Pending rep claims confronted by spouse of high ranking state official

Yong speaking to reporters at the DUN media room.

KUCHING, Nov 12: Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong claims she was ambushed and confronted by a family member of a high ranking official at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) complex yesterday.

Urging for tighter security at the complex, Yong asked for more stringent procedures when admitting visitors into the building.

“A woman had stopped me at the first door of Door D in the chamber while I was walking out. She interrogated me on why I highlighted her daughter’s interest in [company name] during my debate speech last week. She said she did not have good sleep for the past few days and then she cried in front of me,” Yong said in a press conference at the DUN media room today.

She added that Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu and Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How also witnessed incident.

“I felt emotionally blackmailed and manipulated. I am distressed and I could not sleep last night as well,” Yong said.

Yong questioned how the woman was allowed into the chambers when the venue is supposed to be exclusively for elected representatives and key government officers.

“I believe the answer is clear because her husband is a powerful high (ranking) officer. When permission is given to her to sit in this august House, the house has created the circumstances whereby a member of the House is subject to harassment,” she asserted.

Yong opined that everyone in the august House should feel comfortable to raise issues without fear or favour.

“The sanctity of this DUN should be upheld and respected at the highest degree, and not be abused or used as a place for personal harassment,” she asserted. — DayakDaily