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Woman held to help probe nudist events in Malaysia
Publication Date : 09-08-2014
The Penang police have detained a woman to assist in the investigation on nude events in Teluk Kampi at the Penang National Park here.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Lai Fah Hin said police had recorded a statement from the private music teacher, 34, who was picked up at an undisclosed location in the southwest district at 9.55pm on Thursday.
“She has since been released on police bail,” Supt Lai said at the district police headquarters yesterday.
He said they had also identified two key suspects, retired teacher Chew Tok Hwa, 57, and Albert Yam, believed to be in his 40s, who were allegedly participants and organisers of the event on May 30.
Chew is said to be from Sungai Petani while Yam is a Singaporean Permanent Resident.
“We hope Chew and Yam can come forward, with the others, to help us facilitate investigations.
“Those with information on their whereabouts can also contact the nearest police station or investigation officer ASP Mohd Sani Mat Ali at 012-5424455,” said Supt Lai, who also released 13 mugshots of the 18 suspected participants.
The Malaysians are Carmen Chan, Thomas Kong, Janice, Justin Ang, Michale and Ellen, while the foreigners are Kok Hong (a company director in Singapore), Terry and Lionel Lau (Singapore), Newman (Myanmar), Janes Kumar (India) and Marvin Cuevas (the Philippines).
Another female participant was allegedly Newman’s girlfriend from Myanmar.
Supt Lai said the case was being investigated under Section 294 (a) of the Penal Code for lewd activity in a public place, which carries a maximum of three months’ jail or fine or both.
It is also being investigated under Section 509 of the Penal Code for committing a gesture intended to insult the modesty of a person, which carries a jail term of up to five years, a fine or both.
Supt Lai said they had taken statements from 16 people, including two rangers of Penang National Park and two boatmen who ferried the group from the Teluk Bahang jetty.
According to the Straits Times of Singapore, Yam has in the past filmed himself naked in public in the republic, including at the MacRitchie Reservoir, Changi and East Coast Park.
The most recent video that he uploaded involved him and a handful of like-minded people baring all at Goldkist Resorts, which rents out chalets at East Coast Park.