Johor police have denied the existence of an organ-harvesting syndicate following rumours about it went viral on social media.
Johor Crime Investigations Department chief Senior Asst Comm Md Yusof Ahmad said the suspects featured in social media postings were actually those arrested in relation to a kidnapping case that took place in January.
“We have not received any report with regard to any organ-stealing syndicate, and the photos of suspects that have been circulated were the suspects of a kidnap-for-ransom case.
“They were among the 16 suspects in the kidnapping case that took place in Iskandar Puteri about three weeks ago,” he said when contacted here.
SAC Md Yusof added that the suspects had been charged in court under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961.
“We do not know the agenda of those spreading the fake news or why such allegations were made.
“It has, however, caused distressed and concerns among the public as many believed in the fake news being circulated,” he said.
He urged the public to first seek confirmation with the police on such issues and to not believe everything they read online.
“The police chief would have come out with an official statement if there were such a syndicate.
“We hope those spreading such fake news to stop doing so as it would cause panic among the public as well as hinder harmony in the state,” he said.