Mosque dancing leads to ban

Central Station | 26 Jun 2018

A Malaysian mosque has banned tourists after a video of two female visitors in skimpy outfits dancing in front of the Muslim holy site went viral online.

The pair, of East Asian appearance and believed to be foreigners, were filmed doing the dance in skimpy shorts and tops exposing their midriffs on a wall outside the main mosque in the city of Kota Kinabalu, a popular site for visitors and tour groups.

Residents and local Muslim groups were incensed by the risque moves outside the holy site on Borneo island.

An outraged onlooker can be heard in the video saying: "Why don't they just fall off the wall?"

Mosque chairman Jamal Sakaran slammed the unacceptable behavior by foreign tourists and announced a temporary halt to any tourists visiting the mosque in Sabah state.

In 2015 four Western tourists pleaded guilty to obscenity charges for taking nude photos on popular peak Mount Kinabalu, an act some in the country blamed for causing a deadly earthquake.

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