Nine Australian men who wore underwear emblazoned with the Malaysian flag have been arrested after allegedly stripping at Sunday's Formula One race in Kuala Lumpur.
The men, aged between 25 and 29, were arrested about 5:00pm (local time) on Sunday while watching the grand prix, won by Australian racer Daniel Ricciardo, at the Sepang International Circuit.
Pictures of the incident were posted on social media by fellow spectators. Their pictures showed the group holding up an Australian flag, while wearing the Malaysian-themed underwear with the words "Budgy smuggler" across the back.
Sepang Police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Ali said the Australians were being remanded for four days from Monday and were being investigated for indecent behaviour in a public place and disrespecting the national flag, according to Malaysian reports.
Chief executive officer of the Sepang International Circuit Datuk Razlan Razali told New Straits Times the Australian men deserve to be "locked up, investigated and taken action against".
"This shows a huge lack of respect to us as Malaysians; this is stupid behaviour from foreigners who have no sense of cultural sensitivity and respect.
"It embarrasses their own country as well, it gives Australians a bad name."
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has told the ABC they are providing consular assistance to the group.
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