Foreigner linked to Mount Kinabalu strippers held in Tawau airport

Foreigner linked to Mount Kinabalu strippers held in Tawau airport

KOTA KINABALU - Police have detained a foreign woman associated with a group of 10 tourists who stripped and urinated on Mount Kinabalu.

The woman was detained at Tawau airport yesterday as she was about to leave for Kuala Lumpur, Bernama said, quoting acting police chief Supt Kiong Ho Eng.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said he would only talk about the matter tomorrow after the monthly police gathering.

On Monday, a 38-year-old European was detained briefly in connection with the stripping and urinating incident by the group of climbers on May 30.

Police detained him at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport after he arrived from Tawau en route to the Philippines.

He was released after police recorded his statement.

The antics of the foreigners had angered Kadazandusun elders, who consider it an insult to the mountain that is considered sacred ground.

Some of them have asked that the tourists be charged in the Native Court.

In Kundasang, donations are pouring in for Mount Kinabalu guides who face an uncertain future with the closure of the mountain following the June 5 earthquake.

The donations were for the families of the four guides who died as well as other guides and porters left without work for at least three weeks.

Sabah Parks had announced that all mountain activities and the park area would be closed for three weeks, until the damage to the mountain top and the surroundings has been ascertained.

Meanwhile, Amazing Borneo Tours and Events has set up a special web page dedicated to helping two staff members - Joseph Solungin and Robbi Sapinggi - who were killed after being hit by rocks and boulders during the quake at the mountain.

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