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'Budgie 9' man leaves Malaysia and urges cultural awareness

  • Edward Leaney, front left, and Jack Walker, front right, leave the Sepang Magistrate in Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

    Edward Leaney, front left, and Jack Walker, front right, leave the Sepang Magistrate in Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 photo, Australian men pose for a photo in Budgy Smuggler-brand swimsuits decorated with the Malaysian flag at the conclusion of the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysian authorities who have detained nine Australians for three nights would regard their actions in stripping down to their briefs and drinking beer from shoes as premeditated, Australia's foreign minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo)

    In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 photo, Australian men pose for a photo in Budgy Smuggler-brand swimsuits decorated with the Malaysian flag at the conclusion of the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysian authorities who have detained nine Australians for three nights would regard their actions in stripping down to their briefs and drinking beer from shoes as premeditated, Australia's foreign minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 photo, Australian men celebrate in Budgy Smuggler-brand swimsuits decorated with the Malaysian flag at the conclusion of the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysian authorities who have detained nine Australian men for three nights would regard their actions in stripping down to their briefs and drinking beer from shoes as premeditated, Australia's foreign minister said Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo)

    In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 photo, Australian men celebrate in Budgy Smuggler-brand swimsuits decorated with the Malaysian flag at the conclusion of the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysian authorities who have detained nine Australian men for three nights would regard their actions in stripping down to their briefs and drinking beer from shoes as premeditated, Australia's foreign minister said Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

One of nine Australians who spent four nights in police detention in Malaysia for partying in skimpy swimsuits printed with the Malaysian flag has returned to Australia and urged other travelers to be culturally aware.

The nine friends were detained on Sunday after they partied and drank beer from shoes at the Formula One Sepang race track.

Most returned to Australia after pleading guilty in a court on Thursday to causing a public nuisance.

Nick Kelly told reporters in Sydney on Friday that Australians should "be very aware of the cultural differences and sensitivities that exist in other nations."

Australian media dubbed them the Budgie Nine. A budgerigar is a small Australian parrot that is a popular household pet, and men's swimwear in Australia is colloquially known as budgie smugglers.