Have some common sense when sharing social media posts – Abang Jo

Abang Johari Openg – UKAS Pic

By Emma Victoria

CHIEF Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg has urged the public to have some common sense when reading information from social media platforms.

He said there are too many people who ‘sounded like an expert’ in social media, sharing various information and news, some of which are fake news and this caused confusion among the public.

“So, please be responsible. If you want to share, make sure you have confirmed the facts. Otherwise, it would cause confusion and unnecessary chaos – which must be avoided as we are still fighting this pandemic.”

“As for the readers, please have some common sense and do not trust everything on social media,” he said.

He was commenting on a recent protest at Sungai Plan in Bintulu, which broke out after a Facebook post claimed that the Enhanced MCO in the village, which was supposed to end on June 11, would be extended for another two weeks.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing had gone to the ground to learn about the situation and advised the villagers to remain calm and wait for their swab test results and official announcement from the relevant authorities.

He said the residents were worried as their incomes were affected since the village was placed under lockdown and got confused and angry when the Facebook post went viral.

Meanwhile, the police will be investigating the Facebook post under the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021, for spreading fake news.