THE PUBLIC has been urged not to believe a viral message that the Perak government is giving out money in conjunction with the Hari Raya celebration.
“There is no truth to the viral message and it is a mischievous prank by certain individuals,” said Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
“It is no different from the fake messages prevalent on the Internet.
“My office has also gotten a lot of inquiries about it,” he told reporters after chairing the State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
He was commenting on a message that was being circulated on the WhatsApp messaging service about the purported launch of a “bonus scheme” for members of the public in Perak.
The message purportedly said only Perak residents aged between 16 and 55 could apply for the “Bonus Rakyat Perak” before June 24. It also gave a web link for the application.
On Perak being named the second-cleanest state in the country by the Tourism and Culture Ministry, Zambry said the accolade is partly due to the “Perak Yang Bersih” campaign that was launched in March.
“We will not rest on our laurels and continue with efforts to create a culture of prioritising cleanliness among the people,” he said.
Zambry said certain parties are cynical about the campaign and have mocked him for participating in clean-up activities.
“They say I am only doing it for the publicity. I have been doing so for many years, not just during the cleanliness campaign. Many of these efforts were not publicised,” he said.
“We should all work together to ensure the state continues to be cleaner,” he added.