KUANTAN: Police have dismissed as untrue a claim on social media that the Chereh Dam in Sungai Lembing is at risk of collapsing at any time.
Kuantan District Police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Salleh said the public should not share such wrong information on Facebook or WhatsApp.
“Do not simply ‘viral’ something which is not true. If you receive it, delete it, or if you are unsure, get verification from the authorities.
“Every time there are floods, there are those who love to trigger hoaxes. Such things can cause anxiety among the people.
“... don't know what their motive is but it only creates panic,” he said on Wednesday.
Abdul Aziz was asked to comment on rumours that the dam would crumble at any time and that Pengurusan Air Pahang Berhad (PAIP) had cautioned the public to be prepared.
The information had been circulating since Tuesday (Jan 2) and it was said that Kuantan residents were making preparations to save themselves in the event of the dam bursting.
The fake message also said that Temerloh and Maran had been hit by a second wave of floods, although the situation in the two districts was still under control despite the current rain.
Meanwhile, a PAIP spokesman dismissed the claim on the Chereh Dam and said it would not make any announcement on the dam as it did not come under its jurisdiction.
“That dam is under the management of the Pahang Water Regulatory Body, so how is that PAIP had allegedly made the announcement?” he said. – Bernama