Armed Forces chief rubbishes viral claims soldiers will use force on anyone defying MCO

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  • Saturday, 21 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang (pic) has rubbished a viral voice message on WhatsApp claiming that the Armed Forces will resort to hitting anyone who breaks the movement control order (MCO), saying that it is fake.

The Armed Forces chief said the armed forces will not resort to violence as it collaborates with police to enforce the MCO, which is aimed at stopping the spread of Covid-19.

"Please stop spreading such messages because it can cause panic among the people.

"Anyone caught spreading fake news can be charged under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998," he said.

Section 233 of the Act has to do with improper use of network facilities and those convicted can be fined up to RM50,000 or face up to a year in jail or both.

Offenders may also be liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for every day the offence is continued upon conviction.

Jen Affendi said people should not be frightened to see the Armed Forces helping enforce MCO as it is the military's secondary duty during peacetime.

Instead, he said Malaysians should cooperate and follow the rules and regulations of the MCO.

The military will be deployed to help enforce the MCO starting Sunday (March 22).

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