A Malaysian court sent six men to jail for a month on Thursday and will try four other people over a nudist gathering that triggered outrage in the Muslim-majority country, a defence lawyer said. The six men—five Malaysians and a Singaporean—were jailed after pleading guilty to charges of public obscenity, said lawyer S. Thangaveloo, who represents Singaporean defendant Loh Kok Hong. They were all sentenced to one month in jail and fined 5,000 ringgit (US$1,589).
We are still hunting for five more individuals, one each from Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and two Myanmar nationals.
Mohamad Jalaluddin, the investigating police officer in the case
The defendants were arrested for staging what they called the Nude Sports Games 2014 on May 30. The event’s existence surfaced when a video by the organisers appeared on social media in August and went viral. It shows participants engaged in a range of activities on a secluded Penang beach, including dancing, body painting and relay races, all in the nude. The four other people—all Malaysian, and including three women—who are contesting the charges were freed on bail by the court in the northern state of Penang, police said.