Court Allows Sex Bloggers To Travel

Kuala Lumpur – The Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court has allowed for the passports of controversial sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee to be returned to them, allowing the duo to travel to Singapore until June 3 to film a biopic in the city state.

The Malaysian Insider reported that judge Abdul Rashid Daud allowed for the return of the passports based on an application by defence lawyer Chong Joo Tian.

The prosecution, led by deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, did not object the application. Hoever, it did ask that Tan and Lee not comment on the pending case while filming the programme in Singapore.

Chong was reported to have said that the judge had waived a pre-set condition for his clients to report to the police station on June 1 but would have to surrender their passports to the court upon their return on June 3.

They were also be required to continue reporting to the nearest police station at the beginning of each month.

Tan and Lee, often known collectively as “Alvivi”, are awaiting trial over a Facebook post made last year during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The post featured a picture of them eating a pork dish which was described in the post as being fragrant, delicious and appetising.

It also wished Muslims Selamat berbuka puasa (Happy fast-breaking) and included a halal logo.

Pork is considered unclean and forbidden in Islam. After the posting was harshly criticised by the public, it was removed and replaced with a picture of them eating food associated with the religious season.

The Court of Appeal last month struck out a charge under the Penal Code against the two on grounds that it was not applicable to non-Muslims.

However, Tan and Lee still face two other charges under the Film Censorship Act and Sedition Act for the post and for displaying pornographic pictures on their blog.

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