Paul Yong should resign as assemblyman

Muhammad Shamsul Abd Ghani
29 Jul 2022 11:03am
Mohd Nizam
Mohd Nizam

SHAH ALAM - Paul Yong Choo needs to resign from his position as Tronoh assemblyman after being found guilty by the Ipoh High Court on Wednesday over the maid rape case.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Foundation President Mohd Nizam Mohd Isa said even though Yong could appeal in his case but as a leader, he should be responsible for his actions.

Nizam said Yong must take care of his moral value and integrity because it mirrored the representative chosen by the public.

"A leader should not act that way, they need to mirror a good reflection of the people.

"So for Paul Yong, he needs to resign from his position as assemblyman because he himself is not mirroring himself as a leader," he told Rasuah Busters.

Paul Yong was sentenced for 13 years and two whippings by the Ipoh High Court.

The punishment was meted out by Judge Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed after Yong who was also the Treasurer of Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) and a former state government exco was found guilty of raping his maid in 2019.

Wahab found the defence failed to raise reasonable doubt at the end of the case.

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Yong was accused of raping the 23-year-old Indonesian maid in a room in his house at Meru Desa Park between 8.15pm to 9.15pm on July 7, 2019.

He was accused under Section 376 (1) of the Penal Code, which carried a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and could be given lashings if found guilty.

Nizam also called for the public to choose a clean leader for the upcoming 15th General Elections (GE15).

"The hope is clear that we (the people) need to be wise to choose a leader.

"Leaders that we choose must be clean from all aspects, make this case a lesson for us all," he said.