Sex bloggers Alvivi charged over Facebook posting, denied bail
Sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee claimed trial to three charges related to their Ramadan bak kut teh greeting on their Facebook page and pornographic pictures in their blogs. -The Star/ANN
KUALA LUMPUR - Sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee claimed trial in the Sessions Court here Thursday to three charges related to their Ramadan bak kut teh greeting on their Facebook page and pornographic pictures in their blogs.
The charges against Alvin Tan Jye Yee, 25, and Vivian Lee May Ling, 24, were read before judge Murtazadi Amran.
In the first charge, they were jointly accused of making a seditious posting on theri Facebook page by uploading a photo of themselves eating bak kut teh (a pork dish) with the greeting Selamat Berbuka Puasa with bak kut teh (fragrant, delicious and appetising) together with the halal logo.
They allegedly committed the offence at 10.48pm between July 11 and 12 at 568-14-18, Kompleks Mutiara Jalan Ipoh, Mile 3 1/2.
They were charged under subsection 4 (1) (c) of the Sedition Act 1948, which is punishable under subsection 4 (1) of the same Act and read together with Section 34 of the Code Penal.
For the first offence, they face a fine up to RM5,000, an imprisonment up to three years or both, and imprisonment up to five years for subsequent offence.
In the second charge, Tan and Lee were accused of displaying pornographic pictures on their blog at the same place between 9pm and 2am between July 6 and 7.
They were charged under subsection 5 (1) of the Film Censorship Act 2002, which is punishable under subsection 5 (2) of the same Act which carries a fine of between RM10,000 and RM50,000 or imprisonment of up to five years or both, if convicted.
They were accused of uploading on their Facebook page the same picture and comment which were likely to cause religious enmity between people of different faiths.
The content was read at CAF - Syed Restaurant, Jalan Dang Wangi at 10.48pm between July 11 and 12.
They were charged under Section 298A (1) (a) of the Penal Code which carries imprisonment of between two and five years, if convicted.
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