PETALING JAYA: Vivian Lee (pic), the ex-girlfriend of sex blogger Alvin Tan is ‘not surprised’ that her former boyfriend has jumped bail and is seeking asylum in the United States, as he had suggested it to her before.
“He suggested the idea of seeking political asylum briefly once, but he didn’t discuss it with me further.
“He can pursue his dreams and resume his conquests in the United States without any baggage,” said Lee in a Facebook message to The Star Online Monday.
“Now that he has made it safely to the United States, I’m relieved because I finally know he’s OK.
“I do not feel bitter nor I do not blame him for anything. I wish him well and all the best.
“It would be a while, perhaps never again, that the two of us will meet,” said Lee.
Lee also said she had been sending Tan text messages and emails ever since he went off the grid, but he did not respond and only heard he was safe and sound when friends who read about it in the news informed her.
She added that she was against the idea of absconding from their trial in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur.
“I don’t see the point of living a life on the run.
“We still have a full life ahead of us, and the life as a fugitive wouldn’t suit me.
“I was brought up by my parents to face and deal with any issue in front of us, and running away whenever there’s trouble isn’t a wise approach,” said the 25-year-old Lee.
She said that the possibility of an unfavourable outcome of their ongoing trial might have prompted Tan to abscond, adding that Tan seemed determined to fight the charges against them.
Both Tan and Lee claimed trial last year to three charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and the Penal Code.
Tan and Lee – known as the Alvivi pair after shooting to fame with their now-defunct Sumptuous Erotica sex blog – still face two charges under the Film Censorship Act and Sedition Act for an insensitive “Ramadan greeting” that was posted on their blog last year.
Lee, and the 26-year old Tan, regained temporary possession of their passports on May 18, but only Lee showed up on June 3 to return it.
The Sessions Court has issued a warrant of arrest for Tan and forfeited his RM20,000 bail after he failed to return his passport on Aug 22.
Tan had since resurfaced on Facebook on Sept 26 with posts of himself in Los Angeles, California.