As a result of dissatisfaction with the statement of chairperson Nga Kor Ming, two state assemblypersons announced their resignation from the Perak DAP committee.
Malim Nawar assemblyperson Leong Cheok Keng and Pokok Assam assemblyperson Leow Thye Yih resigned as deputy treasurer and assistant secretary of Perak DAP respectively in protest.
They were dissatisfied with Nga’s statement that the status of Perak executive councillor Paul Yong, who is currently facing rape charges in court, would be discussed at the Pakatan Harapan level, Leong said.
Nga pointed out that the appropriate action that needs to be taken against the DAP state lawmaker would depend on the circumstances.
“Any decision made by Perak DAP should be discussed at the state committee level. Therefore we think the state committee is not functioning well. If we continue as members, we also find it useless. Hence we are leaving.
“However, we affirm that we remain as assemblypersons and DAP members, and remain loyal to the central leadership and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng,” Leong said.
Last month, it was reported that Yong was charged with raping his former Indonesian maid.
Yong went on leave from his official duties, two days after the charge, to solely focus on his rape trial.
Leong added that even Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu had said there would not be any reshuffle in the executive council leadership. They had hoped that their resignation would provide a lesson to DAP members.