Fake FB Post of Alleged US$1B Donation from Brunei Sultan

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Mukhriz apologises for fake social media post.

Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir today apologised over a wrong posting by Mukhriz Mahathir FC (MMFC) Facebook page which claimed that the Sultan of Brunei donated US$1 billion (RM3.95 billion) to help boost the Malaysian economy.

Although MMFC is not his official page, Mukhriz, who is also Jerlun member of Parliament admitted that the oversight should not have happened as the page admin had not verified the information before uploading the posting.

“The news is false and I apologise for the posting and it should not have happened because the source of the information was not verified.

“InsyaAllah it will not happen again,” he told reporters today.

On Tuesday morning, the now-deleted post had claimed that Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, who had paid Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad a visit on Monday, had given the sum to the Malaysian government to help restore the economy without expecting a repayment.

“Not into his personal account okay”, the post had read – a subtle jab at the RM2.6 billion found in former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal accounts which he said was a donation from Saudi royalty.

The ‘Mukhriz Mahathir FC’ page administrator has since denied and apologised for the fake post, attributing it to an error from a fellow administrator.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad/Twitter

Sultan Hassanal was the first foreign head of state to pay a courtesy call on Mahathir at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya yesterday. Mahathir was sworn-in as the nation’s seventh premier on Thursday.