Fake news: RM2,000 handouts to all Sarawakians

Sarawak DAP clarifies that the social media posting stating that every Sarawakian will be given RM2,000 is fake news.

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, June 21: News that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng will be coming to announce that every Sarawakian will be given RM2,000 at its function tonight is “fake”.

In a press statement written in Mandarin, Sarawak DAP said the fake news circulating on social media has it that the big announcement would be made during the party’s fund-raising dinner themed `Sarawak here we come!’.

To realise Pakatan Harapan (PH)’s promise, the attendees only need to fill in a form and get ready their MyKad as well as a copy of their water or electricity bill.

To make the whole thing look genuine, that social media post included a picture of the party’s `Sarawak here we come!’ poster and clearly stated that Lim, who is also Finance Minister, would reveal more details at the gathering.

“It is a disappointment that when the intention of the dinner is to raise funds, it was, however, deliberately distorted by certain quarters. They are spreading all sorts of fake news on social media to confuse the readers,” the party said the statement.

“The PH government and DAP are all for freedom of speech, and we value the multicultural nature of our society, especially in disseminating true information to realise the true meaning of speech freedom.

“As such, DAP condemns this unlawful act of spreading fake news.”

Sarawak DAP observed it had become very common for some quarters to distort DAP’s intention in whatever the party wanted to do.

“Despite being used to it, DAP will not tolerant the act of spreading fake news.”

On the promise of 20 per cent oil and gas royalties and the return of 50 per cent of the tax collected in Sarawak to the state government, state DAP stressed that Sarawak PH had proposed the solution.

“However, the Sarawak government had rejected the proposal. That is one of the main reasons why the tax collected in Sarawak has yet to be returned to the state,” said the statement. — DayakDaily