Tuesday, February 17, 2009

In Support of Elizabeth Wong

As far back as November 29, 2008, I had already mentioned about Elizabeth Wong in my blog posting because I have been regularly following and reading her blog even before that. A real activist whom I have immense respect for – and now it is sad that she has to make the ultimate sacrifice in her political career because of “gutter politics”. Her announced resignation today is a bitter reflection of what some people will do to execute a political agenda, and that is, to attack her in order to destroy Keadilan. My heart goes out to her, and I am positive that if a by-election is called, her constituents will ensure that Bukit Lanjan remains firmly with Pakatan Rakyat.

I agree with Dr. Farish Noor, when he wrote, “Wong is an adult woman who is capable of making decisions and choices of her own and, like any of us, she is entitled to live her private life in the manner she sees fit. No crime has been committed, no public funds embezzled, no state secrets revealed and no Mongolian models blown to bits”.

And he continued: “In the wake of the elections of March 2008, Malaysian society has demonstrated our desire for change, and for a new politics that befits and mirrors the new Malaysia we live in.

This was the clearest call ever for a new political culture where feudalism, corruption, nepotism, hypocrisy and double standards are done away with once and for all. We are sick and tired of the vacuous moral claims of those who speak of morality and religion on the one hand while robbing the state and eroding our fundamental human rights on with the other.

Defending the private lives and private spaces of our politicians is, therefore, part and parcel of the process to regain and defend the private domain of all Malaysians, where we may live, love, pray, hope and strive for the betterment of ourselves and the fulfilment of our destinies in peace.

It is that fundamental right that entitles us to be what we are. No human being should be denied that privacy for the loss of that privacy entails the loss of something greater: the loss of the right simply to be what we are. The entire democratic process and democratic endeavour rests on that.

For now, however, it is our moral obligation to rally in support for a fellow Malaysian whose right to privacy has been violated. Let us not be indecisive here, for we clearly know who has been the victim. For those whose lives have been violated thus, one can only imagine the personal anguish they must be going through”.

And he concluded: “Perhaps this is that defining moment for Ms Wong. We hope that she will meet this challenge with the dignity that she possesses, and emerge stronger.

So chin up, Elizabeth; and keep a smile on your face. Don't let the detractors get you down. The struggle for a better Malaysia has just begun, and there is still a long road ahead”. Hear hear!

I couldn’t stay up late last night (or to be precise, early this morning), so I had to rely on the 7 AM news on radio to learn of the outcome of the FA Cup fourth-round replay match between Arsenal and Cardiff City. I was mighty glad to know that the Gunners won by 4 goals to nil; the goals coming from Eduardo (20th and 60th [penalty] minutes); Bendtner (34th minute); and Van Persie (89th minute). Finally…

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