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Eli Wong resumes duties today

SHAH ALAM, 16 April 2009: Bukit Lanjan state assemblyperson Elizabeth Wong stepped into her office today to resume her duties as the chairperson of the state’s Permanent Committee on Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment.      

Wong who had offered to vacate both the posts on 17 Feb, after semi-nude pictures of her appeared on the Internet, returned to the Selangor state secretariat building (SUK) at 9.30am in her official Toyota Camry and was greeted by executive councillor and Pandamaran state assemblyperson Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew.

When met in the lobby of the SUK building, Wong said she had met Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim yesterday and was briefed of her duties.

“I had received guidance and advice from the Menteri Besar and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Now I want to resume my duties to serve the community,” said Wong who was asked to go on leave when she tendered her resignation earlier.

Wong’s first assignment would be attending a meeting with the Selangor Tourism Board today.

However, according to her personal officer, Choong Pai Chee, Wong would not be holding any press conferences in the near future so as to concentrate on a heavy work load that had piled up due to her absence from office for more than two months.

Yesterday, Khalid who emerged from a weekly state executive council meeting here, said the decision to request Wong to stay on was fair and a just decision after taking into consideration the views of all parties including the best interest of the people and the latest developments in police investigations.

Police had said they were still looking for Wong’s ex-boyfriend to assist investigations and a warrant of arrest was issued last month following his failure to give a statement to the police regarding the case.

In the 8 March 2008 general election, Wong, 37, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat women’s wing information chief, defeated Barisan Nasional’s Datin Paduka Yong Dai Ying by a majority of 5,155 votes to capture the Bukit Lanjan seat. — Bernama


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