Naked at Mt Kinabalu, Sabah: Appeasing the mountain spirits

1 Arrested! For mocking Sabahans over the Earthquake. 2 Naked at Angkor Wat 3 Naked in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China 4 SABAH EARTHQUAKE! 5 June 2015.

14 June 2015

Appeasing the mountain spirits

While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 14 edition

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Shaman Singkaban Kowil, 75, of the Kadazan Dusun tribe as locals attend Monolibabow ritual performed to appease the spirits of the sacred Mount Kinabalu on Tamparuli district, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, on June 13, 2015. — PHOTO: EPA

Malaysian villagers beg spirits to end quake aftershocks

Borneo tribal shamans chanted age-old prayers on Saturday in a ceremony in Malaysia aimed at soothing spirits and bringing an end to disturbing aftershocks from an earthquake that killed 18 people.

About 100 members of the Kadazan Dusun, the largest tribal group in the Malaysian state of Sabah, held the ritual in the state’s Tamparuli district after a 5.1-magnitude aftershock shook the area on Saturday.

– See more at:

‘Monolibabou’ ritual starts to find cause of Sabah earthquake

TAMPARULI: A group of Tantagas (high priestess) performs a special‎ ritual to enquire about the recent earthquake from the spirit world.

The ‘monolibabou’ ritual started at about 7.30pm ‎in the community hall of Kampung Bantayan here.
During the process, two Tantagas from the Dusun Lotud communicated with the spirits in hope to find out what causes the earthquake and what offerings are needed to appease the mountain spirits.

Malay Mail Online

Enough for court action against ‘stripper’ tourists to be lesson for all, Sabah minister says


KOTA KINABALU, June 13 — The three-day jail sentence for four foreign tourists who stripped on Mount Kinabalu should suffice to teach a lesson against disrespecting Sabah’s native customs and beliefs, state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said.

The Sabah minister said many had expressed to him their disappointment that the sentence seemed lenient, but he stressed that the court action was a sufficient lesson.

“To me it isn’t about the severity of the sentence. Whether it’s fair or lenient, this is an important lesson for everyone. People who visit should respect the local customs. We can learn from this, and the message conveyed is quite strong,” he said.

“It is a wake-up call to tourists not to ignore local traditions and culture,” said Masidi, adding that more notice will be given to inform visitors to Mount Kinabalu of the dos and don’ts.

– See more at:


Emil Kaminski was not among those arrested, charged and sentenced.

The four were British student Eleanor Hawkins, 24, Dutch national Dylan Snel, 23,  and the Canadian siblings Lindsey, 23, and his sister Danielle Peterson, 22.

Four nudists jailed, fined RM5,000 — Star

Friday June 12, 2015 MYT 7:45:34 PM

Sabah quake: Four get three days, fine and deportation

KOTA KINABALU:  All four foreigners who allegedly stripped on Mount Kinabalu on May 30 were each sentenced to three days’ jail after they pleaded guilty to a charge of obscene behaviour in a public place.

They were also fined RM5,000 or three months jail and ordered to be deported. As they have been in remand since Wednesday, they should be free once they paid the fine.

After two, three breaks during the course of the case, Sessions Court judge Dean Wyane Daly delivered the verdict at about 6.35pm Friday.

UPDATE: Tourists who stripped on Mount Kinabalu each jailed for three days and fined RM5,000

12 June 2015

Give us ten buffalo or face prison, Malaysian tribal chief tells mountain strippers

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A Malaysian tribal chief has called on Western tourists who were arrested for stripping naked on top of a mountain to pay a fine of ten buffalo or face jail, it has been reported.

Former British public schoolgirl Eleanor Hawkins is among the group accused of ‘upsetting the gods’ by posing nude on the country’s highest peak days before an earthquake killed 18 climbers on the mountain.

Eleanor, 24, from Derby, was detained at a Sabah airport yesterday while trying to fly to Kuala Lumpur. …

Last night it was reported that one local tribal chief had called on the tourists to pay a ‘sogit’ or fine of ten buffalo or face jail.

Priest Tindarama Aman Sirom Simbuna said: ‘The tourists who angered the guardian of the mountain should pay for their mistakes by giving sogit.

‘This should be in the form of ten male or female buffalo’.

