M'sian police: Video showing mud & fire in graveyard is not from JB
Malaysian police have come out to deny that a viral video showing mud and fire spewing out of the ground of a graveyard originated from a Chinese cemetery in Batu Pahat, Johor.
"An investigation of several Chinese cemeteries in Batu Pahat failed to confirm that such an incident occurred," Bukit Aman police assistant secretariat Datin Asmawati Ahmad said in a statement on Sunday (April19), reported The Star Online.
She added that while the video did not originate from Malaysia, the phenomena exists in other countries such as Taiwan.
According to her, mud volcanoes spew mud and natural gas once or twice a year and the the fires are deliberately started by locals to burn off emissions.
The Star Online reported that the original video showed that the video was filmed in Taiwan by the Central News Agency.
It was part of their coverage of a mud volcano eruption at the Xinyuan Township in Pingtung Taiwan on Jan 28, 2015.
The report states that the mud volcano spewing from a grave half submerged a nearby cornfield.
Datin Asmawati urged Malaysians not to spread rumours because of its potential to create "negative speculation."
Sources: The Star Online, Central News Agency, YouTube