Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Come on, Eli, stick to your guns!

Dearest Eli,

I recall with pleasure bumping into you at the old Actors Studio Theatre at Dataran Merdeka in 1998 when you were stage managing Huzir Sulaiman's explosive satire, Atomic Jaya. You told me you had gone to the same church in Jalan Imbi as my daughters and I thought it ironic that only moments earlier I had thought you were eminently dateable!

When we next met it was at the Suaram office where the battle to halt the Selangor Dam project had its headquarters. I was impressed with the missionary fervor with which you set about coordinating our efforts to preserve the magnificent Selangor River valley and save it from being inundated by the money-grubbing marauders from Gamuda.

Over the years, I harbored the hope of someday seeing you take a more prominent role in politics. You have all the necessary attributes of a brilliant legislator - street savvy coupled with an inquisitive mind, quick-witted, sharp-tongued and unstoppable in your zeal. Most importantly, you espoused all the right causes: conserving the natural environment, protecting the rights of indigenous peoples, and making a stand for accountable government.


Imagine my joy when I learnt you had joined PKR and were standing for elections in GE12. Your victory at the polls came as no surprise and was celebrated by all your friends and admirers. I couldn't believe how fortunate those of us living in Selangor were, to have Elizabeth Wong as ADUN. I was particularly tickled by the prospect of being able to SMS my ADUN and send her an occasional email. Eli, you were the harbinger of a new dawn in Malaysian politics. For the first time in history, we would be dealing with good people like you, Sivarasa Rasiah and Tian Chua (whom I regard as valued friends) and many others I have yet to meet but for whom I already have high regard because they come across as sincere, dedicated, approachable representatives of the people who, although new in politics, bring with them a refreshing idealism and genuine belief in democratic principles.

What a dramatic change from the cynical, corrupt and jaded BN politicians we have come to know and loathe - those arrogant, self-important hypocrites and liars like Khir Toyo, Muhammad Muhammad Taib, Tengku Adnan Mansor, Hishamuddin Hussein, Syed Hamid Albar and Najib Razak.

Elizabeth Wong in action as Selangor executive councillor: totally impressive!

Anyway, it seems to me totally absurd and outrageous that you should quit just because you had the misfortune to date the wrong guy. I don't know who the creep is, Eli, but what he did was the absolute pits. I just received an SMS saying he was a Malay guy and that he's now hiding in Indonesia, after receiving an undisclosed amount for handing the photos he took over to a party best left unnamed - but most of us have a pretty good idea who in Selangor desperately wants to see you out of the exco.

In any case, it's high time we stopped being such disgusting hypocrites. Are there parents out there with unmarried daughters in their late 20s or 30s who seriously object to their having boyfriends or going on casual dates? Good heavens, arranged marriages went out with the telex machine (though I know quite a few couples who got hitched by special arrangement, and I personally think there's nothing wrong with sticking to age-old tradition, so long as you don't attempt to impose your conservatism on others).

Being a parliamentarian is not akin to taking an oath of celibacy!

If you happened to be an ordained nun and were caught sneaking a man into your bedroom, I'd have a real good giggle, that's about it. Even so, I'd hardly be bothered about your private affairs - apart from a moment's regret that you seem totally immune to my charms. Let's be honest, I can't think of any red-blooded male who wouldn't relish the thought of accepting an invitation to coffee in your apartment! And that's precisely why you were targeted by the anti-Pakatan faction.

These despicable lowlifers simply can't tolerate seeing a brainy, beautiful - and sexy - Chinese woman doing so well in politics. Because they have so little self-control - and because many of them are descended from brigands - they probably would love to abduct and gangbang you. And if they can't do that, they'll destroy your political career. I'm sure Teresa Kok knows exactly how yucky it feels to be their target. Like Teresa, you have very rapidly shown yourself to be exactly the kind of exco the people have been waiting for since Merdeka. Somebody who's quick on the uptake, committed to serving the people who voted you in, endowed with enough intelligence, integrity and stamina to undertake the Herculean task of cleaning up the nightmarish mess Khir Toyo and his precedessors left behind in Selangor.

