GEORGE TOWN, Aug 5 — Penang did not allow any illegal nude events to be held on its shores, said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng amid claims that the island was the venue of a nudist event recently.
He claimed ignorance of a nude event supposed to have been called the “Malaysia-International Nude Sports Games 2014 Extravaganza” held on the island two months ago, adding that the state would never permit such an illegal event to be held.
“It is important to note that in Penang, we don’t even allow casinos to be built, we will definitely not allow such an event to be held here,” he said in a press conference at his office today.
Lim was responding to news of a video clip that showed a group of 18 people taking part in outdoor activities in the nude.
The video clip, lasting nearly five and a half minutes, was purportedly taken at a secluded beach believed to be Taman Negara, Teluk Bahang on Penang island.
“I can guarantee that Penang state government will not issue any approval for such an event to be held here,” Lim said.
The Penang lawmaker said they will now hand the matter to the police to investigate.
“If it involved Muslims, we will let the police and the religious authorities to investigate and take action,” he added.
The nudist event is claimed to have occurred with the approval of a ranger at Taman Negara, Teluk Bahang which Lim pointed out is under the jurisdiction of the federal government not the state.
The video has been circulating on social media where the group of so-called “naturists” took part in physical activities on a beach.
A summary of the video — which was credited to Albert Yam — claimed that a total of 18 nudists took part in the event that was supposedly to have taken place two months ago.