PEKAN, Jan 2 – Those who spread unverified information on the floods via the social media, beware — the cops are coming for you. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police are working together with the Malaysia Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to trace and bring those who spread rumours about the floods, to book.
“Spreading unverified information like that is an irresponsible act, which can cause unrest among those affected by the disaster. “I urge the public to not believe whatever information that is spread. Only trust information from the relevant authorities. We will no longer tolerate parties who spread false messages,” said Khalid after visiting the flood relief centre at Peramu Jaya here today.
Accompanying Khalid were Pahang police chief Datuk Seri Sharifuddin Ab Ghani and district police chief Superintendent Yahaya Othman. Khalid also advised residents at flood-prone locations to heed the authorities’ call to evacuate. “People in Pahang, especially in Pekan, should be on alert as the water levels here are expected to be on the rise.
“If the authorities come to your door asking you to vacate, do heed their advice, as otherwise, it might be too late. One may get trapped due to submerged roads which make it difficult for rescue vehicles to enter,” he said. Khalid said neighbours also prayed a crucial part in advising each other to heed calls to vacate by the authorities.