The growth of information and communications technology has led to the spread of fake news. AFP PIC

KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities have been urged to intensify efforts and stop the spread of fake news, which has fuelled people’s fears and made them doubt the security of the country.

Amri Amir, 61, said the growth of information and communications technology had led to the spread of fake news.

“There is a lot of fake news out there, including on the safety of the country. This is despite police on the ground making rounds at several areas in the city.

“I believe the Anti-Fake News Act will enable the authorities to better control the situation.”

Ammar Azzam Jamaluddin, 28, said the level of fear about crime was not serious and the situation was under control.

“People must reject fake news, which may trigger fear.

“We need to remain vigilant by checking the information that is being circulated on social media to ensure that we are not deceived,” he said.

Saharuddin Mohd Azali

Saharuddin Mohd Azali, 31, believed that the community should play their part in preserving the peace and security of the country, and not place this responsibility on the police and other enforcement agencies.

“I have faith in the integrity and capabilities of our enforcement agencies.

“I believe everyone should contribute and play their role to avoid becoming victims of crime by not focusing so much on their mobile phones while holding valuable things or walking in dark or isolated areas,” he said.

Nor Azmi Mohd Yusof, 46, lauded the efforts by enforcement agencies, especially the police, in maintaining public order.

“The police have created a Facebook account, which allows them to reach out to the community and share information on police activities.

“The police deserve praise for not only preserving security, but also engaging with the community.

“These efforts have eliminated barriers and fostered stronger ties between the society and the police,” he said.