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Man fined RM2,000 for spreading fake news on WhatsApp

MELAKA (March 27): For spreading fake news about the COVID-19 on WhatsApp, a senior citizen was left RM2,000 poorer when he was fined by the Magistrate's Court in Ayer Keroh here.

Alias Samad, 63, pleaded guilty before magistrate Muhammad Nazrin Ali Rahim today, reported The Star today.

Alias was charged with circulating a message under the group administered by "ttham radio", where he claimed that “an acquaintance, part of the tabligh cluster, tested positive of COVID-19 but refused to seek medical treatment”.

He committed the offence at Lot 1377, Jalan Baru, Kampung Jambatan Duyung here at 9.26pm on March 20.

He was charged under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code “for statements conducing to public mischief, which carries a maximum two years' imprisonment, or a fine, or both, if convicted”.

The court pronounced an imprisonment of four months if Alias failed to pay the fine.

Alias, who was not represented, paid the fine.

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