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Pic of spoof MAS website mocks missing Boeing
Published:  Mar 17, 2014 3:53 AM
Updated: 5:07 PM

MH370 A Singapore news site is earning flak on social media for its posting of a spoof Malaysia Airlines website which appears to poke fun at the airlines’ missing Boeing 777, as authorities from across the globe race to locate the plane which disappeared 10 days ago.

The image was posted up last night on the Facebook page of a Temasek Review , which describes itself as an alternative online news site.

It featured what appears to be the homepage of MAS website supposedly promoting its new Boeing 777 aircraft, accompanied with the words “Our new Boeing 777. Lose yourself on a journey of epic proportions”.

Below that is a banner which invites visitors to sign up for its rewards programme, stating that: “Wherever you go no one will ever know”.

The image is accompanied with the caption “Caption please”.

Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes evident that the image is a spoof as the original MAS logo resembles a red and blue ‘wau’, whereas the one on Temasek Review ’s image is just blue.

Also, several FB users pointed out that the plane featured is that of an A380 and not Boeing 777.

Netizens were quick to lambast the image and urged Temasek Review to take the posting down.

One user, Natasha Johari, commented, “Caption? ok 'We're bad at Photoshop but we did it anyway because we're desperate for more page views'. 200+ lives at stake.”

Netizen Khoo Chen Shiang wrote: “What's is your motive? Seriously, did you ever think of those still waiting for news of their loved ones? Do take down the post.”

Fellow Facebook user, Joanne Chung commented: “Zero compassion, zero sensitivity and done in very, very bad taste. Shame on you, TR ( Temasek Review ). Take this post down immediately.”

“How about 'Badly Photoshopped Douchebag Attempt In Getting Attention Level 1',” posted one Joseph Lee Cheng Kim.

Firdaus Azil left this message, “To whoever who did this, including morons from Temasek Review who published this, I really hope you guys were the ones that boarded the plane instead of those innocent crew (members) and passengers. The world would be better without you guys.”

Meanwhile Prantik Mazumdar stated, “Shame on you Temasek Review that you would do something so irresponsible and be so insensitive given the current predicament. What makes it worse is that its a fake ad. How cheap can you guys be just to garner some extra ‘Likes’ and ‘Captions’?

“You clearly do not represent Singapore's voice and do not deserve to be the 'top alternative online news website' for this country.”

Another user, Celia Alphonsus commented: “ Temasek Review you guys are effing idiots of the highest order! Reported your stupid page.”

However, Alphonsus later stated that Facebook declined to have the post removed and claimed the social site responded that the posting did not violate its community standards.

'We have nothing to do with the FB page'

Late tonight, TR Emeritus (TRE), whose website link is listed on the Temasek Review page, said in response to a query from Malaysiakini that it is not affiliated with that Facebook page.

It claimed its website link was used without its permission, and that this was not the first time such confusion had arised.

"As such, the [email protected] has no editorial control whatsoever over any 'Temasek Review' Facebook pages.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers and crew (onboard MH370), and their friends and families. We pray and hope that the authorities will locate the missing MAS flight as soon as possible," it said.

On March 8, MAS flight MH370 went missing as it flew over the Gulf of Thailand less than an hour after taking off from the KL International Airport with 227 passengers and 12 crew members onboard on its way to Beijing.

Malaysian authorities, joined by search and rescue teams from various other countries including China, Vietnam and the United States, first scoured the South China Sea for fear the aircraft had crashed.

However, it was later determined that the Boeing 777-200ER made a deliberate turn-back and that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (Acars system) on board was disabled to possibly hinder detection of its location.

In view of this, Malaysia said it was terminating its search in the South China Sea and redeploying assets to two possible corridors in the Indian Ocean.