Indigenous people say Mount Kinabalu – where the group posed for their photo – is a resting place for the spirits of the departed.

11 June 2015

Some Kinabalu ‘nudists’ used false identities to register: Sabah CP

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Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalalluddin Abdul Rahman said some of them also registered using fictitious identities during the climb on May 30 and this made investigations difficult, particularly in tracing them.

: ‘Mountain spirits need appeasing’

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RANAU: A REVERED bobolian or high priest wished he could tell the group of foreigners, who had allegedly stripped on Mount Kinabalu, that their act was wrong. Downy Ladzou, 60, who performed a ritual known as monolob to appease mountain spirits in October last year, said the group should be told the consequences of their actions. The mountain is considered scared to the native community, which believes it is the final resting place of souls of the dead. … Although no date has been set yet for the monolob ritual, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also the Kadazandusun community’s Huguan Siou or Paramount Leader, said: “We need to perform one as soon as possible.” … Ladzou is the leader of four remaining bobolians in Kiau-Nuluh and they have been given the task of performing monolob rituals for several years now. Their elder, Lunsing Koroh, 96, is still alive but can no longer carry out the ritual because of his age.

— Star

Thursday June 11, 2015 MYT 2:46:22 PM

Sabah quake: Father of British nudist pleads for mercy

PETALING JAYA: The father of a British woman arrested in Sabah for posing nude on top of Mount Kinabalu has pleaded for mercy for his daughter, 24-year old Eleanor Hawkins. “She’s pretty scared and quite upset,” said Timothy Hawkins, who was quoted by the British newspaper The Telegraph on Thursday. Hawkins, who owns a mechanical engineering business in the village of Draycott in Derbyshire told The Telegraph: “We really hope they don’t try to make an example of her.” It was reported that Eleanor was touring Southeast Asia when she was arrested at Tawau airport as she was about to catch a flight to Kuala Lumpur as part of an extended tour of Southeast Asia following her graduation from the University of Southampton with a Masters degree in aeronautical engineering. … Meanwhile, the Guardian reported that Timothy had spoken to Eleanor on Wednesday morning, saying that it was good to speak to her. Timothy added that Eleanor was relieved to be in the hands of the Malaysian authorities after seeing the anger the stunt had created among Malaysians.



UK tabloids give sensational coverage to nudist’s arrest:

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PETALING JAYA: British tabloids sensationalised the arrest of alleged Mount Kinabalu nudist Eleanor Hawkins on their front pages, claiming she was arrested for “angering mountain gods” and causing the Sabah earthquake. … The Sun headlined its cover report with “Your boobs have angered mountain gods”  and claimed Hawkins apologised for the prank, saying she was “scared”. … The Daily Star said Hawkins faced jail for “upsetting the gods” in their story titled “Naked Brit girl caused killer quake.” The Daily Mirror also featured Hawkins on its cover, with the heading “Nude student faces jail for causing deadly quake” and an image of a sombre Hawkins looking at the camera. June 2015 Star

Thursday June 11, 2015 MYT 7:26:15 AM

Duo come out with naked truth

KOTA KINABALU: Two of the four tourists remanded by police for desecrating Mount Kinabalu, a sacred site, have confessed to going naked while on the mountain. Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the confessions were recorded but he did not identify which two had admitted to the indecent acts. “They also told us that one of the others had been naked with them,” he said. The four were remanded yesterday while police hunt for six other tourists who were alleged to have committed the offence together. … Brought before Magistrate Dzul Helmy were a 23-year-old male and his 22-year-old sister, from Canada; and a 23-year-old Dutchman and 24-year-old British woman. British newspapers named the Briton as Eleanor Hawkins, the Canadian siblings as Lindsey and Danielle Petersen and the Dutch tourist as Dylan Snel. — Star

Thursday June 11, 2015 MYT 7:23:22 AM

Indigenous communities all set to appease spirits

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s indigenous communities are finalising preparations to hold their rituals to appease the spirits of the sacred Mount Kinabalu. Among the first are the Lotud community in Tuaran district that will hold the monolibabow or ceremony to communicate with the spirits. Kadazandusun Cultural Associa-tion (KDCA) executive secretary Benedict Topin said the Dusun Tindal in Kota Belud district as well as the Kimaragang of Kota Marudu were among those planning their rituals. He said the Bundu Liwan community of Kundasang at the mountain’s foothills was planning a ritual as well. It will be up to the respective Council of Elders, which includes the bobohizan priestesses in the respective districts, to decide when the rituals would be held, Benedict said. June 2015

