IPOH: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu (pic) will take over the portfolios of executive council member Paul Yong Choo Kiong, who has been charged with rape, while he goes on leave from his official duties.
Ahmad Faizal said he agreed with the move by Yong to go on leave to focus on his trial.
“He will not attend meetings as an Exco member to make any decisions, but as a Tronoh assemblyman, he will continue with his duties.
“I, meanwhile, will take over the responsibility to chair all the five portfolios under his jurisdiction,” he told reporters after a session with state civil servants on the “Love My Palm Oil” campaign in conjunction with Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok's visit to Perak.
Yong was charged with raping his Indonesian maid. He claimed trial at a Sessions Court here on Friday (Aug 23).
Prior to Friday’s court proceedings, Ahmad Faizal had advised him to go on leave. However, Yong said he would carry on.
Then on Sunday (Aug 25), via a statement, Yong finally agreed to go on leave from his official duties.
"The Mentri Besar is still healthy and is able to carry out such duties,” Ahmad Faisal said of the responsibilities he wouldbe taking on.
On the time frame Yong is expected to go on leave, Ahmad Faizal said he was unable to give a definite period.
“Let him (Yong) focus on his case, and as for the state administration, we are able to carry out our duties as usual.
“I don’t foresee any problems. Despite the Exco members holding certain portfolios, during the weekly meetings, decisions are made on a collective basis,” he added.
On when the swearing-in ceremony for Exco members which had been deferred when Yong’s case came up would take place, Ahmad Faizal said this was beyond his control.
“We will have to wait for the Sultan of Perak to decide.
I met His Majesty, and we spoke about the state’s administration, but the issue of swearing-in was not brought up.
“I don’t see the need as yet to reshuffle the Exco members. Yong has gone on leave, and there is no changes as of now,” he added.
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