We’ll wait for police probe into rape claim, says DAP sec-gen

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has asked the party’s Perak committee to come up with a report on the rape allegation against a DAP Perak exco member.

“I have discussed the matter with Perak, at the party-level and the state government level, and we will wait for the results of the police investigation,” Lim told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

Perak’s Tronoh assemblyman Paul Yong yesterday denied a claim by his Indonesian domestic worker that he had sexually assaulted her.

“I hereby unequivocally and categorically deny the allegation. I reiterate that I have never raped or sexually assaulted her.

“While maintaining my total innocence, I have given my full cooperation to the police and brought witnesses to assist police in their investigation to show that the allegation is false,” he said.

Perak police arrested Yong following a police report filed by the Indonesian woman in Ipoh.

The case is being investigated under Section 376 of the Penal Code.

Following the probe, a swearing-in ceremony for Perak exco members was postponed indefinitely.

Meanwhile, Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said he would not hesitate to suspend Yong “if investigations take too long”.

“If investigations take too long, I will consider suspending him and limiting the exco from attending state exco meetings,” he told reporters.

However, he added that he did not want to interfere in the police probe into the matter.

He also said he did not know how long the probe would last.