Naked Tourists Blamed for Mount Kinabalu Earthquake in Malaysia
JAKARTA – Malaysian authorities have arrested four foreigners believed to have been part of a group of tourists who stripped naked at the summit of Mount Kinabalu, according to Bernama, Malaysia’s official news agency.
The arrested tourists were two Canadian brothers, a Dutch woman and a British woman aged between 20 and 33, said Jalauddin Abdul Rahman, police commissioner in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah.
The British woman was arrested by police at Tawau Airport on Tuesday as she was about to leave for the capital Kuala Lumpur, Bernama reported.
The other three turned themselves in on Tuesday evening.
A local magistrate’s court said they would be held for four days while the “obscene act” that took place the mountain was investigated.
The suspects could face up to three months in jail or a fine if convicted.
The mountain was shaken by an earthquake Friday in which at least 16 people were killed.
The indigenous people of Sabah believe the tourists’ behavior on May 30, deemed disrespectful of local culture, angered the spirit of the mountain and was the reason for the earthquake, Bernama reported.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said that based on what he read in the newspapers, some of the climbers of Mount Kinabalu did not respect the traditions of the Kadazandusun and Murut community and stripped naked on the sacred mountain.
Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said police were still looking for the other tourists who stripped on the mountain.
The tourists names were not released.
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