“THE STRAITS TIMES – SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2000
“”It’s disgraceful. They simply want to victimize me.””
SITI NURHALIZA – FAKE NUDE PICTURES OF SINGER PUT ON THE NET…
The doctored pictures of Siti Nurhaliza show her in steamy poses and are being circulated via e-mail. She is the latest victim of porn peddlers.
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s hottest singer, Siti Nurhaliza, has become the latest victim of Internet pornographic peddlers.
Seven superimposed nude pictures of the singer with a squeaky clean image were shown in steamy poses and were circulated through e-mails.
“”I feel humiliated and sad””, the Malay Mail quoted the singer as saying. “”It wasn’t me. I certainly did not pose for these pictures. This is the work of unscrupulous people who know how to doctor pictures.”” “”It’s disgraceful. They simply want to victimize me.””
Siti Nurhaliza, 21, said the e-mail was a popular and advanced medium of communication and should be used positively. She knew of other artists who had similar experiences of having doctored nude pictures of them circulated on the Internet. She believed the porn peddlers were latching onto her popularity to gain commercial value, particularly to link the pictures to their web sites. “”Hopefully, the authorities can detect and take action against these irresponsible people.”” She hoped that the culprits would be caught and penalized heavily.
It is not known how many people recieved Siti’s “”nude”” pictures via e-mail.
An Internet expert told the Malay Mail that it was almost impossible for the Internet service provider to filter the pictures and stop anyone from sending the nude pictures through e-mails. “”There is nothing much we can do if people want to circulate the pictures to their friends. We cannot stop them from doing so as e-mails are private.”” He said such indecent exposure is not only confined to Malaysian artists.
Many Hollywood stars have also been victimized in more cruel ways and they can do nothing to stop it. “”This is basically a question of morals and ethics. People who do this have none,”” he said.
In March last year, Edry Abdul Halim of singing group KRU said that a total of 11 pictures of him and singer Linda Rafar in sexually-explicit positions had been circulated on the Internet. He said the pictures were fake and the work of malicious parties out to sabotage the pop group.
THE STRAITS TIMES”