My brother had asked me several times to subscribe to Astro TV. I told him my common staple is news and I would try to stick to the several free TV channels, among them TV3. Tonight's prime time news, Bulletin Utama, has convinced me that I should sign up for Astro TV.
As usual, today's news report has devoted more than 10 minutes on Elizabeth Wong. A TV3 reporter has taken an extra effort to interview several parliamentarians on the controversy.
I was taken aback by Ibrahim Ali's remark. He accused Pakatan Rakyat for practising double standards when its leaders, chiefly Anwar Ibrahim, have asked Elizabeth to reconsider her quit decision. He said BN leaders who were caught in similar situation would have been asked to resign immediately.
Categorically, I don't think its right for Elizabeth, Anwar or PKR to blame the entire BN. Many BN leaders, from MCA, UMNO and Gerakan, have spoken up in defence of Elizabeth. In fact, politicians from both coalitions should unite to speak up against any invasion of privacy. It may have happened to Elizabeth today and it could be someone else next. We must stop this silly game to bring down politicians.
Hence, it is important for us to know the difference - between what is moral and what is not. It is not wrong for her to sleep semi-naked. It is not wrong for a couple to be intimate. Khir Toyo's question on morality borders hypocrisy. A simple survey sample done by a local university had shown that our sexuality patterns have changed.
She did not attempt to exhibit her sexuality. It was personal to her. How many top leaders dare say that they have their moral compass pointing to the right place?
She did not commit adultery -which is not acceptable by Buddhist, Christian and others.
Hence, Ibrahim Ali's argument of double standards is both misguided and mischievous. We should condemn the action and not the victim. There are times when we can leave partisan politics aside.
It is the same in the case of Chua Soi Lek. Both the culprit and the victim were wrong. Chua was wrong to commit adultery and he had to pay for his immoral action. Similarly, the culprit who invaded his privacy was wrong to do so. If caught, he/she should face a stern punishment. This is what we can agree on.
If there is anything PAS Kelantan has done wrong in the last general election, it is to make way for 'katak' Ibrahim Ali to stand as an independent candidate on PAS banner. On his own steam, he did not stand a chance to even come to keep his deposit.
Back to TV3, the news producer should be ashamed of herself/himself for such low and cheap shots aimed at a helpless victim.
It is so unfortunate that both our politics and TV production quality have gone the way similar to our football team. Worthless, low quality and boring.