This was the silly lead paragraph of story by Digital Journal:
A group of western tourists who stripped naked at the peak of Mount Kinabalu last month will be prohibited from leaving Malaysia, as their act of “disrespecting the mountain” could have caused the devastating earthquake that killed at least 13 people.
Could have? No it couldn’t. They left out some VERY important information, don’t you think?
An earthquake measuring 5.9 struck Sabah on Friday, causing landslides on Mount Kinabalu. Thirteen climbers have so far been confirmed dead.
Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said that the tourists showed disrespect to the sacred mountain and will face appropriate action according to native laws.
Whether other people believe this or not, it’s what we Sabahans believe. When the earthquake happened, it’s like a confirmation of our beliefs.There is almost certainly a connection. We have to take this as a reminder that local beliefs and customs are not to be disrespected.
So the story is that the LOCALS BELIEVE the disrespect caused the earthquake. Those two words are VERY IMPORTANT. It’s demonstrably not true that disrespect for any entities directly causes catastrophes, since we are fully aware that earthquakes are caused by natural processes that don’t need a special supernatural force. While it’s not too far fetched to agree with the locals in that certain acts by visitors can be actively discouraged, taking it beyond that to say that the acts CAUSED the incident is fallacious. Time to move into the modern age. By understanding what really causes disasters allows us to better prepare and take meaningful actions to save lives. Although, sudden unpredictable incidents happen. It’s a risk you take for living in a geologically active area. An occasional naked person is not a cause of a disaster, but an ignorant government official could be.
Tip: @DennisDufrene on Twitter
Four tourists, including a British woman, who posed naked on a Malaysia mountain considered sacred are jailed for three days and given fines.