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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7, 2014:

Changes will be made by the Peninsular Malaysia Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) after a video of nudist sport activities at the Pulau Pinang National Park (TNPP) went viral.

The government agency, which manages the park, said in a statement that it took the issue seriously and regretted that the incident had tarnished the park’s name specifically and the nation in general.

“The government has been working to preserve natural areas as national treasures for the betterment of society and generations to come.

“TNPP was listed among the famous ecotourism destinations in Asia.

“National parks are places for eco-tourism activities, not places for immoral activities,” read the statement by Perhilitan director-general Datuk Abd Rasid Samsudin.

He said the department took immediate action to address the incident in cooperation with other authorities, including the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the police.

Meanwhile, Perhilitan said it had given its full cooperation in the police investigation and was conducting an internal investigation on its own.

“Action will be taken if there are elements of negligence or staff involvement in this incident.

“Coordination systems between the TNPP management and agencies offering services such as boat tours and tour guides will be reviewed and strengthened.

“The enforcement patrol system at TNPP will be enhanced in addition to reviewing the placement of staff at control posts of popular tourist spots.”

He also recommended that people and tourists who visit the ecotourism areas comply with current regulations for conducting activities within the TNPP.

“Signboards with guidelines of the dos and don’ts are clearly displayed and visitors should follow the guidelines.

“This is to ensure that TNPP is protected and preserved so visitors can enjoy the natural beauty instead of carrying out unlawful activities.”

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