No truth to viral message on PM's 'special announcement'

PETALING JAYA: A message which has gone viral on social media that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was due to make an important announcement on Wednesday is false.

The message was accompanied by a screengrab of Najib’s purported appearance on Astro Awani, along with the words “Special announcement by the Prime Minister” and “Watch the live announcement at 11.30am later”.

Although not explicitly stated, the viral message appeared to suggest an announcement about the coming general election.

Sources at the Prime Minister’s Office have, however, said that the message is false.

Astro Awani’s anchor and journalist Ashwad Ismail also tweeted that the screengrab was from 2013.

There have been a number of false messages circulating on social media in recent weeks pertaining to announcements on the general election.

One viral message stated that the parliament would be dissolved on Feb 22 and proceeded to give dates for both nomination and polling days.

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