PMB ‘hidden’ workers viral messages, photos false

MESSAGES and photos made viral through social media platforms including WhatsApp alleging that local workers comprising graduates from the Centre for Capacity Building (PPK) at Pulau Muara Besar were kept “hidden” during His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office’s visit to Pulau Muara Besar yesterday morning are false and unfounded, the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry said.

A key part of the planned activities for His Royal Highness’ visit to Pulau Muara Besar yesterday included His Royal Highness’ engagement with local workers for lunch and Zohor prayer.

To ensure that the local workers did not miss out on the opportunity to greet His Royal Highness, they were first gathered in one of the prayer rooms so they could be swiftly transferred to the lunch venue as soon as it was ready.

After joining His Royal Highness for the lunch, the workers were also invited to participate in mass Zohor prayer together with His Royal Highness at the PPK Surau on Pulau Muara Besar.

After the prayers, the PPK graduates attended a Junjung Ziarah session with His Royal Highness.

In preparation for His Royal Highness’ visit, Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd conducted a briefing to inform the local workers of the arrangements prior to the visit.

The public is advised not to easily believe unverified information spread through social media applications.

The ministry reminded the public that spreading false and unfounded information is an offence under Section 34 of the Public Order Act, Chapter 148, which carries a penalty of imprisonment of up to three years or a fine of BND3,000, for anyone found guilty.