MONDAY, 05 JANUARY – Students should check on the validity of certain information especially in a state when the public is dealing with any crisis.
According to the Deputy President of the Student Representatives Council (MPP) of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Nurlina Arappe, students need to learn from recent cases involving the spreading of false information related to the flood crisis in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia which triggered misunderstanding among the authorities, flood victims and the public.
“Hence, the need for awareness that spreading of such information is not something that can be taken lightly because any information submitted have an impact no matter how large or small. The spreading of information that is not authentic will create slander, misunderstanding and chaos in society,” she said.
She added that legal action should be taken against individuals who were not responsible and tried to take advantage of the crisis
She was speaking to UMS media when asked to comment on the spreading of false information through social media and social sites recently.
In view of that, Nurlina urged UMS students to not fall into the act of spreading false news. – SS (fl)
Media and Citra Division