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Malaysia investigating Penang nudism video

Four of the participants in the video were from Singapore, according to Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi.

GEORGE TOWN: Authorities in the Malaysian state of Penang are investigating a video showing beachgoers taking part in nudist activities, according to local daily The Star.

The video, available online, shows 18 people skinny dipping at the beach and taking part in activities like body painting and dancing on a beach in Teluk Bahang, which is on the north-western tip of Penang. The video shows participants openly acknowledging the camera.

Four of the participants in the video were from Singapore, The Star quoted Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi as saying. Seven were from Malaysia, two from Myanmar, one from the Philippines, and one from India.

Police have recorded statements from 10 people as part of their investigations, the report said.

According to The Rakyat Post, a Malaysian online news site, the event organiser said permission for the event was given by a ranger at the Penang National Park, which oversees the beach and the surrounding area.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has rubbished claims that such an event could be sanctioned. “It is important to note that in Penang, we don’t even allow casinos to be built, we will definitely not allow such an event to be held here,” he was quoted by local reports as saying.

Reactions to the five-minute video have been mixed – comments range from “this is utter embarrassment” to “well done”.

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