Woman And Brother-in-law Arrested Over Unverified Posting

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SAC Dev Kumar

SIBU: A woman and her brother-in-law were arrested at noon Saturday after they were alleged to have disseminated false crime news in the social media.

The unemployed woman, aged 20, and her 45-year-old brother-in-law, who works as a government agency clerk, were arrested by CID team at Sibu Jaya police station.

Prior to that, the duo from Sibu Jaya here were called to the station following a police report on a posting on the Facebook wall of the woman who uses a moniker Bini Wat Gandai, alleging a group of student thugs from a secondary school in Sibu Jaya had assembled illegally at Town Villa, Sibujaya to fight and commit violence.

The posting made at 11pm Friday further added that the situation created a public nuisance to the residents of an apartment block in that area and asked the police to take immediate action.

Accompanying the status were several photos showing civilians and students in school uniform.

Sarawak CID chief SAC Datuk Dev Kumar said a team of policemen were sent to the school yesterday morning to investigate but found the information to be not true.

“Sarawak police will continue to take an uncompromising approach towards fake news and misinformation in the social media that can create unnecessary concern and fear among the community” he told told Bernama here Saturday.

He said despite wide media coverage of social media users being arrested for disseminating false crime news in Sarawak, some users seemed completely oblivious to the hardline approach taken by the police.

Initial investigation revealed that the woman obtained the so-called information from her brother-in-law’s WeChat application, copied and pasted the posting to her Facebook without verifying the truth of the matter.

He said both their mobile phones were seized for investigation purposes and the case is being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.