2 bloggers charged in KL with sedition

KUALA LUMPUR - Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee, Malaysia's notorious "sex bloggers", are in jail awaiting trial for posting allegedly seditious and lewd online photos.

Alvin Tan Jye Yee, 25, and Vivian Lee May Ling, 24, now face up to RM50,000 (S$20,000) in fines, five years' jail, or both, if convicted.

The duo, who made headlines last year for their sexually explicit online photos, last week posted a Ramadan greeting with a photo of themselves having bak kut teh - a pork dish - with a "halal" logo, in what they termed as a joke.

The post went viral, drawing hundreds of outraged comments before Facebook administrators shut down their page, citing "strong negative feedback" last Friday. The duo apologised in a YouTube video on Sunday.

Tan and Lee were brought to court in handcuffs yesterday and charged under the Sedition Act for the Ramadan greeting photograph.

They were also charged under the Film Censorship Act for pornographic photos on their blog and the Penal Code for comments "likely to cause religious enmity between people of different faiths".

The prosecution objected to bail as "both accused had a tendency to upload pictures that could arouse public outrage". Tan is at Sungai Buloh prison and Lee at Kajang prison.

Their next court appearance is on Aug 23.

lestkong@sph.com.sg

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