Wednesday February 18, 2009
The victim should not be punished, says Guan Eng
KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong should not be punished while the one responsible for her predicament gets away, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said.
He said Wong was a victim in the current situation.
“Everyone knows she is a victim as this is an intrusion of her privacy. It is not up to us to make a moral judgment on her character,” he told reporters at Parliament House here yesterday.
Lim was commenting on Wong’s decision to resign as assemblyman and Selangor executive council member.
The DAP, PKR and PAS are partners in the opposition pact Pakatan Rakyat. Wong is from PKR.
Lim said Wong should not be punished because she had not broken any law.
Selangor PAS meanwhile said action should be taken against Wong if investigations found her guilty of any moral wrongdoing.
Criticising the public circulation of semi-nude pictures of Wong, the party also said action was necessary to preserve the integrity and good name of Pakatan Rakyat and the Selangor state government.
“A leader should have good morals and personality as a good example to the people,” it said in a statement issued after a meeting by state party leaders yesterday.
“We urge all state assemblymen and MPs, especially (those from) PAS and Pakatan Rakyat, to take good care of their behaviour in order to avoid a moral crisis which can threaten Pakatan’s stability in Selangor,”
It added that those found guilty of circulating the pictures should be punished.