Don't share incorrect info: Shafie
Published on: Friday, September 14, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The public must be prepared to take on a new phase by strongly inculcating their inner selves with integrity when sharing and delivering information in social media and cyberspace.Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said they must take the initiatives by not sharing any information or news with their friends and families if they are uncertain of its authenticity and accuracy.

"Nowadays, the new media or social media is moving fast in tandem with development of socio-culture communities, and this explosive of digital information started since the launched of Cyberjaya Smart City by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1997 whereby its rapid progress has changed the lives of the people.

"After the 14th General Election (GE14), the new Malaysia government has emphasised on the freedom of accessing information to all walks of life and thus, this policy should be given proper attention.

"Hence, the public must have the integrity which is very important when disseminating or sharing information in the cyberspace as these could build and strengthen a government. Therefore, all quarters need to make sure the information they receive and wish to be shared with others are absolutely authentic," he said.

Shafie said this in his speech when officiating a State-level symposium on propagation of new media themed 'Not Sure, Do Not Share' at Wisma Muis, Thursday.

Law and Native Affairs Assistant Minister Uda Sulai delivered Shafie's speech.

Also present were State Mufti Datuk Bongsu Aziz Jaafar, Sabah Islamic Religious Council (Muis) Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Hasbullah Mohd Taha and Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) Deputy Director-General Dato' Paimuzi Yahya and senior officials.

Shafie said development in new media and technology also need to be guided by proper guidelines following the dumping of vast information into cyberspace.

"I truly hope that each of us is smart and responsible in manning and utilising any kind of social media applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Wechat for positive impact, and giving mutual benefit to all. If not sure of the information and its content, then it would be best not to share with others.

"So, together we make sure whatever correct and authentic information we receive to be spread for the good while any incorrect and unverified information must be immediately erased and ignored.

"This is because any fake news or slander actually impose huge impact on our society that can cause growing separation gap and eroding goodwill values which involve self-dignity and families," he said.

Following this, Shafie called on all social media users to be smart users so that people will continue to live with positive values and religious harmony, including cultures and races remain strong.

On the symposium, he said it is a useful platform to give exposure to public on the importance of making sure each information received is verified and authentic before spread it to others. - Hayati Dzulkifli


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