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Wong given leave from state assembly sitting

SHAH ALAM, 10 March 2009:  Selangor state assembly Speaker, Teng Chang Khim, today said Bukit Lanjan state assemblyperson, Elizabeth Wong, had applied for leave from attending the second term sitting of the 12th state assembly.

He said this when asked to comment on the absence of the state executive councillor for tourism, consumer affairs and the environment from the opening of the state assembly sitting here today by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

Teng said Wong had not violated the state constitution as she had applied for leave.

“As such, she has not breached any rules…when she applied for leave and the leave is approved by the Speaker, she is not deemed as being absent for more than six months,” he said.

The state government has also extended the leave given to Wong who had offered to resign as executive councillor and assemblyperson following the distribution of intimate photographs of her last month.

Wong, 37, sent her letter of resignation to Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim on 17 Feb.

In the 8 March 2008 general election, Wong, who is also Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat information chief, defeated Barisan Nasional candidate Datin Paduka Yong Dai Ying with a majority of 5,155 votes. — Bernama


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