PETALING JAYA: Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu has advised state executive council member Paul Yong Choo Kiong, who is expected to be charged tomorrow for allegedly raping his maid, to go on leave from work.
This includes not taking part in any meetings which involve making any decisions until his trial ends, he said.
Earlier, Faizal said that the state government took note of the attorney-general’s decision to charge Yong for rape.
He also stated that he was satisfied with Yong’s performance as an exco member and Tronoh assemblyman. Yong, he said, had always cooperated with everyone in carrying out his duties.
“However, in respecting the legal process, I advise YB Paul Yong to take a leave of absence,” he said in a statement.
Earlier today, it was reported that Yong, who was under investigation following a claim of rape by an Indonesian maid, is expected to be charged in the Ipoh Sessions Court tomorrow.
Police arrested Yong, 49, on July 9 following a report filed by the 23-year-old maid for the alleged offence committed in a house in Meru near Ipoh.
He was later released on police bail.
Faizal said, personally, he was surprised over what has occurred and expressed hope that Yong’s family, especially his wife and children, will remain patient as the law takes its course.
“I am also appealing to all of Yong’s supporters to remain calm and respect the legal process by refraining from doing anything that may complicate the situation.”
He also called for the public to abstain from speculating on the case.
Faizal went on to assure that Yong’s case would not affect the administration of the state.
“There is no need for a drastic reshuffle in the exco as the current line-up is capable of carrying out the responsibilities together.”