Department debunks viral messages

Lyna Mohamad

The Immigration and National Registration Department has refuted viral claims over identity cards belonging to certain individuals who are not considered Brunei citizens.

“Through the identity card record system available in the department, it has been established that the identity cards belong to Brunei citizens, and they were registered and issued by this department,” the agency said in a statement issued yesterday.

Members of the public are advised to be wary of unverified reports, and to refrain from sharing personal details of other individuals on social media. The department also warned that spreading information to cause public confusion is an offence under the Public Order Act, Chapter 148, Section 34.

“Anyone, whether verbally or in writing or by other methods, spreads incorrect information or makes an incorrect statement that can affect public peace is liable to a fine of up to BND3,000 and imprisonment for a term of up to three years,” it said.

Activities in violation of the Immigration Act and regulations can be reported to the Immigration and National Registration Department at 8734888/8753888/8749222 (Bandar Seri Begawan) or 8984111 (Kuala Belait).