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Vivian Lee gets six months' jail for 'bak kut teh' Ramadan greeting

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Blogger Vivian Lee has been jailed for six months by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court after being convicted under the Sedition Act 1948.

Lee was convicted for a Ramadan greeting where she and her then-boyfriend Alvin Tan told Muslims to break fast with pork (bak kut teh), according to Bernama.

The sentence was passed down by Sessions Court judge Abdul Rashid Daud, who said it is to serve as a deterrent.

However, Lee will only need to serve five months and 22 days in prison as she had spent eight days in a lock-up, from July 18 to July 25, when she was first arrested in 2013.

The prosecution had pressed for up to two years' jail for Lee but her lawyer cited good behaviour and clean prior record in asking for a lower sentence.

Lee could have faced a maximum fine of up to RM5,000 or three years in prison or both.

The sentence was stayed pending Lee's appeal to the High Court.

On July 11, a photograph of Lee and Tan was uploaded on Facebook with the words "Happy breaking fast", followed by "with Bak Kut Teh", together with a halal logo.

They were charged on July 18 under the Sedition Act but Tan absconded and is now in the United States.

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