TEMERLOH: Irresponsible parties spreading unverified news and information on the social media has incurred the ire of the authorities.
Pahang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Seri Sharifuddin Abdul Ghani took to task such people as it had resulted in public confusion and a state of panic.
SDCP Sharifuddin said presently, police were focusing its efforts on post management of the floods and deploying its manpower to assist in cleaning up exercises statewide.
“Once all these efforts are over and situation returns to normal, we will start investigations on these rumour-mongers.
“Should the need arise, we wil seek assistance from other agencies including the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to track them down,” he said after taking part in an exercise to clean up a mosque near here.
Also present were Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Policing Department deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin and Temerloh OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Anuar Othman.
Some 200 police personnel from Bukit Aman, state police contingent headquarters and Temerloh district police took part in the event.
SDCP Sharifuddin said police received information that outsiders and volunteers who visited the flooded areas had started spreading news of poor health situation of victims on the social media.
He said by right, such news should be verified first with the relevant authorities before being uploaded and shared.
“I urge the public not to believe 100% information in the social media as some are not substantiated and exaggerated,” he said.
Later, DCP Wan Ahmad, represented Bukit Aman, presented some relief aid to a representative of the mosque committee.