The Ministry of Defence (MinDef) issued a clarification of an Instagram account named ‘Royal Brunei Armed Forces’ seeking donations for charities.
The ministry said it and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) are not affiliated with the Instagram account and MinDef’s official account is @mindefbrunei, which is linked to official webpage www.mindef.gov.bn.
The official Instagram account represents both MinDef and RBAF. All official activities and events are published on the account only.
The public is advised to be extra cautious when engaging and approached by accounts claiming to represent government bodies and agencies.
The ministry reminded that it is an offence under Section 34, Chapter 148 of the Public Order Act that any person spreading false reports or making false statements causing public alarm. Those found guilty will be fined BND3,000 and imprisoned for three years.