KOTA KINABALU – The public has been warned not to spread rumours that Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has declared today a public holiday because of the moderate earthquake that hit Sabah this morning.
According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s press office here, the message claiming the chief minister had made the announcement had gone viral on social media, particularly through the Whatsapp messaging application.
“Please note that the news that the Sabah chief minister has declared today a public holiday as a result of the earthquake is false.
“Please stop spreading the hoax,” said the statement.
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit Ranau in Sabah at 7.15 am today with tremors felt in most places in the west coast of Sabah, including Ranau, Tambunan (repeat: Tambunan), Tuaran, Pedalaman, Kota Kinabalu and Kota Belud.
According to the National Earthquake and Tsunami Centre, the quake’s epicentre was 16km north west of Ranau.
Meanwhile, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman is expected to hold a press conference relating to the earthquake at 1.45pm today. – BERNAMA