Well, I'm glad the PKR top brass has been so supportive and sympathetic. I'm not sure why Khalid Ibrahim thinks it's necessary to consult the Sultan of Selangor about your case. Why put the poor guy in a tight spot? He's still unmarried but I'm willing to bet he lost his virginity ages ago! Let's not become a nation of pretend prudes and hypocrites. Being asexual in no way makes anyone morally superior to those with an active sex life. True, as a public figure in a country rife with sexual hypocrisy and medieval mores, one has to be a great deal more circumspect about one's private life (another reason why I'm reluctant to ever get into full-time politics!).

Photo from Malaysiakini

I would hate to see such a brilliant and promising career as yours derailed by gutter politics. Please, please don't allow yourself to be traumatized by this unfortunate episode, Eli. It would please me greatly to hear that Anwar and the PKR leadership have rejected your resignation. Now more than ever, we need good people in the Pakatan Rakyat government. I know things look rather grim at the moment. It's just Najib's way of exposing his weaknesses as a potential leader - only totally degenerate Scumno types would applaud Najib's brand of sleazy backroom wheeling and dealing. It might take a miracle or two - but I know in my bones Umno will soon be extinct.

So stay vibrant and dedicated and diligent and fun-loving and sexy the way we all love you.

Here's something by Farish Noor I'll append to this post. Farish voices how a great many of us feel, but I don't agree with his referring to you as a "former ADUN." Elizabeth Wong, you're too good an ADUN to lose at this early stage of the game. I've received a lot of SMSes from friends who want me to tell you: DON'T QUIT!

Elizabeth Wong and Our Hope for a New Politics in Malaysia

By Farish A. Noor ~ February 17th, 2009

As someone who has known Ms Elizabeth Wong, former ADUN and Exco member of the Selangor state government, for almost ten years, I am profoundly distressed by the treatment that has been meted out to her by the mainstream and tabloid press over the revelation of photos that have compromised her. There are no words adequate enough to describe my feelings of disgust and anger over how this capable and committed activist-politician has been slandered and abused recently.

The facts surrounding the case are well known by now and one need not dwell upon them here. Suffice to say that one of the brightest, most capable and efficient politicians of our land has been discredited via a malicious campaign to tarnish her reputation, that reeks of hypocrisy and conspiracy of the highest order.

What needs to be emphasised in the midst of this media hullabaloo is this: That the private lives of politicians are as sacrosanct as the right of any other citizen, and that politicians deserve the same degree of respect as anyone else. This is what we are fighting for; and this is what the elections of March 2008 were all about: Our earnest wish to see a new kind of politics in Malaysia, a new politics that would reflect and mirror the new Malaysian society that we live in today.

The ascendancy of Ms Wong and a host of other younger politicians who were elected to office last March signalled – in the clearest terms – the desire for change and reform. Malaysians of all creeds, races and gender have demonstrated that we are sick and tired of the old mode of neo-feudal communitarian politics which has hitherto been propped up by nothing more than an assembly of tired and outdated clich├ęs. We yearn for a new Malaysia that is colour-blind, anti-racist, anti-sexist, democratic, tolerant and plural. We yearn for a new generation of professional politicians who can do their job well in the spirit of accountability and transparency. We yearn, in short, for a new political culture altogether.

Ms. Wong’s election to office demonstrated that a significant section of her constituents had faith in her abilities to translate those ideals into reality and political praxis. They voted her into power because they believed that this was a woman who would stand by the rights of all her constituents; who would further a politics of inclusivity and non-communitarianism, and that she would also foreground the needs and concerns of women as well. The proof of this is evident to all who have followed her career that has now been tragically cut short: as an advocate for gender equality, her presence in the state assembly of Selangor has ensured that the sexist culture that was so prevalent in the past ceased to continue. During the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide tragedy she was one of the few politicians who was seen present at the ground-level doing relief work while some other politicians merely procrastinated and pontificated while doing nothing.

The unfortunate turn of events that has led to her resignation has therefore robbed us – the Malaysian public – of one of the few capable elected representatives that we could count on; and the loss is that of the Malaysian public’s as much as it is hers.

Today as Malaysia heads into a recession under the febrile leadership of old politicians who remain in a state of denial, we are in need of a younger generation of elected representatives whose political orientation and political culture are different: Elizabeth did not lead, she represented. And she gave a voice to the voiceless who clamoured for attention on her behalf. Her passing out of political life – which I personally hope will be temporary – has been a blow to our common struggle for a better, newer Malaysia. It is my earnest wish that despite the setbacks she has suffered, Elizabeth Wong will continue in the struggle for a better and newer Malaysia in whatever capacity that she can.

