PETALING JAYA, 23 Feb 2009: Bukit Lanjan voters want their assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong to stay on and are asking Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to turn down her offer to resign.
The Bukit Lanjan Coalition of Residents’ Associations launched a signature campaign to show their support for the embattled Wong, who has grabbed the nation’s attention after her nude photographs were circulated.
In a statement released by the coalition, the associations condemned the invasion of Wong’s private life through unauthorised photographing of her and stealing and disseminating her personal data.
“We state here categorically that we are not disturbed by still and moving images of YB Wong’s private life that we have been and may be exposed to,” said the statement.
The coalition launched its signature campaign in Bandar Utama yesterday, where signature forms were distributed to various individuals and residents’ associations. To date, its online campaign has collected 4,600 signatures. The campaign will end on 24 Feb at 11am, after which the signatures will be sent to Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim for presentation to the Sultan of Selangor on Wednesday.
Joint Action Group(JAG)’s Ivy Josiah, who was also present at the launch of the signature campaign, questioned the timing of the photographs’ release. “JAG is very concerned with Eli’s issue when there is a great tussle between the Pakatan Rakyat and the Barisan Nasional,” she said.
This news report first appeared on 23 Feb 2009 in The Edge Financial Daily under the title Signature campaign for Eli Wong. Used with permission.
KW Mak says
Please sign the petition online at http://www.petitiononline.com/reject/petition.html
Read here for more info on the campaign: http://savebukitgasing.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/your-response-in-the-next-24-hours-may-save-lives-keep-our-rain-forest-and-keep-the-services-of-elizabeth-wong/
I too sympathise with her. But let’s take a minute and ponder over the whole episode. The pictures are not obscene. Where is her ex? Ans: (reportedly) in Indonesia. Where is she now? Taken leave and where? Ans: (reportedly) in Indonesia. Any coincidence? A person of her stature will definitely fight back to the last. But she threw in the towel even before the bell rang. Why must all the YBs who resign/deflect go overseas for peace of mind? Hee Yit Foong just returned from China! See the similarity? I know a lot of you will throw insults at me but just think for one minute and answer yourself why? To me there is a lot more than just resigning. Let’s sit back and see.
Signatures won’t turn back time.
A private life exposed in graphic detail is beyond redemption.
Leave Eli be. Let her be. This incident will leave a mark on her life.
KW Mak says
When I asked a friend to go show his support for Eli, he said the same thing. “Will my signature make any difference?”
I replied, “It’s not about making a difference. She’s a friend and a good person YB. What happens, happens. Doesn’t change the fact that we are going to support her because she needs the support.”
I support Eli, not so that I want to change her mind to come back to office, but because I believe that a large show of support would show her that a lot of us did not subscribe to the propaganda that “A private life exposed in graphic detail is beyond redemption.”
I’m glad I convinced
KW Mak says
whoops – hit submit before I finished!
Can you add that part where I said: I’m glad I convinced…
I’m glad I convinced my friend to sign that petition too.
Could Tommy share what he means?
The whole issue about Eli’s case only proved to us, the outside world how narrow-minded the Malaysians are; coming from a third world country. The world is moving forward while Malaysia is still staying behind fighting among themselves for power.