Shell to remove 'mineral water' standees after 'harassment' episodes

Elias Hubbard
July 6, 2017

The cutouts aren't exactly provocative - they feature a female Shell employee wearing a red t-shirt bearing the company's logo, along with black pants and a black headscarf.

Energy giant Shell has been forced to remove life-sized cut-outs of women from stations in Malaysia after men groped them.

Shell has 950 outlets in Malaysia and said it would not tolerate the "distasteful and suggestive acts" and therefore ripped them down.

Numerous pictures were plastered over Facebook, including one man who identified himself as Shahril Azmi Abdul Shukor or Abang Shahril seen "molesting" the advert.

"We urge netizens and members of the public to refrain from sharing these images further", the company said.

Following a series of alleged immoral acts by several individuals, Shell said it will be pulling down the "mineral water" girl giant standees from all their oil stations with immediate effect.

"They may just be joking, but I feel ashamed because that is still [me]."

While the woman told the local paper that she felt "humiliated" by the images that were doing the rounds on the social media and said that though the people must be just be joking, she felt humiliated because that was still herself although it was just an image.

"I let excitement get the better of me", he told a Malaysian news outlet. The cutouts were on display at petrol stations in the Muslim-majority country.

The woman, 25-year-old Nor Shafila Khairusalleh, who is the model pictured in the Shell promotional material, is an actual Shell petrol station supervisor.

As per the reports, the company has more than 950 Shell stations across Malaysia which serve almost a million customers each day.

More than 60 per cent of Malaysia's population of over 30 million people are Muslim and social attitudes - particularly outside cities - can be conservative.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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