DAP’s CEC will decide on exco man’s fate, says Loke

Perak executive councillor Paul Yong Choo Kiong was charged in Ipoh, Perak, today with raping an Indonesian woman.(Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: DAP national organising secretary Loke Siew Fook said the party has yet to decide on the fate of Paul Yong Choo Kiong, the Perak executive councillor who was today charged with raping an Indonesian woman.

Loke said any decision on whether Yong should go on leave from his exco duties until his trial is over would come from the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC), which has yet to meet on the case.

“We will let the legal matter take its course and, ultimately, the CEC will decide on this,” the transport minister said on the sidelines of an event here. Also present was party vice-chairman Chow Kon Yeow.

Yong, who is Perak’s Housing and Local Government, Public Transport, Non-Muslim Affairs and New Village Committee chairman, claimed trial after he was charged with rape at the Sessions Court in Ipoh, Perak, this morning.

He was charged under Section 376 (1) of the Penal Code, which carries a 20-year jail term upon conviction and is liable for whipping.

Yong, who is alleged to have committed the offence at his home on July 7, was granted bail of RM15,000 with one surety. The court set Sept 24 for case management.

Yesterday, Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu had asked him to go on leave from his exco duties until the case is disposed of.

However, Yong reportedly said that there is no reason for him to go on leave as he has not been found guilty.