I refer to the Malaysiakini report Chua: I'm the one in sex video.
Health Minister Dr Chua Soi Lek did the honourable thing to admit his mistake and apologise to the people. This is, of course, a departure from the behaviour of many Malaysian politicians. Most of our politicians would have denied and instead adopted a ‘I am holier than you’ type of attitude when faced with accusations of wrong-doing.
By coming forward and admitting his mistake, Chua has shown much courage. His action has also saved the nation, the party and his supporters much pain and anguish, not to mention the waste of resources that would have to be committed to investigate the authenticity of the DVD had he not come forward to admit it.
I hope his action will set an example of accountability and in future, other politicians and civil servants would do the same honourable thing to admit their mistakes.
I sympathise with Chua but my deepest sympathy is reserved for his wife and his family; they are the real innocent victims in this case. For their sake, I hope that the perpetrators behind the recording will be found and charged in court, no matter how high a position they hold.
Adultery is morally wrong and legally an offence. However, in this case, perhaps we should forgive him as a person, and accept him back into the community, instead of hounding him and his family incessantly.
Having said that, I think it was honourable for Chua to do is to resign from his ministerial post.
The reason is very simple - how is he going to preach virtues as a leader and minister to his subordinates and staff in all the hospitals in the country without sounding like a hypocrite? He has, unfortunately, lost the moral high ground and his credibility by this indiscreet act of adultery.