IPOH: Perak state speaker Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham (pic) said he would be committing an offence had he not lodged the report in regards to state executive council member Paul Yong's rape case.
Ngeh said it was an offence under Section 202 of the Penal Code for a person to not provide information to the police should they believe that a crime has taken place.
"I have an obligation to make the police report.
"As I have received information on the matter, I have a reason to believe that an offence has been committed," he told a press conference here on Saturday (Aug 24).
"As a trained lawyer, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob should know that. His statement baffles me," he said.
Ngeh was rebuking Ismail Sabri's remark that he was shocked by the Beruas MP's move to lodge the police report on Thursday (Aug 22).
Ismail Sabri had reportedly said that Ngeh's act was irresponsible, shameful and akin to obstructing the due process of the law.
Ngeh had on Thursday lodged a police report, claiming that the man who brought the Indonesian maid to lodge a police report over her alleged rape by Yong had received RM100,000.
He had also claimed that the man was threatened by an individual with a gun not to reveal the matter.
Ngeh said the information from the man was made known to him at a hotel here at 6pm on Thursday.
"The information was also given in the presence of several other elected representatives and I have reason to believe that the information is reliable.
"We have a duty to protect all victims, including rape and false allegations," he said.
"We must seek and uphold the truth, while punishing criminals," he added.
Ngeh said he hoped Ismail Sabri would clarify his stance on the matter again.
"I hope all parties will respect the due process of the law and allow the police to complete its investigation fully in view of the new information I received," he said.