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Using fake news to stop people from taking Covid-19 vaccine can land you in hot water, says Deputy IGP
Published on: Thursday, February 25, 2021
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Cases can be investigated under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)
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PETALING JAYA: Action can be taken against those who use fake news to urge people to not take the Covid-19 vaccine, says Datuk Seri Acryl, Sani Abdullah Sani, The Star reported.

"The police will open investigation papers if there are reports lodged regarding this issue.

"Cases can be investigated under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998," said the Deputy Inspector-General of Police.

Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code refers to statements that led to public alarm and distress while Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 refers to improper use of network facilities or network service.

"As of now no such reports have been made," said Acryl Sani in a statement on Thursday (Feb 25).

He was responding to queries asking if action would be taken against those spreading fake news to convince people to not take the vaccine shot.

"The police advise all to not make any statements that could confuse and cause unrest within the public," he said.

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