‘Sex blogger’ couple to record statement for offending Muslims
By Digital News Asia July 15, 2013
- Posted picture of themselves eating non-halal food and relating it to Ramadan
- Another case of non-Malaysian posting picture of suckling pig with halal logo
THE Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has called the couple who allegedly mocked the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan by uploading a photo on their Facebook page that offended Malaysians, especially Muslims.
MCMC chairman Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi (pic) confirmed that the two individuals, Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee, have been called to record their statements and assist in investigations.
“We have called the couple. They are expected to be present at the MCMC enforcement office tomorrow (July 15),” he said in a statement issued by the industry regulator.
Tan and Lee had allegedly posted a Facebook photo purportedly of them enjoying non-halal (non-kosher) food with the caption "Happy Iftar with Bak Kut The ... Fragrant, tasty and sumptuous!"
Iftar is the communal breaking of fast during Ramadan. Bak kut teh is a traditional Chinese pork dish.
The couple had first got into the public eye last after they had posted nude pictures of themselves in Tan’s blog. Tan was then a law student in the National University of Singapore.
There was a separate case of another Facebook page which had allegedly mocked Ramadan by posting a photo advertisement of a suckling pig with a ‘Halal Logo’ stamp.
Sharil said that the account owner appeared to be non-Malaysian and not living in Malaysia.
“We have already reported this to Facebook and requested them to take down the offending page or delete the account,” he added.
The MCMC chairman also advised the public to immediately report to Facebook via their onboard tab if they find any posting which insulted the sanctity of Islam.
Facebook users are also advised not to share any offending post or photo to prevent it from becoming viral and causing hurt to other citizens.
"Let us as Malaysians respect the month of Ramadan and our fellow Muslims. We should always be responsible for all our actions online as well as the sensitivities of others, particularly on religious issues.
“Please take a step back and think before we share anything online,” Sharil said.
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