PETALING JAYA: MCA has set up a 23-member independent observer group to monitor case proceedings involving a Perak executive council member, accused of raping his maid.
"To ensure that the handling of this case upholds the principles of independence, fairness and transparency, MCA's Government Affairs Monitoring Committee (GMC) will be setting up an independent observer group to keep close tabs on case proceedings.
"As rape is a criminal offence, this case has a direct impact on the international reputation of Malaysia and our judicial system, leaving no room save for absolute judicial impartiality," the party said in a press statement on Tuesday (July 16).
The party listed out four objectives of the independent observer group, namely to (i) provide check and balance and prioritise public opinion, (ii) fortifying the spirit that all are equal in the eyes of the law, (iii) be the eyes of the people and international community by ensuring that the proceedings uphold the principles of independence, fairness and transparency and (iv) providing legal, psychological and other necessary aid to the parties involved.
During a press conference on Tuesday (July 16), GMC chairman Dr Wong Kok Fye (pic), a psychologist, said the group would remain neutral and non-judgmental, as authorities were still investigating the case.
He said the independent group members were selected from existing GMC members and consist of experts and professionals from various fields.
These include lawyers, doctors, mental health professionals, volunteer reserve police members, as well as state party leaders.
On July 8, 23-year-old Indonesian domestic helper, lodged a police report claiming she was raped by her employer at his home in Meru, Ipoh.
On July 13, the Perak police authorities said the exco member Paul Yong Choo Kiong had been examined by doctors as part of the police investigation.
The police said they were waiting for the medical report and that they have sent investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor's office.