Date
27 July 2017
Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia's highest peak, is considered sacred by many local residents. Photo: The Guardian
Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia's highest peak, is considered sacred by many local residents. Photo: The Guardian

Foreigner held as Malaysians blame nude pictures for quake

Malaysian police arrested a foreign woman for allegedly posing naked for pictures on Mount Kinabalu, the country’s highest peak.

Local people have said the foreigner’s action angered the spirits of the mountain and triggered an earthquake.

Police in the eastern state of Sabah arrested a foreign woman involved in the incident, the Guardian said, citing a report from the state news agency Bernama. Her nationality was not disclosed.

Acting police chief Keong Ho Eng said the woman was held at the airport in the town of Tawau on Tuesday afternoon, as she was about to leave for Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.

A group of tourists stripped and had their pictures taken at the peak of Mount Kinabalu on May 30. Many locals were infuriated when they saw the pictures, which were widely circulated on social media.

It was not clear what charges, if any, will be filed against the tourists.

Malaysian police and immigration officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

News reports said those involved in the incident had been barred from leaving Sabah while police were investigating the case. Some reports said two Canadians in the group were stopped from leaving the country.

At least 16 climbers died after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the area on Friday, with another two missing. Among the dead were six Malaysians, seven Singaporeans, and one each from China, Japan and the Philippines.

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