MCMC: COUPLE WHO MOCKED RAMADAN EXPECTED GIVE STATEMENT TOMORROW

16 Jul 2013 07:54

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has called the couple who mocked Ramadan by uploading a photograph on their Facebook page that touched the sensitivity of Malaysians, especially Muslims.

MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, in a statement today, confirmed that the two individuals, Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee, had been called to record their statements and assist investigations.

"We have called the couple. They are expected to be present at MCMC enforcement office tomorrow," he said.

The couple posted a Facebook photograph purportedly of them enjoying non-halal food with the caption "Happy Iftar with Bah Kut Teh...Fragrant, Tasty and Sumptious!"

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

In a separate case on another Facebook page which mocked Ramadan by posting a photo advertisement of a suckling pig with a Halal logo stamp, Mohamed Sharil said the account owner appeared to be non-Malaysian and not domiciled in Malaysia.

"We have already reported this to Facebook and requested them to take down the offending page or delete the account," he said.

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The MCMC chairman also advised the public to immediately report to Facebook via their onboard tab if they find any posting which insulted the sanctity of Islam.

Facebook users are also advised not to share any offending post or photographs to prevent them from becoming viral and causing hurt to other citizens.

"Let us as Malaysians respect the month of Ramadan and our fellow Muslims. We should always be responsible for all our actions online as well as the sensitivities of others particularly on religious issues. Please take a step back and think before we share anything online," he said.

Meanwhile, in a video recording on Youtube, which was in Malay with English subtitles, 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 beliefs and sensitivities in Malaysia's multi-racial society," he said.

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