GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA - Police say a picture showing a couple engaged in sex beside a highway supposedly taken in Changkat Kledang in Jawi, Penang is fake.
Many netizens had reposted the picture which appeared in a report in www.penangpost.com without verification.
South Seberang Prai OCPD Supt Shafee Abdul Samad, who was shown the picture in a text message on Sunday, said the picture was not taken in Penang.
"No such thing. We don't have a green fence," he said referring to the green fence running along the middle of the highway shown in the picture which is not a feature of Malaysian highways.
The report claimed that the incident took place in Changkat Kledang in Jawi. This area is, however, a flat coastal area, whereas the picture shows an elevated highway crossing a gorge.
The picture shows a nude girl close to a metal sign riveted to a chain-link fence.
On digitally enhancing the picture, it was found that the sign contained red Chinese characters, possibly warning pedestrians not to step onto the highway, but the photo resolution is too low to read the Chinese writing.
The article said a motorist who took the picture was so angry that he later trailed the sex couple to a property in Jelutong.
"Our journalist visited the property to interview the couple. At first, they denied any knowledge of the incident, but when shown the incriminating photo, they admitted their guilt and apologised," the article said.
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