GEORGE TOWN - The police are trying to track down a "reporter" from an online portal who wrote a story about a couple having sex by the side of a highway in Changkat Kledang, Jawi near here.
Penang police chief Comm Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said police investigations have revealed that the portal that ran the story, despite being named after the state, is not based in Malaysia.
"We discovered that the registered owner of the portal is based in Azerbaijan and the IP (Internet Protocol) address is in Pennsylvania, the United States.
"However, police are not dismissing the possibility that the person who wrote the report could be in Malaysia as most of the articles in the portal are about Penang," he told reporters at the state police headquarters in Penang Road on Tuesday.
He said police are trying to trace the reporter to find out the authenticity of the report as the writer alleged that he approached the couple for confirmation in Jelutong.
"We will need to investigate the matter first. If the news is true, action will be taken on the couple for indecency.
"But if the portal reported fake news, then we will refer them to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission," he said, adding that the portal has not been accessible since Monday.
Police have confirmed that the picture of the couple having sex beside a highway is fake.
The article in the portal said a motorist who took the picture was so angry that he later trailed the couple to Jelutong.
It reported that the couple initially denied any knowledge of the incident, but when shown the incriminating photo, they admitted their guilt and apologised.