6 October 2016
F1 star Ricciardo: ‘Budgie Nine’ have suffered enough
He says the nine Australians have already learnt their lesson and hopes Malaysian courts will deal with them leniently.
PETALING JAYA: Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has called for the nine Australians arrested while celebrating his Malaysian Grand Prix win to be released from jail and escape serious sanctions, Australia’s Herald Sun reported.
The nine were arrested for indecency after stripping down to “budgie smugglers” (Australian slang for briefs) stamped with the Malaysian flag and sculling beer from their shoes on Sunday.
They could be jailed for up to two years under Malaysian law but Aussie F1 ace Ricciardo said he hoped they would be freed, the newspaper reported.
“It sounds like they have learned their lesson and I don’t think they will be doing that again any time soon in Malaysia.
“I see it as pretty harmless.
“I respect the laws in Malaysia but beyond that I don’t think they deserve any further punishment.
“They’ve been arrested, so that already in my books is lesson learnt.
4 October 2016
Seluar dalam Jalur Gemilang dijual online
Budgy smuggler adalah jenama seluar renang Australia dan antara rekaan mereka ialah bendera pelbagai negara, termasuk Jalur Gemilang yang dijual pada harga AUD15 (RM47) hingga AUD70 (RM221)
PETALING JAYA: Seluar dalam bercorak Jalur Gemilang yang ditayang 9 warga Australia di Sepang, Ahad lalu, boleh didapati dalam talian.
Menurut laporan Sin Chew Daily, Budgy smuggler adalah jenama seluar renang Australia dan antara rekaan mereka ialah bendera pelbagai negara, termasuk Jalur Gemilang yang dijual pada harga AUD15 (RM47) hingga AUD70 (RM221).
Akhbar itu melaporkan, laman web jenama itu kini dikendalikan beberapa pemuda berusia 20-an dan ia adalah perniagaan keluarga yang menyasarkan generasi muda.
Menurut laporan Star Online semalam, 9 lelaki itu membeli seluar dalam itu di Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fate of Australians in Malaysia Grand Prix arrest in hands of scandal-hit Najib Razak’s government
Bangkok: The fate of nine young Australians who stripped to their Malaysian flag-themed swimwear at the Formula One racing track on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur will be decided amid heightened political tensions in the deeply conservative nation.
Scandal-hit Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is moving to shore up support in the country’s Malay-Muslim heartland as a nationwide campaign backed by almost 100 non-government-organisations gets under way to try to force him from office.
Mr Najib has been willing in the past to stoke nationalist and Islamist sentiments for the sake of his own political career and that of his long-ruling United Malays National Organisation.
He could see some political gain in his government taking a hard line against Australians who were obviously having fun at the end of the grand prix without thinking through the consequence of their actions in the deeply conservative nation.
Charges including disrespecting Malaysia’s flag could see them sentenced to serious jail time. Their predicament is potentially worse as they have been widely reported by Malaysian media as having stripped to their underwear, a further cultural offence.
The best the Australians can hope for seems to be that after four days in jail they will be escorted to Kuala Lumpur International Airport and deported back to Australia but what happens to them is in the hands of a Malaysian leader fighting for his political life.
Aussie ministerial adviser among group held in M’sia for stripping off
An adviser to an Australian cabinet minister was one of nine Australians arrested in Malaysia for stripping down to Malaysian flag swimming shorts, local media in Australia revealed today.
Jack Walker, defence innovation adviser to minister Christopher Pyne, was apparently in the group of men celebrating in Speedo-style swimming trunks, after Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang on Sunday.
A spokesperson for Pyne said tody the matter was being handled by the Australian High Commissioner.
“Until we have a clearer picture of the process at hand it would be unwise to comment further,” Australian Associated Press quoted the spokesperson as saying.
3 October 2016
Stupid behaviour: SIC chief fumes over Aussies’ underwear stunt
By Fadhli Ishak – 3 October 2016 @ 2:37 PM
Razlan added that it is hard to prevent such incidents from happening, though he stressed that the circuit has and will continue to take quick action should such situations occur again.
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Foreigners nabbed for stripping down to Jalur Gemilang underwear
SEPANG: A group of foreigners were arrested at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) for stripping down to their Malaysian flag underwear.
The men, believed to be Australians, were reported to have disrobed and revealed their briefs to spectators at the Formula 1 Petronas Grand Prix on Sunday.
They were arrested for public indecency and disrespecting the national flag.
Sepang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Ali confirmed the arrests.