There's no two-way about it. Elizabeth Wong, the Parti KeADILAN Rakyat State Assemblywoman for Bukit Lanjan must resign. She is a public figure. It may be legally right for her to be naked around her house, but it is definitely morally wrong.
Her pictures are now available for public viewing. It can be viewed by Malaysians of all ages, people of different cultural and religious backgrounds. It may be acceptable to some, but to most it is not.
Her boyfriend, purportedly a Muslim, took the pictures. This only goes to show that she had consciously, or unconsciously allowed him access to take pictures of her in the nude.
The fact that her boyfriend has been spending time with her alone in her home is an offence under the Syariah Law. Although being a non-Muslim, Wong cannot be charged under Syariah, I am sure she knows that her boyfriend was committing close proximity, a serious offence. However, she allowed it to happen.
She is an elected representative of all races. She has to respect the laws which governs the Muslims. By committing close proximity with her Muslim boyfriend, she had blatantly shown disrespect for Muslims and the Syariah law which they uphold.
How can an elected representative behave in such a manner? Can she be a role model to our young?
Imagine if the situation was reversed. If pictures of a Barisan Nasional Assemblyman or Assemblywoman in a compromising situation were made available to the public, I am sure Wong will be quick to join the chorus of Opposition asking him or her to resign.
PKR should not try and skirt the issue by saying that the entire episode is politically motivated. Such an argument is unacceptable. This is an all-in-the-family affair, almost incestuos, as it involved a PKR party member and PKR Assemblywoman.
PKR should accept the blame.
I call upon Wong to resign as both Exco member and State Assemblywoman of Bukit Lanjan with immediate effect.
My name is Mohd Ashraf Abdullah. I was born and raised in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. I am a journalist at heart. I served the New Straits Times as a journalist for 17 years, beginning as a cadet reporter in 1988. I was trained to be a political writer. I served the NST in various capacities including as Staff Correspondent of the Kuantan Bureau and London Correspondent. I resigned as News Editor in 2004 to join Golden Hope Plantations Berhad as Deputy General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. Two years later I was made General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. When Golden Hope and Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad were merged with Sime Darby Berhad in November 2007, I chose not to accept the offer of employment by the merged entity. I was a scholar of the British Government and possess a Masters Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I am also a Jefferson's Fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.