Interpol looking for sex blogger Alvin Tan
BY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
Published: 26 August 2014
Sex blogger Alvin Tan’s whereabouts is unknown and he has failed to return his passport to the court. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 26, 2014.
Interpol is looking for controversial sex blogger Alvin Tan Jye Yee to face trial in Malaysia following his failure to return and surrender his passport to the court, his lawyer said.
Chong Joo Tian said Tan and his partner Vivian Lee May Ling went to Singapore to shoot a documentary last May but the lawyer was unsure if Tan was still in the island republic.
“The assistance of Interpol has been enlisted to locate and bring Tan back to face charges with Lee,” he told The Malaysian Insider. The Sessions Court had issued an arrest warrant for Tan.
Chong said it was up to the prosecution to decide whether to try only Lee in the absence of Tan.
Last Friday, the Sessions Court also forfeited the RM20,000 bail imposed on Tan after he failed to return his passport.
Judge Abdul Rashid Daud said he was dissatisfied with the explanation provided by bailors, Loo Ching Ching and All Kim Lian.
In July last year, Tan, 26, and Lee, 25, claimed trial to three charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and the Penal Code.
Chong said the court, however, returned RM10,000 to the bailors as one of the three charges faced by the duo under section 298A of the Penal Code was struck out by the Court of Appeal on April 21.
This was because the charge of stirring hostility between religions was not applicable to non-Muslims.
The pair still face two charges under the Film Censorship Act and Sedition Act over their controversial “Ramadan greeting” posting last year, which contained the words “Selamat Berbuka Puasa (dengan bak kut teh… wangi, enak, menyelerakan)”, as well as over their blog’s pornographic images.
The duo’s postings last July 11 caused an uproar among Malaysians of all races for their insensitivity.
Following condemnations, the posting was removed and replaced with a picture of them eating ketupat, rendang and curry puffs. – August 26, 2014.