The last few days must have been trying and stressful for her and her family. We hope the mass media will give her the breathing space she deserves. I refer to the statement released by our Elizabeth Wong today wherein she has offered her resignation as State Executive Councillor and Bukit Lanjan Assemblywoman. I can only use the strongest possible terms to condemn the smear tactics used against her. One can only wonder to what depths the people behind this will stoop to achieve their aims. Elizabeth Wong has spoken at length to Azizah and me. We have discussed the issues and we understand her reasons and the decision she has taken.
KeADILan De Facto Leader
By Shannon Teoh, Malaysian Insider
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — Selangor state executive council member Elizabeth Wong has the support of MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek who himself knows what it is like to become embroiled in scandal.
The former health minister today expressed his sympathy to Wong after the circulation of her naked photographs led to her offer to quit as a state legislator and from the state government.
“I can understand what Wong has been going through in the last 48 hours,” he said in a statement.
Just over a year ago, Dr Chua was forced to resign from all political posts after he admitted to being the man in a sex DVD that was being circulated to his constituents in Johor.
But in October, he made a sensational comeback in the MCA party polls when he won the party’s No 2 post.
When contacted by The Malaysian Insider yesterday, Dr Chua said he would prefer to wait for the situation to be clearer before commenting due to the sensitivity of his own position.
Today, he applauded her move to offer her resignation from the executive council as well as state assembly, in a move that would mirror his own.
“I can only say that she has my sympathy and support. I feel that she has done the right thing by offering to resign and I fully agree that everyone has the right to privacy,” he said.
“Wong must stay strong and be brave to face the storm. This is not the end of the world,” he said.
He added that her determination, honesty and hard work was what would earn her support and recognition at the end of the day.
Meanwhile, maverick PKR Kulim MP Zulkifli Noordin condemned the violation of Elizabeth’s privacy but commended her for offering to resign as it proved she valued morality as a criteria for leadership.
Saying Islam abhorred such invasion of privacy, Zulkifli wrote in his blog, “I am worried that this has become a trend in politics that such exposures is a shortcut to topple someone.”
“Now, even our privacy cannot be assured. Even sleeping in our bedroom is not safe as Elizabeth, Datuk Chua Soi Lek and D.P. Vijandran and others have gone through,” he said, adding the people will have to reflect on the country’s direction with the current political culture.
According to a Bernama report, Pas too lauded Wong’s decision. Its Vice-president Datuk Husam Musa felt it was an act of a highly principled person.
“Pakatan Rakyat has its own moral standard which must be adhered to and I consider the move by the Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman as a principled and moral act,” he told reporters at his office, here today.
It was reported that Wong, 37, who is the chairman of the Selangor State Committee on Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment, would discuss her resignation with Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
Commenting on the issue, Husam said Pas sympathised with Wong and described the individual who had posted her photograph on the internet as someone who was immoral.
Asked whether the issue would affect Pas and the coalition between the party, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Husam said it would have no effect at all on the coalition as what transpired was something unexpected.
He said the efforts by certain elements to discredit the coalition was also something positive as it enabled the coalition to correct whatever weaknesses they had.
MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai however was puzzled by Wong’s offer to step down as she had said she was not guilty and maintained that she had been framed.
“If she is innocent and had been framed, why should she resign? Let the police investigate first,” Liow, who is also the Health Minister, told reporters after visiting the Pokok Sena Health Clinic, about 30 kilometres from Alor Setar.
He also called on the people not to speculate on the case, including linking it to a political agenda of certain parties as there were numerous possibilities on the matter.