(Kajang, Thursday): The Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah, should clarify whether he had "cleared" former Malacca Chief Minister and UMNO Youth leader, Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Cik, of a sex scandal involving an underaged girl.
Rahim in a statement yesterday warning Anwar Ibrahim not to make slanderous references against him in his ceramahs said that he had been cleared by the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah of all allegations in an alleged sex scandal.
Rahim said that he would refer to the Attorney-General to determine the legal implications behind Anwar’s remarks and hoped that the Attorney-General will look into the matter and take action similar to that which was taken against Guan Eng, who is in Kajang Prisons for 18 months for offences under the Sedition Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act.
Mohtar Abdullah should explain the implication of Rahim’s statement, as the former Malacca Chief Minister seems to imply that they have an understanding that Guan Eng would be punished for going to the defence of the honour, women’s rights and human rights of the then 15-year-old girl on the pleas for help by her grandmother.
In this connection, the Attorney-General should pay attention to the joint statement entitled "The Rule of Law Under Threat" issued by 14 Malaysian civic leaders two days ago expressing grave concern about the "ever steady and increasing disregard for and erosion of the rule of law and the principles of natural justice".
The 14 signatories to the joint statement include former Lord President, Tun Mohamed Suffian, former Bar Council Presidents Raja Aziz Addruse, Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy and Zainur Zakaria, social scientist Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, HAKAM President, Ramdas Tikamdas, Aliran President P. Ramakrishnan, SUARAM co-ordinator Sivarasa Rasiah and writer Rustam A. Sani. Other signatories are Rasamah Bhupalan, Mehrun Siraj, Cecil Rajendra, Yang Pei Keng and Gan Teik Chee.
The joint statement made specific reference to the Attorney-General’s
handling of the case of Rahim Tamby Cik in connection with the sex scandal.
In view of the underaged girl’s evidence in court during the trial of Guan Eng in the Malacca High Court, stating on oath that she had sex relationship with Rahim Tamby Cik when she was underaged, and the joint statement by the 14 civic leaders on "The Rule of Law Under Threat’, Mohtar Abdullah should explain whether he is prepared to re-open the case on Rahim Tamby Cik and to prosecute him in the way that he had successfuly prosecuted the other 14 persons in the same case for having committed the offence of statutory rape with a minor.