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Alarming Rise In Number Of Inaccurate TikTok Videos On 13 May

Alarming Rise In Number Of Inaccurate TikTok Videos On 13 May

The videos on Tiktok give a different account of 13 May 1969 and were seemingly aimed at sowing racial disharmony.

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Now that the 15th general election (GE15) had passed, there has been a rise of inaccurate content on Tiktok regarding 13 May, a dark event in Malaysia’s past.

These videos appear to fan animosity towards the Chinese and to scare Muslims into not supporting a certain political party.

Some of these videos claimed that the incident was started by the Chinese and used the incident to implore the Malay community to support a Muslim party to lead the nation.

The video below is a sample of the type of content that is circulated online.

The TikTok videos spilt over to other social media platforms such as Twitter.

Some parents shared that the sentiments had also allegedly been passed on to schoolchildren by their teachers.

The police had issued a statement to remind the public, especially social media users, not to upload or create provocative content that could lead to civil unrest.

Anyone found guilty of disrupting the peace and endangering the safety of others can be charged under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, the Sedition Act, and the Penal Code.

TRP has reached out to Tiktok for more information.

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Correcting inaccurate narratives

The sentiment being fanned on TikTok is not sitting well with many Twitter users.

Netizens are concerned with the misinformation, sharing links to articles on what actually happened.

Alleged survivors also shared what happened that day in an attempt to correct the disinformation. Those who lived through the 13 May 1969 incident shared their experience from the incident that day.

Activist Fahmi Reza was said to have gone Live on Tiktok to educate netizens about 13 May but his video stream was cut short after it was reported and was subsequently blocked.

In a bid to counter misinformation, a list of accounts guilty of spreading 13 May sentiments had been compiled.

Some politicians have expressed concern about the matter and have spoken up about it.

Bangi MP Syahredzan Johan said the inaccurate videos regarding the darkest period in the nation’s history shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Pakatan Harapan chairman and Tambun MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also expressed his worry after seeing the racial sentiments online.

He said the effort to form a responsible and stable government shouldn’t end with racial disharmony and supports the police’s caution to the public.

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