BENTONG: Police arrested 48 participants for going naked during a supposedly sporting event held at a resort near here on Saturday.
The participants, aged between 19 and 23, were allegedly taking part in a game at a motivational camp, organised by a private company.
The game was conducted at the playground within the resort’s compound.
Bentong district police chief Supt Mohamad Mansor Mohd Nor said the department received a complaint around 6pm on Saturday informing them of the naked male participants at the Selesa Hill Homes and Golf Resort.
He said investigations found that 39 youths comprising 23 students and 16 non-students were involved in the naked romp.
The other nine arrested, including two women, were facilitators from the company tasked to conduct the event.
“The participants were involved in a game known as ‘All Out’, where they were required to form a long line using materials pasted on their bodies.
“It was during the game that the participants began removing their clothes to form the line, and this continued until they were completely naked,” he said.
Mansor said the resort manager claimed they only prepared food, equipment and accommodation, and were informed on the tentative outline of the programme, but were not briefed on the events.
He said investigators sent to the resort nabbed the participants when they were involved in another activity at the resort hall at 12.30am today morning.
The individuals arrested are being investigated under Section 294 (a) of the Penal Code for indecent exposure, which carries a three months jail term, fine or both upon conviction.
They were released on bail just at 2pm today.
On 2014, six men were sentenced to one month’s jail and RM5,000 fine each for committing obscene acts during the controversial “Penang Nude Sports Game” held in May that year.
The six men, along with four others, were charged with committing obscene acts under Section 294 (a) of Penal Code in public between 3pm and 6pm on May 30 at Pantai Teluk Kampi, Penang National Park.
A video clip showing some 18 people participating in events like body painting and outdoor activities on a secluded beach in the nude at the Penang National Park, went viral recently leading to a huge uproar on that year.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the management of the Selesa Hill Homes and Golf Resort refused to comment on the incident, stating that the matter has been left with the police.
“I will only be able to comment once police complete investigations,” he told theSun today.