The 42nd President of the United States of America faced impeachment because he lied about his sexual relationship with an acquaintance while 43rd President escapes any chance of impeachment in office despite misleading the public into going to war. Absurd? If that is so, then the episode surrounding Chua Soi Lek that led to his resignation is doubly absurd.

I honestly believe that the Malaysian society has quite considerable length to go if liberty is our benchmark. The treatment that Mr. Chua receives from many quarters proves just that. Instead of looking for the intruders of privacy, the victim is being crucified. It is as if people are celebrating the peeping toms for wrongfully shaming an individual.

What the former minister had was consensual sex. Despite being a public figure, he, like all of us, has a private life. His conduct may be deplorable but what he does with his private life is definitely none of our business, just as what you do with your private life is none of my business.

Perhaps, he should resign, along with other politicians that lead this country. The reason for resignation however must be something that relate to the public sphere, like failed policies, misuse of public fund or sheer incompetence.

The only crime here is the violation of privacy and the intrusion positively cannot be tolerated. The perpetrators must be apprehended and accordingly punished because that is the only right thing to do.

11 Responses to “[1496] Of the only crime here is intrusion of privacy”

  1. on 02 Jan 2008 at 17:27 hcfoo

    Now that Chua has resigned, the next focus should be finding out the culprit.

  2. […] Of the only crime here is intrusion of privacy […]

  3. on 03 Jan 2008 at 14:52 Ivan

    Like your good self, I believe that his affairs are private matters.

    However, as a public figure, he loses much of his credibility by being exposed in such a manner. If he were really such a good leader and his contributions great – the public might be sympathetic. But looking at how the BN politicians and ministers have performed so far, it is not hard to perceive why the public would like to see him resign.

    How can anyone take his word seriously after such an exposé? When one is a leader, one needs to lead responsibly and must be able to inspire.

    Some might say it was an honorable thing he did by resigning. But even till the end, he was trying to save his political career by playing to the public. His quick admission to the public was a risk in hoping that the public might view him in a sympathetic light. In my mind, he has made his actions less honorable because of his unwillingness to bear up to his actions – not to mention the pain he would have caused further to his family members should he continued as a public figure.

    We should not mix the wrong doings of those who invaded the privacy of others from the responsibility that every public leader needs to bear. I only wish there are expos̩s on corrupt ministers instead Рbut that would mean a lot of DVDs to watch.

  4. on 03 Jan 2008 at 22:28 IHSAN

    Bill Clinton wasn’t impeached. The House wanted to but the Senate acquitted him. At least that’s what I thought I knew.

    Regarding the Minister, let’s say the video was of him and his wife. I’d say it’s possible that he still would have to resign, even if the act was lawful and socially acceptable. A sex video made public is the downfall of any public career (or any career for that matter) in Malaysia IMO.

  5. on 03 Jan 2008 at 22:29 IHSAN

    BTW I agree that the culprit(s) should be brought to justice.

  6. on 03 Jan 2008 at 23:31 Hafiz Noor Shams

    Dear Ihsan

    I stand corrected on Bill Clinton.

    On Chua Soi Lek’s resignation, I it is important to differentiate between normative and positive statement. I am making a normative statement on the resignation.

    p/s – are you still in Ann Arbor?

  7. […] When I read The Star today relating to the resignation of Chua Soi Lek: […]

  8. on 04 Jan 2008 at 00:34 IHSAN

    Nope I am no longer in Ann Arbor.

    Sometime I wish I was.

  9. on 04 Jan 2008 at 01:51 moo_t

    Agree. There is lots of solid wrong doing-betray the people reason for CSL to resign. definitely not sex scandal. Many people just jump into conclusion on the affair, and nobody see his serious sin.

    BTW, Malaysia authority has many time evading the privacy law. So CSL case are not isolated.

  10. […] same rationale is applicable to the case of Chua Soi Lek though this is not to say that the cases of Chua and Wong are the same. Chua is married and he […]

  11. […] I hold that a person’s private life is none of our business, as long as no crime is committed. This includes the life of politicians. If Chua Soi Lek should be booted, it is for other reason related to very real public issues, like the health system for instance. I am adamant that the only crime in that case is the intrusion of privacy. […]

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