The mountain is a revered and sacred site,” he said.
In the wake of the disaster, Malaysian social media users and some Sabah officials have focused on the nudists, suggesting that their actions angered the spirits and led to the earthquake.
One of the tourists, Emil Kaminski, has enflamed matters even further by posting on his Facebook page that Manjun was a ‘deranged pr**k’ for linking the nudity to the earthquake.
HAVE detained four tourists — two Canadians, a Briton and one Dutch national — for allegedly stripping naked on Mount Kinabalu, an act some locals say angered tribal spirits and caused a deadly earthquake.
Pictures of 10 naked tourists had spread on social media and infuriated locals following the 6.0-magnitude quake that struck near the mountain on Friday and killed 18 people.
This infuriated the Sabahans, who consider the mountain sacred and believe that the tourists' behavior made the "mountain spirits mad".
According to Sabah Parks director Datuk Jamili Nais, the four women and six men allegedly split from their group and went to the south peak, defying their mountain guide's warnings and calling him "stupid".
He also posted other videos of himself posing naked on top of other mountains.
He then recorded a Youtube video entitled ‘Trolling Malaysia’ in which he sarcastically referred to the mountain as “sacred”.
"Their act had brought shame and ridicule upon themselves and their respective countries," he said.
Last Friday's earthquake killed 18 people and left hundreds stranded on the mountain.
Jalaluddin said those detained might be charged for causing public nuisance.