JOHOR BARU: The Johor Health Department has denied allegations on a Facebook post that claimed 74 people from China have been quarantined at Forest City due to novel coronavirus outbreak.
The department in a statement on Saturday (Feb 1) said that it has lodged a police report regarding the matter.
“The department would like to inform that these statements are untrue. Members of the public are advised not to spread any fake news that will cause a panic situation among the people.
“The distribution of fake news can be charged under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for improper use of network facilities,” it said.
If convicted, the suspect could be fined up to RM50,000 or serve a year in jail or both.
An additional RM1,000 fine could also be imposed for each day the fake news is spread after conviction.
The department was referring to a Facebook post that shows a man in a hazmat suit being tasked to Forest City for two weeks.
The post also claimed that there have been two positive cases at Forest City, aside from stating that 74 people from China have been quarantined by the Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din when contacted said that a statement will be issued regarding the matter.