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.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman was not available for comment.
Photos of the nude tourists posted on Facebook went viral, with locals believing that Friday's earthquake could be due to their act of disrespecting the mountain, which is considered sacred to the Dusun people.
Sabah deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan also felt that the tourists offended the spirits of the mountain and should be punished according to native customary laws.