We have previously shared on how to detect fake news and what to do when you come across any, not to mention the consequences of sharing fake news in legal perspectives before. Now, to further not fall into the brethren of timely fake news, here are some websites and applications to help you do a thorough check before sharing that news you have just came across. Off late, flood tragedy has produced some unwanted or recycled news from the past; so let us go through on how to ensure if the natural disasters as circulated in the social media really did happen.
Here are 4 legitimate platforms to refer to:
Department of Information, Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia (JAPEN)
It is one-stop to any information regarding the national’s happenings. You could check clarification and even update on news or information that were fake and made rounds in the internet here.
MET Malaysia’s MyCuaca app
Malaysia’s Ministry of Environment and Water (MET)’s Meteorological Department website frequently updates about the weather, complete with real time report. Install their MyCuaca application to get updates – available on Apple Store and Google Play.
MET website https://www.met.gov.my/home
MyPublicInfoBanjir or flood public information Malaysia is originally a one-stop information website for any flood issues and happenings including reliefs and locations of shelters. The website is now made handy in a compact application with the same name.
National Security Council (MKN) Facebook Page
Always updated, aware and concise with their information, MKN consists of state-based pages to reach and addresses specific areas and concerns too.
JKR Malaysia and your PBT (City Councils) social media
Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR Malaysia) updates about routes on where to go and not to go all over Malaysia with branches of states to ensure road users and citizens are safe and sound.
Alternatively, updates on local happenings are usually posted in the local authorities’ social media. Here are the main 10 district’s councils’ Facebook pages to help you double check.
Johor Bahru City Council
Iskandar Puteri City Council
Pasir Gudang City Council
Batu Pahat City Council
Kluang City Council
Pontian District Council
Muar City Council
Segamat District Council
Mersing District Council
Tangkak District Council
Do you have any other reputable sources to add on to our list? Let us know in the comment section!