Pic courtesy of Knights Templar

This struggle for a new Malaysia and a new Malaysian politics is our common struggle, the struggle of the new generation of Malaysians today. One of us among our ranks has been attacked and fallen. We owe it to her as a friend and comrade to support her now, and to remain focused on the pressing need to reform the old order of our authoritarian, racist, communitarian past and its attendant institutions.

[The Malay Mail, to its credit, did post a clear-thinking editorial condemning the sort of sleazy politics this country has descended to as we navigate the treacherous waters between the old and new political paradigms.]

37 comments:

Eric said...

YB Elizabeth;

do not leave the Selangor Rakyat who needs you.

Selangor MB;

time to show your leadership by rejecting her resignations. Do not bow to blackmail.

Anonymous said...

Antares, spot on. Her spurned boy friend.

Will get his name and post in the blogsphere.

masterwordsmith said...

Antares,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this beautifully written and heartfelt plea for YB Elizabeth to really stick to her guns and continue to serve the rakyat.

I hope someone out there can alert YB about this post and if anyone knows her email address or phone number, please let us know so that we can send her letters of appeal to ask her to reconsider her decision.

Take care and thanks again!

cheers

Fair said...

Elizabeth , reconsider your resignation, do not bow to the dirty tactics by those despicable BN's low-lifes especially botoxed Killed Toyol.
We members of civil society will stand by you.

Anonymous said...

Come on "ELI" hang in there.Stand up and show them what kind of gutter politicians they are.Beleive me the people of MALAYSIA ESPECIALLY SELANGORIANS FROM BUKIT LANJAN WILL BE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY.WE WILL MAKE SURE JUSTICE IS SERVED.

Anonymous said...

mongolian missing but later found to be blasted into space.
then bala missing.
how did arumugum go missing?
now, the despicable malay fucker who set up Eli for a few dollars goes missing too.
hey, see the trend. it must be the same arsehole who is a master in making people missing.

Hail Hitler!

Anonymous said...

That stupid illegal immigrant aka Khinzir Toyol shld just stfu. He has done so many immoral stuff, that he (and many other idiots trying to act holier-than-thou) is in no way qualified to call her to resign. csl and her case are two totally different things: csl was involved in a sex scandal when he is married, while elizabeth wong only slept in the nude, while her ex Son of a HeeYitFoong bf snap photos of her WITHOUT her consent, and distributed them to toilet papers such as Meloya Mail and The Suck. what's wrong with sleeping in the nude??many ppl do it in the privacy of their home. that is not an immoral act. distrbuting photos of someone sleeping in the nude which are taken without consent IS immoral.

Eyes Wide Open said...

Antares

Another heartfelt letter! Thanks!
I hope she stays on and fights the slimebuckets!

wizsurf malaysia said...

Just remember we are dealing with a super powerful devious enemy , for no one is safe ,even the great RPK.
And so I get damn pissed off when we have Bloggers who say bad things about Anwar /Pakatan and either idiotly misses the point or worse they are part of UMNO's vast arsenal .

Dear Antares , you are among the few last bastion of hope so beware.

Antares said...

Thanks for rallying to Eli's support, folks! Those of you who want to send her messages of encouragement can either leave a comment on her blog or email her (bukitlanjan@gmail.com).

ghostline said...

Elizabeth, if you're reading this, know that you have the tremendous goodwill and support of all right-thinking Malaysians behind you. We will not abandon you.

The subhuman creatures which populate UMNO have achieved nothing but to buy themselves a little more time to luxuriate and rot in their own putrid filth.

However, if you really *must* resign (and we fervently hope you will not), we will rally to your side at the by-election, and grind UMNO's subhuman filth-creatures back into the sewers.

Be strong Elizabeth, we are with you.

Miriam said...

Dear Antares, You have in such clear terms,as always, put the thoughts and emotions so many of us feel about this particularly unpleasant challenge of Elizabeth's. The scumbag who is clearly behind this practically jumped in first to make the resignation demand. Don't give the creep that satisfaction,Elizabeth,we need good, wholesome women like you around!

Anonymous said...

