Malaysian mosque bans tourists after video of two women doing dance outside goes viral

Malaysian mosque bans tourists after video of two women doing dance outside goes viral

A mosque in Malaysia has banned all tourists after a video went viral showing two women in skimpy outfits dancing outside.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) -  A mosque in Malaysia has banned all tourists after a video went viral showing two women in skimpy outfits dancing outside.

The video shows two barefoot women dancing outside the Muslim holy site in the city of Kota Kinabalu, in Borneo Island's Sabah state.

Onlookers can be heard saying "Why don't they just fall off the wall?" in the footage.

The short clip was posted on Facebook where it caused outrage among local residents and prompted a response from the chairman of the mosque.

Talking to Malaysia's Star newspaper, Datuk Jamal Sakaran said tourists were briefed on the rules of the mosque and offered modest traditional dresses, headscarves and hats to wear.

"We opened our doors to visitors because we want to introduce and let the people know the beauty of Islam, but such action has tarnished the image of our religion," he said.

Sakaran said he had closed the mosque to tourists and stopped buses and taxis from visiting the area.

The mosque is a popular stop for tourists visiting Kota Kinabalu before exploring the jungles of Sabah, which are famous for abundant wildlife.

The women in the video were unidentified, but believed to be foreigners.

While an minister of Sabah's tourism department told the Star that "strong action will be taken" against the tourists, State Tourism Minister Christina Liew was quoted in the Straits Times saying that legal action would not be taken, as the women were likely unaware of the severity of their actions.




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