Published: Thursday October 18, 2012 MYT 4:50:00 PM
Updated: Thursday October 18, 2012 MYT 4:56:42 PM
Rais: Govt monitoring Singapore's handling of 'porn blog' scandal
By ISABELLE LAI
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will leave it to Singapore to handle the "erotic porn blog" situation for now, said Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
The Information, Communications and Culture Minister said, however, that the ministry was actively monitoring the situation.
He was referring to Malaysian couple Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee who had set up a blog called Sumptuous Erotica that featured their sex lives.
The blog, which had postings of raunchy and graphic images, quickly became a media sensation in Singapore and Malaysia.
Tan, an Asean scholar and law student at the National University of Singapore, is expected to face a disciplinary hearing later this month.
"We have legal redress under Section 233 and 263 of the Communications and Multimedia Act. But we would rather not use that first until and unless we get the results of what the Singaporean authorities are pursuing first,” Dr Rais told reporters after lauching the promotional campaign for U-Pustaka here Thursday.
Stressing that "we are not going to be quiet about it" when it came to taking action on the matter, he said this was the time for Malaysians to come forth and show that they did not condone such behaviour.
However, he acknowledged that Tan and Lee's quick action in blocking further access to their blog by making it private was a good move.
"They were rather fast in acting and have blocked the access to the original display. Perhaps in this respect, they thought there was no more abuse under the law," he said, adding that if they had also blocked secondary channels of access, this was also in line with their freedom of choice.