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Malaysia says naked tourists are responsible for earthquake, bars them from leaving

June 8th, 2015 at 6:50 AM
Malaysia Mount Kinabalu Earthquake Naked Tourists

You’d better think twice about taking naked photos and videos of yourself on a mountain in a foreign country, because you might end up being detained for starting a natural disaster by “disrespecting” it in such a manner, depending on what locals believe. This isn’t a joke either, as new from Malaysia reveals that several tourists are being barred from leaving the country, after making the “mountain spirits mad” and causing an earthquake.

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According to Digital Journal, a group of western tourists stripped at the peak of Mount Kinabalu last month, and they’re now prohibited from leaving Malaysia. The country apparently believes they’re responsible for the 5.9 Richter earthquake that hit Sabah’ west coast on Friday, killing 13 people on the mountain.

Deputy Sabah Chief Minister Joseph Pairin said that the tourists “showed disrespect to the sacred mountain.”

“Whether other people believe this or not, it’s what we Sabahans believe. When the earthquake happened, it’s like a confirmation of our beliefs,” leader of the Kadazan-Dusun Murut people Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan told the Borneo Post. “There is almost certainly a connection. We have to take this as a reminder that local beliefs and customs are not to be disrespected.”

The mountain is sacred for the local indigenous people, who believe it to be the resting place of spirits of those people who passed away.

The Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the Canadian High Commission in Malaysia is prepared to provide consular services as needed to the two Canadians part of the 10-person group who stripped on the 8km mark of Mount Kinabalu on May 30th.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.




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