Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Female politician resigns over nude photos

Elizabeth Wong, a prominent Malaysian opposition legislator, wipes tears as she hold a news conference at the National Justice party's office in Petaling Jaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Feb .17, 2009. Elizabeth Wong resigned Tuesday after photographs of her sleeping naked were circulated to the public by cell phone, an embarrassing disclosure that she slammed as a plot to discredit her party. (AP Photo)

A Malaysian opposition politician has resigned after photographs of her sleeping naked were circulated to the public by mobile phone.

The People's Justice Party was to decide yesterday whether to accept 37-year-old Elizabeth Wong's resignation in the central Selangor state assembly.

News reports said the photos were believed to have been taken by her ex-boyfriend without her knowledge.

She said it was "an insidious and underhanded attempt" to smear her reputation, adding that "the real objective is to discredit the party".

"I have done nothing wrong. I wish to state that I am not ashamed of my sexuality as a woman and as a single person. I have broken no law," she said, her eyes brimming with tears.

"In the interest of my party I have decided to offer my resignation," said Ms Wong.

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