KOTA KINABALU - The 10 Western tourists who created an uproar when they stripped naked on Mount Kinabalu and posted pictures of the stunt on social media, have left the state.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said he was told that the tourists, who were among a group of 27, left a day after the May 30 incident.
Masidi said the Sabah Parks authority has been told to take steps to ensure there will be no more of such stunts.
The incident defiled the sanctity of a sacred site in the state, he said.
"These are not the kind of tourists we want. They must respect our culture and traditions."
Sabah Parks lodged a police report over the incident a day after it happened when pictures of five naked men on the mountain surfaced on social media.
Later, another picture was posted. This time, it was of the 10 tourists, including four women, undressing near the south peak of Mount Kinabalu.
The images stirred up Sabahans who consider the mountain sacred.
Ranau district police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Farhan Lee said Sabah Parks has handed over a name list of the 27 tourists who climbed the mountain.
Sabah Parks director Datuk Jamili Nais had said the four women and six men had split from their group and gone on to the south peak.
There, they ignored the warnings from their mountain guide, took off all their clothes and posed for pictures, he said.
Jamili said the tourists had called the guide stupid and told him to go to hell when he pleaded with them to stop. However, a show-cause letter has been issued to the guide over the incident, he added.
Also, all guides have been told to ensure they clearly state that going naked on the mountain was strictly prohibited during their briefings to climbers in the future.