KUCHING: Chief of Defence Force Gen Tan Sri Datuk Seri Affendi Buang yesterday stressed that the viral news regarding a special military helicopter used to spray pesticides against Covid-19 in the sky is fake.
He further urged everyone to immediately stop spreading the fake news.
“Although it did not not clearly state whether the helicopters belonged to the army, navy or air force, but the word ‘military’ and the misinformation can cause panic in the community.
“Additionally, the fake news will worsen the situation as the country,” he said in a statement.
The viral fake news reads:
“Today, special military helicopters will spray pesticides against the Coronavirus in the skies all over the country. So you must stay indoors after twelve o’clock at night.
“And remove all clothes which are outside. When you hear the sounds of airplanes at night, it is for you to know that it is related to this matter (Covid-19). Happening in Malaysia. (Please) inform if you have family and friends in Malaysia.”
It is reiterated that any individual found to be spreading fake news can be charged under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (AKM) 1998.
The public are advised to get verified Covid-19-related information from the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) under the Health Ministry.
Any recent developments are also announced from time to time through the National Security Council’s (MKN) Telegram channel at https://t.me/MKNRasmi