Viral video of 'tense moment' involving civil servant part of simulation exercise, says Public Service Dept

PUTRAJAYA: A video that went viral recently showing a ‘tense moment’ involving a ‘civil servant’ from an audience asking Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali a question is part of a simulation exercise done previously to demonstrate the security personnel's preparedness in the event of a provocative situation.

The Public Service Department in a statement on Friday (April 12) said it believed the video was shared on social media by irresponsible parties to play up negative sentiments against the government.

"The department views seriously any attempt to weaken public service institutions by giving the impression that the government is not responsible for the issues and welfare of public officials in the country," according to the department.

Earlier, a local portal shared a video lasting more than a minute which showed a public official asking Mohd Zuki about the ‘application status for government quarters’, and the official was ‘restrained’ by the auxiliary police present when the situation became ‘tense’.

The department also called on the public not to be easily deceived by the information shared to tarnish the image of the government and public service.

"The action of uploading any false content that invites misunderstanding and misleads the public is punishable under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998," it stressed. - Bernama

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