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‘Sacred’ mountain nudity caused ‘quake

‘Sacred’ mountain nudity caused ‘quake

An earthquake in Malaysia on Friday that has so far claimed 16 lives was caused by the ‘sacrilegious’ act of a group of Europeans who stripped naked on the peak of Borneo’s Mount Kinabalu, according to Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, above centre.

According to this report, he condemned the “uncivilised” and disrespectful actions of the ten Europeans, and called for the culprits to be brought to a native court and charged according to local customs. He said at a press conference:

Whether other people believe this or not, it’s what we Sabahans believe. When the earthquake happened, it’s like a confirmation of our beliefs. It is a sacred mountain and you cannot take it lightly.

He added said he had a premonition that something bad was going to happen earlier this week when he saw a flight of swallows circling outside his house during breakfast.

At first I didn’t think anything of it, but after it went on for more than half an hour I knew something was not well. I brought it up with my wife and we bought agreed that something bad was going to happen.

The next day, I was on the way to the airport when the earthquake occurred. To me, when something like this happens, it is a clear connection of the incident to the earthquake that has brought about so much damage and loss of lives.

There is almost certainly a connection [to the nudity]. We have to take this as a reminder that local beliefs and customs are not to be disrespected.

On May 30, the group of ten Europeans including two Canadians, two Dutch and a German national broke away from a party of 27 at the mountain’s summit plateau and proceeded to strip before taking photos.

They were approached and reprimanded by a mountain guide. They allegedly told him to “go to hell” and called him “stupid”.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, who is a Ranau-born Dusun, said that the five identified culprits will be found if they are still in Sabah and will not be allowed to leave until they face action.

Only after will we kick them out and ban them from entering Sabah again.

Masidi said local officials are planning to a traditional ceremony and ritual to appease the spirits as soon as possible.

State police commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Hassan said that the five of the tourists were believed to still be in the country and would be barred from leaving at all entry and exit points because of their “gross indecency”.

A local villager who declined to be named said:

The last time we had an earthquake was so long ago. This is more than a coincidence. I think that the spirits were deeply offended by the insolence.

13 responses to “‘Sacred’ mountain nudity caused ‘quake”

  1. JohnMWhite says:

    Whether other people believe this or not, it’s what we Sabahans believe.

    Statements like this always make me sad. It is a human being with enough of a mind to use language to articulate their thoughts, using that ability to admit they do not want to think.

    Then there’s this…

    When the earthquake happened, it’s like a confirmation of our beliefs.

    You believe that a being, who would kill a bunch of people because some other people got naked, deserves to be respected. This is not a good thing, confirmed or otherwise.

    the group of ten Europeans including two Canadians

    The EU really have extended their reach, haven’ they? :p

  2. L.Long says:

    More BS beliefs about more BS religion with another Ahole gawd that can’t punish the guilty but smacks the innocent. This would be a good reason to really make the ahole gawd disappear by stopping to believe in it!!!

  3. AgentCormac says:

    The swallows know more than this idiot does. Certain creatures seem to be able to pick up on conditions prior to a catastrophic seismic event, to the point where scientists are now observing them to help predict when such an event may be about to occur.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8593000/8593396.stm

  4. barriejohn says:

    What a stupid man – does he know nothing? Why do people continue in their ridiculous, primitive beliefs? This earthquake is another sign that the End Times are upon us, and that Jesus is about to return as He promised. God is, in his infinite love and mercy (well – not all that infinite, obviously), WARNING the people of Malaysia that His judgment is about to fall upon them if they do not repent of their sins and return to Him. All this is made plain in the Bible, so they have NO excuse if they ignore His entreaties and continue in blind unbelief!

    https://youtu.be/C4U50aD6dPQ

  5. 1859 says:

    I wonder what gross act of sexual indecency caused the 2004 tsunami that killed thousands of innocent people in the same region? Did some irreverent person pick their nose in the temple perhaps?

  6. Vanity Unfair says:

    I have looked at some of the reports and so far cannot ascertain which particular deity is responsible for the earthquake. We really should be informed of this as it would be impolite to blame either the wrong one or all in general for the murderous attack of a particular god.

    “The last time we had an earthquake was so long ago. This is more than a coincidence. I think that the spirits were deeply offended by the insolence.”
    Sabah’s position on the “Ring of Fire” would seem to expose the state to a fair number of earthquakes so this is unusual. However, some people do have short memories. The region has suffered six in the last year according to Earthquake Track. See for more details: http://earthquaketrack.com/p/malaysia/sabah/recent
    Unfortunately, the slack scholarship of this site does not correlate for nudity. This is a disgraceful state of affairs and the compilers should be ashamed of themselves.

    Looking for a general overview of religion in Sabah for background I found this report from Free Malaysia Today, of whom and of whose allegiances I know nothing. It does not seem to be an official organisation.
    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2011/05/09/race-religion-not-issues-for-sabah-sarawak/
    It does look as though there are some internal wrangles.

  7. Robster says:

    Do religious people around the world have access to a huge pile of Stupid Pills? The press is full of stupid religious people saying stupid things and then getting offended when their gross idiocy is pointed out.Is the Vatican running a competition for the most stupid religious person or is it more an Eastern religion thing?

  8. Broga says:

    I think we are a touch too sceptical here. Those swallows appearing had to be more than coincidence.

  9. dennis says:

    the Europeans (include the Canadians) seem to have had a hippy moment with nature. reminds me of Hippy Hollow in Austin Texas. The cops were not happy back in the late sixties with the hippies getting naked but reason (yes we had reason in TEXAS once) prevailed and Hippy Hollow is alive and well in Austin but alias religion has handed out an insane view in Borneo.

  10. Cali Ron says:

    @Vanity Unfair: Your scholarly research was quite revealing. We’ve got to get the name of the offended god and quick, before he gets really mad and blows his volcanic top. Once we know the god’s name we can start rounding up the virgins….

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  12. Superstition is when a religion or people of faith accuse others of a wrong against God or something without being able to prove there is such a being out there taking offence. It is injustice pure and simple.