The Seri Iskandar Archery Club has apologised to the supermarket Econsave Cash & Carry Sdn Bhd after sharing a Facebook post that accused it of not carrying Muslim or bumiputera products.
The Perak-based club published the apology after the supermarket gave it a 48-hour ultimatum to retract its false accusation.
“I hereby retract all my statements regarding Econsave that day,” the club said in its Facebook post yesterday.
“I admit that I have made a mistake sharing misinformation to the public; especially to the residents of Seri Iskandar, and more generally the people of Malaysia.
“I once again apologise to Econsave Seri Iskandar Perak in particular, and more generally Econsave Malaysia. I will not repeat this mistake.”
Its earlier post regarding Econsave has been deleted.
On Tuesday, Econsave lodged a police report against two Facebook accounts believed to have disseminated misinformation claiming that it does not sell Muslim or bumiputera products.
Econsave general manager Mas Imran Adan, who lodged the report at the Johor Bharu Utara police headquarters, said his company takes the slander seriously.
“Econsave is one of the supermarkets selling many bumiputera and Muslim products, including Tamin, Adabi, Kipas Udang and Enaq branded sauces, Faiza branded products, Saji branded oil and many more,” he said.
Mas Imran also gave both Facebook accounts 48 hours to retract their statements and apologise.
In its latest statement, Econsave confirmed that it received the apology from the Seri Iskandar Archery Club and conditionally accepts it.
“We accept the apology from Seri Iskandar Archery Club on condition that they take responsibility to ask every individual who had shared the screenshot of the slanderous Facebook post to retract their posts on all platforms they used, or face legal action,” it said yesterday.
“We urge all consumers and netizens to check the veracity of any news before disseminating it.”