Bkt Lanjan assemblymember and
Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong
reported to work at the State Secretariat on
Thursday. The Star Online
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
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
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
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.
ADUN BUKIT LANJAN
EXCO for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and the
Published: Thursday April 16, 2009
Eli Wong back at work
By CHRISTINA TAN
SHAH ALAM: Bukit Lanjan
assemblyman and Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth
Wong reported to work at the State Secretariat at 9.30am
Thursday after two months on leave triggered when
revealing pictures of her emerged.
Wong, who arrived at the state secretariat building at
about 9.30am in her official Toyota Camry, was greeted
by reporters as well as fellow exco member Ronnie Liu
who had been awaiting her arrival since 8.00am.
Liu had also made arrangements for 12 stalks of yellow
roses to be presented to Wong, who is in charge of the
state governments tourism, consumer affairs and
environment portfolio, upon her arrival at the state
Wong thanked members of the media profusely and
requested to be allowed to go to her office as she had a
10.00am meeting with Tourism Selangor.
?I have a lot of catching-up to do in my office and have
to prepare for the meeting,? she added.
Sporting a new hairstyle and a new pair of glasses, Wong
said she had met Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim Wed
night and had been briefed on what she had to do and the
tasks awaiting her.
About her immediate plans, Wong said: ?I just want to go
back to my office and concentrate on my work as advised
by the mentri besar and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
?I want to thank the media, my family, party members and
friends. Please allow me to go back to my office to do
my work and to serve the people,? said Wong before
walking to the lift to go to her second floor office.
When asked about former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd
Khir Toyo?s threat that the Barisan Nasional would
exploit her situation to the fullest, Wong said that she
was only interested in her job.
Meanwhile, when contacted this morning Dr Mohd Khir
reiterated that the Barisan would exploit the situation
to the fullest.
?We will use the matter against Pakatan Rakyat like how
they use the Altantuya murder issue against Najib (Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak),? he said.
He added he was not surprised with the outcome of Wong?s
case as he had anticipated that this would happen.
He alleged that the Pakatan had also orchestrated the
gatherings where Bukit Lanjan constituents had asked for
Wong to continue serving them.
?They just showed a wayang show for everyone?s benefit,?
In a statement on Wednesday, Wong said she had accepted
the state government?s offer to her to remain in office.
?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, make this state, this
country, a better place for all,? said Wong.
?This is the hardest decision I have to make in my life
and it is with the greatest humility that I accept the
Selangor state?s offer.?
Wong had tendered her resignation as exco member and
assemblyman in February, following the release of
revealing pictures of her to the media by unknown
Earlier Wednesday, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid
Ibrahim told a press conference that the state did not
accept Wong?s resignation and wanted her to remain in
both her positions.
Khalid was accompanied by almost all his exco members,
including senior exco member Teresa Kok and state PAS
commissioner Datuk Dr Hassan Ali, when he made the
He added that Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had
been briefed about the decision to retain Wong.
Khalid thanked the Sultan for his stand in not
interfering in political decisions and entrusting the
state government to make a fair and just decision.
?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, adding that Wong had to return to
work today as her leave had ended yesterday.
Wong was granted long leave while the police conducted
investigations and the exco debated on her status as
exco member and assemblyman.
Khalid stressed that morality was of utmost importance
to the state?s Pakatan Rakyat government.
?This principle is strictly adhered to. Should there be
any conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the state
government will not hesitate to initiate the necessary
action,? he added.
However, said Khalid, the state government was also
equally concerned about protecting the right to privacy
and would do its utmost to protect that right.
He reiterated that Wong was a victim and that even
though it was an issue of morality, everyone was
innocent until proven guilty.
In her statement, Wong said the past two months had been
traumatic for her.
?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
continued to receive threats from unknown persons.?
Wong said what had transpired was not a scandal but a
criminal act which also translated into criminal
intimidation and a form of political violence.
?If I chose to retreat into silence, it would in turn
indirectly affect women, especially women politicians,?
She said she was humbled by the encouragement and
support shown by the media, her family and friends,
non-governmental organisations, those who signed
petitions asking her to remain in office and her
constituents who had stood firmly behind her.
Wong to stay on as assemblyman and exco member