Paul Yong turns up for work amid rape probe

Paul Yong (Bernama pic)

IPOH: Paul Yong Choo Kiong, the Perak state exco member who is being investigated for allegedly raping his Indonesian maid, today turned up for work at his office at the Perak State Secretariat.

“Why can’t I come to work? I am still a state executive councillor. Anyone can hurl accusations against anyone else,” he told reporters outside the building.

Yong chairs the state’s Housing, Local Government, Public Transport, Non-Muslim Affairs and New Villages Committee.

Other exco members were also at his office, among them Abdul Aziz Bari, Wong May Ing and Howard Lee, as well as Buntong assemblyman A Sivasubramaniam and Yong’s lawyer Leong Cheok Keng.

Yong, who is the assemblyman for Tronoh, has several scheduled meetings today at his office that have been postponed from over the last few days.

His 23-year-old Indonesian maid lodged a police report last Monday claiming that Yong raped her at his house in Meru here.

Police arrested Yong the following day and released him on bail after recording a statement.

Yong said he is prepared to take leave from work temporarily if the investigation into the allegation takes too long.

“I strongly deny that I have done anything. Wait for the outcome of the investigation. Time will tell,” he said.

Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said yesterday that Yong can be advised to go on leave or have his duties restricted to facilitate the police probe if it takes too long.

Meanwhile, Yong said the scheduled swearing-in of Perak state excos, which was postponed due to police investigation, is not a requirement.

“As far as I know, it is not necessary to take the oath every year, going by the rules, but the state government can hold it yearly,” he said.