KUALA TERENGGANU: Stern action will be taken against those found to be involved in spreading fake news about another crash which supposedly caused two deaths near the Perasing area on the East Coast Highway 2 (LPT2) yesterday.
State police chief Datuk Rosli Abdul Rahman said the authorities were looking for the culprit.
"We are investigating the matter and looking for those involved in spreading the viral story and picture (on the internet)," he told reporters after closing a two-day East Coast Auxilliary Policemen symposium held here at Felda Wilayah Terengganu.
A total of 200 Auxilliary policemen from Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan attended the event which ended today. Also present were senior officers and District Police chiefs.
"As far as we are concerned, the fake incident can give a bad impression of the LPT2 to the public, " he said adding that the culprits could be charged under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and a related section under the Penal Code.
Rosli said so far, since it opened in 2011, the LPT2 has seen 1,991 accidents and claimed 85 lives.
" At the same time, 70 per cent of the accidents along the LPT2 were due to negligence, and occur mostly along straight roads in the daytime," he said adding that more warning signboards should also be built along the areas.
Rosli said police will intensify their patrols along the LPT2.