KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 10 individuals have been detained under the Emergency Ordinance 2021, which came into effect on March 12, says Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.
The Inspector-General of Police said the law was used to curb the production and spread of fake news related to Covid-19 and the Emergency proclamation.
"Three of those detained will be charged under Section 4(1) of the Emergency Ordinance 2021.
"Seven others have been granted police bail until the respective investigations are completed," he said in a statement on Tuesday (June 1).
The country's top cop said 21 investigation papers have been opened since the law was enforced.
"The investigations are conducted by Bukit Aman CID's Special Investigation Unit.
"The Emergency Ordinance enables the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to detain any individual or party who produces or spreads fake news on social media," he added.
Acryl Sani advised the public to be careful in posting or sharing any unverified materials.
"News that is untrue will cause public distress and worry.
"We hope the public will be a smart social media user and not abuse the platform to disrupt public order and jeopardise the nation's harmony.
"Stern action without compromise will be taken against any individual who blatantly spreads fake news," he said.