GEORGE TOWN: Seven out of 18 nudists who were recorded on video frolicking in Pantai Kerachut near Teluk Bahang here in May were Malaysians.
State police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the others were four Singaporeans, two Myanmar nationals and one each from The Philippines and India while the remaining nudists have yet to be identified.
He said police have taken down statements from 10 people and groups, excluding the nudists, over the incident.
"We now know what had taken place but will not reveal anything more until we have completed our investigations," he told reporters here today.
Yesterday, Southwest district police chief Superintendent Lai Fah Hin has vowed to leave no stones unturned in investigating the group, as a video of them frolicking in the nude on Teluk Kampi beach went viral on the Internet.
Police had taken DNA samples and finger prints from a house the nudists were believed to have stayed in.
A team of 10 personnel from the districts' forensic unit had started combing for evidence at several spots where the nudists were believed to have hung out.
The video footage, uploaded to an online video sharing website claimed that the activity took place on May 30.
An announcement, "See you this coming Dec 5, 2014, the Asian Nude Sport Games and Conference in Penang, Malaysia," was also found in the video.
A user, identified only as Albert, had uploaded the 326-second long video, titled "Penang Nude Sports Games 2014" on to Vimeo about two months ago, and thanked one Miss Chew for organising the event and the "naturists for coming and making it a history in Malaysia".
Police have classified the case as gestures intended to insult the modesty of a person and are investigating it under Section 509 of the Penal Code.
If convicted, a nudist is liable up to five years' jail or fine or both.