Thursday, January 03, 2008

About Chua Soi Lek's resignation

On 2 Jan 2008, Health minister and MCA vice-president Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek resigned from his government, all party posts and as Labis MP with immediate effect.

I look at this case from three perspectives.

1. Who decide his resignation?
2. Does his case involve public interest or just a personal accountability?
3. Personally, he is a good husband or good father?

My answer for question 1 is let the people decide Chua's resignation but not the PM or party although Malaysian may be low standard in analysis. (If Chua's step down of the moral reason, we should do more education work on Malaysian.)

My opinion for question 2 is: So far, I can't see this isseu is related to public interest. I think this is his personal private.

For 3: I personally think he is not a good husband and not a good father. But the reason to ask a minister step down should not is personal accountability. Reason to step down should be corruption, human rights violation, sexism or racism. It is because a good husband or a good father may be is a racist or a bad leader. Don't forget, Adolf Hitler is a person who very loves his family but he still killed many people when he was the leader of Germany. Oh... I nearly forget one thing. You and I have no right to help Chua's wife and children to do the decision to accept Chua or not.

Last but not least, we should not allow vehemently to the spying culture prevalent among society.

I think an women's rights activist, Tony Kassim has made an good arguement:

PETALING JAYA (Jan 2, 2008): Former Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s resignation was an emotional response to society’s inflated sense of moral high ground, said women’s rights activist Zaitun Kasim.

"Is it for the public to make these decisions?" she asked, stating firmly that the real crime is in the invasion of privacy, rather than adultery.

Adultery, according to Zaitun, is more of a moral issue that is determined by each individual’s personal accountability, rather than a crime.

"Whether we agree or not (with his actions), it’s his personal life."

She also objected vehemently to the spying culture prevalent among society. "What now, do we have to go to hotels at our own risk?" she quipped.

"We’re going after the wrong people with the wrong attitude," she added.

Zaitun maintained that it was obvious that Chua was set up by politically motivated people who spent so much time and effort setting up the spy cameras and distributing copies of the video to the public, especially while election season looms near.

"If they had put half their brain and energy into positive endeavours like flood mitigation, that would have actually benefited the public."

"Morality is a slippery issue, it’s easy to point fingers, but who are we to make such judgments?"

(The Sun