UK may review travel advisory over nudist fiasco

Modified 12 Jun 2015, 1:07 am

The arrest of a British woman who had allegedly disrobed atop Mount Kinabalu has triggered the UK to review its advice for travellers to Malaysia.

"The travel advice team are going to discuss with the Malaysian desk how best they think the travel advice should be updated in light of this incident.

"They are going to review it [...] they may include (reference to the incident) as a warning so that it doesn’t happen again," said the British Foreign Office, according to The Guardian .

Eleanor Hawkins, 23, is among four foreigners who are currently detained in Sabah for allegedly committing public indecency.

The others are Canadian siblings Danielle and Lindsey Petersen, and a Dutch man, Dylan Snel.

They are being investigated under Section 294 of the Penal Code. If found guilty, they can be jailed up to three months and slapped with a hefty fine.

They were arrested following a major earthquake in Ranau that has cost 18 deaths on Mount Kinabalu due to rockslides.

Following the earthquake, several top Sabah politicians claimed that some locals believe the earthquake was the result of Mount Kinabalu’s mountain spirits being upset at the tourists nudist stunt.

The Kadazandusun people of Sabah consider Mount Kinabalu to be sacred.