What ‘orang minyak’ crime spree?

MELAKA, 3 Aug 2017: 

The police have urged members of the public to stop spreading rumours on the ‘orang minyak’ (oily man) incident – who was said to have broken into houses in Melaka – which had gone viral on social media, especially via the WhatsApp mobile application.

Melaka Tengah district police chief ACP Afzanizar Ahmad said the spread of such a rumour had created fear and restlessness in society.

“The public are advised to seek verified information from the authorities and to lodge a police report at the nearest station should there is such a crime. The police must be informed if there is an arrest made by the public, and not to take the law into their own hands,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Afzanizar was commenting on a  message which had been viralled on the WhatsApp  application on the presence of ‘orang minyak’ in Kandang, Duyong; Ayer Molek; and Jasin.

He said those caught for spreading false information could face action under Section 211 or 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which provides a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a jail term not exceeding one year or both, if convicted.

Meanwhile, Jasin district police chief DSP Arshad Abu also denied the presence of ‘orang minyak’ in the district.

– Bernama

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