PETALING JAYA: An advisory purportedly by Sunway University saying that one of its students had tested positive for Covid-19, is fake, says the university.
The fake advisory uses the Sunway Education Group (SEG) letterhead and the name of its CEO.
The advisory claims that the university has a case of Covid-19 on one of its campuses and goes on to provide some recommendations.
The fake advisory, which is dated April 1,2020, however reveals itself as an April Fools’ prank at the end of the message.
“SEG takes this ill-timed and dangerous prank seriously, as it has the potential to cause harm and unnecessarily elevate the levels of anxiety and concern that are already high because of the crisis.
“This inappropriate act is also a form of forgery and serious criminal offence, according to our legal advisors.
“As advised, we have no option but to report this irresponsible act to the authorities, ’ SEG said in a statement on its Facebook page on Wednesday (April 1).
It said that so far, no cases of Covid-19 have been reported on any of its premises.
“At SEG, we pay serious attention towards preparing each of our communication to our community via our SEG Covid-19 advisories. These official advisories offer legitimate information, transparency and even comfort to our community of students, staff and families, ” it said.