Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu closed after naked photos spark anger
Twenty-three year old Eleanor Hawkins from Draycott, Derbyshire was jailed in Malaysia for causing a public disturbance
Malaysia’s revered Mount Kinabalu has been closed to tourists after a British student and others stripped for photos and were consequently given jail terms and fined.
Twenty-three year old Eleanor Hawkins from Draycott, Derbyshire was jailed in Malaysia for causing a public disturbance by posing naked for photos on what is considered a sacred mountain.
The group of tourists was then blamed, by some locals, for a magnitude 5.9 earthquake as according to beliefs, posing topless showed ‘disrespect to the sacred mountain’, as stated in the Daily Mail.
The 5.9 magnitude earthquake came only hours after the incident and 18 people were killed while hundreds were left stranded.
According to the Daily Mail, reports in Malaysia indicate that the summit will be closed for three weeks, although the government said it would be closed for longer.
The British Government has warned travelers that climbing is expected to be suspended until September.
Hawkins and the other tourists were fined 5,000 Malaysian ringgit ($1310.86) and spent three days in jail.
After she travelled back to the UK, Hawkins made a public apology, saying “I know my behavior was foolish and I know how much offence we all caused to the local people of Sabah. For that, I am truly sorry.”