.


Earlier news: Jan 28, Actor Zed Zaidi Slammed for Spreading Fake News About Coronavirus