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After an enforced leave of two months, Selangor exco member Elizabeth Wong this morning punched in for work at 9.30am at the state secretariat in Shah Alam.
Wong, sporting a bob-cut hairstyle and a new pair of glasses, arrived to work in her official Toyota Camry and was received with a bouquet of flowers from exco colleague Ronnie Liu.
The Bukit Lanjan state assemblyperson appeared cheery and smiling and was wearing a black blazer on a white shirt.
“I just want to go back to the office, concentrate on my work. Please allow me to go back to the office and to serve the people,” she told the waiting reporters.
Her day at work kicked off with a series of meetings with state tourism officials. Wong is in charge of the tourism, consumer affairs and environment portfolio.
She also said that she had met with Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim last night and “he briefed me on the tasks that I need to carry out”.
When asked by journalists that opposition leader Dr Mohd Khir Toyo will be exploiting the issue of her semi-nude photographs, she said: “I’m only interested in doing my work. I have a meeting with Tourism Selangor and that will be the top of my priority”
Police searching for ex-boyfriend
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 Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, had offered to quit her exco post and as Bukit Lanjan state representative.
She was however asked to go on two-month 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.
Yesterday the state government, after an exco meeting, decided to reject Wong’s resignation and asked her to return to work today.
Hours later, Wong accepted the exco’s decision after what she said was the hardest decision of her life.
By 11.00am, a group of journalists had gathered outside the Tourism Selangor office, hoping to interview Wong, but only her personal assistant Chong Pai Chee came out to greet the reporters.
“She will not be calling for any press conferences today. She has a series of meetings to attend today, and she would like to concentrate on her work”, said Chong.
Kok: Eli an asset to state gov’t
Fellow state executive councillor Teresa Kok, who had come to pay Wong a visit at the office, was immediately mobbed by reporters.
Pressed for her comments on Khir Toyo’s remarks, she replied,
“The issue has already been exploited by BN to the maximum. And still, they lost in the by-elections. So let Khir say whatever he wants.
“All that has happened is now over. The people want Elizabeth Wong to continue, so let her focus on resuming her job as a state executive councillor.”
Kok also noted that Wong seemed to be in good spirits, adding that “she has proven to be an asset to the Selangor government, especially in championing human rights and environmental conservation.
“I believe that the people are insightful.”
A few minutes later, another bouquet of flowers was delivered to Wong’s office, prompting a remark by Kok, who herself had given Wong a box of chocolates,
“See? She will be welcomed with many flowers today.”