PORT DICKSON, March 8 – Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today advised all quarters not to arbitrarily issue statements or file reports leading to confusion and anxiety among the people over the armed intrusion in Sabah. He said they should leave it to the government spokesman on the ground who was better informed of the situation.
“We cannot take things lightly in this matter because it concerns the security of the country. Many lives were lost in the armed intrusion in Lahad Datu,” he told reporters after launching a state-level programme on
“Strengthening English Literacy and Proficiency” at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Baru Si Rusa, here. He was asked to comment on the numerous reports, many unverified, on the armed intrusion in Lahad Datu which could undermine the security operation there.
Muhyiddin said media practitioners and bloggers should refer to authorised sources for their information on the situation.
Their reports were read not only by people in the country but also abroad and would lead to them making assumptions and analyses about the situation in the country, he said.
He also said that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) could call up bloggers and enquire about their source of information if they published reports that could undermine the country’s security. Muhyiddin also said that the armed intrusion should not be politicised. What was important right now was to determine the prudent measures to be taken by the security forces and the government to resolve the matter, he said.