News: Rela man falls ‘fowl’ of rumour on Doomsday

The Star, 21 December 2012

MALACCA: A widespread rumour said that placing cockerels and hens in one coop could save them from being engulfed by a huge tidal wave come Doomsday. A Rela officer believed it and followed the instructions to the letter.

He has now lost 13 chicken. The chicken were stolen from a coop at the back of his home in Taman Desa Damai, Cheng, here recently.

The 40-year-old man lodged a report at the Tanjung Minyak police station on Tuesday, claiming his neighbours saw three men prying open the coop before stealing the chickens.

The rumour was part of a series of SMSes, which also asked people to stock up on food and candles ahead of the end of the Mayan calendar today.

State Deputy CID chief Supt P.R. Gunarajan said there was also a report involving the theft of dozens of chickens from a farm here last week.

Rubbishing the rumours, Kota Melaka Barisan Nasional public complaints bureau chief Ronald Gan said some of these had quoted the usual preparations for contingency, such as stocking up on live chicken and other foodstuffs.

“This is all ridiculous. Death can come any time and at any age. Why is there so much hype about Dec 21?” he said.

Gan urged action to be taken against those spreading such rumours through cyberspace and SMSes.