The Australians nabbed in Sepang yesterday were under the influence of alcohol when they stripped down to just their Jalur Gemilang-print underwear.
The Star Online reported that the nine men had purchased their underwear from Down Under.
According to the report, the men, aged between 25 and 29, had been remanded for four days to facilitate investigations and are being probed for provocation and public indecency.
They were arrested about 5pm on Sunday, shortly after they disrobed and revealed their briefs to spectators at the Formula 1 Petronas Grand Prix, to celebrate the victory of their countryman, Daniel Ricciardo.
Meanwhile, the New Straits Times quoted Sepang International Circuit (SIC) CEO Razlan Razali as slamming the men, saying they should be “locked up, investigated and action taken against them”.
Calling their action “stupid”, Razlan said it showed the men’s disrespect to Malaysians and the country’s cultural sensitivities.
While acknowledging that it would be hard to prevent such incidents from happening, given the participation of thousands of people at the track, Razlan vowed that the circuit’s management would continue to act quickly against such incidents, should they happen again.
“There is a joke going around that next year we not only have to check their baggage but also their underwear.
“What is important is that we (through SIC security personnel) reacted quickly according to complaints received, took immediate action and handed them over to police.”
More than 83,000 spectators attended the Formula One race event yesterday, as well as the previous practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday.
Images of the half-naked Australians are currently going viral on social media,, with netizens unanimously condemning the act and urging action be taken against the men.
There were also calls for local authorities to identify the maker of the underwear and for action to be taken against them.
FMT Reporters Online