All it takes is for me to be away for a short while before things start brewing in Malaysia.
All it takes is for me to be without an internet connection - at least a secure one without someone on a remote location checking on what I'm browsing online. (It *is* a high-security office, after all).
But I've got round to it - just barely managing to get my head round the story of Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping.
From a personal perspective, it is a very sad story of betrayal - of the highest order. I guess that's what happens when Friday The 13th comes right before Valentine's Day.
I don't know what kind of lover would take intimate pictures of a woman while she is asleep and send it to the press in a horrifying attempt to taint her name. Perhaps there is legitimate reason why he is an EX-boyfriend, and not a current one.
Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say.
But there's always more to it than just that. I'm Malaysian-born and have lived there for most of my life, but I forget what Malaysia is like.
I forget that moral values in Malaysia revolve around what goes on in a private bedroom behind closed doors.
It has been my personal observation that the more prudish one is, the more likely one is to make fraudulent claims (insurance, office overtime etc), solicit bribes and indulge in corruption.
In my book, these are the lowest of moral values (apart from rape and murder) because they negatively and adversely affect other people by taking away from them what is rightfully theirs.
Elizabeth Wong resigned from all her political posts because she was deemed to have "questionable morality".
That has me quite befuddled indeed.
Which part was questionable? That she wasn't like the rest of our politicians?
That she didn't try to smuggle huge amounts of money out to Australia? That she didn't blow up a Mongolian model? That she wasn't committing adultery with "a close friend"? That she wasn't corrupted?
What exactly was questionable?
That she wasn't gay? For some reason I'd always suspected she was - perhaps because she reminds me of a cross between Melissa Etheridge and Ellen DeGeneres. If she was indeed getting frisky with Mr I-Take-Photos-While-You-Sleep, she's evidently straight.
Even if she was in fact, gay, I'd wonder which woman it was that got lucky. If she applies the same determination and dedication to a relationship as she does to her job (and her resume really is quite impressive), what more could you ask for?
So again, which part was questionable?
That she wasn't known to be into say, group sex?
If that has you shocked, allow me to inform you that it is not an alien concept to many Malaysians. Trust me, I know - I've actually been invited before. Since you're a snoopy busy-body and are now curious - I declined the offer. :)
I was hardly surprised, though. Malaysia is a sexually repressed nation, and all other nations like that harbour people who are unable to express themselves adequately and resort to what the mainstream would term as 'deviant'.
That being said, if such an act is consensual between adults, I really can't think of how it affects me or my loved ones in the same way our mainstream politicians' corrupted, self-serving actions have.
So for the last time, what about her was questionable?
That she wasn't a paedophile or prone to engaging in bestiality - both of which are acts I unreservedly abhor?
The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that she sounds like a poster girl for clean politics. Someone was looking for dirt on the woman and all they could come up with was, that she presumably goes to bed with a man.
But wait. She's no more in politics.
And I can understand why - she's too clean.
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