MALACCA - Police are looking for the person who posted a picture of "hanged" styrofoam models of schoolchildren taken at a popular hypermarket here.
In the post on Monday, the individual uploaded the photo and said that policemen were investigating the "suicide" of the schoolchildren at a hypermarket in Ayer Keroh, which subsequently went viral.
Malacca police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye did not find the posting funny and vowed to trace the individual and charge him under Section 211 or Section 213 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
If found guilty, one could face a RM50,000 fine, a one-year jail sentence or both.
According to Section 211 of the Act, content which is indecent, obscene, false, menacing, or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person is viewed as an offence and punishable by law.
DCP Chuah said there were many fake postings in social media, including so-called kidnappings, and said some got a kick out of it went they went viral.
"It's sad to note that there are those who trust such postings," he said on Friday.
The photo shows shapes of schoolchildren made from Styrofoam dressed in school uniforms as part of the hypermarket's "back to school" promotion.