KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno Youth has lodged a report on a viral video about the high-profile money-laundering case involving a Sabah Water Department official in 2016.
"We believe it is fake news and gives a bad impression of our state leaders," said Sabah Umno Youth assistant secretary Mohd Bahrin Abd Karim after lodging a police report at the Kota Kinabalu police headquarters on Tuesday (April 17).
He said the viral video on the high-profile corruption case in Sabah was heavily edited to make it look like it was produced by The Star's video department StarTV.
Mohd Bahrin said The Star issued a statement on Monday (April 16) night stating that their original video on StarTV as well as the logo of The Star Online had been used without permission or authorisation.
He added that the doctored video is an example of how fake news is used in an attempt to cheat the people into thinking that the visuals, interviews and voiceovers in the video comes from a credible source.
He said Sabah Umno Youth welcomed the Anti-Fake News Act and commended The Star for its prompt action to disassociate itself from the video.
Viral video using StarTV, Star Online footage not produced by The Star