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Cops and council to probe topless sunbathing episode

The Star/ANN | Saturday, Oct 18, 2014

The four women at Pantai Saujana in Port Dickson.

PORT DICKSON: The sighting of four women sunbathing topless here has led the police and local council to launch their own probes into the matter.

The women could be charged with committing lewd activity in a public place if the allegations against them are true, said Port Dickson OCPD Supt Baharudin Mustapha.

He said police received a report about the alleged "exposure" several hours after the women, believed to be Caucasian tourists, had supposedly gone topless at the Pantai Saujana beach on Thursday.

"We opened an investigation paper immediately after an individual lodged a report on the incident," he said.

Supt Baharudin said the case was being investigated under Section 294(a) of the Penal Code for committing lewd activity in a public place.

Offenders can be jailed a maximum three months or slapped with a fine or both.

Three of the women were believed to be in their 20s.

Another woman was said to be in her 40s.

Apparently, the women also went for a swim.

One eyewitness alleged that the women even removed their bikini bottom at one point.

Upon noticing the crowd getting bigger, the four decided to pack up and leave.

It could not be confirmed whether the women were staying at one of the hotels along the stretch.

Supt Baharudin said police had recorded statements from several eyewitnesses and hoped to trace the four women soon.

"Under our laws, it is an offence to be walking around topless or naked in a public place," he said.

Port Dickson Municipal Council president Datuk Ab Khalid Mat said although the alleged incident was an isolated one, the council was not taking it lightly.

The council, he said, had also launched its own probe.

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