Check your facts

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUCHING: Public members were urged not to fall for fake news and to double-check their sources before disseminating any information.

In stressing this, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the society has to be more mature and responsible.

“The main reason for the spread of false or defamatory news is because many people are passionate about being the first to spread news without authenticating the information.

“I hope our society can act more mature and have a conscious for social responsibility when before sharing any information.

“The best way to make sure if the story is authentic is to read the news from the mass media,” he said in a Facebook post today.

The Santubong MP said media personnel have been trained to process authenticity and provide accurate information to be reported to the public.

“That is their work that we must value. Do not easily believe of the details or information provided from a source that we are not sure about.

“Before hitting the share button, make it a practice to make sure the information is true. Let us not be slanderers,” he said.

On a separate matter, Wan Junaidi said there were still many who are sceptical of the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccines due to stories they heard or read.

“However, if we get the right information, we will realise that vaccines are one of our efforts to prevent the disease from getting worse.

“Even if a person becomes infected after receiving the vaccine, his infection will not be as severe because he has already received the vaccination to protect himself and his family,” he said.

He urged the public to do their homework on the Covid-19 vaccination if they hesitate about registering for the vaccines.