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When the rumour-monger is a minister himself...

Stephen Ng  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT The authorities are rightly concerned about rumour-mongering.

After all, when rumours build up, people become unduly worried over the possibility of a curfew or racial clash, and now, what comes closer to home is another possible terrorist attack equivalent to that in central Jakarta.

Against the backdrop of rumour spreading on social media that an Islamic State (IS) attack may target places like Bukit Bintang, Bangsar, Hartamas and other important tourist destinations, a friend on her way to church in Petaling Jaya yesterday said that she saw the police and an ambulance in the morning.

I am merely using this as an example, because she did not even link it with the IS attack, but given the situation, things could have created a big scare everywhere.

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