Offensive bak kut teh pic came from sex bloggers' computer, testifies ex-digital forensics analyst

Controversial Malaysian sex bloggers Alvin Tan (left) and Vivian Lee leaving the Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Controversial Malaysian sex bloggers Alvin Tan (left) and Vivian Lee leaving the Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PHOTO: THE STAR

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The third day of the trial of sex bloggers Alvin Tan Jye Yee and Vivian Lee May Ling saw a former Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) analyst giving testimony that he had found the infamous bak kut teh picture in their notebook computer, and that it was the same picture that was uploaded on their Facebook page.

On Wednesday, Mr Hafizullah Fikris Rahman, a former digital forensics analyst with the MCMC, had analysed a number of digital products related to the duo during an investigation conducted in June 2013 and told the Sessions Court that during his analysis, he had found both the unedited and captioned bak kut teh pictures in a Samsung notebook computer seized from them.

He then gave testimony that the same computer was used to log into the bloggers' Facebook page and post the photo.

Mr Hafizullah added that during his analysis of the digital items, including the notebook computer, cameras and USB flash drives, he had also found 84 obscene images and videos.

On July 18, 2013, Tan, 27, and Lee, 26, were jointly charged under Subsection 5(1) of the Film Censorship Act, Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act and Section 298A(1) of the Penal Code.

They were charged with displaying pornographic images on their blog between July 6 and July 7 that year.

For the second charge, they were accused of uploading content that could possibly stir hostility among those with different beliefs between July 11 and July 12.

They also face a charge of publishing a seditious photograph and inviting Muslims to break fast with bak kut teh together with a halal logo.

Tan and Lee later apologised for the video posting on YouTube, saying it was done in jest.

Their charge under Section 298A(1) was later dropped by the Court of Appeal on grounds that it did not apply to non-Muslims.

Tan has jumped bail and is currently in the United States.