PETALING JAYA: All promotional standees of a female Shell employee will be removed from its petrol stations after images of men posing suggestively with the cutouts went viral.
The oil and gas company said it found the actions of the men disrespectful and urged the public not to continue sharing the images.
“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. 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,” said Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd in a statement.
Images of a group of men kissing and making suggestive gestures with the life-sized cardboard cutouts of Shell station manager Nor Shafila Khairusalleh, 25, have angered many people who accused them of being obscene and sexist.
On Sunday, Nor Shafila had told mStar, The Star’s Malay portal, that she expected people to take amusing pictures with the standees, but felt that the viral images were going overboard as they were sexual in nature.
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