Fake information is being circulated on social media using Malaysiakini's report on Education Minister Maszlee Malik's announcement that school students would have to wear black instead of white shoes beginning next year.
The image, which featured Maszlee's photograph, contained additional claims which were not in the original Malaysiakini report.
The additional text claimed that the black shoes must be bought from brands recommended by the government and that 10 percent from each purchase would go towards Tabung Harapan.
Maszlee himself tweeted the image with the words “Fake and Palsu” stamped on it.
“Certain irresponsible quarters are circulating this poster. I wish to state that the statement is slander.
“I never made such a statement and people can view the recording of the Bicara Minda programme on Sinar Online,” he said in reference to the additional claims on the image.
At yesterday's forum in Shah Alam, Maszlee had announced the switch in colour, saying it was a result of overwhelming requests from parents.
The minister did not mention anything regarding where to purchase the shoes or Tabung Harapan.