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Published on : Saturday, June 6, 2015
He said the move was to facilitate police investigations into the incident.
“A police report has been lodged and we believe, the five are still in Sabah and maybe, trying to leave the state.
“We have sought the assistance of the immigration department to prevent them from leaving Sabah so that the police can take them into custody,” he told a press conference in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.
Jalaluddin said the case was investigated under Section 290 of the Penal Code which provides for a fine of up to RM400 upon conviction.
The five tourists from a western country took off their clothes when they reached the peak of Mount Kinabalu on the morning of May 30.
The incident incurred the wrath of members of the community in Sabah, especially local residents in Kundasang as the behaviour of the visitors was not respectful of local traditions.
In Kundasang, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun said many had made various speculations, linking the incident to the earthquake in Ranau.
The earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale occurred at 7.15 this morning in Ranau and tremors could be felt at most places on the west coast of Sabah, including Tambunan, Tuaran, Pedalaman, Kota Kinabalu and Kota Belud.
According to the National Earthquake and Tsunami Centre, the epicentre is located 16km northwest of Ranau.