MCMC debunks five viral fake news claims


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has debunked five viral "fake news" claims that have been circulating on social media.

According to MCMC, police have denied issuing a fine of RM300 for vehicles with more than one person in them.

Police also denied issuing a fine of RM200 to those seen not wearing face masks.

Claims that four Indian nationals, who tested positive for Covid-19, had escaped from Hospital Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang, were also untrue, police said.

Debunking another false claim, the MCMC said that Hospital Dungun authorities have denied that all of their hospital staff have been placed under quarantine.

Though there has been a confirmed Covid-19 case at the hospital, quarantine instructions did not involve all employees of the hospital, as the viral fake news had claimed.

Debunking yet another false claim, the MCMC said that according to the Health Ministry, the loss of both appetite and sense of smell are not newly discovered symptoms of Covid-19.

The MCMC also said that the Selangor Mentri Besar's office has denied that there were new Covid-19 hotspots, namely the areas surrounding Sungai Lui, Sungai Ramal Dalam, Sungai Merab and Jalan Kebun.

The false information regarding new hotspots was issued by someone posing as the Selangor chapter of the National Security Council (MKN Selangor).

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