PETALING JAYA: MCA has called for Perak exco member Paul Yong Choo Kiong to go on leave or be suspended from his post following a rape allegation, while Umno wants the investigation into the case to be free from political interference.
Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie said Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu should suspend Yong temporarily from his duties as the State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman pending the police probe.
She added that even Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming had said that it was a “very serious allegation”.
Heng said Yong’s leave of absence is important in the interest of the public as well as to ensure the independence and impartiality of investigations by the police and the Attorney General’s Chambers.
“The police must be praised for executing their duties without fear or favour by swiftly arresting the accused.
“After all, this is a serious crime. In particular, the suspect is a second-term elected representative who has been appointed as a state exco member,” she said in a statement yesterday.
Heng also questioned whether the state exco member was telling the truth, as it was claimed that the accused had surrendered to the police.
This, she added, contradicted the statement by the police who had said that Yong was arrested.
“In any case, the most important thing is that justice must not only be done but be seen to be done, and the truth must be restored because the rakyat have the right to know the truth.
“The Pakatan Harapan state and federal governments and DAP should shoulder the responsibility of clarifying details of this matter,” she said.
Perak police chief Comm Datuk Razarudin Husain had earlier confirmed that Yong was arrested on Tuesday to assist in investigations.
In another statement, Wanita Umno chief Datuk Noraini Ahmad asked the authorities to investigate, without prejudice, the allegation against Yong.
She said the government should ensure no political interference in the investigations.
She claimed that lately, the legal system of the country was not respected, especially when it came to decisions involving individuals who had links to the government.
“Nonetheless, Wanita Umno believes that the authorities will conduct their duties in a fair and transparent manner without hiding the facts,” she added.
‘Yong may be asked to go on leave’