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Don’t quit, northern region PKR women urge Wong


Athi Veeranggan | Feb 19, 09 11:20am
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The northern region PKR women movement has called on embattled Bukit Lanjan assemblyperson Elizabeth Wong not to resign from her state executive councillor post and state assembly seat following her nude photographs controversy.

The group spokesperson, Dr Joyce Lee Yueh Choo, alleged that Elizabeth Wong was actually a victim of the Barisan Nasional political conspiracy to destroy PKR and the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

“The conspirators are actually worse than animals,” she told a joint press conference at Permatang Pauh today.

The movement, comprising PKR women members from Penang, Kedah and Perlis, called on the Selangor Menteri Besar Abd Khalid Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat leadership not to accept Elizabeth Wong’s resignation.

She did not commit any wrong, the movement said.

pkr wanita penang support for elizabeth wong event 190209 dr joyce lee yueh choo“It was a gross violation of her privacy and human rights,” Dr Joyce Lee said, adding that Wong should not resign due to “her exemplary political commitment and performance” shown since becoming an elected representative.

She listed down several controversies that had surfaced in the country’s political scene, which justified the movement’s assertion that BN was all out to kill off Pakatan’s surge as a political force in the country.

Abuse of the Internal Security Act

Among the main controversies were the murder of Mongolian lass Altantuya Shaariibuu and the subsequent disappearance of private investigator P Balasubramaniam and his family after he had made a shocking two statutory declarations related to the murder case.

In the first statutory declaration, Balasubramaniam claimed that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had links with murdered Altantuya, only for him to deny it the next day with a fresh statutory declaration.

Then there is the Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan sodomy allegation on PKR supremo and Permatang Pauh parliamentarian Anwar Ibrahim.

pkr wanita penang support for elizabeth wong event 190209 02Lee also cited the abuse of the Internal Security Act to clamp down on politicians, activists, bloggers and even journalists as evidence to prove that BN was bent on using all intimidating tactics to stem Pakatan’s rising tide as a viable alternative political entity.

The recent Perak political crisis triggered by the fall of the Pakatan state government, resignation of PKR’s Bukit Selambau assemblyperson and Kedah executive councillor V Arumugam and now Elizabeth Wong, are all creations of the BN’s political strategy, said Dr Joyce Lee.

“Najib and company have been violating the Federal Constitution, human rights and ethical political norms. It’s an unhealthy political trend testing public patience. This bad political culture must be stopped,” she said.

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