Viral Videos Insinuating Unrest Are GE14 Simulation Exercise

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Videos along with fake news circulating on social media insinuating public disorder were the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) simulation exercise ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14).

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According to Bukit Aman Management Department director Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Rajab, PDRM had been intensifying its preparation to ensure that the GE14 would go smoothly and be conducted in a peaceful manner.

“This includes providing training courses and (conducting) simulation exercise in ensuring that every police officer and personnel on duty will be able to carry out their tasks with efficiency and professionalism,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Hence, Abdul Ghafar urged the public not to be fooled by such videos that could stir uneasiness among the people.

“Irresponsible parties who spread such videos and claim there is an emergency situation may cause panic among the public.

“No good can come from spreading false news, so I hope the people will not be easily fooled,” he added.

Meanwhile, he said the freeze on leave for police officers and personnel from March to May was to allow them to participate in courses and training sessions aimed at ensuring they will be well-prepared when the date for GE14 is announced.

Meanwhile, the video of a shootout that went viral on Friday is just a film being shot.

The one-minute eight-second video depicts a gunfire exchange between criminals and policemen, and also shows two victims covered with blood lying on the road.