16 Februari, 2009
Wanita KeADILan mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya taktik keji, kotor dan mencemar nama baik mana-mana wakil rakyat wanita atau lelaki dari mana-mana kumpulan atau parti politik tanpa kewajaran yang munasabah. Gambar-gambar peribadi seorang wakil rakyat Pakatan Rakyat telah diedar dan disebarkan kepada orang ramai, khususnya wartawan, sejak semalam. Tindakan jahat oleh pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab ini melangggar hak asasi wanita dan merendahkan hak kemuliaaan insan. Tindakan ini merupakan satu gangguan seksual yang boleh didakwa di Mahkamah.
Wujud juga precedent Mahkamah untuk mensabitkan kesalahan merakam tanpa izin dalam kes yang melibatkan seorang artis Malaysia. Pesalah telah dihukum penjara.
Negara kita sedang menghadapi krisis ekonomi, sosial dan politik. Kemelut ekonomi menunjukkan kadar pengangguran yang meningkat, pemberhentian pekerja yang terus bertambah dan permintaan pasaran yang menjunam. Gejala-gejala sosial semakin ketara dan membimbangkan. Permainan kotor yang menimpa wakil rakyat wanita Pakatan Rakyat ini berniat jahat sekaligus menambahkan kekusutan suasana politik negara. Perbuatan dalang-dalang politik ini sengaja mencipta isu-isu remeh yang bertujuan melencongkan perhatian wakil rakyat dari menjaga kepentingan dan urusan rakyat.
Wakil-wakil rakyat seharusnya menitikberatkan isu-isu yang mencengkam rakyat seperti pemilikan tanah, perumahan yang mengecewakan, kos kehidupan yang tinggi, masalah kemiskinan rakyat yang telah meningkat dan seribu satu permasalahan rakyat.
Apakah motif tindakan yang menjatuhkan maruah ini? Adakah ia suatu tindakan
Adakah ini juga salah satu siri dalam gerakan mencemar maruah wakil-wakil rakyat negeri Selangor yang mempunyai tujuan tertentu?
Pembelaan dan siasatan rapi yang profesional adalah dituntut daripada pihak polis supaya pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab ini diheret ke muka pengadilan dengan kadar segera.
Pencabulan hak asasi dan peribadi ahli politik atau mana-mana rakyat bukanlah adat dan amalan bermasyarakat yang murni dan berakhlak mulia. Rakyat Malaysia yang beradab dan sedar perlu bangkit dan bersatu mengecam perbuatan durjana yang memalukan ini.
Hajah Zuraidah Kamaruddin
Ketua Wanita KeADILan
16 Februari, 2009
|Nude photos: Wong offers to quit|
|Feb 17, 09 8:32am|
|Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong today offered to quit her state cabinet post and state assembly seat following her nude photographs controversy.
Wong, who first appeared calm, could not hold back her tears when announcing her decision at a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Tropicana.
“I have received overwhelming support from my family, my constituents, colleagues in Pakatan Rakyat, friends and the public.
“However, in the interests of the party, I have decided to offer my resignation as exco and state rep,” she said.
“I will discuss with Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim to arrange for the proper hand over of my responsibilities. I will continue to serve the people and fight for justice.
“I have done no wrong and I am not ashamed of my sexuality as a woman and as a single person. I have broken no law and everyone has a right to privacy.”
Her announcement was met with cries of protest from some 30 supporters who had gathered with placards and flowers urging her to stay on.
It is now up to Khalid and the party leadership to decide whether or not to accept her resignation.
Also present at the press conference were Pakatan Rakyat leaders R Sivarasa, Teresa Kok and Xavier Jayakumar.
Both Kok and Jayakumar later urged Wong to reconsider her decision.
No internal pressure
Met later, Jayakumar, who is a PKR supreme council member and Selangor exco, denied that there was any ‘internal pressure’ for Wong to quit.
PKR media coordinator Ginie Lim said Wong’s resignation letter had been sent to the MB’s office in Shah Alam this morning.
Yesterday, it was reported that nude photographs of Wong, who is also PKR Wanita publicity chief, were being distributed in public. She has lodged a police report, seeking investigation.
It is believed that the photographs were taken – most likely by a former boyfriend – while she was sleeping and without her consent. Apart for the photos, it is learnt that a video clip is also in circulation.
Wong, 37, who is single, has been serving as state executive councillor in charge of tourism, consumer affairs and environment for the past 11 months.
According to sources, top PKR leaders met late last night to discuss the scandal and decided to end the controversy swiftly ahead of two key by-elections.
Wong has won support from both sides of the political divide, including from women in the Barisan Nasional coalition and the Pakatan Rakyat.
But there have also been calls for her to quit her seat in the Selangor state assembly, which the opposition won for the first time in general elections a year ago.
“She is a single person. How can she allow a man into her room when they are not married? What’s the status of the relationship,” said Mohamad Khir Toyo, the former Selangor MB.
PKR officials said that Anwar would make an announcement later tomorrow on whether Wong’s resignation would be accepted, triggering a by-election which would not affect the balance of power in Selangor.
The Pakatan government has 36 seats in the state assembly while BN has 20.
Party sources said on condition of anonymity that they feared other more compromising pictures may emerge unless Wong stood down.
By-election in Bukit Lanjan?
Wong was elected to the Bukit Lanjan seat – one of the three state constituencies in the Subang parliamentary seat. The constituency covers parts of Damansara, Bandar Sri Damansara and Bandar Utama.
Should her resignation be accepted, the Election Commission will have to call a by-election in the mostly middle-class constituency within 60 days.
In the general election last year, Wong was one of the many opposition candidates who was unexpectedly swept into power on the back of widespread dissatisfaction with the Barisan Nasional.
The PKR politician, in her maiden campaign, polled 12,125 votes against incumbent assemblyperson, Gerakan’s Yong Dai Ying, who bagged 6,970 votes. Wong won with a majority of 5,155.
If the seat is vacated, one likely PKR candidate is former Gerakan Federal Territory chief and ex-deputy minister Dr Tan Kee Kwong, said sources. The former MP for Segambut joined PKR last August.
Another possible contender is ex-MCA Klang Wanita chief and former Klang MP Dr Tan Yee Kew, who also defected to PKR last year.
However, PKR may opt to run a younger candidate.
Meanwhile, Kajang state assemblyperson Lee Kim Sin of PKR and PKR’s Rawang assemblyperson Gan Pei Nee are being considered to fill the exco post if Wong steps down.
The EC has called by-elections in two other seats on April 7 – in Bukit Selambau, a state seat in Kedah and Bukit Gantang, a parliamentary seat in Perak.