COUPLE WHO HUMILIATE RAMADAN TO GIVE STATEMENT AT MACC TOMORROW

16 Jul 2013 07:54

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) -- Two individuals who humiliated the Islamic month of Ramadan are expected to be at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) office tomorrow to give their statements.

MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, in a statement today, confirmed that Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee had been called by the commission to have their statements recorded to facilitate investigation.

Tan and Lee had uploaded in their Facebook website photographs of dishes with caption that touched the sensitivity of Islam in the country.

In another case, also involving the uploading in Facebook, of a photograph of a roast piglet which carried the halal logo, Mohamed Sharil said the owner of the Facebook account was neither a Malaysian nor residing in the country.

"We have reported the matter to Facebook to request them to block or delete the account," he added.

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Mohamed Sharil advised the public to immediately report to the Facebook administrator if there were instances of people insulting the sanctity of Islam on the social website.

Meanwhile, following much protest from various quarters, Tan and Lee had apologised for their action through a video recording which was uploaded on YouTube this afternoon.

In the video recording, which was in Malay and with English subtitle, Tan said they had no intention of insulting, humiliating or making a mockery of Islam, as well as to create racial tension.

"We regret our action in not respecting the religious belief and sensitivity in Malaysia's multi-racial society," he said.

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