KUCHING: Rural residents are urged to not fall prey to fake news and be careful when sharing information on social media.
Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said the community, especially residents in longhouses need to verify the information before sharing it with other residents.
He said the spread of fake news was not a new phenomenon, but its devastating effect could be seen clearly when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country.
“As the world strives to address the challenges of Covid-19 and the economic downturn, we also have to deal with the issue of spreading false news and inaccurate information,” he said.
He said this when officiating at the launch of the Sebauh District Community Policing Workshop at Rumah Antau Nabau, Sungai Sekabai, in Sebauh on Friday.
The Kemena assemblyman said the community needs to wisely evaluate whether the information shared on social media is based on authentic facts.
“The act of spreading fake news would cause individuals to be investigated following Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998,” he said.
Therefore, he said, the people are advised to take advantage of the sophistication of information technology, especially in improving their knowledge and economy.
Dr Rundi also announced grants for small rural projects (MRP) amounting to RM50,000 and RM5,000 respectively to the village safety and development committee (JKKK) and the Women’s Bureau of the longhouse.