Kota Kinabalu, 8 August 2021 (Sunday):
On 21st April 2020, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) reported that their Rapid Response Troop shot down 205 fake news within 4 weeks.
Fast forward today, the last few weeks saw Malaysians received many uncertain news with regards to our nation’s political and public health situation.
While some may be true, it is the unfounded or unclear dissemination of news that causes public uproar and/or concern.
More likely than not, such acts are either spread by individual(s) for their personal interests or the individual(s) sharing such news did not properly check on the authenticity of it.
Such actions does not bring about any benefit to the recovery of our nation on the fight against Covid-19 especially with National Recovery Plan (NRP) being implemented accordingly nationwide.
Politicians and their immediate charges from both sides should also refrain from posting news that they themselves are unsure of or that they may know to be untrue or even only half truth.
What Malaysia needs is for both sides to raise discussions on Covid-19, economic recovery, NRP implementation or MCO and its related SOPs, so on and so forth.
I also call upon the public to be aware and mindful of news shared through individuals or medias that do not provide valid source of the news being shared.
Unfortunately, everyone should maintain a ‘Tidak Pasti, Jangan Kongsi’ attitude when receiving news from unknown/non reputable media sources or individuals that cannot provide solid evidence or source of the news.
The public may refer to the following website for authentication of any news that they are unsure or may have doubt about: https://sebenarnya.my/.
Lastly, I would like encourage everyone to continuously observe the SOPs that are in place, to take care of themselves and only leave home for essential matters.
Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR)Youth Chief cum Deputy Youth Chief of Perikatan Nasional Malaysia