Aide decries ‘fake news’ alleging Ismail Sabri begged for support

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Kuala Lumpur, Jan 31 — An aide to the prime minister has hit out at three portals over reports that implied Ismail Sabri Yaakob “begged” his Perikatan Nasional allies for their continued support.

Speaking to reporters outside the Dang Wangi police station today, Anuar Mohd Yunus, the prime minister’s political secretary said the reports were “fake news filled with unverified claims.”

Earlier, he lodged a report against the news portal Agenda Daily and two blogs, The Malaysia Life and Dialog Rakyat.

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“The three reports contain false statements and (represent) criminal defamation against prime minister Ismail.”

“The fake news seeks to manipulate the public and (this) must be punished,” he said.

An article, with the title “Ismail Sabri worried about being the shortest PM, begs for support”, was published yesterday by Agenda Daily and was then reposted by the two blogs later in the day.

The three portals claimed to have quoted Ismail when he spoke to the press after presenting aid to flood victims in Bera, Pahang, on Jan 29.

But Anuar said the reporters from the three portals were not present at this event in Bera, adding that the prime minister’s team would leave it to the authorities to take the appropriate action.

NMT

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