Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia; Monday.
A senior Minister in the Malaysian Cabinet has just resigned, barely several hours after confessing being the leading man in a sex-video.
Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek who is known for his sharp-tongue and no-nonsense approach, has just been the Health Minister for barely three years. He is from the Malaysian Chinese association or MCA, a senior component of the National Front coalition.
Dr Chua is also married with three kids.
After this episode, there are hot debates heard, in and across the country. As far as Malaysian Political history is concerned, he is not the first politician to fall at the feet of a lady.
A Deputy Speaker of our Parliament from the MIC , Dr P. Vijandran, also resigned after a sex-video of him in action with his girlfriend. The most illustrious case is of our former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Anwar Ibrahim, was forced to resigned after a taped conversation of him and his Assistant’s wife was distributed around Kuala Lumpur.
To make the matter more delicious, members of the public in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur agreed that this will not be the last.
Tunku AbdulRahman, our first Prime minister used to say, "we were experienced grown men of the world and we should not judge human frailties too harshly." This was stated by him when cornered by members of the press who wanted to know the whereabout of our High Commissioner to Australia. Prior to this news of the Commissioner’s extra-marital affairs has been spreading around town.
According to our many political analysts, the episode was timed to cause maximum damage to the Minister. This Minister, Dr Chua, was tempted to claim the right of an ordinary citizen and forget about resigning. However, realisng that he was indeed first and foremost a public figure and acted accordingly so as to end scrutiny not only to himself but to his ministry as well.
Mark Antony was the most illustrious man who fall at the feet of Clepatra. Not so many years ago there was Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. yes they were caught. That is the tragedy. When one is caught in such a situation, make sure to know accurately how long the fall will be.