Shell removes standees of model after ‘distasteful’ photos go viral

PETALING JAYA: Shell is removing all standees featuring a woman employee from all its petrol kiosks after photos of men in suggestive poses with the cardboard cutout went viral.

It urged the public to stop sharing the images which it said were "distasteful".

"We are aware that pictures of several individuals photographed engaging in distasteful and suggestive acts with a promotional standee at our retail stations are circulating online," it said in a statement today.

"We do not condone this disrespectful act, which is completely against the culture of Malaysians and Shell's core values. We urge netizens and members of the public to refrain from sharing these images further.

"The standee will be removed from all our sites with immediate effect."

Photos of men holding hands with the cut-out, kissing its cheek, and even grabbing the breast have gone viral on the social media.

The model in the standee, Nor Shafila Khairusalleh, 25, was yesterday reported as saying she was perturbed by men "molesting" her likeness.