Perak Exco Paul Yong May Be Charged with Rape Tomorrow

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Charges may be filed against Perak executive councillor Paul Yong Choo Kiong at the Ipoh Sessions Court tomorrow over the alleged rape of his former Indonesian maid last month.

It was reported that a source from the state public prosecutor’s office said that the media could stand-by at court tomorrow.

Perak Criminal Investigation Department chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Othman confirmed receipt of the investigation paper from the state public prosecutor’s office.

Apparently, Yong has been notified by police this morning about the pending charge.

It is believed that a legal team is being assembled to represent Yong and this includes making a submission on bail application.

Yong, who is in charge of state housing, local government, public transport, non-Islamic affairs and new villages, was accused of raping the 23-year-old Indonesian at his house in Meru in a police report filed on July 8. He has consistently denied the allegation.

Police arrested Yong the next day and recorded his statement before releasing him on bail.

Medical examinations were performed on both Yong and the Indonesian as part of the investigation.

The Indonesian worker is now in a “safe house” in Malaysia under the care of the Indonesian embassy.

The case has been classified under Section 376 of the Penal Code for rape.

Those convicted under this section can be punished with a jail term of up to 20 years and whipping.