For the millionth time: Stop sharing fake news on virus, DPM urges

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 02 Feb 2020

Star Media Group Bhd CEO Andreas Vogiatzakis (right) with Insaf Malaysia president and founder Ishak Abdul Kadir (left) and Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (centre) at the Insaf dinner. – Starpic by Azlina Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has called on people not to spread fake news on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

She said such actions could create uncertainty, leading to panic that would further worsen the situation.

“I also want to share with all of you here that I went to visit frontliners at the KLIA, klia2, the Health Ministry and others. We are indebted to them for taking such high risks.

“Therefore, please don’t share false news and incorrect information.

“Let us come together to overcome the problem as we are not alone in facing the infection, ” she said in her address at Insaf Malaysia Technical Relief Organisation’s dinner here Sunday (Feb 2). The dinner was attended by Star Media Group Bhd chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis, among others.

She said the government had complied with its standard operating procedure in ensuring every step taken was in accordance with the directives of the National Security Council and latest information issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and our own Health Ministry.

“The Cabinet has also implemented several strategies to bar the entry of tourists and to bring home Malaysians from Wuhan, apart from mobilising the country’s health institutions to curb the spread of the infection, ” she said.

At the same time, Dr Wan Azizah who is Insaf patron, said the government would welcome any initiative from voluntary bodies to proactively relay information to the community in addressing the virus infection.

She said the humanitarian aid ecosystem in Malaysia should involve various stakeholders such as statutory bodies, corporations, political organisations and mass media, to further ensure the effectiveness of any assistance.

“We may not be able to cope with various disasters and problems entirely by relying on just the aid and actions of certain bodies.

“Instead, we should leverage on the strengths and expertise of all parties to ensure assistance can be delivered to victims quickly and safely, ” she said.

Insaf is a non-governmental organisation that carries out humanitarian aid activities for the less fortunate suffering from disaster and poverty, inside and outside of the country. – Bernama

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