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Archbishop responds to Mount Kinabalu row during Southwark visit

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A Malaysian Anglican archbishop has used his visit to Southwark to comment on the controversy over the group of western tourists who stripped off for photographs on Mount Kinabalu.

British media coverage of the controversy has been dominated by Eleanor Hawkins, one of four tourists jailed and fined for causing a public disturbance after taking off their clothes at the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

The Most Revd Datuk Bolly Lapok, Archbishop of South East Asia in whose Kuching diocese is Mount Kinabalu, was visiting Southwark Cathedral on Sunday morning.

Speaking at end of the service, he mentioned the controversy over the tourists' behaviour said that people might be upset if visitors did the same in front of Buckingham Palace.

"I hope it will not sever our relationship," he said. "I feel very much at home in Southwark."

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