KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18, 2016:
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar warned all parties, including online media practitioners not to report news citing unverified sources.
He said reports regarding terrorist activities or the Islamic State (IS) terror group using unverified sources would only lead to the public getting restless.
He said that this action by online media is akin to spreading rumours, using only unverified sources as their basis.
“We do not know what source they referred to. How are we to know that the information was not obtained from a noodle seller? We want to know who the source is,” Khalid told reporters at a Press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters here, today.
He said PDRM had previously issued a warning to the public not to spread rumours that could lead to creating fear among the masses.
“Anyone repeating this action after the warning has been issued, we will take action.
“This is a sensitive matter, not to be played around with,” he added.
He further said that following the bombing incident in Jakarta, Indonesia, police have increased their alertness to the highest level.
The level would be maintained until necessary, apart from reassuring the public, he said.