A screenshot of the fake news shared by Dr Sim

KUCHING: Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian urged the public to not fall prey to fake news.

He said the people should not spread unverified messages that could scupper or tarnish the frontliner’s efforts to contain Covid-19.

He said this in response to a viral posting by a Facebook user suggesting that the reason behind Sarawak recording zero cases multiple times this week was because there was no testing being done.

“Angry and sad that some Sarawakians chose to not play their roles seriously, but also being irresponsible for their actions.

“Freedom of speech is not the same as abuse of freedom. If you happen to receive fake news on WhatsApp, don’t help the people viral it,” Dr Sim wrote in a Facebook posting yesterday.

He said the frontliners at the Health Department, Sarawak General Hospital, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), APM and the police have been hard at work to make sure Covid-19 could be contained.

He added this included making sure 1,500 tests were being done daily with the capacity to do more.

“They need our understanding, recognition, appreciation and support. They don’t need the extra stress of fake news,” he said.

Dr Sim urged the relevant authorities to look into the issue of fake news seriously and take action if necessary.