"The news that the Ministry of SOEs will file a legal accusation is false, a hoax," Head of Public Relations and Protocol of the ministry, Ferry Andrianto, confirmed in a statement.
All information pertaining to the minister and vice minister activities as well as other officials is always issued by the ministry through some official channels and publications and "not in the randomly spread-over chain messages."
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Earlier, according to a message circulated on messenger application of WhatsApp, the Ministry of SOEs will file a legal accusation over an aspersion and defamation act pertaining to Thohir, allegedly conducted by a member of the house.
"In today's situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, when all the elements of the ministry are struggling to fight the disease, the Ministry of SOEs deplores this act of spreading hoax and provocative message," Andrianto emphasized.
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