KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Jan -- A 28-year-old woman was arrested in Kuantan, Pahang on suspicion of spreading false content regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection on social media.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a statement that the bank clerk was arrested at 4 pm today to facilitate investigation relating to a piece of fake news posted on a Facebook page on Jan 27.
“The authorities also seized a unit of handphone and a sim card belonging to the suspect, believed to have been used to upload the false content,” it said.
The case is being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or one-year imprisonment or both, and shall also liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for each day during which the offence is continued after conviction.
According to the statement, from Jan 28 to date, the MCMC with the cooperation of the Royal Malaysia Police had detained six suspects for allegedly spreading fake content on coronavirus.
The operation to detain individuals suspected of spreading fake news on the coronavirus will be continued to ensure the issue is contained to preserve peace and harmony of the Malaysians, it said.
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