PETALING JAYA: The Armed Forces denied a viral message circulating on social media claiming that a special military helicopter is set to spray pesticides in an apparent attempt to fight the scourge of the Covid-19.
“The Armed Forces deny that a military helicopter is deployed to disinfect with pesticides in the whole country, ” it said in a message sent in an official National Security Council (NSC) Telegram group on Thursday (March 19).
The viral message had also urged Malaysians to stay indoors and not hang their clothes to dry by midnight due to the alleged spraying of pesticides.
On Monday (March 16), the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) launched an official Telegram channel for the Sebenarnya.my news portal as part of measures to curb the spread of fake news regarding Covid-19 on social media.
Members of the public can join the Telegram channel through https://t.me/sebenarnyamy. Some users may have to download the Telegram Messenger app through the Google Play store or Apple app store first.