From a sex blogger to a most wanted man, that is the life of Alvin Tan.
The escapee is now sought after by the Interpol. When that happens, you know it’s never for a good reason. For Tan, the reason is, however, as simple as not returning his passport.
The Star reported that Malaysian police is now liaising with Interpol to bring the wanted man back into the country and to surrender his passport to the court. Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar also urges the public to report Tan’s whereabouts should the man be spotted.
Tan’s order to surrender his passport was made following his impending trials. He and co-blogger Vivian Lee face several charges, and were only allowed to be out of the country from 18 May 2014 to 3 June 2014. Tan’s failure to comply has prompted the police to go after him.
Tan and Lee hosted an erotic blog, which erupted into bemusing fame a couple of years back, and had been posting controversial entries prior to their lawsuits. One such entry was their Ramadan post, where they greeted readers with the words “Selamat Berbuka Puasa (dengan bak kut teh… wangi, enak, menyelerakan)”.
|The Ramadan greeting that caused an uproar in the Malaysian society.|
Their rudeness and insensitivity – bak kut teh is a pork dish, which Muslims are definitely not allowed to eat for the breaking of their fast – greatly angered the multiracial society of Malaysia. The pair was later slapped with charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and the Penal Code.
Though the Penal Code has since been dropped as it cannot be applied to non-Muslims, they are still facing two charges under the Film Censorship Act and Sedition Act for the controversial Ramadan post.