Foreigners may get 3 months jail if charged, found guilty of obscene act in Malaysia

Foreigners may get 3 months jail if charged, found guilty of obscene act in Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU - The four foreigners who have been remanded four days for allegedly appearing nude on top of Mt 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.

Now remanded at the Karamunsing police lock-up, they were produced before Ranau magistrate Dzul Elmy at about 10.30am Wednesday.

The four are two Canadian siblings (a 23-year-old brother and his 22-year-old sister); a 23-year-old Dutch male and a 24-year-old British woman.

The Canadian siblings and the Dutch surrendered to the Karamunsing police station here at about 6pm on Tuesday while the British woman was arrested in Tawau yesterday afternoon.

Sabah Parks had lodged a police report after a photograph of 10 tourists stripping and urinating on Mt Kinabalu on May 30 went viral.

In the aftermath of the July 5 earthquake which claimed 18 lives, local Kadazandusun elders voiced their anger over the foreigers' antics which were seen as insult to their belief that Mt Kinabalu was a sacred mountain.

Some have even asked for the foreigners be charged in the Native Court.

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