Johor Information Department (JAPENJ) along with other government agencies and departments such as the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM), Ministry of Finance (MoF), and the Johor Health Department (JKMJ) had set up information booths to disseminate news and updates about the latest government initiatives.
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Among the initiatives include the PeKa, i-Suri for housewives, e-Tunai Rakyat, and Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) for the B40 group. Another initiative currently being promoted is the recent toll reduction of up to 18% that was implemented in February 2020.
Speaking about the dissemination of information, the public is reminded to take serious of the consequences of sharing wrong information and fake news.
“We advise the public to check the validity and the facts of a news report, or now trending, social media and WhatsApp messages that people post and forward around. This is to ensure that the number of fake news can be reduced or totally stopped,” reminded Johor Housing, Communication and Multimedia Committee chairman Sr. Dzulkefly Ahmad.
He added that there is a simple-to-use and proper platform for the public to use in verifying news and viral updates, which is the sebenarnya.my portal that was launched by the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in 2017.
“It is not wrong to disseminate information and news, but make sure that it is correct and does not cause unrest, for example, in the recent developments of the COVID-19 outbreak, causing panic among the public in Singapore,” said Dzulkefly.
Under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act – Improper use of network facilities or network service, etc, a person who commits an offence under this section shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand ringgit or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both and shall also be liable to a further fine of one thousand ringgit for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.
So, consume and share information wisely.