Don’t let hate messages go viral, say Malaysian cop

Don’t let hate messages go viral, say Malaysian cop
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KUALA LUMPUR - Bukit Aman has dismissed social media messages claiming that Malay youths were asked to converge in the city centre with weapons for a big brawl.

Police have also asked Malaysians not to allow hate messages to go viral, referring to a message calling for a race war in the name of religious and racial pride.

"All these are false and are being spread by irresponsible people with the intention of destroying our national harmony and peace," said Inspector-General of Police Secre­tariat assistant head (corporate communications) Asst Comm Datin Asmawati Ahmad.

She shared two WhatsApp messages detailing how the sender had received "reliable" information from sources to not provoke Malays and to stay away from "crowded Chinese areas" as extremists were returning from Syria to "slaughter the Chinese" following the Low Yat Plaza incident last week.

ACP Asmawati said police did not view the weekend scuffle as race-related and noted that the situation had already calmed down.

"There are no plans for a race war. It is the work of irresponsible people trying to manipulate the issue to fan racial tensions," she said.

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