NUDE PICTURES: I am a victim, says Elizabeth Wong

NUDE PICTURES: I am a victim, says Elizabeth Wong

PETALING JAYA (Feb 16, 2009) : Facing the most embarrassing episode of her life with pictures of her in partial nudity and intimate positions being circulated, Selangor state executive councillor and Bukit Lanjan Assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong said today she will help police in their probe and refused to speculate on who is responsible for this "gross invasion of my privacy".

Elizabeth Wong

Describing herself as a "victim" in this incident, she said in a statement released this afternoon that this is being done by unscrupulous persons to embarrass and discredit her.

"The distribution and publication of these photos or video is a malicious attack on my personality," said Wong, who is also state Tourism, Environment and Consumer Affairs committee chairman.

She said she had received a lot of support from her supporters, friends and colleagues and members of her constituency and thanked them for their concern, support and encouragement.

She appealed to the media to give her and her family members some "breathing space" to allow her go through this trying time.

She said she was informed on Friday by The Malay Mail reporters that they have intimate photographs of her and that some people were trying to distribute photos/videos showing her asleep in partial nudity and in intimate positions which she said, constitutes a "gross outrage on my modesty and the sanctity of my personal life".

Wong, 37, who is with Parti Keadilan Rakyat and had been active in human rights advocacy work all her life, said she lodged a police report on this yesterday.

She said she will continue to carry out her task in serving the people of Selangor faithfully despite what has happened.

Both theSun and The Malay Mail had front-paged the report today.

ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed

Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed confirmed the assemblywoman (whom he did not name) had lodged the report at 11pm at the Damansara police station on Sunday, adding that police will investigate the nature of the complaint before deciding on the next course of action.

"We have yet to see the photos and we will only be able to classify the case after finding out how the photos were circulated. We will call all parties who know of these photos," said Arjunaidi, adding that if the photos were posted on the Internet, it will come under the Multimedia Crimes Act and will be handled by the Commercial Crimes Investigations Department (CCID).

It is learnt that police will record a statement from the journalists of the two dailies and the assemblywoman's ex-boyfriend.

When asked what were the possible offences committed, Arjunaidi said one is the distribution of nude photos, an offence under Section 292 of the Penal Code which carries a fine and imprisonment of up to three years or both.

He said if such photos are taken consensually, it is not an offence if kept for private viewing.

Ivy Josiah

He said pictures captured without the consent of a person is also an offence and action can be taken against the person who took them.

Meanwhile, the news of Wong's privacy invaded, had caused immediate reactions from various parties including politicians and NGOs.

Womens Aid Organisation president Ivy Josiah hit out at this act as "vile, despicable and irrelevant".

"If whoever behind this thinks that they have succeeded in humiliating Elizabeth Wong, they're wrong!" she told theSun in a telephone interview today.

"They have humiliated themselves through this vile, despicable and irrelevant act."

Ivy stressed that actions like this should be seriously condemned and that the public is not interested in this kind of revelation.

"I think the public should constantly and strongly reject this kind of deliberate attempts to tarnish a person's reputation," she said, adding that very often women are the victims and that it is not the first time.

She also stressed that people should look at Wong's work and commitment in serving Malaysians, and not be misled by the visuals or reports about the matters.


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