I did not post anything on these two kids when they posted their "bak kut teh" Ramadan greetings on facebook two weeks ago that got so many people, - Muslims and non-Muslims - really upset.
I had wondered "why-lah?' What was their intention? For fun/ or For real?
Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee had posted a rather mischievous and provocative Ramadan
greeting. It would have been so sweet had they not shown
themselves enjoying bak kut teh -- a herbal pork dish -- with a halal
I really cannot fathom their action. Are they really all that ignorant, insensitive, stupid or just unthinking pranksters?
Some people, or rather, their defenders have come out to say that people had overreacted. It was harmless, so why the fuss. Some Muslim apologists even said that they were not insulted by Alvivi's (Alvin-Vivian) posting. Good for them. But not everyone nor every Muslim can see the joke.
(Alvin, when asked why he did it, said "No reason. Just a joke, I guess".
Well, not everybody has a sense of humour. You see, people are free to do whatever they like. And what people do or say may not please everyone so other people are also free to react to what you say or do.
So, Alvivi got a lot of backlash online. Police reports were made and they were arrested, detained and charged on three charges under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition
Act 1948 in connection with their posting and the uploading of an
obscene photograph online.
They are liable to a maximum fine of RM5,000 or up to three years' imprisonment or both.
They were denied bail which means that they were to be in remand until the disposal of their
case which has been set for mention on Aug 23. Tan is in Sungai Buloh
prison while Lee is in Kajang prison.
They claimed trial and later filed a revision application on the decision to deny them bail.
Today (July 25) the High Court today allowed for their release on RM30,000 bail each in two sureties.
Judge Datuk Mohd Azman Husin made the decision after revising the sessions court decision which had earlier denied them bail after they were charged last week.
Mohd Azman also ordered the two to surrender their passports to the court and report to the nearest police station once a month.
They are also not allowed to upload any provocative comments, articles or photos on the Internet and they are prohibited from using network communication devices to repeat similar offences.
Well...if you asked me....Alvivi asked for it.