Photoshop is an image editing software developed and manufactured by Adobe. Photoshop is considered one of the leaders in photo editing software. The software allows users to manipulate, crop, resize, and correct color on digital photos. The software is particularly popular amongst professional photographers.
It is so hugely popular that digitally altering an image is now termed as "photoshopped". The word is a verb that can be defined as altering an image or a picture digitally by using a computer software. Well, nowadays you do not need Photoshop to alter an image - you can even make do with a free or an open source softwares like Paint.net, Gimp and many others.
Well, this story is about Mohd Redzuan Mohd Yusof, an old boy who allegedly got married to a celebrity called Syella. I don't know Syella and I never heard of her until the day rumors started to spread saying she had married a former IGP and the marriage cost RM15 million. There was a photo to prove it though the photo was positively a photoshopped type. And the guy who photoshopped it probably knew very little about the art of "photoshopping". Then the ex-IGP blasted in with a fiery statement denying this and I read somewhere he was contemplating suing three bloggers for slander. And that's how Mohd Redzuan Mohd Yusof, or Pak Wan, as we knew him came into the picture.
Though the picture of Pak Wan was far better than the IGP there are many elements of doubt. First, Pak Wan is a tall person and the picture of him with Syella shown them to be about the same height. Unless Syella is 5' 8' or taller and wearing a pair of high-heeled wedding shoes, there was no way she could be as tall as Pak Wan. The picture of them standing together cutting a wedding cake is a bit mysterious. The stature of the man cutting that cake doesn't look much like Pak Wan. Further, I knew Pak Wan very well as a conservative person. I doubt he would don the Michael Jackson-style dress for the wedding. And at his age if he donned that dress, he would be crazy.
The invitation card is another source of puzzle. If you spend RM15 million for a marriage, you would not cut corner by sending "cheapo" invitation cards. The card shown could be bought for RM1 a piece at any wedding store. It has errors too. The wedding was Sunday instead of "Ahad" and Pak Wan's name is written as Dato Mohd Redzuan. Pak Wan is not a "dato'" unless he was conferred a datukship recently. And I doubt that.
But of course, elements of suspicion are not enough to positively declare that Pak Wan is not the person involved. We can only show our doubts. Pak Wan needs to declare to the world that it was not him in that blurry, grainy picture. But then the damage has been done, some web sites have gone as far as to reveal private information about him and his family. I pity his family.
Pak Wan is not alone. Another old boy, a deputy minister has been accused of corruption by a blogger. The blogger has uploaded various bank slips to his blog to prove this. Like a photo, an image like a bank-in slip may also be photoshopped. With the election looming, the allegation is probably made to damage the old boy.
But then we are living in a digital age - just alter an image and the whole world will believe you except the victims.