He said the public should not take any information, including the image which was released on Russian state-controlled television, without verification from the international bodies investigating the crash.
“Do not take it wholeheartedly or blindly. I have experience with flying carpets and coconuts during MH370.
“Let us wait until the international bodies come up with a verified outcome of their investigation," he said.
He added that a foreign news agency was already claiming that the picture was fake.
Hishammuddin was speaking to the media after meeting with US Marine Corps Forces Pacific Commander Lt General John A. Toolan at the Defence Ministry headquarters here yesterday.
“This is why the recently concluded first Malaysia-United States join amphibious exercise (Malus Amphex 2014), held in Tanduo, Sabah, is important.
“The amphibious capabilities is vital to our part of the world and the hot spots in our region, particularly in Eastern Sabah," he said.
He said the Malus Amphex, which focused on amphibious landing, engineering and medical civil action programs was greatly beneficial to the Malaysian Armed Forces in dealing with future cross-border threats and intrusions.
Hishammuddin said he hope that joint exercises between Malaysia and US would continue.