: Mount Kinabalu nudists may get 3 months’ jail if found guilty of obscene act

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KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, AFP) – The four foreigners who have been remanded four days for allegedly appearing nude on top of Mount Kinabalu can a face a charge of performing an obscene act in a public place. Lawyers said the remand order by a magistrate court was for investigations under Section 294 (a) of the Penal Code. They said under the section, they were liable to up to three months’ jail, a fine or both if they were charged and found guilty by the court. – See more at:

4 Tourists remanded for 4 days for probe into Mt Kinabalu stripping

Tourists remanded four days for stripping probe, Sabah cops say


One of the four tourists being led away by the police at the Kota Kinabalu court today. ― Picture by Julia Chan

… Star

Wednesday June 10, 2015 MYT 11:59:06 AM

Sabah quake: Four westerners remanded over stripping on Mt Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU: Two Canadian sisters, a Dutch and a British – both males – were ordered to be remanded by a Magistrate’s court for four days for allegedly stripping on top of Mount Kinabalu on May 30. They were produced before Ranau magistrate Dzul Elmy at about 10.30am Wednesday and an order was issued for their remand to be extended to facilitate further investigations under Section 294(a) of the Penal Code for indecent behaviour. Handcuffed and dressed in purple lock-up uniforms, the suspects were taken out of the court lock-up at about 11.10am to the Karamunsing police station.

‪#‎kotakinabalu‬ Polis masih mengesan lagi inidvidu yang dipercayai berbogel di gunung Kinabalu pada 30 Mei lalu, dan kes disiasat mengikut Seksyen 294 Kanun Keseksaan. ‪#‎gempasabah‬
Kota Kinabalu: Empat pelancong asing termasuk dua beradik yang dikatakan berbogel di puncak Gunung Kinabalu, 30 Mei lalu, direman untuk siasatan lanjut.

4 to be charged for causing public nuisance but no Emil Evil Kaminski. Star

Wednesday June 10, 2015 MYT 10:16:26 AM

Sabah quake: Charges against four westerners for stripping on Mt Kinabalu

Sabah Police commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the two women and two men are expected to be brought to the court at about 10.30am. The first woman, a British, was arrested at Tawau airport on Tuesday. The others – two Canadians and a Dutch national – surrendered themselves at the Karamunsing police station at about 6pm the same day.


Latest news this morning, 2 men and 1 woman surrenders … …

9 June 2015 Malaysiakini Jun 9, 2015

By Bernama

Foreign woman who went nude on Mt Kinabalu arrested

Tawau police today arrested a foreign woman who is believed to have stripped naked at the top of Mount Kinabalu, South-East Asia’s highest peak, on May 30. Acting police chief Supt Keong Ho Eng, when contacted, said the woman was held at the Tawau airport this afternoon when about to leave for Kuala Lumpur. He declined to elaborate.

Floyd Petersen, father of the two Canadians, said he was unaware of the allegations against his son and daughter but said they were travelling through Southeast Asia and had not mentioned the matter to him.

“Would you tell your parents you did this?” YAHOO! NEWS CANADA

Foreign Affairs assisting two Canadians barred from leaving Malaysia

TORONTO – The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is assisting two Canadians barred from leaving Malaysia, amid reports that the pair could be charged after allegedly posing naked atop the country’s highest peak.

Spokesman Nicolas Doire says the department is aware they have been prevented from leaving the country, adding that Canadian consular officials in Malaysia are in contact with local authorities.

Foreign Affairs would not confirm the identity of the Canadians, citing privacy concerns, but Malaysia’s foreign affairs ministry identified them as Lindsey Petersen and his sister Danielle Petersen. …

Floyd Petersen said he was unaware of the allegations against his son and daughter but said they were travelling through Southeast Asia and had not mentioned the matter to him.

“Would you tell your parents you did this?” he said from his home in Wood Mountain, Sask. on Saturday, adding that the pair only called him periodically from their trip. “I don’t have anything to say, I’m just absorbing this.”

Local media reported Sunday that a senior official with the Sabah Parks said the Canadians could face charges in a native court for allegedly violating local native laws.

