In the past few weeks, the local news have been rife with reports of women’s safety and parking lot thefts. It all started with the case of 25-year-old Chin Xin Ci, who was bundled into her car before being assaulted and robbed at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara. Since then, many other occurrences have surfaced across all news channels and spread through an “engine” that currently holds more power than word of mouth alone – social media.
Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, you name it.
We have, however, been taught time and time again to not believe everything that we read via mass message broadcasting (SMSes, Whatsapp, BBM) or over the Internet.
Malaysian women were kept on their toes, with wary looks, and ready to retaliate all of yesterday when an anonymous message was circulated via mass message broadcasting. The message contained a supposed report that came from Channel NewsAsia Singapore that was “blocked” by Malaysian authorities.
Keep in mind that despite the efforts that are currently underway to beef up various shopping malls’ parking lots, the average Malaysian female is still reeling from reports that have taken over our mainstream media – what more having to worry about thieves that won’t hesitate to stab and kill, on top of robbing.
Or at least that’s what the supposed report said:
Although the news channel has always been known for being the quickest to report the most “sensational” news, they have taken to their Facebook page to deny allegations of having ever reported such atrocious rumours.
As a matter of fact, even our very own Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) have stepped up to post a rebuttal to the vicious fictitious news via Facebook:
It’s always better to be safe than sorry but also, and we must reiterate, don’t always believe everything that you read on the Internet.