The international media spotlight has once again fallen on Malaysia following the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 2.
News agencies around the world have been churning out a slew of conspiracy theories over the incident.
However, one local publication chose to focus on the alleged assassin’s undergarments, or lack thereof instead, drawing brickbats on social media.
According to China Press, the suspect was donning a white top and was clearly not wearing a bra, prompting the police to provide her with a cloth to cover herself.
The report also claimed that the authorities could not believe that the “sexy beauty” was an assassin.
“When she was arrested, she was facing more than 10 police personnel. She was calm throughout the arrest and interrogation,” read the report.
As expected, the report courted flak from readers.
On its Facebook page, China Press was criticised for sensationalising the murder in a lurid manner.
One reader, Jaack Chuen, pointed out that the murder could result in a diplomatic row and it was wrong to trivialise the issue with such a report.
China Press’ Facebook administrators responded by stating that readers should evaluate the news organisation’s entire coverage of the incident, rather than nitpick on this sole report.
Police have remanded two women, one with a Vietnamese passport and the other an Indonesian passport, in connection with the murder, where Jong-nam was believed to have been poisoned.