BACK IN THE GROOVE: Elizabeth Wong will continue her work as Selangor Exco member and assemblywoman for Bukit Lanjan after the Selangor Government decided that her so-called nude pictures that surfaced two months ago was an invasion of her privacy and did not warrant her resignation. Wong has accepted the the State Government’s offer to resume her duties.
Accepting the Selangor Government’s offer to stay on as Exco for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment, Elizabeth Wong claimed today that she was still receiving “threats from unknown persons”, even up to this evening.
“I have been stripped bare publicly, both figuratively and literally, by force and against my will,” the assemblywoman for Bukit Lanjan stated in her statement. “My personal life has been violated and assaulted by none other than criminals.”
Referring to the pictures of her in the nude that triggered her two-month hiatus, Wong insisted that the spread of the pictures was “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 indirectly affect women, especially women politicians,” she said.
“Gutter politics is not and should not be part of our political culture, and for those who depend on exploiting and supporting such a crime, is an indication of the of politicians and persons they are.”
Expressing her appreciation to Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ahmad and her Exco colleagues for their support, Wong said her decision was the “hardest that I have to make in my life.”
“…it is with greatest humility that I accept the Selangor state’s offer to remain in office,” she said.