‘Do not buy into fake news on aid for seniors’


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 15 Jun 2020

THE public are advised to be wary of news circulating on social media about a supposed aid scheme for senior citizens.

The post said that the Selangor government was giving out RM3,000 to those over 60 born in Selangor while those born in Kuala Lumpur before 1974 were also eligible to apply.

However, Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) clarified that the message was fake as no such scheme existed.

“Currently, we only have Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE), which is in the form of RM100 shopping vouchers at selected supermarkets given to those aged 60 and above.

“The beneficiaries are those who are already in Yawas’ list. Hence, we urge SMUE members to get their information from verified sources and not be tricked by fake news, ” it said in a social media post.

Balakong assemblyman Wong Siew Ki also informed the public that the message was fake via her social media page.

“Over the last few days about 50 people have either come to our service centre or called up to ask about the message.

“This is not the first time irresponsible people have been spreading fake news about purported state government aid.

“Before this, there was a message that the state government was giving RM500 to all people of Selangor for shopping.

“There was also one that said SMUE would give RM2,500 under its death beneficiary scheme to all in Selangor when only those 60 and above were eligible.

“I hope those responsible will stop playing all these dirty tricks as people are sick of it, ” Wong said.

SS15/2-SS15/3 Rukun Tetangga chairman Michael Sundram said many Subang Jaya residents had received the message.

“As RT chairman, I received calls asking me whether it was true.

“Most were happy to receive the aid.

“Unfortunately, I had to tell them the news was fake, ” he said.

Kampung Baru Balakong Village Security and Development Committee chairman Aw Fui Koon said she too had received the message.

“None of the villagers had asked me about it but I already knew that it was fake.”

Lake Edge Residents Association secretary Mariam Osman said they posted the clarification on their social media page.

“Most people thought it was fake but they just wanted to make sure, ” she said.

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