Fake news irks resident’s office

A screenshot of the fake posting.

MIRI: A Facebook posting claiming non-payment of salaries to employees of the Resident’s Office here for three to four months has put the office in a bad light. And it is not amused.

The office today denied the claims, arguing that the fake news was obviously aimed at tarnishing its credibility and reputation.

The posting appeared on the ‘Miri community complain’ page on June 7 on Facebook under the ‘Dunia Berita’ account.

It reads:”Nama saja Jabatan residen, tapi paymen untuk pekerja sampai 3, 4 bulan tidak bayar … ingat kami ini tidak makan dan minum … saya harap dari jabatan perdana menteri tutup saja jabatan residen ini. (Despite the fact that it is a government agency, it has failed to pay its employees’ wages for three to four months … we need money to survive … we hope the Prime Minister’s Department will close down the Miri Resident’s Office).”

The office appealed to the public to stop spreading fake news via whatever mode – social media or instant messaging apps – warning it was an offence under Sections 211 and 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

If found guilty, offenders are liable to a fine of not more than RM50,000 or a jail term of one year or both.

For queries on any posting with regard to the Miri Resident’s Office, the public can contact 085-433203 during office hours or visit the Miri Division Administration website at https://miri.sarawak.gov.my/.