Court postpones appeal by blogger’s ex-girlfriend

Vivian-LeeKUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today postponed to July 4 to hear an appeal by blogger Alvin Tan’s ex-girlfriend, Vivian Lee, against her jail sentence imposed by a Sessions Court for insulting Muslims by making offensive postings on their Facebook page.

Judge Nordin Hassan fixed the date in chambers in the presence of DPP Nabilah Ahmad Poad and Lee’s lawyer, Chong Joo Tian.

Chong told reporters the appeal was set for hearing today but it had to be postponed to await the decision on a similar case at the Federal Court.

Lee, whose full name is Lee May Ling, 27, was also in court today.

The Sessions Court here on May 27 last year sentenced her to five months and 22 days jail after convicting her of the offence, but Judge Abdul Rashid Daud allowed a stay pending her appeal.

Lee and Tan were jointly charged with committing the offence by posting a picture of them with a caption “Selamat Berbuka Puasa (with Bak Kut Teh…fragrant, delicious and appetising)” and the ‘halal’ logo on their Facebook page at 9am on July 13, 2013.

The offence, under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948, provides a fine of RM5,000, or three months imprisonment, or both, if found guilty.