Refrain from spreading false information

Izah Azahari & Hakim Hayat

There may be concerns that are causing anxiety in the community with the current situation in the country. Therefore, the public must avoid disseminating unsubstantiated information and refrain from creating and passing around video or audio recordings without permission from the parties involved, to respect the privacy of the case, the family of the case and the frontliners on duty.

This was said by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference yesterday.

All parties involved, whether frontliners, staff from the ministries or relevant agencies, patients, close contacts, family members of the public – patients, volunteers – are called upon to work together and provide cooperation to support the government’s efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19, he added.

Alhamdulillah, to date, all the efforts, support and involvement from all walks of life, including government and non-government agencies in implementing control measures, have been achieved.

“In carrying out their responsibilities, a respectful attitude should exist to enable each person to play his or her part,” said the minister.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham reminded the public to abide by all directives issued to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to not leave the home without an important purpose.

“Let us stand together in the face of COVID-19,” said the minister.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday quashed viral messages and pictures on WhatsApp which purported that Brunei was going to tighten COVID-19 control measures following a “meeting” attended by senior government officials.

The ministry on its social media pages yesterday said that “the information currently circulating in social media is false”, while urging the public to stop disseminating the messages.

The ministry reminded that the act of disseminating information, let alone false information meant to confuse and cause fear and anxiety among the community is an offence and can be reported under Section 34, Chapter 148 of the Public Order Act.