Malaysia 'nude games' organiser apologises

Kuala Lumpur - The organiser of a nudist sports festival has apologised for holding the event, which triggered outrage in Muslim-majority Malaysia and led to the arrest of eight people.

A video of the May gathering, called the "Nude Sport Games 2014", first appeared on social media earlier this month and went viral.

It showed naked participants engaged in a range of activities including body painting, dancing, relay races and various other contests on a secluded Penang beach.

Co-organiser Albert Yam, who is in police custody, has publicly apologised for the "naturist event" in an open letter to the government of the state of Penang, the New Straits Times reported on Monday.

"We will not do it again and please accept our deepest apologies for our misconduct, which has caused embarrassment to the country", he said.

Yam, who is in his 40s, is a Malaysian who lives in neighbouring Singapore.

Five more Malaysians are in police custody, while two others have been released after their statements were taken, police said.

"We are still looking for another seven people, including from Myanmar and the Philippines", Penang district police chief Lai Fah Hin told AFP.

Police are investigating participants for acts of public obscenity and "insulting the modesty" of others, charges that could result in five years in prison.

The gathering has been condemned by Muslim conservatives and non-Muslims alike, and triggered heated online exchanges between critics and supporters of the nudists.

In the video, a naked woman is seen riding horseback on a man, while in another, a nude woman crawls over three unclad men lying next to each other in the sand.

About 60% of Malaysia's nearly 30 million people are Muslim ethnic Malays.

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Joseph Desmond Clarence 2014/08/18 12:29:27 PM
Sensor you images on future publications please.
Derek Bredenkamp 2014/08/18 12:29:40 PM
Gets me how we still view the naked form as something pornographic while the sight of someone having his brains blown out is fine? It's seriously screwed up.
Victor Tarica 2014/08/18 12:38:44 PM
Religious people never appreciate their bodies especially the female form. They hate themselves others and cannot embrace life properly because of their beliefs. Their hate is so deep they would rather kill people than let them live and be human.
Douglas Ross 2014/08/18 12:42:35 PM
Wow. Nice and safe picture.
Erich Goosen 2014/08/18 01:10:34 PM
Was 'boere sports' one of the events?
Aweh Mense 2014/08/18 01:15:23 PM
Well done n24.. great pic ...
Bruce Kendall 2014/08/18 01:19:13 PM
Why is something made by God so shameful (the nude human body) but if we cover it with clothes made by man and it is OK. Clothes and fashion are inventions created by man, not God. I prefer to be clothed with with what God made.
William Thompson 2014/08/18 01:41:00 PM
Speak for yourself
William Thompson 2014/08/18 01:41:59 PM
I agree
dfgdg.ytrdfgbfdg 2014/08/18 02:56:12 PM
So as far as the Muslims are concerned. It's OK to slaughter people and chop off their heads but not OK to be nude ad in God's image..