Tuesday, February 17, 2009

BBC : Ashamed of BN Malaysiakini

(BBC)- A prominent Malaysian opposition politician has offered her resignation after naked photos of her sleeping were circulated by mobile phone.

Elizabeth Wong, one of Malaysia's top human rights activists, blamed government "gutter politics" for the release of the images.

Newspapers have speculated that the images were taken by an ex-boyfriend.

As a single woman in a conservative society, she has been criticised by male politicians for her independence.

"I wish to state that I am not ashamed of my sexuality as a woman and a single person," Ms Wong, 37, said in an emotional news conference.

"I have broken no laws. I stand by the fundamental principle in a democracy that everyone has a right to privacy," she said.

Gutter politics

Ms Wong is a respected member of the opposition People's Justice Party, led by Anwar Ibrahim, winning her seat in the state assembly of Selangor a year ago.

She has won support from both sides of the political divide, but some political opponents have jumped on the incident.

"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 National Front ex-chief minister of Selangor.

Opposition officials said a decision would be made later on whether to accept the resignation, which would trigger a by-election in Selangor.

Ms Wong said she believed that the governing National Front coalition would "continue to manipulate the situation".

"Accordingly I have decided to make a stand in the interests of the party and its struggle for the people," she said, as a group of supporters holding flowers and banners yelled support.

She said it was "an insidious and under-handed attempt" to smear her reputation, adding that "the real objective is to discredit the party".

This is the latest incident in Malaysian politics to intrude into the private lives of politicians - most of whom have been opposition figures.

The government has denied a role in the scandals.


anak said...

mmgla bongok si khir. bior le die nk bwk masuk boyfriend die ke. die tu bukan islam. yg ko tu islam tapi botox tu pehal?rasuah tu pehal?

Anonymous said...

Such hypocrisy from that twisted mind Khir Toyo? Elizabeth Wong is not a Muslim for goodness sake! And besides, even Muslims can do whatever they want in the privacy of their home; this Khir Toyo thinks he's God? By the way, I lived BLISSFULLY outside marriage with my American ex-husband when still a Muslim, what do you say to that Khir Toyo? Call the religious police after me now and packed me off to the Ulu Yam Concentration Camp for "immoral" Muslims? Pathetic! That's why, I got out fast from this religion! I bet this man as many UMNO politicians are **** GRO in lounges! By the way, the unfortunate Altantuya was forced to go naked before murdered so brutally by the Special Branch Malay gangsters! The chances are she was probably brutally raped by these monsters! No one is bringing this up during the trials or investigation! And yet, Elizabeth Wong private picture is being used to criminalize her! Such hypocrisy and sadism of the these Umno politicians is unbelievable, and yet they keep claiming how pious they are to the kampung pakciks and makciks!!

Katharina Sri (former: Noor Aza Othman)