BATU GAJAH: Tronoh assemblyman Paul Yong has claimed that DAP had approached him to rejoin the party, but a state DAP leader indicated later that he was unaware of such an overture.
“It has been more than four months since I left DAP. I have no plans to join any political party,” said Yong, who quit the party in March and declared himself an independent assemblyman after Perikatan Nasional took over the Perak government.
He claimed other political parties, except for Umno, PAS and MIC, had approached him as well.Yong, who was once Perak DAP treasurer, was also a state executive councillor when the state was led by Pakatan Harapan.
Despite a change in the state administration, Yong said he was focused on serving the public.
“I have been called names. Take a look at my Facebook page, I have been bombarded but I choose not to react.
“This is because I want to serve the people better. Even if we didn’t get the state funding, I would use my own money for projects to benefit the public,” he said yesterday after attending an event at SJKC Yit Chee in Pusing.
Yong, 50, has an ongoing court case. In August last year, he claimed trial to a charge of raping an Indonesian maid at his house.For now, he urged others to stop playing dirty politics.
“Take a look at our Prime Minister in handling the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. Instead of just talking, he has taken proactive measures,” he said.When contacted yesterday, Perak DAP vice-chairman Dr Abdul Aziz Bari said he was not aware of any party representative meeting Yong and asking him to return to DAP.
“It has been a while since I met or talked to Yong. I believe the last time we met was back when we were both in the state exco.
“I have no idea where he is right now and certainly I am not aware of our reps meeting him to rejoin the party,” he said.
Besides Yong, two other assemblymen from Perak Pakatan Harapan - from DAP and Amanah – had declared themselves as independents.
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