Viral report of robbery false

James Kon

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) yesterday confirmed that the report of a robbery which went viral on social media is false.

The RBPF denied receiving such a report and is currently tracing the source of the story, which claimed that a 45-year-old man was robbed and beaten by five individuals.

According to the false narrative, the victim was on his way to a friend’s home to hand over cash for an online game, when he was ambushed by five armed men.

The alleged crime was said to have been witnessed by a person known as ‘Tuah Kunal’.

In its statement, the RBPF reminded the public not to believe unverified information or spread baseless reports.

Anyone found guilty of spreading false news under the Public Order Act is liable to a penalty of BND3,000 fine, or three years’ imprisonment.