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Elizabeth Wong in The Sun

Elizabeth Wong

Bukit Lanjan debutante a seasoned campaigner

PETALING JAYA (March 2, 2008): Human rights and social activist Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping had been a campaigner for opposition parties in the past three general elections and five by-elections.

This time around, she is making her electoral debut as a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate for the Bukit Lanjan state seat.

“It took me 24 hours to accept the fact that I am now a candidate,” she said in jest in an interview with theSun in Kampung Kayu Ara yesterday.

“As a candidate, people want to know about you. Suddenly my life is very public. The whole country will know how old I am now,” quipped Wong, who will turn 38 a day after the polling day on March 8.

The former secretary-general of the National Human Rights Society (Hakam) and a member of Suaram, she said being an election candidate is just a step for her to help the people after being in NGOs in the past 15 years.

“I want to be part of the broader movement and social activism as the real change comes from power,” said Wong, who is also Wanita PKR information chief.

She said the state issues in Selangor are the unexplored goldmine for social activists to get involved.

“For example, a developer tried to cheat the poor by refusing to pay them late delivery compensation,” she said, referring to the Seri Ara apartment residents whom she has just met.

Wong said the state assembly has a lot of power over the people’s life but unfortunately there was not enough opposition voice.

“We have to compel the state government and private sector to react fairly to the people. But we can only do it with the people’s support,” she said.

On her opponent incumbent Datin Paduka Yong Dai Ying (BN-Gerakan), Wong said Selangor needs a stronger opposition voice to raise unjust and unfair issues. “The difference between us is that she is a member of the ruling coalition. So it’s difficult for her to go the extra mile to really fight for the people.”

“There is not much green-lung left in the area and over development had caused many other problems like traffic congestion,” she said.

On her campaign strategy, Wong said she has set up her campaign website (http://www.elizabethwong.org) to woo voters.

Wong’s views on:

  • The Internal Security Act (ISA) and Rights to freedom of information and press freedom.

My track record shows that I am against the ISA and for the press freedom and rights to freedom of information. The Printing Presses and Publications Act must be abolished to allow the bread and butter as well as crime issues to be highlighted by the media.

  • Religious freedom

I am for the freedom to practise one’s religion. This is where the state and local government come in. Religion is under the state’s jurisdiction so those who are unhappy with religious issues should bring it up in the state assembly.

  • Demonstration

I am for the freedom of assembly. It is a form for the people to voice up their grievances such as Hindraf who feel they were discriminated. Unfortunately, the demonstration or protest has been painted very badly by the government.

  • Crime rate

Bukit Lanjan is an area with most gated communities as crime is a serious problem here. More policemen should be deployed to be on the street instead of doing administrative work.

– quoted from an article published in The Sun on 3rd March 2008 (link)

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Written by ak57

March 3, 2008 at 1:39 pm

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