Motivation camp organisers in Bentong admit going overboard

 |Jan 24, 2017
The organisers of a motivation camp which courted controversy when 39 of its participants stripped their clothes off in a field at a resort here on Saturday evening, admitted to have "overdone" it.
The organisers of a motivation camp which courted controversy when 39 of its participants stripped their clothes off in a field at a resort here on Saturday evening, admitted to having “overdone” it.

The organisers of a motivation camp which courted controversy when 39 of its participants stripped their clothes off in a field at a resort here on Saturday, Jan 21, admitted to having “overdone” it.

Bentong police chief Supt Mohamad Mansor Mohamad Nor said the organisers from a firm in Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur, were aware that the act was indecent when called to give a statement on the night of the incident.

“The interrogation found 39 participants aged 19 to 23, including 23 students, were only following instructions given to them during the programme,” he told Bernama when met at his office here Monday, Jan 23.

Mohamad Mansor said all participants as well as nine representatives and facilitators from the company including two women, had been released on police bail in stages until 5pm Sunday after their statements were recorded.

He said the investigation also revealed the resort’s management was not involved in organising the camp, and only rented the premises as well as provided equipment and food.

He said they did not know anything about it until called by the police to provide a statement on the night of the incident.

The management said the company had organised motivational camps at the resort twice previously, however, the module involving nudity was understood to have only been done this time.

“The investigation papers on the case is nearing completion and the police have taken statements from all parties involved.

“It is expected to be completed within this week before being submitted to the deputy public prosecutor’s office for further action,” he said.

He said the case would be investigated under Section 294(a) of the Penal Code for obscene behaviour in public, and those convicted could be liable up to a three-month jail term and a fine.

In the 5.30pm incident on Saturday, 39 participants of a motivational camp were reported to have stripped off their clothes in the field of a resort here when playing a game called “All Out”.

In the game, participants were divided into groups and required to make long lines using any item available to them, which caused participants to undress until they were naked.

Following the incident, the police arrested 48 people – comprising 39 participants and nine representatives and facilitators from the company – at 12.30pm on Sunday, to assist investigations.

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