KUALA LUMPUR: Fake news on social media is the reason behind the recent scare that children here are being kidnapped for their organs, says Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman.
"They contained video recordings and photographs which are not taken in Malaysia but in other countries.
"However, our people were made to believe as though it is happening here," he said when answering a supplementary question raised by V. Sivakumar (PH-Batu Gajah) during Question Time in Parliament on Tuesday (April 2).
He rubbished such claims, saying there were no cases of children being kidnapped for organ harvesting.
Mohd Azis cited a recent example where he ordered police to investigate claims in a viral video of a child being abused in Kedah, which turned out to be false as it was a case in Indonesia.
Sivakumar wanted to know if there were cases of child kidnappings related to organ harvesting in light of the large number of people around the world seeking organ transplant.
To an earlier question by Sivakumar, Mohd Azis said that 33 child kidnappings were recorded in the country in the past 10 years.
"Of this, 27 cases were settled following the arrest of 90 individuals," he added.
Mohd Azis advised parents to be more aware of the whereabouts of their children.
"Don't allow them to wander off and play alone or talk to strangers whenever they are out of their homes," he added.
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