The fake news stated that their vouchers could only be cashed on three days only, starting from April 18.
When the fake news went viral on social media, the recipients in large numbers crowded the bank at Jalan Kampung Nyaborthat here. The long queue had even extended to shophouses nearby.
Sibu OCPD, Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, who went to the scene, noted that the crowd had reduced after the news was refuted.
The recipients were told that they could cash their vouchers up to Dec 31 this year.
“The situation is under control. When the news went viral, many could not enter the bank due to congestion,” he said.
The police, Rela and bank security staff assisted with crowd control measures.