Sin Chew Daily highlighted the circulation of fake photographs of collapsed roads and indigenous folk conducting native rites on social media sites after the earthquake in Sabah.
It said that irresponsible people had spread photographs of collapsed roads that they claimed were in Ranau.
A check showed that one of the photographs was from the 2011 earthquake in Myanmar.
Another photograph - showing a Bobohizan (Kadazan-Dusun medium) conducting a ceremony at the foot of Mount Kinabalu - was also found on social media.
A netizen said the photograph was taken years ago and not after the earthquake.
The paper reported that Mandopop singer Gary Chaw, who is from Sabah, was misled by the photographs, which he had shared on his Facebook page.
The Taiwan-based artiste later deleted the photographs.