Welcome back Eli?(updated)

KENYATAAN MEDIA
APRIL 15, 2009

KEPUTUSAN STATUS YB ELIZABETH WONG

SHAH ALAM: Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor (MMKN) hari ini telah membuat keputusan untuk menawarkan YB Elizabeth Wong agar kembali meneruskan tugas beliau sebagai Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (EXCO) dan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Bukit Lanjan.

Justeru itu, jika YB Elizabeth menerima keputusan ini, beliau akan diminta kembali dari cuti untuk meneruskan perkhidmatan beliau kepada Kerajaan Negeri dan rakyat Negeri Selangor mulai esok.

Kerajaan Negeri juga berpendapat keputusan ini adalah wajar dan adil setelah mengambil kira pandangan semua pihak, kepentingan rakyat serta perkembangan mutakhir siasatan polis yang sehingga kini gagal membuat sebarang keputusan muktamad.

DYMM Tuanku Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah juga telah diberi taklimat tentang keputusan ini. Bagi pihak Kerajaan Negeri dan seluruh rakyat Negeri Selangor, saya menjujung kasih ke atas pendirian Tuanku untuk tidak mencampuri urusan politik serta memberi kepercayaan penuh kepada Kerajaan Negeri bagi membuat keputusan yang adil dan terbaik.

Perlu ditekankan disini Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Negeri Selangor memandang serius isu moral dan akan senantiasa memastikan pimpinan Negeri menjunjung prinsip ini. Oleh itu, jika ada sebarang bukti yang kukuh, Kerajaan Negeri tidak akan teragak-agak mengambil tindakan yang sewajarnya. Namun demikian, pendirian ini juga harus di imbangi dengan prinsip menghormati hak peribadi seseorang dan Kerajaan Negeri amat serius mempertahankan hak ini.(tamat)

TAN SRI ABDUL KHALID IBRAHIM
DATO’ MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR
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Wong asked to remain as exco, state rep
Apr 15, 09 2:03pm malaysiakini.com
Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim today announced that embattled politician Elizabeth Wong will be asked to remain as both executive councillor as well as Bukit Lanjan assemblyperson.

MCPX

“The Selangor government today decided that Elizabeth Wong should resume her duties … with immediate effect,” Khalid told a press conference today.

According to Khalid, Wong’s resignation for the two posts has been rejected by the state government.

“The state government believes this is an appropriate and fair decision after taking into consideration views from all quarters, public interest and the fact that police investigations have to date failed to reach a conclusion,” he said.

“She is a victim of the (nude photo) incident,” stressed Khalid.

The menteri besar also added that the Selangor sultan has been briefed of the exco’s decision.

“On behalf of the state government and the people of Selangor, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to his majesty for his stand not to interfere in political decisions, thus entrusting the state government to make a fair and just decision.

“It has to be stressed that morality is of utmost importance to this Pakatan Rakyat government and we will ensure that this principle is strictly adhered to,” he added.

Wong to respond by 5pm

Khalid was also quick to point out that should there be any conclusive evidence of any wrongdoing, the state government will not hesitate to the necessary action.

“However, it must be added that the state government is equally concerned in protecting the rights to privacy and will do its utmost to protect that right,” he said.

It is learnt that Wong, whose leave is due to end tomorrow, will issue a statement by 5pm today on whether she would want to keep her posts.

According to Khalid, the nine members of the executive council which met this morning unanimously agreed that she should continue as a cabinet member.

Wong, 37, was thrust into the spotlight following the circulation of her semi-nude photographs, which is now being investigated by the police.

The PKR politician, who was an aide to party president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, had offered to quit her exco post and as Bukit Lanjan state representative.

She was however asked to go on the leave by the menteri besar.

The police has obtained a warrant of arrest for Wong’s former boyfriend Hilmi Malek, who is wanted for questioning relating to the leaked photos. Hilmi is believed to be in a neighbouring country.

[More to follow]

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Press Statement
15 April 2009

Accept Selangor state’s offer to remain in office

These past two months have been more than an traumatic ordeal, one which I would never wish for any citizen to have to suffer through.

I have been stripped bare publicly – both figuratively and literally – by force and against my will. My personal life has been violated and assaulted by none other than criminals. Even up to this evening, I continue to receive threats from unknown persons.

This is not a scandal, as some have suggested, but a clear criminal act. This is no less a form of criminal intimidation, a form of political violence, and one which, if I chose to retreat into silence, would in turn affect women, especially women politicians.

Gutter politics is not and should not be part of our political culture. For those who depend on exploiting and supporting such criminal acts, is an indication of the kind of politicians and persons they are.

I stand for a person’s right to privacy. I stand for ‘New Politics’ – a politics that encourages intellectual discourses, reasoned polemics and ideological debates, not one which resorts to gutter-level politicking to smear, to slander and to violate one’s privacy in order to score political points.

This is the hardest decision that I have to make in my life and it is with the greatest humility that I accept the Selangor state’s offer to remain in office.

I wish to thank Menteri Besar and the Selangor Exco, my staff, my fellow ADUNs, fellow politicians from Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional, PKR leaders, the Women’s wing of PKR and the grassroots for their support and guidance. I wish to thank my lawyer Derek Fernandez for his legal counsel and unwavering belief in me.

Respectfully, I wish to thank HRH the Sultan of Selangor for his guidance.

I am humbled by the encouragement and support from the media, my family and friends, the NGOs, the tens of thousands of people who signed petitions on my behalf and who wrote to me, and especially my constituents who stood by me in these trying times.

I also wish to thank the Police for their professionalism in addressing the issue at hand and I look forward to them apprehending and charging the criminals soonest.

My only wish is to serve my constituents and the state to the best of my abilities and with the help and cooperation of the people, to make this state and this country a better place for all. The struggle continues, and our work has only just begun.

Elizabeth Wong
ADUN BUKIT LANJAN
EXCO for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and the Environment, Selangor

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