JOHOR BAHRU, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- The Johor Health Department (JKNJ) today denied the allegation that Pontian Hospital did not have adequate face masks as had gone viral on the social media today.
In a statement posted on JKNJ's Facebook account, the department said the allegations were completely false.
“The JKNJ has lodged a police report on this viral statement. The public is asked not to viral this fake news as it will cause panic among the people,” the department said.
The JKNJ also warned that the spread of such fake news could be subject to action under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, and if a person is convicted, he could be fined a maximum of RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both, and fined an additional RM1,000 for each day the offence was continued after conviction.
On the social media, the message claimed that Pontian Hospital did not have enough face masks and there were people willing to donate them to the hospital.
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