Eli to stay on!

By Neville Spykerman, The Malaysian Insider

Elizabeth Wong has indicated she will remain in the Selangor government after it decided to reject her resignation, submitted two months ago when partially nude pictures of her were circulated.

Sources said Wong will announce her decision in the evening.

Earlier, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim announced that the state executive council had unanimously decided to reject her resignation from her government posts and Bukit Lanjan state constituency.

“She is a victim of the incident,” Khalid stressed after an executive council meeting today, adding the decision came as the police have yet to conclude their investigations.

He also said she should resume her duties as executive councillor for consumer affairs, tourism and environment with immediate effect.

But Khalid said that morality was important to the Pakatan Rakyat government and it would act if any wrongdoings surfaced in the matter. Khalid also said the government was serious about protecting the right to privacy in the matter.

He also said the Selangor sultan had been informed of the decision and had appreciated his stannd that it was a political decision after the government requested his opinion.

Khalid last month extended Wong’s leave until today as the police have yet to conclude their investigations into the photographs believed to be taken by her former boyfriend.

Wong has been on leave since mid February, after partially nude pictures of her were circulated to the public. The case is still under police investigations.

The move to prolong Wong’s leave, for the second time, is seen as a strategic move to avoid a by-elections at her Bukit Lanjan state constituency.

Wong had offered to resign both positions as an executive councilor and as an assemblyman to avoid being a burden to PKR and party insiders said she remains adamant about sticking to her decision.

The revealing pictures of Wong were sent to selected media outlets by unknown parties in early February. She lodged a police report and in the course of their investigations, police obtained a warrant of arrest for her former boyfriend Hilmi Malek.

Hilmi, 32, was issued a notice under Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code to come forward and record a statement by March 19, but to date, there has been no word from him.