Nov 01, 2013

    Bak kut teh 'does not cause humiliation'


    THE words "bak kut teh" mean "meat-bone tea", and use of the term does not cause humiliation to Islam, counsel Chong Joo Tian submitted to the Malaysian High Court yesterday.

    Mr Chong, who is representing controversial sex bloggers Alvin Tan Jye Yee and Vivian Lee May Ling, said the feeling of humiliation was caused only by confusion and lack of knowledge.

    Meanwhile, Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin said that Lee and Tan's act of inviting Muslims to break fast with bak kut teh during the Ramadan month was clearly an insult to all Muslims.

    Mr Chong argued that the prosecution's claim that the words used by Tan and Lee were an insult to Islam was baseless and not logical.

    He said the allegation showed prejudicial thinking towards other ethnicities in Malaysia.

    Mr Chong was giving his submission before High Court judge Kamardin Hashim, in a hearing to strike out a charge - under Section 298A(1) of the Penal Code - faced by Tan and Lee.

    Mr Wan Shaharuddin said Lee and Tan's actions would surely stir hatred and anger, and cause disunity.

    "The application by Tan and Lee is an attempt to prevent legal action against their act, which threatens the harmony among the ethnicities in the country," he said.

    Justice Kamardin adjourned the matter till Nov 14 for a decision.