Paul Yong’s political status to be examined by state legal adviser

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PBM reviewing Yong’s post in party.

Paul Yong Choo Kiong’s position as an elected representative will be scrutinised by the state legal adviser, Perak Speaker Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid said.

Yong, the Tronoh assemblyman from Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM), was found guilty of raping his maid by the High Court yesterday.

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Yong was sentenced by the High Court to 13 years’ jail and two strokes of the rotan for raping his Indonesian maid three years ago.

Judge Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed delivered the judgment after Yong, who is also PBM treasurer-general and a former state executive councillor, was found guilty of the crime.

Wahab held that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Yong’s counsel Datuk Rajpal Singh and Salim Bashir asked the court for a stay of execution as they planned to file an appeal against the verdict, which was granted.

But the judge ordered Yong to surrender his passport to the court and set bail at RM15,000 with one surety.

Yong won the Tronoh seat in the 14th general Election on a DAP ticket before leaving the party to join PBM in December 2020.

Meanwhile, PBM said it will review Yong’s position in the party.

PBM’s information chief Zakaria Abdul Hamid said the matter will be discussed in the party’s supreme council monthly meeting on Friday this week.

“As a political party that supports the rule of law, we greatly respect the decision made by the Ipoh High Court regarding the Yong case.

“At this point, we were informed that he had been allowed to appeal to a higher court. We are very confident in the country’s judicial system and believe that the legal process that he will go through will be fair and just,” Zakaria said in a statement.