Cops running 12 investigations into fake news

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Police have opened 12 investigation papers under the Emergency Ordinance (Essential Powers) (No 2) 2021 in connection with the circulation of fake news on Covid-19.

Bukit Aman CID director Huzir Mohamed said the latest investigation paper was regarding a man’s Facebook posting alleging that flight MH191 from New Delhi, India, had brought in passengers through Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

He said the statement was not true and could cause public anxiety and unease on the measures taken by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The investigation is being conducted under Section 4(1) of the ordinance for making, offering, publishing, printing, distributing, circulating or disseminating any untrue news to the point of triggering fear or worry among the public.

In addition, he said police were also investigating the owner of a Facebook account under Section 504 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for making a posting that was offensive and brought shame to the government.


“Both the postings were made after the government had issued a directive in a National Security Council meeting on April 28 to implement a temporary ban on passenger flights to and from India to check the entry of a new Covid-19 variant from that country,” said Huzir in a statement yesterday.

The Emergency Ordinance (Essential Powers) (No. 2), gazetted on March 11, is specifically aimed at curbing the activity of producing and spreading fake news on the Covid-19 pandemic or the Declaration of Emergency.