Sex blogger Alvin Tan apologises for offensive Facebook posting
SINGAPORE : The infamous sex blogger couple who caused a stir here and across the Causeway in October last year have issued an apology over their offensive Selamat Berbuka Puasa ‘greeting’, calling it their “stupidest stunt”.
Alvin Tan, 25, and his girlfriend, Vivian Lee, 24, sparked outrage last Thursday when they posted a picture of themselves eating “bak kut teh” (herbal pork soup) with the words “Selamat Berbuka Puasa” - a Malay greeting for breaking fast - and the “halal” logo, prompting attacks by netizens for its insensitivity toward religious matters.
The Islamic religion, which has just begun a month-long fast to mark Ramadan, forbids the consumption of pork.
In a 1:22 minute video uploaded on their youtube channel SexcussionsAlvivi, the couple apologised for the insensitive Facebook posting, saying it was done in humour.
“We are recording this video to ask for forgiveness for offending Muslims in this holy month of Ramadan,” said Tan in the video.
“We sincerely regret offending religious beliefs and sensitivites in multi-cultural Malaysia,” he added, speaking in Malay.
The pair have been summoned to appear before the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on Monday to give their statement and assist in investigations.
Its chairman Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi also urged Facebook users to lodge reports on any posting that is insensitive or may cause trouble, and not to share posts that may disrupt multiracial harmony.
The couple’s page was closed down subsequently. According to their twitter, Facebook administrators had done so due to “strong negative feedback”. But in an act of defiance, they tweeted on Saturday night, “You may shut us down now but we will be back and be stronger and better than ever. Enjoy your Ramadan for now.”
Tan and Lee, both Malaysians, hit the headlines last year after posting sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves on their blog. Tan, a former National University of Singapore law student was suspended for one semester and stripped of his Asean scholarship subsequently.
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