Miri mayor: People spreading fake Covid-19 news, rumours want to create controversy

Yii (front row, fourth right) and other guests waving Malaysia and Sarawak flags during the event.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Aug 11: The public have been reminded not to fall prey to fake news on Covid-19, but instead support the government’s continuous effort to curb the spread of the virus.

In highlighting this today during the ‘Program Merdeka’ event held at Miri Mosque’s Jamek Hall in conjunction with Merdeka month (August), Miri mayor Adam Yii emphasised that the public should avoid being easily influenced by misinformation or fake news concerning Covid-19.

The event was organised by the Information Department (Miri) in lined with the Merdeka month.

Yii, opined that people who spread Covid-19 rumours or fake news are likely seeking to create controversies and mean to manipulate the public.

“If we love the country, we should express our love for the country by continuing to comply with all the standard operating procedures (SOPs) laid down by the government for our safety,” he said.

Yii added, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Merdeka celebration would be slightly different from the previous years.

“We are adapting to the new normal,” he said.

He hoped that despite the new normal due to Covid-19, it would not dampen the public’s spirit in celebrating the Merdeka month. — DayakDaily