KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26, 2015:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants Malaysians to learn from the recent episode in which social media was rife with unverified information that a bomb had exploded in Petaling Jaya.
In a blog post on najibrazak.com, the Prime Minister advised the public to be more cautious in spreading news, particularly those obtained via social media and messaging applications.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that the news we receive is legitimate and accurate,” he said, adding that for Muslims, there is a verse in the Quran to refer to (49:6).
Meanwhile, Najib said in terms of relations among Malaysians, unverified news would only lead to slander and that would lead to the disruption of harmony.
“Today, with technology in hand, it is easy to spread information but, unfortunately, many do not care about verifying the information or news, simply spreading it.
“Let us be more careful in using technology, God willing, Malaysia will continue to remain in harmony and in the protection of Allah SWT.”
Najib was referring to the Petaling Jaya bomb scare in which a disgruntled husband unhappy with his wife seeing another man had thrown a petrol bomb inside the car of a parking lot attendant.
This led to six cars being torched.
Rumours quickly spread that there was a bomb explosion, with some messages also warning people to be careful as more bombs were expected to explode.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had also taken to Twitter on the day of the incident to allay fears of a bomb explosion, stating that it was a case of arson and no bomb was found at the scene.