'Religious enmity' charge not valid against sex bloggers

'Religious enmity' charge not valid against sex bloggers
Tan and Lee, together known by their moniker Alvivi, had come under fire for their Facebook picture, which showed them eating Bak Kut Teh (pork rib soup) while wishing Muslims "Selamat Berbuka Puasa" as a Ramadan greeting.

The court allowed their application to strike out the charge against them over their alleged online "Bah Kut Teh Ramadan" greeting last year.

The three-man panel, chaired by judge Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki, ruled that Section 298A of the Penal Code, under which the charge was framed, was "not applicable and enforceable" against the applicants.

"We allow the appeal as we are bound by the Supreme Court's decision in Mamat Daud and others v Government of Malaysia (1988)," he said in reading the unanimous decision. Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin said the prosecution would appeal to the Federal Court against the ruling.

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