Malaysian sex bloggers charged with sedition


Alvin Tan facing Malaysian media. The Star-Asia News Network

KUALA LUMPUR — A Malaysian couple known for a sexually explicit blog were charged Thursday with sedition after they caused outrage by posting a Ramadan greeting on Facebook which showed them eating pork.

Alvin Tan, 25, and Vivian Lee, 24, pleaded not guilty to publishing or distributing a “seditious publication” and two other charges in a Kuala Lumpur district court in Muslim-majority Malaysia, a court official said.

They were denied bail and so will be jailed pending trial, she said. The next court date has been set for August 23.

Sedition is punishable by up to three years in jail.

The duo had posted a greeting for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on social networking site Facebook last week, showing a poster of them eating pork, which is forbidden in Islam.

They later apologized in a video on YouTube for the posting, which sparked widespread anger.

Their Facebook page is no longer accessible.

The other charges were causing disharmony on the grounds of religion and possessing or producing obscene material, which is punishable by up to five years in jail, the official said.

Prime Minister Najib Razak criticized the couple on Wednesday while discussing implementing a new law to replace the colonial-era sedition act, which has been slammed by critics as a tool to crack down on dissent.

“The insolent and impudent act by the young couple who insulted Islam showed that freedom of expression and irresponsible opinion can jeopardise the community,” he was quoted by The Star as saying.

Last year Lee, a kindergarten teacher, and Tan, who is currently unemployed and a former law student at the National University of Singapore, sparked outrage in Malaysia and Singapore by posting erotic photographs and videos of their lovemaking as well as close-ups of their genitals on a blog.

The duo, who said they aimed to destigmatize sex, shut down the blog because of family pressure in the conservative countries, where pornography is illegal.

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  • Bladehind

    Muslims are #1 smugglers of pirated stuffs and they all smell like Bin Laden

    • mark_john21

      Because your military guarding the sea can be paid-off. Smuggling will not thrive without the blessings of the AFP. Don’t blame the Muslims, your Christian military people are the ones encouraging them. Ask the people of Zamboanga. Corrupt leaders breed corrupt people.

  • VerticalPropulsion

    Malaysia Truly Gay Sya

  • pinaypoako

    speak no evil, do no evil… kaya tumiwalag si Jesus sa mga hudyo dahil sa lumang paniniwala na wala namg basehan…kaya nagalit si Peter at James kay Paul dahil nakikikain siya sa mga Gentiles….basta healthy ang pagkain, kainin, sobrang lechon at tiyan ng baboy…huwag pero sinigang (kasi may gulay) sarap!

  • kartuthero

    There is no perfect religion. So let us be tolerant and respectful of other’s beliefs.

  • Imeldita

    Malaysia Truly Asia if you are a good muslim.

  • txtman SUPOTiful Bading


  • kismaytami

    I have a Muslim boss before. He eats pork. He doesn’t care what his Muslim brothers will think of him. He’s educated and the only humble Muslim I’ve known.

    • mark_john21

      He’s no Muslim. He only claims he is.

      • desi derata

        Is there a special accolade for a muslim?

      • mark_john21

        Being a Muslim is a personal identity. Being a son of a Muslim will not make you one unless you follow Islam strictly.

  • KarlosRegaza

    WTF!! Eating pork is not a sin!

    What goes in to the body is GOOD! What goes out of the mouth is sinful.

    Killings like in Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, etc. is CLEAR SIN!

  • EC

    The Muslim world is still in the medieval age. Look at their calendar, they’re behind by 500 years.

    • mark_john21

      Yes, Christian Philippines calendar is advanced by 500 years yet more corrupt and backward than its Muslim neighbors in Southeast Asia.

      • Sun Tzu

        ouch hehehe

      • KarlosRegaza

        Owwws. You must just be jealous of our highest GDP lately. Come on, do more work than blogging.

      • Imeldita

        Ahemm, m0ron alert.

      • desi derata

        ..and godless china or shintoist japan is better than any muslim country in all Asia.

      • barok

        Malaysia and Indonesia have OIL industry, just like their muslim brothers in ME while the Philippines have none. Mahirap bang intindihin yun?

      • mark_john21

        It’s not because of the oil. it’s because of the people. In the Philippines corruption is a malignant culture.

      • barok

        Do you think there is no corruption in Malaysia and Indonesia? Mas marami lang silang pera kaya di halata, eh sa Pinas wala na nga pera kinukurakot pa.

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