Vivian Lee, one half of the infamous “Alvivi” duo, has been sentenced to RM5,000 over her controversial “bak kut teh” post in 2013.
Lee was charged with 6-months jail time in May 2016, but appealed the sentence. Today (Tuesday, 11th April), High Court judge Justice Mohd Sofian Abd Razak dismissed her appeal but decided to reduce her sentence. Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin’s appeal to increase Lee’s sentence was also rejected.
Justice Mohd Sofian explained that he referred to previous sedition cases and is confident that justice would prevail if she was fined instead of being jailed. He also took in account that the incident happened back in 2013.
However, he warned Lee to not repeat her offence in the future, saying, “If you are found committing the offence again, the sentence will be very serious.”
Lee paid the fine, but Wan Shaharuddin insists that the prosecution will be filing an appeal against the decision.
On 11th July 2013, Alvin and Vivian, who have since broken up, 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 is believed to have fled to the US.