UK couple's round-the-world cycling quest ends in tragedy

Updated 18 February 2013
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UK couple's round-the-world cycling quest ends in tragedy

LONDON: Police say a British couple cycling around the world and chronicling their journey in a blog have been killed in a road accident in Thailand.
Peter Root and Mary Thompson died on Feb. 13 when they were hit by a pickup truck on a road east of Bangkok.
The couple, both 34 and from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, left Britain in July 2011 and have cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and China.
They had been posting photos and details of their trip on the website Two on Four Wheels.
Police Lt. Col. Supachai Luangsukcharoen said Monday the truck driver, 25-year-old Worapong Sangkhawat, was seriously injured in the crash.
He faces charges of causing death by dangerous driving, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.


Malaysia mosque bans tourists after ‘sexy dance’ goes viral

Updated 25 June 2018
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Malaysia mosque bans tourists after ‘sexy dance’ goes viral

KUALA LUMPUR: 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 risqué moves outside the holy site on Borneo island, which is renowned for its huge blue and gold dome and ornate minarets.
An outraged onlooker can be heard in the video saying: “Why don’t they just fall off the wall?”
Mosque chairman Jamal Sakaran at the weekend slammed “the unacceptable behavior by foreign tourists” and announced a temporary halt to any tourists visiting the mosque in Sabah state, adding the move was to preserve the sanctity of Islam.
The nationality of the women involved was not clear.
State Tourism Minister Christina Liew told The Star newspaper legal action would not be taken against the pair as they were likely unaware of the severity of their actions. But authorities wanted to track them down to explain “that something they deemed as ‘fun’ was actually disrespectful and not right in Sabah.”
Large numbers of tourists — both local and foreign — visit the mosque, often during a brief stop in Kota Kinabalu before heading into the jungles of Sabah to see the jungle-clad state’s abundance of wildlife.
Tourists can usually visit mosques in Muslim-majority Malaysia, where most practice a moderate form of Islam, but are advised to wear modest clothing.
It is not the first time that foreign visitors have landed in hot water for disrespecting local culture in Sabah.
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.