Thursday, June 11, 2015

Give Us Ten Buffalo Or Face Three Months In Prison, Malaysian Chief Tells Tourists

Nowhere to hide: Malaysian police escort one of the tourists suspected of taking nude photos of themselves on Mount Kinabalu at Kota Kinabalu courthouse

A Malaysian tribal chief has called on Western tourists who were arrested for stripping naked on top of a mountain to pay a fine of ten buffalo or face jail, it has been reported.

Former British public schoolgirl Eleanor Hawkins is among the group accused of 'upsetting the gods' by posing nude on the country's highest peak days before an earthquake killed 18 climbers on the mountain.

Media crowd outside the courthouse to talk to the tourists who are believed to be among a group of 10 people who undressed and posed for photos on Mount Kinabalu

Eleanor, 24, from Derby, was detained at a Sabah airport yesterday while trying to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Last night it was reported that one local tribal chief had called on the tourists to pay a ‘sogit’ or fine of ten buffalo or face jail.

Priest Tindarama Aman Sirom Simbuna said: ‘The tourists who angered the guardian of the mountain should pay for their mistakes by giving sogit. This should be in the form of ten male or female buffalo'.

Indigenous people say Mount Kinabalu - where the group posed for their photo - is a resting place for the spirits of the departed.

Miss Hawkins, an aerospace engineering student, is said to be 'very upset' as she sits in a police cell in Borneo facing obscenity charges, which can carry a three-month prison sentence.

Her father, Tim Hawkins, who runs an engineering business in Derby, said his daughter sounded frightened when he spoke to her this morning.

He said: 'She is obviously upset. She's pretty scared. But it was good to speak to her.'
He has appealed for the Malaysian authorities to be fair over fears they may try to make an example of her.

Others also facing same charges with her are; a Canadian, Lindsey Petersen, 22, and his sister, Danielle, 23, and a 23-year-old Dutch man, Dylan Snel.


  1. Another sign people are always focusing on things that don't matter.

  2. What wrong have they done abeg

  3. They just have to respect others culture

  4. How do they know their departed ancestors weren't amused to see some young people getting naked?

  5. Why upset their gods

  6. They should leave them jor

  7. It’s their culture. No comment

  8. No be only for naija oooo

  9. 3 months imprisonment on what

  10. Part of the price to pay in being a tourist

  11. They will never think of going there again after escaping this