Malaysian News Review: SCANDALOUS! Who’s in the wrong?

Yet ANOTHER Malaysian sex scandal! Control your hormones, readers, we’re not having a public viewing anytime soon (bad, and possibly illegal political pun intended).

So for those of you who are clueless (or pretend to be) about this new episode of carnal drama in our country, Malaysian university graduate Vivian Lee, 23, rose abruptly to fame when her blog “Sumptuous Erotica”, in which she posted pictures and videos of her sexual experiences with her boyfriend, started circulating the web in Singapore and eventually made its way into Malaysian headlines. The blog has since been removed, so don’t bother googling it. I know, right?

As always, news like this leads to an onslaught of emotional outpouring by various layers of genuinely concerned members of society who wish only to sanctify the minds of the future generation and to put an end to the sacrilegious and immoral scourge which is gripping the youth of this country at its mercy. THAT, of course, is sugar-coating it. Soon after the news went viral on Facebook, many Malaysian users turned into PhD scholars in the field of morality and started to chip in with their little bit of “expert advice”, most of them demeaning, and even vulgar, to the couple in question.

So why all this rage? The usual arguments always spring up. “This is poisoning the minds of our children!” or “These people have brought shame to their family” are definitely on that list. And the ever holistic and comprehensive conclusion that many Malaysians use to summarise their philosophical view of the world? “I’m ashamed to be a Malaysian.” Obviously, the victims soon issued a single, powerful response. “You’re the ones who made it viral.” #BURN

Which REALLY brings to mind, who’s at fault in this? Funny how a mere couple of months ago, Malaysians were up in arms over a new strict and downright ridiculous internet censorship law to “control” political posts that was passed in parliament by our beloved and all-knowing government. To apply pressure and to force someone to shut down their blog simply because the content was inappropriate for certain members of society, in the midst of constant calls for freedom of the press and internet, just seems shallow to me. All that campaigning to abolish censorship of the internet suddenly seems, for lack of a better word, hypocritical. Maybe religiously, she’s in the wrong, but that still doesn’t take away the fact that the blog was part of her private life and we, who through our constant sharing of the news (like this article, oh the irony!), made it viral, have been the ones shouting for her execution. If you ask me though, the only “wrong” Vivian did was forgetting to make her blog password-protected and private.

To end, I’d like to quote what Vivian said in one of her responses, “Cameras were made to record memorable moments in our life. The fact that I was nude doesn’t make them any less memorable.” End of quote. Ps, stop googling, I told you, the blog’s already been taken down!

Darren Yeoh

"Zeal without knowledge is fire without light." - Thomas Fuller, 17th century historian

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