KOTA KINABALU: Sabah DAP Likas assemblyman Junz Wong has been hauled up to the state as-sembly’s Right and Privileges Committee for allegedly being untruthful about an attack on a woman at the Suria Sabah Mall earlier this year.
The motion to refer him to the committee was tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and accepted by Speaker Datuk Mohd Salleh Said at the just concluded five-day meeting of the Sabah legislative assembly.
“Today, we know for a fact that the assault never took place. There was no attempted robbery, no assault and no injury happened to this woman,” Pairin said in alleging that though Wong had apologised about the incident, it had caused damage to the reputation of the businessman and spread fear among people in the city.
Wong earlier this year had highlighted in his Facebook account about an alleged incident where a woman was robbed and attacked outside a toilet at the Suria Sabah mall.
The woman later denied the incident. Police had questioned the woman and Wong.
Pairin accused Wong of failing to check his facts and had acted rashly in a bid to gain political mileage.
Sabah state assembly Speaker Salleh, in ordering Wong to be referred to the committee, said that there were reasons in the complaint (by Pairin) that Wong’s actions jeopardised the rights and freedom of the assembly.
Junz could face up to six months’ suspension from the assembly.
State opposition leader Datuk Lajim Ukin said Barisan Nasional’s move was just an act of provocation as they could just issue a warning against Wong and suspend him for one day.
“The Speaker has made his decision and we will respect it,” he said.