The Malaysian Insider reports that Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin told reporters at the Sabah Park headquarters in Kundasang on Sunday that the tourists were in police custody in Kota Kinabalu and could be charged as early as Monday. — Malay Mail Online Kinabalu ‘strippers’ seeking help from Canadian government za

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — Two Canadians who are among the group of 10 tourists in trouble for stripping and posing for photographs in the nude on Mount Kinabalu have sought help from their country’s Department of Foreign Affairs. A report by Canadian news agency The Canadian Press quoted the department’s spokesman Nicolas Doire saying that it is aware that two Canadians have been prevented from leaving Malaysia, and its consular officials here are in contact with the authorities. Canadian media reported on Sunday that two Canadian siblings, Lindsey, 23 and Danielle Peterson, 22 were barred from leaving the country for the same charges. Police would not confirm or deny the arrests. .. Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said he was told that the siblings were detained by police but did not offer more details other than to say “when we find them, we’ll know what to do with them.” – See more at:

— Star

Tuesday June 9, 2015 MYT 6:45:33 AM

Guides who died saw stripping act

KOTA KINABALU: Mountain guides Joseph Solugin and Robbi Sappinggi saw the naked foreign tourists at the peak of Mount Kinabalu a week before both were killed in the earthquake. They were hit by falling boulders following the quake on June 5. Joseph’s elder sister Myren said the youngest of 11 siblings looked unhappy after returning from the mountain on May 30. “Today I’m so soi (ill fortune). Robbi and I saw a group of naked tourists on Mount Kinabalu,” he had told his wife. Myren said that Joseph had been uneasy after that. She also said she had tried to stop him from leaving on June 4 when he went up the mountain. However, Joseph told her that he could not take the day off because there were too many visitors waiting to scale the mountain. He promised to return by June 12 to celebrate their wedding anniversary. “Sadly, the night of June 4 was the last we heard from him,” she said. June 2015 Emil Kaminski, under investigation for being naked on Mount Kinabalu, calls Sabah Minister of Tourism a fool. — Star

Monday June 8, 2015 MYT 8:57:40 PM

Man associated with ‘naked tourists’ detained, released

zaThe suspect being taken into custody. KOTA KINABALU: One of the foreign tourists associated with a group of 10 wanted by police for stripping and urinating on top of Mount Kinabalu on May 30 was briefly detained and released on Monday. Sabah CID chief Sr Asst Comm II Datuk Sallehuddin Abdul Rahman confirmed the detention of a 38-year old European who was planning to leave for the Philippines after arriving from Tawau at about 4.20pm Monday. He said that the man was not part of the 10 wanted foreigners against whom a report was lodged by Sabah Parks officials. … Sallehuddin said the man was part of a larger group of 27 who scaled the mountain on May 30. Kaminski, a foreigner being investigated for being nude on Mount Kinabalu, calls the Sabah Minister of Tourism a fool.


Free Malaysia Today

Pendaki bogel hina Menteri Sabah dan penduduk Tawau

June 8, 2015

Emil Kaminski memanggil Masidi Manjun sebagai bodoh kerana mengaitkan kejadian gempa dengan pendaki bogel


PETALING JAYA: Seorang lelaki warga asing yang sedang disiasat kerana berbogel di puncak Gunung Kinabalu pada 30 Mei lalu, menghina Menteri Pelancongan Sabah, Masidi Manjun, dengan gelaran bodoh. Ia dibuat sebagai reaksi terhadap kenyataannya yang mengaitkan bencana yang berlaku dengan perbuatan itu. Emil Kaminski menerusi akaun Twitternya menulis Masidi tidak layak menjadi seorang Menteri Pelancongan. “Masidi Manjun, kamu bodoh, bukan Menteri Pelancongan,” tulisnya. Masidi menerusi akaun Twitter kemudian membalas ejekan Emil, “Hanya monyet memanggil orang monyet,” tulisnya. Bukan itu sahaja, menerusi laman Facebook pula, Emil memanggil penduduk Tawau bodoh dan tidak tahu apa-apa kerana mendakwa kawasan itu tiada kemudahan internet., they can’t leave!

Canadian siblings barred from leaving Malaysia following earthquake

Lindsey and Danielle Petersen of Saskatchewan were part of a group blamed for the earthquake by posing naked on the mountain.

