GEORGE TOWN, May 17 – A fake charity message using Penang Gerakan Vice Chairman Oh Tong Keong’s name is being spread on social messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and Wechat since Sunday. The message written in Mandarin were “whoever has unused clothes and shoes for children aged between six to 12 can send to the collection centre at 36, Lebuh Cintra” had gone viral and gained attention nationwide.
Oh said he was informed of the fake message on social media on Sunday by a journalist. In the message, Oh’s phone number and name were also used to collect donation while Oh has lodged a police report at the Jalan Patani Police Station yesterday and the police will record his statement today.
Oh said he had gone to the address stated in the message – 36, Lebuh Cintra – but found it to be a coffee shop, not a welfare centre. He said he have been receiving hundreds of messages from across the country to donate goods but he would like to stress that the message is not true and he hope people would not fall for it. Oh believes the message was being spread to tarnish his name and also that of party Gerakan.