“I allowed woman and friends to go nude”
Said the owner of Penang National Park at Balik Pulau, Penang. The court heard the statement made by her about the management allowed a woman to go nude provided there were no other tourists at Teluk Kampi beach, Teluk Bahang.
One of the defendent, general worker Sharudin Isa, 41, said the woman made the request on behalf of about 15 people at the beach on May 30, 2014. He said that he was assigned for surveillance duties at the control post, which is some 10m away from the beach where 15 of them went nude. She had first asked to camp for the night and use the nearby hall. She later asked for permission to go nude.
“I allowed it, with condition that there were no other tourists present”
“On that day, they were the only tourists there,”
“After I saw the pictures and the accused, it triggered my memory
and I remembered them,”
- said Sharudin -
He identifying the woman as Chew Tok Hua, 59, who was seated in the dock during examination-in-chief by DPP Shafiq Mahadi yesterday. Chew is among the four people including Chan Chia Wen, 29, Teh Guan Hoon, 39, and and Kong Meng Long, 40 who were allegedly involved in the nudist sports games in the dock with six others at the Teluk Kampi beach in May 2014 among the people involved in the nudity.
Six others include Yam Kam Hoong, 56, Loh Kok Hong, 43, Mu Wai Peng, 36, Justin Ang Ji Keng, 26, Lionel Loo Joo Heng, 54, and R. Nanda Kumar, 42 had pleaded guilty and they were jailed a month and fined RM5,000 each.
The four are charged with six others under Section 294(a) of the Penal Code with committing obscene acts at a public space in Teluk Bahang which caused public unrest from 3pm to 6pm on May 30, 2014. The offence carries a maximum three-month jail term or a fine, or both, upon conviction.
Lawyers Jason Khor represented Teh while counsel Haijan Omar acted for the other three accused. Magistrate Nur Azzuin Abdul Moati approved the request of DPP Shafiq in court yesterday to amend the time of the joint charge from 3pm to 11pm instead of previously at 6pm.