I was watching the news last night and what caught my attention wasn’t the ongoing financial crisis or the bush-fire in Australia but rather, the press conference given by a sometimes emotional Elizabeth Wong – an opposition-side Assembly woman. We all love scandals and naturally, I was itching to know what it was all about. In case you’re not yet aware, there are photos of her, in desirable / undesirable (depending on who’s looking) positions, circulating in the web. The first thing I did this morning was to google her, to see for myself, just how compromising those photos are. I only saw 2 really bad quality photos and let me tell you, she was neither semi-nude (as some newspapers claimed) nor was it in a compromising position. Both photos were of her sleeping and one of it showed her with her legs “kangkang” (its a bahasa word for spread-out) and her in-between. Now, because the photo was such bad quality, I couldn’t make out, what exactly was the in-between, it looked very much like underwear, in which case there’s nothing tantalising to see, but if you have a really good imagination, it could be anything at all!!
So perhaps, several news and media stations had very good imaginations and imagined something there, when there was nothing. In any case, those 2 photos hardly qualify as scandalous by Malaysian politics standard. Anwar Ibrahim – Opposition leader, immediately came out with a press conference, condemning this act as Political assasination (this word became famous during Chua Soi Lek’s porn video), blaming the current Government of master-minding this “wayang kulit” (this is a Malay puppet shadow play), as it prepares to fight in 2 state by-elections. This is an ongoing power struggle between the rulling party and opposition and may the best party win.
Whether or not, this is a carefully planned publicity stunt to tarnish the image of the opposition or the works of a ex-boyfriend, I think alot of people forget about the victim, Elizabeth. Her privacy has been invaded and the person who did it, remains un-named and shameless. I cannot understand this at all and say, we should ” Name and shame the Jerk, if only to ensure that his current and future girlfriends will be aware of his fascination of taking photos of women’s in-betweens. In Malaysia, we have many laws and immediately I can already list down the laws that this low-life has broken, let’s see: Production and distribution of pornographic (this has wide definitions) material, outraging a woman’s modesty, defamation / libel. [Update 19 Feb 09: Last night’s news, mentioned that because the ex was a Muslim, he could get in serious shariah-law kind of trouble, for “khalwat” ( being alone with an opposite sex, who is not your spouse)]
It also dawned on me that perhaps a person in public office, cannot expect to enjoy privacy, that he/she should not trust anyone, not even in private relationships. I mean, this was an ex-boyfriend, someone at one time who was supposed to love, honor and protect his beloved, who was trusted when she was at her most vulnerable state (sleeping), intimate thoughts and moments and yet, this happened. It makes a mockery of the sanctity of a relationship and makes me think that this can happen to any one of us. Except that not many people would be interested, much less excited at seeing me in compromising positions.
After the pictures were published, as expected a few dumbwits in power, made hilarious comments. The funniest I’ve read so far is this Minister who condemned the fact that her privacy was invaded (so far so good), only to put his foot in his mouth when he said, that if these photos were indication of her “loose-character”, then she was not fit for public office, I am paraphasing but that’s the point I got. Hey dumb (x2), the photos were taken without her knowledge or permission la, she was not posing for the camera (unless you think that being kang kang is desirable) and being socially-correct, 2 main issues are (i) how can a person’s character be judged from photos and (ii) What does having a “loose-character” have to do with being fit for public office? We have worst kinds of politicians and I say being a “loose-character” should be less of a worry, definitely after the racist politicians, the religious-intolerants and the few silly fellas who make outrageous statements and make us wonder, why we elected him/her into power. Many ding-dongs in powers should be sent for compulsory social/gender-re-education, so that they’d at least think before making moronic comments that remind the foreigners, why we’re still a developing nation.
Elizabeth Wong, I empathise with your situation and wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I wish you courage and a clear conscious, as you sail through this situation. I speak for myself when I say that that photos do not distract me from the hard work that you do.