The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have issued a stern warning against people spreading false, unverified news about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Malaysia. The commission with the aid of the police has detained an individual for allegedly posting false news on Facebook on 26 January 2020.
The 34-year-old suspect was arrested at his home in Bangi,
Selangor at 4.00PM, Tuesday, 28 January to aid in the investigation over
contents that were uploaded to Facebook on 26 January, the MCMC revealed in an official
media statement. The content pertaining to the Novel Coronavirus
(2019-nCoV) was discovered to contain false information. The authorities
confiscated the suspect’s mobile phone and SIM card that were believed to be
used to upload the fake news content.
The suspect is detained under Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act (AKM) 1998 which carries a maximum fine of MYR50,000 or imprisonment for up to a year, or both, and shall be liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.
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