PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) has debunked a viral message it purportedly sent saying there has been a Covid-19 outbreak amongst soldiers who voted early in the Sabah state elections.
"The MAF denies releasing a statement stating that a Covid-19 outbreak had occurred amongst MAF personnel who had dipped their fingers in ink during the early voting process for the Sabah state elections," it said in a statement Thursday (Sept 24).
It added that such news could cause confusion and panic amongst the public, while also disrupting the election process.
"It is stressed that any individual caught spreading fake news can be charged under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998," MAF said, adding that the public could find verified news from the Health Ministry or National Security Council.
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