PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Interpol is on the hunt for sex blogger Alvin Tan to get him to return to Malaysia and face trial over several charges against him.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said his officers were liaising with the international police to bring Tan back and surrender his passport to the court.
"Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Tan should come forward immediately," he said on Tuesday.
Tan, 26, and his co-blogger Vivian Lee, 25, claimed trial last year to three charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and the Penal Code.
The two - famously known as the Alivivi pair - still face two charges under the Film Censorship Act and Sedition Act for a "Ramadan greeting" that was posted on their blog last year.
The posting contained the words Selamat Berbuka Puasa (dengan bak kut teh... wangi, enak, menyelerakan) and was placed over their pornographic images.
That posting caused a stir among Malaysians for their insensitivity.
Following the uproar, they removed the posting and replaced it with a picture of them eating ketupat, rendang and curry puffs.
Sessions Court judge Abdul Rashid Daud granted an application on May 12 this year by the pair to have their passports released so that they could shoot a documentary in Singapore.
The judge granted them the period between May 18 and June 3. But only Lee turned up on June 3 to return her passport.
Tan's lawyer Chong Joo Tian said he has no idea where his client is and has been unable to reach him.
"There is nothing we can do, except call his hand phone. His family members have tried to contact him and sent him SMSes, but there has been no response.
"I am not sure when his mother last tried to contact Alvin, but it must have been some time in June as he was supposed to return his passport on June 3," said Chong.
The court has since issued a warrant of arrest for Tan and, last Friday, forfeited the RM20,000 bail that was imposed on him after he failed to return his passport.
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