9 Aussies arrested for insulting national flag
> Men stripped down to their underwear bearing the Jalur Gemilang
SEPANG: Police have arrested nine Australian citizens at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) for stripping down to their underwear which bore the Malaysian flag or “Jalur Gemilang” on them.
The men had stripped and revealed their undergarments to spectators at the Formula 1 Petronas Grand Prix on Sunday.
Sepang district police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Ali said they were arrested on the spot by police who were nearby.
“They were caught in the act and we immediately arrested them at around 5pm,” he said, adding that the men were aged between 25 and 29.
He said they will be remanded for four days under Section 504 and Section 14 of the Penal Code.
Section 504 is for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, whereas Section 14 is for misbehaviour in public areas.
For this offence the nine men could possibly be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or both.
Abdul Aziz told theSun that the men were drunk when they were arrested but were not on drugs of any kind.
When asked where they could have purchased the underwear, Abdul Aziz said that the men had bought them in Australia before attending the race here on Sunday.
“We even raided their hotel room to see if there were any signs as to where they might have purchased them but there was no trace. The men themselves had told us that they bought them in Australia.”
Meanwhile, SIC CEO Datuk Razlan Razali expressed anger at the behaviour of the men, saying it was a huge lack of respect for Malaysia as the host country.
“This is stupid behaviour from foreigners who have no sense of cultural sensitivity and respect,” he said.
He added it was hard to prevent such incidents from happening but stressed that the circuit will take quick action should it occur again.
Netizens on social media were also quick to rebuke the actions of the Aussies.
The Australians who were detained on Sunday.