MIRI: Miri Mayor Adam Yii has dismissed as fake news claims that he had called on Brunei to reopen its borders with Miri or else businesses here will go bankrupt.
"I have received messages today about the fake claims circulating on social media.
"The fake claims said I had called on a certain Haji Tuah from Brunei to reopen the Brunei border with Miri.
"The fake claims alleged that I said Miri businesses are going bankrupt without the Bruneians.
"I categorically deny that I ever called such a Haji Tuah. I do not even know anyone by that name. I want to clarify that it is a fake claim," Yii told The Star.
The Miri-Brunei border is under strict cross-border enforcement in both directions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Brunei was among the very first countries to record Covid-19 positive cases.
The sultanate saw Covid-19 infections emerging in the sultanate in early February.
Miri started seeing such cases in early March and to date there have been 24 positive cases and two deaths in Miri due to Covid-19.
Brunei has barred its citizens from coming to Miri and the rest of Sarawak until further notice.
Those wanting to cross into this state need written approval from the Brunei authorities.
During normal times, about 40,000 Bruneians come to Miri during the weekend for food, shopping, entertainment and recreation.
Yii said on Wednesday (July 22) he never claimed that Miri businesses would go bust or that many shops had closed down.
He said he never claimed that businesses here are dependent on the Bruneians.
Yii called on the relevant authorities to probe such fake news on social media.
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