Don’t cause unnecessary panic

A screenshot of the fake message which was circulated.

KUCHING: Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has advised the public not to circulate fake news and cause panic.

He refuted a widely circulated message on WhatsApp suggesting that the Delta variant of Covid-19 had spread like wildfire through pumps at petrol stations.

“After 18 months of Covid-19 with the virus changing and mutating with variants, we are all distressed psychologically.

“Many are suffering tremendous hardships socially, financially with many Sarawakian lives are lost to Covid-19 forever.

“However, the one thing that has not changed is an infodemic of fake news.  We do not need fake news to be circulated as it causes unnecessary panic,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (July 31).

The fake message that went viral purportedly listed the areas affected by the Covid-19 Delta outbreak and attributed its source of information to Dr Sim’s Facebook page.

It also urged the people to wear gloves or paper towels when filling up their cars and dispose of the items immediately.

Dr Sim said the people should stay calm, and work together in the spirit of solidarity to help each other and do their part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Be responsible. Now is not the time for politicking. Let us focus on saving lives and the livelihood of our fellow Sarawakians in this unprecedented challenging and trying time,” he said.