Penang cops probe nudist video
CAUGHT on video, 18 "naturists", including four women, are in trouble with police for purportedly taking part in nude events at a beach in Teluk Bahang, Penang.
The five-minute video shows them in the nude participating in activities such as body painting, a relay race, a group crab-walk and a Gangnam Style dance with one woman riding a man who was on all fours like a horse.
Seven of the nudists are Malaysians, four are Singaporeans, two are from Myanmar and one each from the Philippines and India, the New Straits Times quoted the police as saying. The remaining nudists have yet to be identified.
One of the Singaporeans in the video is believed to be Albert Yam Kam Hoong, the moderator of online group SgNudClub, started in 2006. Links on his Vimeo account directed the viewer to SgNudClub's website.
The original video was credited to him as well. The clip, which was uploaded to video-sharing website Vimeo about two months ago, has been taken down.
He could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Labelled "Penang Nude Sports Games 2014", the video was allegedly shot at Teluk Kampi, which is touted as the longest beach at the Penang National Park.
If found guilty under Section 509 of the Penal Code for committing a gesture intended to insult the modesty of a person, they face a jail term of up to five years, a fine or both, said the police.
Penang police chief Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi said they were looking for the event organiser and the participants.
One of the participants, identified only as Justin, claimed that a park ranger was told about the event before they went to a hut and stripped off their clothes.
Aside from taking pictures of each other in the nude, the participants strolled about and danced with one another. They also sat around a fire and camped for the night.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government was not aware of the purported event.
The state would not even approve a casino, he said, let alone sanction an event for nudists.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK