PETALING JAYA: Sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee – better known by their nickname Alvivi – have had their Facebook page permanently shut down after posting a controversial Buka Puasa greeting.
The couple are to turn up at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today to have their statements recorded.
Writing on their joint Twitter account @AlviviSwingers Friday, they said that their Facebook page was now closed after the website received “strong negative feedback” from users.
They then used foul language in their following tweets, blaming the public, media and Facebook staff for their account’s closure.
“You may shut us down now, but we’ll be back. And we’ll be stronger & better than ever!” they wrote on Saturday.
The couple had drawn the wrath of many netizens — both Muslims and non-Muslims — as their greeting had featured a photograph of them eating bak kut teh.
In less than 24 hours after Thursday’s post, they received over 500 comments, all of which lambasted them over their lack of sensitivity towards Malaysian Muslims.
Tan had earlier told The Star that they had posted the greeting for “no reason. Just a joke, I guess”.
After overwhelming negative feedback, they posted an amended photo on Friday, which showed the pork dish covered with pictures of halal food, together with the message Ampunkanlah Kami (Forgive us)”.
Expressing his gladness that non-Muslims had expressed outrage over the pair’s antics, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said they were now waiting for the relevant authorities to take action against the duo.
“In this case, many Muslims feel relieved that there are non-Muslims among us who have risen up to defend Islam. This is the best example,” wrote the Youth and Sports Minister on his Facebook page. “It is not just the Muslims who are angry but non-Muslims as well who are sensitive towards our feelings.”
Muslims, said Khairy, should behave the same way if the sensitivities of the non-Muslims were challenged, stressing the need for respect and empathy in preserving national harmony.
In his post, he had referred to The Star’s report that Negri Sembilan MCA chief Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Tiam had lodged a police report against Tan and Lee.
MCA Public Complaints Bureau chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong had also said their act was “shameful” because “the couple uploaded the picture despite knowing the sensitives involved and gave the Chinese community a bad name”.
MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi confirmed that the couple had been called to give their statements at its enforcement office today.
In Kuala Lumpur, SHAUN HO reports that two Muslim non-governmental groups had also lodged reports against the couple at the Dang Wangi police station at 2pm yesterday.
The reports were lodged by Malaysian Muslim People’s Coalition (IRIMM) and the Malaysia Consumer Development (LPPM).