Paul Yong rape trial: Wife never asked about maid’s mental status

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The agency never provided the maid with any emergency number and the employer would normally be the one to call.

Farhan Najib

A maid agency representative has never received a request from the wife of former Perak executive councillor Paul Yong Choo Kiong on their Indonesian maid’s mental status.

This was revealed by the agency’s sale and marketing representative Chor Pei Sun, 47, during the hearing of a rape case against Yong at the Ipoh High Court today before Judge Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed.

“I have received a phone call from Mrs Yong asking about her (Indonesian maid) medical check-up. Whether she has problem (health) or not.

“I could not recall when Mrs Yong called me, but it was before this case,” she said when asked by Yong’s counsel, Salim Bashir.

Earlier, Salim also asked whether the agency provided its contact number to maids in case of any problems, to which Chor replied “normally the agency won’t do so”.

Salim then asked who the workers called if they encountered any issues.

Chor replied that the agency has never come across such a case (referring to the rape case).

“If the maid refuses to continue working at a particular house, the employer would usually call the agency,” she said.

When Salim asked who the maid should call if her employer failed to pay her salary, Chor said that would be the Indonesian embassy, with the staff there informing the agency concerned.

Liyana Zawani Mohd Radzi and Ainul Wardah Shahidan prosecuted.

When asked by Liyana, how many time Yong’s wife had called Chor regarding the maid, the latter said only once.

“Only once and Mrs Yong called me and asked whether the maid medical check-up has been approved by Fomema (Foreign Workers Medical Examination Monitoring Agency),” she said.

When asked specifically whether Yong’s wife had requested a medical or mental check-up, Chor stressed that it was only a medical check-up.

Five witnesses were scheduled to testify today, including a forensic police officer.

On Aug 23, 2019, Yong, who is former Perak Housing, Local Government, Public Transport, Non-Muslim Affairs and New Villages Committee chairman, claimed trial at the Ipoh Sessions Court to raping his then 23-year-old maid.

The offence was allegedly committed in a room on the top floor of his house in Meru Desa Park on July 7 that year, between 8.15pm and 9.15pm.