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PUBLISHED: Jun 2, 2015 7:45pm

Foreigners photographed topless and naked on Mt Kinabalu

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SANDRA SOKIAL By:
Sandra Sokial

Bareback mountain? The things some people do for that moment of fame, even if it is windy and freezing cold.

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KOTA KINABALU, June 2, 2015:

Absolute disrespect and ludicrous. This would aptly describe the antics of some foreigners who went topless, and some even totally naked, once they reached the chilly and windy Mount Kinabalu.

Their antics did not go unnoticed as another mountain climber captured the scene. These photographs have since gone viral over social media.

The images posted on Facebook and distributed over WhatsApp mobile messenger chat show a group of Caucasian-looking adults, both male and female, some naked and others topless, posing at what appears to be the distinctive Low’s Peak on Mount Kinabalu.

Comments from irked netizens echoed in unison as they voiced disgust over such behaviour at what is deemed the “sacred” Aki Nabalu site of the Dusun community.

And now armed with whatever photographs they can land their hands on, Sabah Park Rangers have been ordered to investigate the incident.

The authorities have been told to be on the lookout for these foreigners to declare them persona non grata.

“They will be kicked out if found still in the state,” an exasperated Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said.

“It’s in bad taste… these are not the kind of tourists we welcome.

“Such actions truly defile the sanctity of sacred sites,” Masidi said, adding there were groups of people who went around visiting sacred sites worldwide and posing nude for photographs.

Mount Kinabalu, part of the Kinabalu Park World Heritage Site, is sacred to the locals, some of whom deem it as the final resting place of their ancestors.

The Dusun community still holds yearly sacrificial rituals to appease the spirits and ask for permission for the safety of the climbers.

“We are respectful of others’ tastes, but if they don’t respect the culture and tradition of the countries they visit, they are not welcome,” Masidi said after flagging off four Penampang Endure Dirt Bikers Club members participating in the Penduro Bornoe Adventure Ride.

The bikers will travel 5,550km around Borneo island over the next two weeks.

This incident comes almost a year after the ill-famous Penang Nude Games festival where more than 15 nude men and women were captured on a video clip, body painting one another on a secluded stretch at Pantai Teluk Kampi, Penang National Park.

That incident, too, led to public outrage after the clip went viral. Six men were later sentenced to one month’s jail and RM5,000 fine each for committing the obscene acts.

At least five people, including three women, were also reported to have posed naked for pictures at the sacred Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia early this year and were deported.

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