Four tourists have been sentenced by a Malaysian court to three days in jail and fined £1,000 after posing naked on a sacred Mount Kinabalu. They are 23-year-old Eleanor Hawkins, a Briton; Canadian siblings, Danielle and Lindsey Petersen, and Dylan Snel from the Netherlands. They were all held in custody for three days and set to be deported. The tourists were said to have made large offending noise and urinated in a pond during the incident to the displeasure of tribal elders in the area.
They reportedly told their guides to “go to hell” when warned, a claim the tourists denied.
The prosecutor, Jamil Ariffin, prayed that the tourists be sent to jail as a “deterrent” and “in the public interest”.
“Many Malaysians will have seen the photos and their actions have caused annoyance. We expect them to obey the law and respect our culture.
“Just because we extend our hospitality to them it doesn’t give them the right to behave like this.”
He said he was not seeking to connect the act with the earthquake but that “public sentiment” should be taken into consideration”, said the prosecutor.