Malaysia de­tains 4 over nude pix on quake-hit peak

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

Malaysian au­thor­i­ties have de­tained four tourists — two Cana­di­ans, a Bri­ton and one Dutch na­tional — for al­legedly strip­ping naked on Mount Kin­a­balu, an act some lo­cals say an­gered tribal spir­its and caused a deadly earth­quake, of­fi­cials said.

Pic­tures of 10 naked tourists had spread on so­cial me­dia and in­furi- ated lo­cals fol­low­ing the 6.0-mag­ni­tude quake that struck near the moun­tain on Fri­day and killed 18 peo­ple. Six other tourists are still ap­par­ently at large, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Mount Kin­a­balu, a UNESCO World Her­itage Site and popular climb­ing des­ti­na­tion, is con­sid­ered sa­cred by Malaysia’s Kadazan Dusun tribal group, who be­lieve it is a rest­ing place for spir­its.

“We de­tained all four of them on Tues­day... and yes we are still search­ing for the other six tourists, and we will catch them,” said Jalaluddin Ab­dul Rah­man, the po­lice com­mis­sioner for the Malaysian State of Sabah where the moun­tain is lo­cated.

Jalaluddin said those de­tained might be charged for caus­ing public nui­sance.

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