[top photo: (Left) A Shin Min Daily News article in April reports about the photographs that were allegedly taken in the temple.]
GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia: The circulation of an e-mail containing a dozen revealing photographs of a young Caucasian woman supposedly praying at the Kek Lok Si Temple has left the temple trustees steaming.
They denied that the pictures were shot inside their temple and claimed that some mischievous people were trying to tarnish the name of one of Penang’s tourist icons.
Temple trustee Datuk Steven Ooi said they were aware of the claims but ruled out that the pictures were shot inside the temple.
"Someone is out to smear the good name of the temple, which is one of the state's popular tourist attractions," he said when contacted.
Ooi said a comparison of the pictures with the temple's internal and external features, including the Buddha statues, showed that they could not have been taken at the Kek Lok Si Temple.
"It is almost impossible for the woman to pull off such a stunt inside the temple because it is busy with visitors, nuns and monks most of the time."
The 12 e-mail pictures show the young woman clad in a blouse and short skirt, exposing her panties and breasts while performing prayers.
Ooi said the temple would not make a police report because they do not want to be dragged into a controversy
Source : AsiaOne
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