Last Friday, there was a 6.0 earthquake in Malaysia that left 18 climbers dead. A couple days before this occurred, there happened to be a group of tourists who stripped down and took some photos on Mount Kinabalu on May 30.
Shortly after the earthquake happened, Sabah’s deputy chief minister, Joseph Pairin Kitingan, made a statement that he believed their actions may have caused the quake. He said:
“The quake can be taken as a confirmation of what we feared could be the consequence of their actions. We have to take this tragedy as a reminder that local beliefs and customs cannot be disrespected.”
His words reflect the viewpoint of the people because the indigenous people believe Mount Kinabalu is the sacred resting place of their ancestors.
Well, the sentencing came in today when four women — two Canadian sisters Lindsey Petersen and Danielle Peterson, Dutch citizen Dylan Snel, British student Eleanor Hawkinsall plead guilty to a charge of public indecency. The sentence was three days in jail and a fine of 5,000 ringgit or $1,330 each at which point they will be deported. But since they’ve already spent time in jail following their lewd act, that will counts as time served.
Well as funny as or ridiculous as this might sound, it’s also important to remember that everyone has different customs and beliefs and it’s incredibly important to try and respect others. Even if all you want to wear is your birthday suit!
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