KUALA LUMPUR - The "Petaling Street stripper" who was initially assumed to be an Iranian turned out to be a 32-year-old Malaysian.
Police arrested the Sabahan who was caught on video removing her white jacket, black blouse and her bra at the popular tourist street during an argument over her refusal to pay for her meal.
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah confirmed that the woman was nabbed at a hotel in Jalan Sultan at about 5.30am yesterday.
"Initial information indicated that she could be an Iranian, but it is not true. She is a Malaysian," he said, adding that police went to the hotel following a public tip off.
ACP Zainol said the woman opened the door when a team of officers knocked on the room.
"She was unable to provide any personal identification. She only gave her details to the officers verbally," he said, adding that police would conduct a urine test to verify if she was on drugs.
In the video, she was seen arguing with another person and later took off her clothes.
ACP Zainol said it took place at 4.30pm on Thursday.
"She had eaten at a restaurant in Jalan Petaling and refused to pay for the food," he said.
ACP Zainol said the woman might have been tipsy then as she had consumed two bottles of beer at the restaurant.
"She scolded the owner and taunted her," he said, adding that the restaurant owner did not file a police report.
The woman stripped, apparently to avoid settling the RM18 (S$6.70) bill.
She had gone to the chicken rice restaurant with a man, described by witnesses as Caucasian.
Witnesses said the woman's companion then got into a scuffle with the restaurant operator when she was not allowed to leave.
The duo fled when policemen arrived at the scene.