PETALING JAYA - Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has slammed an online news portal for giving the impression that sex blogger Alvin Tan and activist Ali Abd Jalil were political enemies that were forced to seek refuge overseas.
In a Facebook posting on Monday, Khairy, who is also Umno Youth chief, said the article had given the idea that the duo had to flee from the government's oppression that did not allow the freedom of speech.
He said the portal failed to mention the details of their alleged offences and seemingly portrayed them as "heroes" who went against the government and its policies.
"Let us review the cases of Ali and Alvin. Are theirs merely political criticisms? Are they really political enemies?" said Khairy.
"In Alvin's case, it is common knowledge that he was charged in court not because he criticised the government, but because he had uploaded a 'bak kut teh' photo that had earned the anger of Muslims in Malaysia.
"As for Ali's, it is true that he criticised Umno but he wasn't charged for that, he was charged because he criticised the monarchy.
"Among his comments were to ask for the royal institution to be abolished and that he was not afraid to die (for saying so), but he already fled the country after he was charged," Khairy added.
He said the article was trying to cover up the facts of the case where they were charged over insulting the sensitivities of Malaysians.