KUALA LUMPUR: Individuals spreading fake news and instigating people not to take the Covid-19 vaccine will face action under the Sedition Act 1948, says Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
The Inspector-General of Police said while no reports of such offences had been lodged, the police would take stern action on those
who spread fake news about vaccines in an attempt to deter people from getting a jab.
“We have not received any report on the matter yet.
“Those who previously gave negative comments on the vaccine and influencing people not to take it should think twice.
“If there is any report, we will take action under the Sedition Act,” he told reporters after receiving his Covid-19 vaccine jab at Kuala Lumpur Health Clinic yesterday.
The Sedition Act applies to any person who does or attempts to, or makes any preparation to do, conspires with any person to undertake seditious action.
It also applies to those who utter any seditious words, print, publishes, sells, offers for sale, distributes or reproduces any seditious publication, as well as reproduces or imports any seditious publication.
For a first offence, those found guilty can be fined a maximum of RM5,000 or not more than three years imprisonment, or both; while for a subsequent offence, the prison term is not more than five years.
Meanwhile, those without lawful excuse but found in his possession any seditious publication is liable for a first offence to a fine not exceeding RM2,000 or imprisonment of not more than 18 months or both; while for subsequent offence, the individual can be jailed not more than three years and the publication shall be forfeited or destroyed.
Among others from Bukit Aman who received were inoculated yesterday were Bukit Aman Management department director Comm Datuk Ramli Din, Bukit Aman
Logistics and Technology department Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim and Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety department director Comm Datuk Zainal Abidin Kasim.
The IGP hoped that half of police personnel and officers would be given the Covid-19 vaccine during the first phase.
“A total of 27,000 officers and personnel from five states have been listed for the vaccine jab during the first phase and we are still waiting for the list from nine other states,” he said.