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KL robbery message is a hoax: Malaysian police

Malaysian police say messages circulating on WhatsApp and social media of women being robbed and stabbed to death in KL are old, unverified rumours.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian police on Wednesday (July 2) clarified that a WhatsApp message circulating in Malaysia - claiming of a rash of cases of daylight robbery in the capital city - is a hoax.

The message claims that Channel NewsAsia carried a report on a syndicate of men stabbing and robbing victims “in broad daylight and crowded places” in Kuala Lumpur. It also says that Channel NewsAsia is “blocked” from Malaysian TV.

However, Channel NewsAsia confirms that it has not broadcast such a report. Also, the channel is available in Malaysia, where it is distributed via PayTV operators. It can also be viewed via the Channel NewsAsia website at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv/live.

In a statement issued on Wednesday via its Facebook page, the Malaysian police said: “The messages transmitted via WhatsApp and social media of women being robbed and stabbed to death in Puduraya, Bukit Bintang and KLCC by a syndicate are not true. The rumours started being spread around July 2012 and have been causing fear among the public. But no such cases have been reported in Kuala Lumpur.

“The police advise the public not to believe rumours that are spread by sources that cannot be verified, such as SMS, WhatsApp, email, social media, et cetera.”

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