Canadian siblings barred from leaving Malaysia following earthquake

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Two Canadian siblings have been barred from leaving Malaysia after being blamed for an earthquake that struck Mount Kinabalu, in Malaysia Borneo, on Friday.
According to Malaysian police reports, Lindsey Petersen, 23, and Danielle Petersen, 22, are two of five tourists who have been identified as disrespecting the mountain, considered a sacred place in the indigenous culture of Sabah.
According to a Malaysian news outlet, rescuers recovered the bodies of 19 climbers from the 4,095-metre peak after it was struck, six days after the errant tourists’ visit, by a magnitude 5.9 quake that sent rocks and boulders raining down on trekking routes, trapping dozens of climbers. Nationalities of those killed have not yet been released.
Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan, of the eastern Sabah state, blamed the earthquake on the group that included the Canadians because they “showed disrespect to the sacred mountain” by stripping down to pose naked on the morning of May 30, at the 8 km mark of the two-day trek up Mount Kinabalu, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Ten tourists undressed and took photos, which was reported by their protesting guide, according to police. Only five have been identified by name so far.
According to police they are Canadian brother and sister Lindsey Petersen and Danielle Petersen, two Dutch citizens named Eleanor Hawrins and Dylan Thomas, and a German citizen named Stephan Pohlner. …
When the Star reached the siblings’ father, Floyd Petersen, in Wood Mountain, Sask., south of Moose Jaw, by phone on Saturday, he was unaware of their current situation. Petersen said he had not spoken to either of his children for a couple of days. They typically only phone home periodically, he said.
He did confirm, however, that they were travelling together in Malaysia and weren’t due to return to Canada for a couple of weeks. He did not know who they were traveling with.

… Malaysian Insider

Malaysia bars Canadian siblings who stripped on Mt Kinabalu from leaving, says portal


The tourists apparently stripped on Mount Kinabalu despite protests from their guide. – Pic courtesy of the Kinabalu Park Facebook page, June 7, 2015.
Siblings Lindsey and Danielle Petersen are barred from leaving Malaysia after the duo and eight others posed naked at Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Canadian news portal reported. The group were blamed by the local indigenous people for a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Ranau, 20km from the Kinabalu Park two days ago. The Canadian siblings and three others have been identified by the Malaysian police. …
The other three are two Dutch citizens named Eleanor Hawrins and Dylan Thomas, and a German citizen named Stephan Pohlner. Nicolas Doire, a spokesperson for the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed to that they are aware of reports that two Canadians have been barred from leaving Malaysia. Doire was quoted as saying that the Canadian High Commission in Malaysia‎ is prepared to provide consular services as needed. “When the earthquake occurred it can be taken as confirmation of what the consequences would be when these people decided to bare it all on top of the mountain. We cannot play around with the spirits on our sacred mountain,” the Huguan Siou (leader of the Kadazan-Dusun Murut people), Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan, was reported telling the Borneo Post.  – June 7, 2015. – See more at: — Star

Sunday June 7, 2015 MYT 8:06:55 PM

Sabah quake: Tribal priest wants 10 buffalo from nude tourists

KOTA KINABALU: To appease the mountain protector, the 10 western tourists who stripped and urinated on Mount Kinabalu should be fined 10 head of buffalo, according to local customs, says Sabah’s chief tribal priest known as Bobolian. The Bobolian, Tindarama Aman Sirom Simbuna, said on Sunday that the tourists’ actions had angered the spirits and guardians of the mountain, which brought about Friday’s quake in their rage. “According to local beliefs, the spirit of the mountain is very angry,” he said. He said the victims of this anger were innocent people who had nothing to do with the indecent behaviour of the tourists. “The tourists who angered the guardian of the mountain should pay for their mistakes by giving sogit. “This fine, called sogit in the native tongue, should be in the form of 10 male or female buffaloes,” said Tindarama Aman. Parks chairman: the 5 naked, urinating tourists have been arrested! Sabah police and the Immigration Department: No, we have no one in custody. Star

Sunday June 7, 2015 MYT 10:29:22 PM

No arrests of nude tourists made, say authorities

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah police and the Immigration Department have not arrested any of the five western tourists photographed in the nude and urinating on top of Mount Kinabalu. “We don’t know,” said Sabah Immigration Director Nor Alam Khan when asked. An online report, quoting Sabah Parks chairman Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin, said the tourists were in police custody in Kota Kinabalu and could be charged in a native court as early as Monday. When contacted, Tengku Adlin said he was informed about the arrest by the police. However, Sabah police were also in the dark over the reported arrest, two of whom were allegedly stopped at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Ranau district police Deputy Supt Mohd Farhan Lee Abdullah and Asst Comm M. Chandra also said that they did not have any of them in custody. or wrongly, the naked tourists are blamed.