Dear Antares,
Thanks for this posting, which eruditely articulates all we feel about YB Wong's predicament.
She should not give in to blackmail. Those hypocrites should not benefit any iota for what they have schemed to do.
Truth will prevail and history will banish the small-minded, thieving, medieval lot called umno into oblivion.

Peter said...

Dear Elizabeth,

I know you are reading this, please be strong and continue to serve the people as Exco and Adun.
Show them that this dirty trick will not work now or in the future.
Please please please hang in there.
We the rakayt are with you.
Please do not let my RM 300 contribution to your 12th GE campaign funding be wasted.

Cheers
Peter

Elifan said...

Dear Antares:

Two beautifully written articles, by you and Farish Noor, giving us a comprehensive picture of what an excellent principled politician Elizabeth is. I have nothing more to add, except to echo the regret that she should have suffered such a fate! Stay on Elizabeth! Malaysia and the world's environment need you!

Honestly,

Eli-fan

zorro said...

Antares, in form 2 biology I was told that only earth-worms are asexual. Spot on then, where KToyol is concerned.

Knights Templar said...

Both the pictures were nothing close to Nudity ...She should'nt give the Jawa Joker the pleasure of a smile ...

Patricia said...

Dear Antares,

Good job! This is an excellent post :)

Did you hear Azalina's call for her to resign? OMG I nearly fell off my seat when I heard her - which planet is she from?! Talk about sistahs standing together.

Elizabeth Wong did nothing wrong. And has nothing to be ashamed of. And so, has no need to resign. QED!

Pat

Drachen said...

Eli should give her resignation (and Antares' proposal) a good think-over.

HAHAHA! :-)

DR.SARAVANAN R said...

Dear Elizabeth,
you have commited no sin or any kind of immorality. You have nothing to be ashamed of.
Stay the course, ride the storm and you will come out of it stronger.

Please don't let immature, half evolved apes get the better of you. You are better than that. Hold the line and don't quit. The people are behind you.

sheon said...

Dear Eli,

You have committed no sin! Stand strong, and stand proud! We need more politicians like you, for decades Malaysia have to bear with those utterly useless BN representatives, you are what gives us hope, that malaysia can actually be a better country.

you have my support, you have my respect. STAY ON for us, and for the country that we want to love more.

DatoSeri said...

Antares,
Thank you for giving your strong support to YB Wong.

Leaders of Pakatan Rakyat,
Please do not allow resignation to take place. Your acceptance of her resignation would equate to bowing to the dirty and immoral political tactics.

Rakyat voted reps to fight for their rights and welfare. YB Wong has done no wrong whatsoever.

Sincerely,

Anonymous said...

Dear Liz, please DO NOT RESIGN.
Why should you? THOSE GOING TO TOWN WITH THIS INCIDECENT RAPED YOUR MODESTY, these are the lowlife scums who should themselves resign. YOU DID NO WRONG

This is the kind of leadership and politics we can expect from a lawless, stoop-to-any-depth, evil Najis-led. Why is the press not investigating the pepertrator? Why are the TOYOL and other BN f!@#$@# not condemning the slimeball who did this dastard deed? The perception is somehow, our hard-earned money has been used to pay off the bastard Trojan ex... a few millions should be about right. BASTARDS here have no sense of decency and certainly do not pray 5times a day ( are munafiques if they do) There is always evil karma begetting even more evil karma.

Lizzie, you are much respected and there's nothing to be ashamed about. Those lowlife scum should be the ones who are shameful, inferior beings. You are much admired and loved, please do not give up. God bless

angela ooi

nehru said...

hahaha ....they say that without conviction, a reasonably intelligent man can trick himself to believe almost anything ....he he he

Anonymous said...

Eli

I am not even Malaysian and I will be proud and honoured to adopt you as my daughter. I will stand shoulder to shoulder with you against any of those goons.

Antares and Farish

My esteem for both of you (already high) have sky-rocketed into the stratosphere.

Uncle John (if I can't adopt you)

Antares said...

Zorro said: ...in form 2 biology I was told that only earth-worms are asexual. Spot on then, where KToyol is concerned.

