Today's modern world exposes human to the act of giving false information or fake news for various purposes such as degrading one's pride, to cause loss or for pranks or joke. The spread of fake news has increased with the advancement in technology and applications, which can change the content of the story or actual picture. For us in Brunei Darussalam, Malay Islamic Monarchy or "MIB" is indirectly our 'firewall' against the spreading of fake news. This matter was shared by Doctor Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong, Senior Special Duties Officer at the Islamic Malay Monarchy Executive Council Secretariat in his briefing during Spreading of False News Seminar.
Doctor Haji Muhammad Hadi added Islam teaches the followers not to act in haste if there's a vague information in terms of the content and its source. Islam required one to obtain certain number of witnesses to clarify the information. As long as the true fact is not obtained, one is forbid from spreading it as the act is considered as slandering. He expressed his confidence that the spread of fake news can be tackled by understanding and implementing MIB. He added, today's life challenge is no longer in term of physical but rather online competition, that involved known victims or vice versa. Therefore, all level of society in Brunei Darussalam need to strengthened their MIB belief.
The seminar was organised by the Information Department, Prime Minister's Office through the Public Relations Unit and Media Services with co-operation from the Brunei Darussalam Library Association. In-attendance was Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman, Member of the Legislative Council, who is also the Ketua of Kampung Masjid Lama Pekan Muara, Sabun and Pelumpong. The seminar aimed to introduce measures to be taken by parties to handle issues between citizens and the community to maintain harmony and security by authorising information received before spreading it to the public. The briefing was delivered by agencies comprising Media and Cabinet department, Prime Minister's Office, Information Department, Royal Brunei Police Force and Islamic Malay Monarchy Executive Council.
Source: Radio Television Brunei