Don’t share unverified news but rely on govt spokesmen, says Ismail Sabri

PUTRAJAYA: Members of the public have been reminded yet again not to share unverified news, with Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reiterating that any announcement about the Covid-19 situation in the country can only come from official government spokesmen.

Aside from himself, the Senior Minister (Security) said, two other persons authorised to make public announcements are Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“Only these three names are representative of the government. Any news on Covid-19 or government decisions, we will make the necessary announcements," he said on Tuesday (May 5).

He said that despite repeated warnings and reminders not to spread fake news, it continues to happen.

He cited an example of claims made on social media recently that four passenger flights from India had apparently touched down at KL International Airport (KLIA) on May 1.

“This is not true because we had all passenger flights from and to India prohibited from entering Malaysia effective April 28.

“The Transport Minister had to clarify the matter and Malaysia Airlines has filed a police report against two social media users for accusing the airline of bringing in passengers from India despite the ban on entry of Indian nationals.

“This kind of fake news should not spread, ” he said on Tuesday (May 4).

Ismail Sabri said news on a possible nationwide lockdown had also made its rounds among the people.

“I want to remind the public that if I don’t make any announcement on any kind of lockdown, whatever news you receive is fake news, even though those distributing the information claim to be from the government, ” he said.

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