The verdict is in.
One-half of the “Alvivi” aka “Sumptuous Erotica” duo, Vivian Lee May Ling, has been sentenced to 6 months in jail was after she was convicted of sedition over a mock greeting featuring “bak kut teh” during the Muslim fasting month.
Sessions Court Judge Abdul Rashid Daud delivered the sentence as the matter involved the sensitivities of the Muslim community. “You know that pork is haram (forbidden) for Muslims. Like what the prosecutor said, ‘nasi sudah jadi bubur’, even if there was apology, but your actions have injured the feelings of Malaysians,” he said, adding that he was imposing the prison term to deter others from doing the same.
The judge said the 6-month jail term, minus the 8 days Lee spent in lock-up from 18th July to 25th July 25 2013, was meted out as this was her first offence. Thus, the sentence for the 27-year-old ex-companion of controversial sex blogger Alvin Tan Jye Yee will be reduced to 5 months and 22 days.
The sentence is to run from today (Friday, 27th May). He also granted a stay but increased bail from RM10,000 to RM20,000 pending an appeal. First-time convictions for sedition are punishable with a maximum RM5,000 fine or a maximum 3-year jail term or both.
On 11th July 2013, Alvin and Vivian uploaded a controversial “Ramadhan greeting” posting, which contained the words “Selamat Berbuka Puasa (dengan bak kut teh… wangi, enak, menyelerakan)” together with a halal logo. Both Alvin and Vivian were charged on 18th July 2013 under the Sedition Act but Alvin absconded and is now in the US.