Thursday, February 19, 2009

Press Release from YB Elizabeth Wong

This is indeed sad. Sad to see that an energetic, hardworking, and talented human rights fighter, given up just to retain her dignity and privacy. As a responsibled citizen who would uphold justice and human rights, I urge all refrain from further publishing, relaying, circulating, or describing her controversial photos.

We have lost a fighter for justice, and we must do no more damages. Spare YB Elizabeth the privacy she deserved by not dwelling further into, and give her time to heal. We must stand firm together, fight against the corrupts, the immoral, and the tyrants.

If you would hope YB Elizabeth to, hopefully, reverse her decision, and plead to YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Menteri Besar Selangor to retain her, you may participate and support the following petition:

The incident had assainated a selfless person, but let's remember her contributions to the society, the rakyat, and the country during her public serving time.


Below is the Press Release from YB Elizabeth Wong:

Dear friends,

I have departed today.

Despite having tendered my resignation from all posts, the media and websites continue to intrude into my private life and privacy. I have been informed by several media that they will continue to publish even more lewd graphical, sensational stories of my private life. I have also been told there will be a fresh assault, with more photographs and videos released and circulated in order to completely degrade and bury me.

This is the darkest episode in my life. I have never felt so alone, vulnerable and humiliated. I need to rest and to search for peace of mind to get away from the stormy events surrounding me.

I appreciate the overwhelming support from all quarters, especially my voters, women in particular and party comrades. Words cannot express my gratitude for your gentle kindness. I have informed my party leaders that I am determined to relinquish all my positions, as a Selangor State Exco Member as well as the State Assemblywoman for Bukit Lanjan. I am thankful for the party leadership's concern and encouragement. I seek their understanding for my predicament.

My commitment to the ideals of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat remains unwavering. I shall retain my party membership and continue to struggle for a just society with the party.

The nation is at a crisis facing a serious economic recession. Unemployment is rising, while corruption remains rampant. I wish public discussions would concentrate on these important issues rather than analysing my private life. My principle remains the same –

I will not answer any questions pertaining to my private life. My private life is not for public scrutiny as I have not broken any law or caused harm to anyone.

I plead to the media as well as my supporters to allow me some peace of mind, and to give me space. I urge the media to leave my family, friends and I alone. Please do not continue to shame my family and I, so that we have a chance to lead a normal life as ordinary citizens.

Lastly, I wish to thank the support from the public that has been pouring in ceaselessly. I am very moved and eternally grateful to my friends and colleagues who stand by me. There is nothing in this world that can repay your kindness.

Elizabeth Wong

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