KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman has debunked a fake message on social media claiming that police were looking for a man believed to be active in an organ harvesting ring.
The Whatsapp message also claimed that the man was a serial rapist active in Malaysia and Thailand.
Bukit Aman Inspector-General of Police (IGP) (Secretariat) Corporate Communications head Senior Asst Comm Datuk Asmawati Ahmad said the message was spread by certain irresponsible parties adding pictures aimed at sensationalising the fake news.
The message claims that the police were looking for a man named Mohd Faris Farhan Akhlaken Ahmad, wanted for organ harvesting and sale, as well as serial rape in Malaysia and the Thailand border.
“The message is complete fake and has been repeated several times since 2014 to spark fear among the public,” she said in a statement on Friday (Feb 22).
She added that the police have received no such information or police reports about kidnap-for-organ sales in the country.
“Any statement from this office will only be made in an official format and not via WhatsApp. The public are advised to not be so gullible with such sensationalist news which is either unverified or baseless in nature,” she said.
She added sharing such news would only spark fear and worry.
SAC Asmawati also urged the public to contact the respective agencies involved for verification and to avoid becoming a source of fake news.