Please, lah, Zorro, don't be so unkind to earthworms - without their help nothing would grow out of the soil! I have friends who breed earthworms for organic farming & they say these worms deserve to be honored for their great service to the ecosystem. Khir Toyo has shown none of the qualities required to pass muster as an earthworm (I'm not inclined to speculate about his sexuality, don't want to go there, the rest of him is repulsive enough). In fact, I wouldn't even feed Khir Toyo to the worms in case they gag and die of toxic septicemia.

Nehru - Your comment is way too mystifying for me to decipher. Are you sure you're okay?

Uncle John - You sound like a real robust soul, cheers! :-)

ryankoo said...

Dear Eli, if you quit you are unwittingly endorsing and condoning future pepetrator. Lift your head high against those hypocritic scums. They shall pay for their karma someday. The majority of Rakyats are with you and would surely vote for you again next election. Be strong, cry if you need to, you are only human but your caring work will pull you through and the unfortunate incident would be a passing blessing in disguise to you and your party in the near future.

Anonymous said...

I only have one question:

One day if I am taking shower at home and my picture was taken illegally by some pervert, am I going to be accused for acting immorally just because I did not take shower with my clothes ON?

Anonymous said...

Online Petition - *REJECT* YB Elizabeth Wong's Resignation As ADUN of Bukit Lanjan and Selangor EXCO

http://www.petitiononline.com/reject/petition.html

Do your part ... forward this link to *ALL* your contacts and urge them to "pen" their signature to support Eli.

Anonymous said...

http://www.petitiononline.com/reject/petition.html

Antares said...

Most decent, clear-thinking, unindoctrinated folk appear to agree there's absolutely no cause for Eli Wong to give in to the likes of Khir Toyol & Azalina Othman. Now, folks, let's stop fussing over Eli's unfortunate choice of boyfriends and focus our minds on the LOOMING CRISIS - and I don't mean the financial squeeze - I mean RPK's habeas corpus case before THREE (that's right, 3!) federal court judges - one of whom just happens to be AUGUSTINE PAUL (that's right, the "irrelevant" judge who ensured Anwar Ibrahim's conviction in 1999 & in the process made a complete mockery of the Malaysian judiciary - thanks again, Dr M!) Insider reports of what transpired yesterday at the Putrajaya federal court suggest that Augustine Paul has already written the judgment - BACK IN RPK GOES! Folks, that would be tantamount to a DEATH SENTENCE for Malaysia's most beloved folk hero. Please read my latest blogpost.

Gan said...

Antares,

Meaningful and encouraging with a tinge of humour which should probably downplay the gravity of this whole cheap underhanded shot to give Eli some form of comfort !

Eli - you are just a victim who have been sold out by somebody close. I know it hurts BUT, hey now is the time to pick yourself up again so that you can sock them in the eye when the opportunity presents itself!

Don't run away to lick your wounds, stand up to them like any independent liberal person (women) will do.

PR leaders - please don't act the holier then thou role and reject her resignation.

P.S. I would think a person who is confident and unashame of her sexuality is definitely more acceptable then a closet sexual fiend who !@#$ you then blast you to pieces !

Anonymous said...

Miss Eli, do not quit and give into those dirty tactics by shallow minded politicians. We are all behind you. Who cares about your photos, it is your private life, we do not care because it is the job as ADUN that we care about. SOLDIER ON...my ADUN..SOLDIER ON..!!

Anonymous said...

eliz dear, pls STAY = berjuta3 of us r with u , GODBLESS ! (stcin )

Anonymous said...

To the public in general, and all UMNO members in particular:

Do you think you will have a good leader in K.Toyo should he becomes the UMNO Youth Leader?

The Phoenix Foundation said...

Antares!
There is a drug called "ice", which is colorless,odorless,slightly sweet.
When it is slipped into a drink {hot or cold}& drunk,
it hits your brain and makes you happy.
However, this "happy" state makes you an automaton - in that when someone says cry, you will cry and laugh at the same time.
When someone says jump, you will be jumping.
The drug will remain in your system for less than 24 hrs and then is flushed out automatically.
When you awake you will not remember what you did or what was done to you.
When you are then reminded of what you did,
you will be amazed,shocked.... at your own behaviour!
When you are presented with "documentary" proof of your behaviour - YOU ARE BURIED!
As I always say :
RES IPSA LOQUITOR
Godspeed!

Anonymous said...

frankly, if her agony persists, pls release her, ok ! i think she has her
'choiceless' sebab2 !! (stcin)