Coronavirus: Malaysia ramps up fight against misinformation

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

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

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'. Subscribe