State tourism chief: Stop sabotaging Visit Pahang 2017 by disseminating fake pictures, videos

KUANTAN, Dec 26 — Do not sabotage Visit Pahang Year 2017 (VPY2017) by disseminating fake pictures and videos of disasters or of earlier incidents involving resorts in the state on the social media.

State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin, who made the call, said such irresponsible action would only cause panic, prevent tourist arrivals and harm the local economy.

He was commenting on the picture of a snapped cablecar incident in Genting Highlands and old videos of Cameron Highlands hit by flash floods in 2014, which went viral on Facebook recently.

According to him, the state government had spent a lot to promote VPY2017, planning hundreds of tourism events and improving facilities in preparation to welcome 15 million tourists next year.

“I have been expecting the spread of such negativity and untruths from the time we started planning to hold VPY2017 which will boost the revenue of the state, tourism industry players and the people of Pahang.

“As a civilised society, heading towards becoming a developed nation,  spreading of untruths like this should not happen, even for fun,” he said when contacted, here, today.

He said people should validate with the authorities, any video or picture they received, rather than getting excited and sharing them on the respective social sites.

“In fact, we will issue a statement if there is a disaster. For the record, during the rainy season, we will update the latest developments hourly to avoid any untoward incidents,” he said.

Mohd Sharkar said they would also not hesitate to report to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission if the situation continued and affected the good name of the state and VPY2017.

Tourism Pahang manager, Datuk Ishak Mokhtar also deplored the actions of those who love to put things on their Facebook page without thinking of the long-term effects of their actions.

“We thank the media for helping to spread the correct information. We are also constantly monitoring developments on the social media because we now have to compete with news which are not true,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bentong district police chief, Supt Mohamad Mansor Mohd Nor advised people not to disseminate false news as it could complicate matters for the authorities.

“For example, allegations of snapped cablecar wires in Genting Highlands, believed to be pictures of an incident abroad, has caused Bentong police having to deal with enquiries from the public,” he said. — Bernama

Source : Malay Mail Online

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