Fahmi: Spreading false news is a crime

PUTRAJAYA: The public has once again been reminded not to spread fake or slanderous news on social media.

Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said this following rumours that the King did not have an audience with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday, and the allegation of RM1 billion as bribes by Perikatan Nasional in an attempt to topple the government.

"I think the Home Minister (Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail) will touch on this (the allegation of bribery) in his press conference later, but there have been several police reports on this asking the police to investigate.

"Accusations, for example the one making rounds on social media yesterday that the prime minister didn't actually meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong were done by cybertroopers who make wild claim.

"I want to say here that I was with the Agong together with the Housing and Local Government Minister (Nga Kor Ming) and Works Minister (Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi) during an investiture ceremony.

"Tuanku is in Malaysia. They already have enough on their plates, so these types of accusations need to stop," Fahmi told reporters here today.

Yesterday, Anwar's political secretary Datuk Azman Abidin called for an investigation into an allegation that a Perikatan Nasional (PN) leader was involved in trying to offer bribes to influential figures and members of Parliament to topple the unity government.

The claims, which were posted on a blog, said the PN leader, who is an MP, had set aside some RM1 billion in funds to bribe government MPs into retracting their support for the Prime Minister.Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) had since refuted such claims.

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