Sex blogger Alvin Tan says he's seeking political asylum in the US
Notorious sex blogger Alvin Tan, who jumped bail in Malaysia, is applying for asylum status in the US, reported Channel NewsAsia.
The 26-year-old, who claims to be in California, recently resurfaced on Facebook.
His profile picture? A nude photo with his privates blocked by a heart-shaped cartoon. (Oh, how very like him.)
The fugitive told Channel NewsAsia in an interview on Facebook: "I'm busy starting a new life here (in the US), apart from awaiting my final asylum hearing. I'm here to seek political refuge from the tyranny of UMNO - simple as that."
Tan and his ex-girlfriend Vivian Lee May Ling, 25, shot to fame over their now-defunct Sumptuous Erotica sex blog.
Confident of getting asylum status
The pair claimed trial last year to three charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and Penal Code.
Tan failed to return his passport to Malaysia authorities on June 3 after having successfully applied to visit Singapore for a few weeks to shoot a documentary. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
He told Channel NewsAsia he is confident of getting asylum status.
"The Department of State produced a Human Rights Report on Malaysia in 2013 which explicitly cites my case as a repression of Internet speech rights."
"If all else fails, I can easily publish more 'seditious' materials on my Facebook to taunt the authorities and get them to be hot on the pursuit of me again, therefore creating an even more well-founded fear of political persecution to bolster my asylum claim," he added.
Tan has not responded to The Star Online's attempts to contact him.
Source: The Star