Coronavirus: Malaysia ramps up fight against misinformation

Malaysian nationals on a bus after being evacuated from Wuhan in China and arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang last Tuesday.
Malaysian nationals on a bus after being evacuated from Wuhan in China and arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang last Tuesday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A-G warns that those who spread lies about issues relating to the coronavirus will be investigated and possibly charged

Malaysia is clamping down on misinformation in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, with the authorities warning against spreading lies online and posting racially inflammatory comments.

Malaysians, fearful of a double whammy outbreak with Influenza A and the coronavirus gaining traction, had cleared out face masks and hand sanitisers in the past month. By the middle of last month, flu vaccines were already out of stock.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 09, 2020, with the headline 'Malaysia ramps up fight against misinformation'. Print Edition | Subscribe