Stop it! – Uggah tells fake news pranksters

A screen shot of the fake news received by a DayakDaily journalist about 20 minutes before Covid-19 press conference.

KUCHING, Jan 15: Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) calls out fake news creators to stop the menace and advised Sarawakians not to be easily misled by such news.

SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said fake news has made those handling Covid-19 “difficult”.

“One thing I want to emphasise is this – fake news. My advice to Sarawakians, don’t be misled by fake news. Fake news is making things difficult,” said Uggah at Covid-19 press conference held at Old State Assembly Complex here today.

He said there were quite many fake news last few days and even today, there is fake news.

Uggah said he was perplexed and was wondering how did the fake news creators come out with the information.

“When did he get the information? This is very irresponsible,” said Uggah who is Deputy Chief Minister.

He said fake news only serve the purpose of confusing the people and making things difficult for the authorities.

“We are being put in a difficult situation,” he said.

Uggah did not mention what fake news that has been circulating today. However, just 20 minutes before the press conference, Dayakdaily journalists received information that there are 321 cases today.

According to the message, there are 321 news cases in Sarawak, where Miri registered 105, Sibu 125, Kuching 52, Selangau, 1 and Bintulu 39. There are also details of the breakdown figures of each division.

Official records announced at the press conference however show that there are 60 cases today, with 41 cases linked to Pasai cluster. -DayakDaily