Sex bloggers out - but have to watch their backs

Kuala Lumpur - Sporting a new crew cut, red T-shirt and a smirk on his face, Alvin Tan Jye Yee said his past week in jail was "not bad".

But it may well have been a front for the media who mobbed him and Vivian Lee May Ling after they were released on bail at the Jalan Duta Court Complex yesterday.

The sex bloggers may now have to worry for their safety. Many had threatened the pair, including a group on Facebook, which released their personal details like addresses, IC numbers and relatives' details.

A picture of the couple with the caption "KILL - If you hurt or kill this scum in front of me I will make like I didn't see" was also circulated on Facebook.

The barrage led the pair - known as Alvivi - to tweet from their now-deactivated Twitter account pleading for it to stop.

"Mercy please," they tweeted.

Yesterday, Tan, 25, seemed to be his usual confident self while Lee, 24, maintained a stony silence as she tried to shield her face from photographers. Lee, clad in a pink T-shirt and wearing spectacles, tried to keep her back to the media at all times. Tan, however, turned around to face newsmen, smirking as he took a swig of water.

He had spent eight days at Sungai Buloh prison, while she had been held at Kajang Prison since last Thursday.

The controversial sex bloggers arrived handcuffed at about 10am, accompanied by two policemen and counsel Chong Joo Tian and Wong Kee Them.

After their handcuffs were removed, they were ushered to the counter so they could sign their bail bonds. After signing the papers, they were swiftly escorted out by Chong, who saw them off in two cars before heading back inside.

"They're quite happy to be out of prison. They need time to rest, and we'll take it from there," he told reporters.

Chong said that if any threats were made against the pair, they would "lodge a police report and seek police protection".

"But this is premature," he added.

High Court judge Justice Mohd Azman Husin had on Thursday granted bail of RM10,000 on each of the charges in two sureties after considering the judicial review application filed against the Sessions Court judge Murtazadi Amran's ruling.

The pair had been jointly charged on July 18 under Subsection 5(1) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 (Act 620), 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, uploading content that could stir hostility between those with different beliefs and publishing a seditious photograph.


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