KL's MRT company names those reported for track crack rumour

KL's MRT company names those reported for track crack rumour
Just an illusion: Stitched-up netting covering the MRT guideway along the LDP.
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

KUALA LUMPUR - MRT Corp has named nine people in a police report lodged against those who spread rumours over social media that an MRT track was ­dangerously "cracked and was going to collapse."

It lodged the report at the Jalan Travers police station yesterday.

"The names are of those who either started the posting, shared it with others or made comments which can be considered as defamation," MRT Corp communications head Mahmood Abdul Razak said.

He said some who claimed to be engineers involved with the track had also said that it was going to collapse at any time.

An image of the "crack" in the MRT elevated track over the Damansara-Puchong Highway spread recently on social media.

MRT Corp later clarified that it was actually a "joining point" for two pieces of netting covering the track.

Mahmood, who described the image as a "camera trick", said the company was still trying to trace the person who first spread the rumour.

"If people want to say something without proof irresponsibly, then there will be repercussions," he said.

When asked if the company would take legal action against the nine, Mahmood said he would let the police decide.

However, he said MRT Corp might consider taking legal action if "a lot of damage" was done to its reputation.

The police report is the first of its kind by MRT Corp against social media users.

The company is also expected to lodge a report with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

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