MCMC questions sex blogger's mother

KUALA LUMPUR - Sex blogger Alvin Tan's mother has "no connection at all" with the offensive Ramadan greeting which Tan and his girlfriend Vivian Lee posted on Facebook, said their counsel Chong Joo Tian.

Known only as Mrs Tan, she had been summoned to give a statement to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) here yesterday.

She arrived at 9.50am and came out of the MCMC office two hours later together with Chong.

"We have asked the MCMC why Mrs Tan needs to be questioned.

"However, they were unable to give us a reason," he told reporters while Tan's mother hid her face from the cameras with a blue scarf and pink hat.

Chong said Mrs Tan had been at a "totally different place" from the controversial pair, known as Alvivi, when they had posted a Facebook photo of themselves enjoying bak kut teh (a pork dish), with the caption Selamat Berbuka Puasa (Happy Breaking Fast).

He said none of their family members were aware of their actions.

"They have already been charged in court. So why is the MCMC still questioning their family members?" he asked.

Chong said Mrs Tan, who posted bail for the pair last week, had asked him whether MCMC's actions could be considered as harassment.

"Of course, we don't know the real reason behind the questioning. Only MCMC can answer as to whether this is harassment," he said, adding that as far as they were concerned, Alvivi's case had nothing to do with their family members.

According to Chong, the pair, who did not accompany Mrs Tan to the MCMC office, were doing fine.

They were each granted a RM30,000 bail last week in two sureties. Alvin had earlier spent a week in the Sungai Buloh Prison and Vivian in the Kajang Prison.

When contacted, MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi refused to comment, saying it was subjudice.

He said last week that it had decided to summon Mrs Tan to help with its investigations, adding that this was part of its procedure.

Tan, 24, and Lee, 23, were jointly-charged on July 18 under Subsection 5(1) of the Film Censorship Act, Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act and Section 298A(1) of the Penal Code.

They were accused of displaying pornographic images on their blog alviviswingers.tumblr.com, uploading content that could stir hostility between those with different beliefs and publishing a seditious photograph.

The case is set for mention on Aug 23. 

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