Paul Yong charged in court for rape, pleads not guilty

Paul Yong charged in court for rape, pleads not guilty

IPOH: Perak state executive council member Paul Yong Choo Kiong has been charged at the Sessions Court today for allegedly raping his Indonesian maid.

Yong, who is also Tronoh assemblyman, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read out under Section 376 of the Penal Code.

“I understand and deny any wrongdoings,” he said before Sessions Court judge Norashima Khalid.

Yong, 49, was represented by lawyers, Malim Nawar assemblyman Leong Cheok Keng, Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and Farhan Sapian.

According to the charge sheet, Yong was said to have allegedly committed the crime in a room at the top floor of his house in Meru Desa Park on July 7, between 8.15pm and 9.15pm.

On July 8, the 23-year-old maid lodged a police report, alleging that she was raped by Yong at his house in Meru.

Yong, who is in charge of the state Housing, Local Government, Public Transport, Non-Islamic and Village Affairs Committee portfolio has dismissed the allegation.

On related matter, Perak menteri besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu had urged Yong to go on leave until his rape trial is completed.

He also urged the public not to speculate anything on the case and called for the people to have faith in nation’s judicial system.

“Yong’s performance as an assemblyman and exco member is satisfactory and he has cooperated with everyone while carrying out his duties.

“However, to respect the legal process, I have advised him to take a break from his official duties,” Faizal said in a statement.

By G Vinod