, SINGAPORE, Oct 19 – A young Malaysian couple have sparked a scandal in Singapore and Malaysia after posting a sexually explicit blog that challenges conservative values in both countries.
Alvin Tan, 24, a law student at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and his Malaysian girlfriend Vivian Lee, 23, have been denounced by critics over their X-rated blog called “Sumptuous Erotica”.
In it the couple posted erotic photographs and videos of their lovemaking as well as close-ups of their genitals – and despite an outcry remained unrepentant, claiming they had done no wrong.
Pornography is illegal in Singapore and Malaysia, with even men’s magazines like Playboy and Penthouse banned.
In the blog, which went offline Tuesday – but not before some images had been posted on other websites – the couple declared that sex is a natural reproductive process that does not deserve the stigma attached to it.
The NUS confirmed Friday that it will question Tan at a disciplinary board hearing, with Singaporean netizens demanding his expulsion from the university and the cancellation of his government-funded scholarship.
“The university does not condone posting of offensive content online by any member of the NUS community,” a spokesperson told AFP.
Singapore’s education ministry, which administers scholarships, said in a statement emailed to AFP that it “takes a serious view of the conduct of the student concerned”, and also branded the blog offensive.