PETALING JAYA - Datuk Seri Najib Razak has slammed viral WhatsApp messages about voters facing issues with voting as fake news.
"They are so desperate to spread these accusations and lies, it is the same story but in different locations," Najib said on his Facebook on Wednesday (May 9) afternoon as polling went underway.
The viral message alleged that several voters were given a ballot paper without the Election Commission (EC) official stamp, making the vote invalid.
It then questioned how many voters' ballots had involuntarily become spoilt votes as they might not have noticed the missing EC stamp.
Despite purportedly being from different people, the wording in these messages is identical.
A flurry of WhatsApp messages and Facebook posts have gone viral with voters sharing their experiences, good and bad, on polling today.
On the spread of fake news during the election period, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Fuzi Haru said police teams were monitoring the situation.
"We are aware of fake news and we have the teams and task forces responsible who are monitoring the reports. The public has to verify what is real and what is fake," he said after a walkabout at the SK Bangsar voting centre.
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