NUS Scholar Alvin Tan Jye Yee And Student (His Girlfriend) Vivian Lee May Charge for posting sexual material online: Scholar Alvin Tan Jye Yee had posted sexually explicit videos and pictures of him and his girlfriend Vivian Lee online.
However, the videos and images have been copied and circulated elsewhere.
Under Singapore legislation, it is an offense to make and distribute obscene films. It is also illegal to publish obscene images.
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The posting of the obscene videos and pictures has generated a lot of chatter online, with various forums and blogs carrying a myriad of opinions on the couple’s actions. Many have ridiculed the sharing of the videos and images.
When it comes to whether the obscene postings have indeed contravened Singapore’s laws, or whether there is a case for prosecution, lawyers Channel NewsAsia spoke to said the situation may be a little tricky, depending on where the visuals and postings were made.
Josephus Tan, senior associate at Patrick Tan LLC, said: “The material question is where the offences were being committed and in this case it seems to be Malaysia. I think Malaysia actually shares an almost identical Penal Code to ours, so the person can actually be charged for a Penal Code offence back in Malaysia, or even under their so-called Malaysian Films Censorship Act.” via News Asia
The controversy raised serious questions again about NUS’s selection process of its foreign scholars. However, NUS is adamant that Alvin Tan’s conduct is not a reflection of all their scholars:
“NUS adopts a rigorous process in the selection of scholarship recipients and scholars are selected based on their academic achievements and personal accomplishments.The university takes a serious view of the conduct of the student concerned, but this is not a reflection of all our scholars, most of whom are accomplished students making a meaningful contribution to the NUS community”.