IPOH, Perak state executive councillor (exco) Paul Yong Choo Kiong, who will be charged with rape at the Sessions Court here tomorrow, has been advised to take leave from his official duties pending the disposal of the case.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said there would, however, be no reshuffle of the state exco line-up as Yong’s absence would not affect the running of the state government’s administration.
The state executive council members that are available are capable of jointly shouldering the responsibility of administering the state, he said in a statement here tonight.
He said the state government respects the legal process and upholds the principle that a person is innocent until proven otherwise.
Ahmad Faizal said he was happy with Yong’s performance and described Yong, who is Tronoh assemblyman, as very cooperative and extended his cooperation to all parties in discharging his responsibilities.
Personally, Ahmad Faizal said he was shocked with what happened and hoped that Yong’s family, especially his wife and children, would be patient while going through the legal process.
He also advised Yong’s supporters to calm down and respect the legal process by not taking any action that could worsen the situation.
At the same time, I urge the public to respect the legal process and to not make any speculation on the case.
As responsible citizens, we should have confidence in the country’s judiciary in upholding justice and the truth,” he said.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed today confirmed that Yong would be charged under Section 376 of the Penal Code for rape.
On July 8, a 23-year-old Indonesian woman lodged a police report claiming that she was raped by Yong, who is also state Housing, Local Government, Public Transportation, Non-Muslim Affairs and New Villages Committee chairman, at his residence in Meru.
The day after the report was made, the police arrested Yong who was later released on police bail.
Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)