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Posters about free bras are fake

A side by side comparison of the real and the fake Permatang Pauh BN poster.

A side by side comparison of the real and the fake Permatang Pauh BN poster.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – April 24, 2018: Ladies, you can all attend an election campaign by the Permatang Pauh Barisan Nasional this Sunday but sorry, there won’t be any giveaway brassieres as claimed by a poster.

Talk about a handout of 5,000 brassieres was widely discussed in social media after a poorly doctored digital campaign poster went viral since yesterday.

The poster, featuring a man wearing a BN shirt and called “Datuk Seri Hj Ustaz Amran Nordin” and a caption saying “jom pi periksa dada, dapat terus sarung dada” (Let’s get your breasts checked and get free bras) and showing a white cut-out of a bra .

“It’s not true. We’re not dumb enough to do anything of the sort,” said Permatang Pauh BN coordinator Datuk Mohd. Zaidi Mohd. Said.

Zaidi pointed out that the poster had been photoshopped from a genuine poster of a complimentary eye examination at a school in Permatang Pauh on April 15.

The original poster showed a picture of Zaidi wearing a BN shirt along with the caption “jom pi periksa mata, dapat terus cermin mata” (Let’s get our eyes checked and then get free spectacles) and a white cut-out of a pair of eyeglasses.

“It has only been a day since the fake-news law came into effect and some are already spreading fake posters,” remarked Zaidi in reference to the gazetting of the Anti-Fake News Act yesterday.

According to Zaidi, he didn’t know whose face had been superimposed onto his in the fake poster and that he had lodged a police report earlier today.

“There is no Datuk Seri Hj. Ustaz Amran Nordin in Permatang Pauh,” he said, explaining that the fake poster first appeared on Facebook before it was widely circulated via WhatsApp.

It is believed that the fake poster was created by the administrators of an anti-BN Facebook page called Amran Fans as a reverse image search via Google revealed that the fake was first published at the page.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]