(Petaling Jaya, Tuesday): The application by former Malacca Chief Minister, Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Cik for an interim injunction for a blanket ban on the DAP from making any statement, speech or reference to the scandal of the 14-year-old girl has been postponed to September 27 for a full hearing.
I am surprised by Rahimís defamation suit against the DAP, DAP Chairman
Dr. Chen Man Hin and myself that we have defamed him, whether
in the DAPís "Support, Sympathy and Solidarity (SSS) with Lim
Guan Eng" campaign posters or the book "Lim Guan Eng - MP in Jail
- Second Edition: Malaysian Dream from Kajang Prison", by using words that
"in their natural and ordinary meaning and/or by inference" meant
committed the criminal offence of statutory rape.
had an intimate relationship with a schoolgirl.
Is guilty of engaging in an illicit and unlawful extramarital sexual relationship with an underaged girl.
Is not a good Muslim.
Is and was at all material times a person who is unfit for holding public office.
Is and was at all material times a person who is unfit for business or professional relationships; and
acquired his property through unlawful or corrupt means.
I am not aware that the SSS campaign posters or the book "Lim Guan Eng - MP in Jail - Second Edition: Malaysian Dream from Kajang Prison" had made any inference, direct or indirect, that Rahim had "acquired his property through unlawful or corrupt means".
What is significant, however, is the fourth police report lodged by
former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on 20th August 1999
that the Anti-Corruption Agency and the Attorney-Generalís Chambers had
concluded in 1994 after investigations that there was prima facie
case to prosecute Rahim for corruption and abuse of power under Section
21(2) of the Emergency Ordinance 22 (1970) when he was Malacca Chief Minister
for the following grounds:
As Chairman of the Committee on the Sub-Division of Land, Malacca, he approved an application by Syarikat Dayamik
for subdivision of Lot 902 without declaring his interest in the company.
He approved an application by Syarikat Dayamik to change the conditions for Lot 1727.
He did not declare his wealth as directed by the ACA and the Attorney-Generalís Chambers.
He made a false declaration to the Prime Minister regarding his wealth, which is an offence under
Section 199 of the Penal Code (FMS Cap.45), punishable under Section 193.
Can Rahim confirm or deny the substance of Anwarís fourth police report on corruption and abuses of power in high political places?
In view of Anwarís fourth police report, the former Deputy Prime Minister will undoubtedly be an important key witness if there is a full hearing as to whether Rahim had been defamed for any imputation that he had "acquired his property through unlawful or corrupt means".
*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic
Action Party Secretary-General & Member
of Parliament for Tanjong