Four tourists were sentenced to three days in jail and ordered to pay 5,000 Malaysian ringgit ($1,333) for stripping off their clothes atop a mountain in northern Malaysia and taking photographs that incensed local residents, who consider the peak a sacred dwelling ground for deceased ancestors.
The presiding judge for Kota Kinabalu Magistrates’ Court said that the tourists had shown sufficient remorse for their actions and would be deported upon payment of the fines, since they have already spent three days in jail, the BBC reports. One local paper reported that residents linked the tourists’ behavior to a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the region on June 5, killing 18 people.
Timothy Hawkins, father to one of the prisoners, expressed regret on behalf of his daughter to the BBC. “Eleanor knows what she did was wrong and disrespectful and she is deeply sorry for any offense she has caused…
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I ran out of time yesterday to post about my walk up Yacaaba Headland and how I only just avoided being in a storm that was moving in. So today (it’s actually the 27th July 2012 as I type away) I must get two days of posts done, even if I slip this one in back in time, so to speak (as you can with the post time when posting).
So I decided to do the Yacaaba Headland walk just before lunch and had lunch in the carpark, while reading the paper. Nothing too healthy – I tend to eat far too much junk when I’m on holidays. So it was a bacon & egg roll, as well as a couple of potato scallops and some chips (and coke of course) See Picture at Left. It was really brunch and I needed the energy boost to accomplish the walk. Sounds…
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The following link is to an article reporting on the five of the most dangerous mountains in the world – Kangchenjunga in India, K2 between China and Pakistan, Annapurna in Nepal, Nanga Parbat in Kashmir and The Eiger in Switzerland.
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