Paul Yong's case - Can we trust anything in this country? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, August 26, 2019
Malaysiakini : "There could be a conspiracy planned to defame Yong that cannot be ignored." – Ramkarpal Singh
COMMENT | In Brain DePalma’s conspiracy classic Blow Out, John Travolta, playing the jaded sound effects technician Jack Terry, says, “No one wants to know about conspiracy anymore.”
could be further from the truth in Malaysia. Some will claim that the
Najib Abdul Razak regime killed our trust in public institutions. I
disagree. He just put it on life support.
Embattled DAP Perak exco Paul Yong claims he has a “hunch”
who set him up. It would have been helpful of him to point us in the
direction of who is setting him up. Is it the dreaded Umno-PAS combo or
is it members of his coalition? Is the enemy within or are 'they' out
secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, in flipping the bird to conventionality
when charged with his crime, had the comfort of the alleged conspiracy
of the BN regime. Lim Kit Siang even mooted a roadshow around the
country where he would ask the grassroots if Guan Eng should take a
leave of absence pending his trial.
In Yong’s case, Guan Eng
claimed that the DAP would make a decision following the results of the
police investigations. As yet, no decision has been made. Anthony Loke (photo), meanwhile, shrugged off the
Perak menteri besar’s advice for Yong to take leave pending the outcome
of the trial, strengthening the political narrative that DAP believes
that Yong is innocent.
said, "The (issue) of the exco post held by Yong will be decided by the
state and central leadership and then (we will) discuss with the
menteri besar,” which on the face of it, sounds extremely arrogant.
kind of arrogance which is fodder for the Malay far right and no doubt
even for Malay power structures in his coalition. Loke may as well have
flipped the bird at the menreri besar too, and said that this a DAP
family issue, so tough noogies.
I guess now every menteri besar
understands that he has no real power when it comes to advising
politicians to take leave when faced with criminal charges, and the only
people who should decide are the politicians from the party of the
accused. I guess this is the new normal under Pakatan Harapan in New
Believing Yong is innocent and the alleged conspiracy to
bring down Yong are not mutually exclusive. If you believe in one, you
have to believe the other. Hence, the Perak DAP is acknowledging
that there is a conspiracy to bring down Yong. The only other way Paul
is innocent is if he claims that any sexual activity was consensual, and
Paul has denied any sexual involvement with this woman.
only narrative – and I know some people, especially activists, will get
angry with my use of the term 'narrative' when it comes to a crime like
rape – is that there is a conspiracy to bring down Yong. Or at least the
only one that Yong's camp can advance. Now if you can accept this, then the question becomes, who is framing Yong? Again the crime becomes secondary.
Yong’s legal defence team has made it clear that these allegations – the conspiracy – need to be investigated. Ramkarpal Singh (right in photo),
in wanting the attorney-general to drop the case against Yong, said:
"It has to be investigated fully. That allegation was made only last
night. It would have been impossible for the AG to investigate the
allegation before (Yong was charged) this morning.”
Does the defence team know who is setting up Yong? Did Yong
let them in on his “hunch”? Keep in mind that Yong has said that
although he believes the police is professional, he has a problem with
the investigating officer.
“I trust the police’s professionalism, but I am unhappy with the investigating officer,” he said. “I gave my full cooperation before I was charged, and I didn’t even make any comment as requested by them.”
other words, Paul is singling out a specific officer and not the entire
police force. This brings into question the nature of the conspiracy,
the scope of it and, of course, who was involved, which by implication
also means members of the Perak police, by insinuation at the very
The issue of the back and forth between the
Attorney-General's Chambers and the police was described as a way to
ensure an airtight case and not any malfeasance on the part of actors
According to state police chief Razarudin
Hussain, “The investigation papers were also returned a few times by the
AGC so that the police could ensure an 'airtight' investigation had
He also said that the report lodged by Perak state speaker Ngeh Koo Ham (centre in photo) would be investigated separately, which is not as dodgy as it first sounds.There
could very well be a conspiracy to bring down Yong by manipulating a
consensual sexual encounter, but since Yong has said that there was no
sexual activity with his accuser, there is very little room to manoeuvre
in this theory.
When Ngeh wants the police to investigate the possibility of a “hidden agenda”
against Yong, and the whole of the Perak DAP believes in Yong's
innocence, there is nowhere else to go from there. This has become a
political issue and the question now becomes, who is setting up Yong?
the problem with all these conspiracy theories. Politicians always hint
at conspirators, but neither they nor the police ever unmask these
people, and the excuse always is that the investigations are ongoing.
People move on and forget.
Already, social media is flooded with
theories about the intra-politics of the DAP, and various narratives are
pointing to a fight between state and federal level proxies with Yong
as collateral damage. The question of Yong's innocence or guilt when it comes to this crime has become secondary.
the case of PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali – which I still have
no idea about what is criminal about it beyond the fact that certain
sex acts are deemed criminal in this country – the state security
apparatus has declared the video genuine, but are unclear of one of the
participants. Investigations are ongoing, they tell us.
happens if the Perak police discover there is evidence of a conspiracy
in Yong’s claims, notwithstanding that there is evidence of sexual
contact between the accused and the accuser?Or that there is no evidence of sexual contact between the two, but there is evidence of a conspiracy? I don’t think Malaysians realise how dangerous this is.