Rahim Tamby Cik to apply for interim injunction in Kuala Lumpur High Court tomorrow  for a blanket ban on the DAP from making any statement, speech or reference to the scandal of the 14-year-old girl - including the Internet


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang 
 

(Petaling Jaya, Monday): Malaysians of conscience and justice are looking forward to welcome the return to society of former DAP Member of Parliament for Kota Melaka, Lim Guan Eng,  who would leave Kajang Prison on Wednesday after serving 12 monthsí imprisonment in the defence of the honour, dignity, human rights and women rights of an underaged Malay girl.

Clearly related to Guan Engís release on Wednesday, DAP lawyers were this morning served with the notice of an application by former Malacca Chief Minister, Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Cik, that he is applying for an interim injunction in the Kuala Lumpur High Court tomorrow for a blanket ban on the DAP from making any statement, speech or reference to the scandal of the 14-year-old girl - including the Internet.

In a defamation suit filed against the DAP, Dr. Chen Man Hin as DAP Chairman and myself as DAP Secretary-General, Rahim alleged that he had been defamed by the DAPís "Support, Sympathy and Solidarity  (SSS) with Lim Guan Eng" campaign posters and the book "Lim Guan Eng - MP in Jail - Second Edition: Malaysian Dream from Kajang Prison".

Rahim claimed that the SSS posters and the book are defamatory in meaning that he
 

Rahim also alleged that the articles, statements and remarks made by various personalities, mass media and organisations  published in the book,  whether  by  Dr. Chen Man Hin, Guan Eng himself, Betty Chew or myself  as well as those by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar,  Professor Jomo KS, Raja Aziz Addruse, Tun Mohamed Suffian, Dato Param Cumaraswamy, Ramdas Tikamdas, P. Ramakrishnan,  Rasamah Bhupalan, Zainur Zakaria, Mehrun Siraj, Cecil Rajendra, Yang Pei Keng, Rustam Sani, Gan Teik Chee, Sivarasa Rasiah, Aliran, Suaram, Inter-Parliamentary Union,  International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Nikkei Weekly, are  defamatory.

Rahimís application for a blanket ban against the DAP on any reference on the scandal of the 14-year-old girl is most unprecedented, covering all speeches, writings and even references -  including  the Internet.

If such an interim injunction is allowed, there would be far-reaching implications as  DAP MPs who want to raise the issue of the scandal of the 14-year-old girl in Parliament and DAP leaders who want to question the decision  of the Attorney-General not prosecuting Rahim Tamby Cik for statutory rape of the 14-year-old girl would be barred.

(23/8/99)


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong