Malaysian official blames deadly quake on naked tourists
Posted by doctore0 on June 8, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A government official blamed the recent deadly earthquake in Malaysia on a group of 10 foreigners who “showed disrespect to the sacred” Mount Kinabalu by posing naked at the peak last week.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan said a special ritual would be conducted later to “appease the mountain spirit.”
The foreigners, who included two Canadians, two Dutch and a German national, broke away from their entourage and stripped naked before taking photos at the mountain peak on May 30, officials have said.
Five of the tourists are believed to still be in Malaysia and will be barred from leaving on the offense of gross indecency, according to police.
Nicolas Doire, spokesman for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, said consular officials in Malaysia have contacted local authorities and are assisting the two Canadians who are among those barred from leaving Malaysia.
Foreign Affairs could not confirm the identity of the Canadians, citing privacy concerns, but Malaysia’s foreign affairs ministry identified them to The Canadian Press as siblings Lindsey Petersen and Danielle Petersen.