Man arrested for spreading faux information about coronavirus

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia — A person has been detained in reference to spreading false or faux information concerning the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Fee (MCMC) stated the 34-year-old was detained in Bangi round 4pm on Tuesday with the help of police.

“The suspect was detained for spreading false data on Jan 26 concerning the virus.

“The suspect’s mobile phone and SIM card, believed to have been used to upload the fake news on Facebook, were also seized,” the fee stated in a press release on Wednesday (Jan 29).

The case is being investigated beneath Part 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which carries a most superb of RM50,000 (P623,000) or no more than a yr of imprisonment or each upon conviction.

“Such a stern motion is taken to make sure that faux information concerning the virus are usually not unfold by irresponsible people that would disrupt public order.

“Spreading news to cause fear and panic among the public can also be investigated under Section 505 of the Penal Code, which carries two years imprisonment or a fine or both upon conviction,” the fee stated.

The MCMC and police are presently looking for three others for allegedly spreading faux information.

“It shows our seriousness in curbing the spread of false information,” it stated.

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