MMOTV:  Joseph Kitingan on the Sabah earthquake

Click on the link: Malay Mail Online

Pairin: Naked tourist brought on mountain’s wrath


KUNDASANG, June 6 — The earthquake that has so far claimed 11 lives here was caused by the sacrilegious act of a group of Europeans who stripped naked on the peak of Mount Kinabalu, according to Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan. The Huguon Siou (paramount leader of the Kadazandusun) condemned the “uncivilised” and disrespectful actions of the 10 Europeans, and called for the culprits to be brought to a native court and charged according to local customs. “Whether other people believe this or not, it’s what we Sabahans believe. When the earthquake happened, it’s like a confirmation of our beliefs. “It is a sacred mountain and you cannot take it lightly,” he said in a press conference to announce the latest death toll at the Sabah Parks headquarters here today. Locals who live at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu here believe that the mountain is sacred and carries the spirit of their ancestors. Pairin said he had a premonition that something bad was going to happen earlier this week when he saw a flight of swallows circling outside his house during breakfast.

“At first I didn’t think anything of it, but after it went on for more than half an hour I knew something was not well. I brought it up with my wife and we bought agreed that something bad was going to happen. – See more at:

In Kundasang, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said many had made various speculations, linking the incident to the earthquake in Ranau, about 108km from here this morning. Star

Friday June 5, 2015 MYT 11:10:25 PM

Sabah quake: Mt Kinabalu nudists barred from leaving

KOTA KINABALU: Five foreign tourists who stripped naked at the peak of Mount Kinabalu last month will be prohibited from leaving Sabah. Police commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the move was to facilitate police investigations into the incident. “A police report has been lodged and we believe, the five are still in Sabah and maybe, trying to leave the state. “We have sought the assistance of the immigration department to prevent them from leaving,” he told a press conference here The five tourists from a western country took off their clothes when they reached the peak of Mount Kinabalu on the morning of May 30. what you’ve done! You made the gods furious!

6.0quake shakes Mt.Kinabalu of North Borneo aftr nudist desecrated sacred mountain .Kinabalu

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Mount Kinabalu may be “angry” about nudists, say locals:

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PETALING JAYA: The 7.17am earthquake in Ranau may have been caused by aki (mountain protectors) angered over tourists who stripped and urinated at Mount Kinabalu. While most on Twitter said they were just “waiting” for people to blame the 6-magnitude earthquake on the disrespect shown to the sacred site, some were not convinced that there was no link between the two incidents. A Sabahan web developer, who declined to be named, half-jested that the recent incident of naked, urinating tourists at the sacred site made “mountain spirits mad”. — Malay Mail Online Naked tourists in Kinabalu not uncommon, claims senior mountain guide

KOTA KINABALU, June 4 — The recent exposure of tourists going naked photos on Sabah’s famed Mount Kinabalu has been a regular occurrence, spotted at least once a year, a veteran mountain guide said. Suhaji Sumail, 58, who has been working with Sabah Parks for 15 years said that he has seen such incidents on at least three incidents in the year 2003, 2004 and 2005. “When I was actively guiding, I saw several Europeans stripping on Mount Kinabalu’s peak at least three times. It happened, and then passed without much incident. – See more at:

The guide is in trouble. Free Malaysia Today

Masidi: Kinabalu nudists must leave Sabah

June 3, 2015

“Such behaviour definitely violates the sanctity of our sacred sites.”


KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Government has declared that ten Europeans including four women who climbed Mount Kinabalu on May 30 and stripped bare on its summit in the south peak area, and thereby violated the sanctity of the place, will be asked to leave the state immediately. Mount Kinabalu is considered sacred by the Orang Asal as the dwelling place of their ancestors and the resting place of their spirits. Following the incident, it’s learnt that the mountain dwellers further down would have to call their traditional priestess to cleanse the south peak area. “Those who posed naked on Mount Kinabalu will be kicked out from Sabah if they are still found to be in the state,” said a furious Masidi Manjun, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister. “Such behaviour definitely violates the sanctity of our sacred sites.” … Sabah Parks has since lodged a police report against the 27 foreigners, including the ten errant ones, who went nude for their photo shoot in the south peak area. Sabah Parks Director Jamil Nais said his Department has handed the names of the 27 tourists to the police. “We are not sure whether the ten errant ones are still in Sabah,” he added. “Why would anyone want to take off their clothes in such cold weather? It seems to be a trend from elsewhere.” Sabah Parks has a report from the guide who led the foreigners to the summit. Apparently, he tried to stop them taking off their clothes but they abused him by calling him “stupid” and told him to “go to hell”. The guide has been issued a show cause letter by Sabah Parks for not reporting the incident immediately to its station at Laban Rata half-way up the mountain or at its headquarters in Kinabalu Park. Sabah Parks is also investigating why such a large group had only one guide. — Free Malaysia Today

Outrage over pix of foreigners urinating on Mt Kinabalu

June 2, 2015

Sabahans consider the mountain a sacred resting ground of their ancestors’ spirits. za KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans are outraged by a photograph of five foreigners urinating near the peak of Mount Kinabalu, an area which they consider sacred. The photograph taken from a distance has since gone viral on social media after it was posted on May 30. State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun said he had ordered Sabah Parks to investigate the matter and to ascertain if the incident did indeed take place.

Foreigners photographed topless and naked on Mt Kinabalu

The Rakyat Post

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— Malay Mail Online

Warned not to strip, naked tourists allegedly told guide to ‘go to hell’


KOTA KINABALU, June 2 — The group of 10 tourists, believed to include two Canadians, two Dutch and a German national, who stripped naked for photographs at the peak of Mount Kinabalu allegedly called their mountain guide “stupid” and told him to “go to hell” when he attempted to stop them from removing their clothes.

Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais said that the guide was in charge of a group of 27 Europeans during an expedition on May 10 and about 10 from the group — six men and four women — broke away to pose for pictures in South Peak, on the west side of the summit’s plateau.

“The guide involved said he had approached the group and told them not to do it but was rebuffed with the words ‘stupid’ and ‘go to hell’,” said Jamili when contacted by Malay Mail Online.

“Unfortunately, the guide did not report the incident right away for action to be taken on the same day. “We have since lodged a police report for further investigations to be taken against the climbers,” he said, adding that the guide involved was also reprimanded for not reporting the incident earlier.

– See more at:


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— Malay Mail Online

Butt naked? Authorities probing reports of nude tourists on Mount Kinabalu

By Julia Chan

Butt naked? Authorities probing reports of nude tourists on Mount Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU, June 2 — Authorities are investigating reports that a group of tourists stripped naked for photographs on the peak of Mount Kinabalu here. Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais said they were aware of the photographs and were looking into the case. The images being posted on Facebook and spread through Whatsapp show a group of Caucasian-looking adults in various states of undress and posing on what appears to be the distinctive Low’s peak on Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu, part of the Kinabalu Park World Heritage Site, is sacred to the locals, some of whom deem it the final resting place of their ancestors. The local Dusun community still hold yearly sacrificial rituals to appease the spirits and ask for permission for the safety of their climbers. – See more at:

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Sabah Parks orders probe into foreigners urinating near MtKinabalu peak


Tuesday June 2, 2015 MYT 8:20:50 AM

Sabah Parks orders probe into foreigners urinating near Mt Kinabalu peak

KOTA KINABALU: A photograph of five foreigners supposedly urinating close to the peak of Mount Kina­balu has gone viral on Facebook, triggering outrage among Sabahans who consider the peak sacred. In the picture, which was taken from a distance, the five people could be seen urinating with the peak of the mountain clearly in the background. Sabah Parks has been ordered to investigate the matter to see if the incident really did take place or if the picture was doctored, said state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun. Sabah Parks, he said, was checking with the mountain guides if any of them had knowledge of foreigners urinating near the peak of the mountain. “It could have been a superimposed photograph. We are doing a full investigation,” he said when contacted here yesterday.


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