Sabah Parks rangers are stepping up surveillance of the five islands within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park to prevent a repeat of an incident where two female tourists were seen sunbathing topless on March 8.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun said a circular was being sent to all tour companies to remind their guests to respect the sensitivities of other visitors to the islands, reported Malaysia's The Star.
"Anyone going to a public place should behave decently and this includes their attire," he said at the launch of the World Wildlife Day at the Lok Kawi Wildlife park last Friday.
He added that Sabah Parks had initiated an investigation into the incident in which two female Caucasian tourists were seen sunbathing topless on Pulau Sulug, the most remote island within the marine park.
The women are believed to be in their 20s.
Harian Metro reported that the two women were sunbathing and frolicking on the beach on Sulug Island topless, in the presence of children and other beachgoers.
The tourists were also caught on camera, the report said.
This article was first published on March 15, 2015.
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