Sunday, January 13, 2008


Paint attack on Yong’s house
: A group of men was caught on tape smearing former Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee’s house here with red paint in the wee hours yesterday. The men went to the place in a white sedan car, and their action was caught on tape by a close circuit television camera installed at the house in Taman Kinamount, Luyang. The incident was only discovered family members at around 7am and they immediately informed Yong, who is also the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President. Yong and wife, Datin Stella, are both overseas. SAPP Secretary General Datuk Richard Yong when contacted, said he was shocked to hear about what happened. Describing the incident as uncalled for, Richard said four plastic bags containing red paint were found at the various splattered spots. Upon Yong’s advice, the family members immediately lodged a police report about the incident and also handed over a videotape containing images captured on close circuit television camera showing the front part of the house. “A police report was lodged by a family member and we will leave it to them to find out who is responsible for this shameless act,” he said. Richard said the CCTV recorded a car stopping in the front of the house before 1. 3Oam and people were seen hurling plastic bags into the compound. “The paint smeared the car porch, veranda and the roof of the house,” he said, adding that the police arrived at the scene after the report was lodged. Richard who was in touch with Yong said he (Yong) was shocked over the incident which described as malicious and uncivilised. “This is the first time something like this has occurred and it could be perceived as a threat or warning of some sort,” Richard added. Acting City Police Chief Supeintendent Rowell Marong confirmed the report and that investigations would be carried out into the case. So far no arrests have been made, he added.