Sex blogger's passport will be revoked, says Malaysia

Sex blogger's passport will be revoked, says Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - The Immigration Department will revoke the passport of controversial sex blogger Alvin Tan for questioning the Selangor Sultan's decision to strip Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's "Datuk Seri" state title.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Tan had also touched on several sensitive issues in the country.

"We will do it (revoke Tan's passport) as soon as possible. We can even do it tomorrow," he said at the launch of the Special Task Force for Anti-vice, Gaming and Gangsterism (STAGG) at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia here yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said under the Immigration Act, the department had the right to do so.

"A (Malaysian) passport does not belong to an individual; it is considered Government property. Thus, it can be revoked," he said.

Less than three hours later, Tan challenged the minister on his Facebook page to "just do it".

Tan is currently in the United States. He fled Malaysia three months ago.

On Friday, the fugitive posted his regret on his Facebook page over the ruler's decision on the Opposition leader.

Tan added that he preferred to care for street dogs than the royalty and Umno leaders.

On the same matter, Commu­nication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said it was "regrettable" that Tan made such postings while hiding overseas.

He said this after attending a community function with over 300 village security and development committee chairmen of the Kemaman parliamentary constituency yesterday.

The blogger and former partner Vivian Lee, 25, caused a nationwide outrage two years ago over their pornographic images on social media and their insulting "invitation" to Muslims to break fast with bak kut teh during Ramadan.

Lee faces the prospect of having to stand trial alone for these alleged offences after Tan skipped bail and fled to the United States.

In another development, Dr Ahmad Zahid advised US Vice-President Joe Biden to stay out of Malaysia's political affairs following the American leader's comments on the Sedition Act and Anwar's sodomy case.

"Please mind your own business. Malaysia's political landscape is different from others," he told Biden.

"If we were to criticise or say something about their stance on a certain thing, they would have issued a protest note and we would have been called (for investigation)," Dr Ahmad Zahid said.

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