Cops arrest Malaysian woman over 'Penang Nude Games'

The police showing photos, extracted from the video clip, of the people believed to be involved in the nude event, August 7, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi
The police showing photos, extracted from the video clip, of the people believed to be involved in the nude event, August 7, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

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BALIK PULAU, Aug 8 — Police have arrested a Malaysian woman believed to part of a group who had participated in the so-called “Penang Nude Sports Game 2014” event here.

Southwest district police chief Supt Lai Fah Hin said the 34-year-old music teacher was arrested at 9.55pm last night.

“The woman was caught at her house in Bayan Lepas,” he told a press conference at the Southwest district police headquarters this morning.

He also said the police believe that the event was organised by two people: a 57-year-old woman from Sungai Petani and a man from Singapore.

Both organisers are still at large, and Lai urged those with any information of their whereabouts to inform the police.

A video clip of the event, in which around 18 nude people were recorded participating in events like body painting and outdoor activities on the beach at the Penang National Park, went viral recently and triggered public uproar.

The event is believed to have been held on May 31 this year at a secluded beach in Teluk Kampi at the park in Teluk Bahang here.

Following the spread of the video clip, police received a total 11 reports against the event.

“We have taken statements from 16 witnesses in relation to the case,” Lai said.

The nudists believed to be involved in the event include seven Malaysians, four Singaporeans, two Burmese, one Filipino and one Indian national.

Lai urged 15 others from the clip to come forward to aid the police investigation.

The case is being investigated under Section 509 and 294 (a) of the Penal Code for using gesture to insult the modesty of a person and for an obscene act in a public space.

Section 509 carries a jail sentence of five years, fine or both while Section 294(a) carries a three-month jail sentence, fine or both.

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