KUALA LUMPUR: A feud in former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba's family has taken a new twist with his second wife D. Heryati Abdul Rahim and eldest son Tamrin punching each other at her residence.
They have lodged police reports, blaming each other for the assault that occurred in the three-storey bungalow home in the affluent suburb of Taman Duta where Ghafar and Heryati live.
Heryati and Tamrin claim they suffered injuries as a result of the fight on Sunday.
In the bitter family drama, Heryati accused Tamrin, the former MP for Batu Berendam, of abducting her six-year-old daughter, Kartika, and her two maids. She also claimed that “my husband has disappeared and I don’t know where he has gone.”
“I was not only beaten up but also humiliated by Tamrin, who called me a perempuan sundal (loose woman). I was treated like a criminal,” she said in a telephone interview.
But Tamrin told The Star: “My father has not disappeared. He is safe in one of my houses with his daughter and the maid. There is no abduction. Kartika is my father’s daughter. He loves her and he has the right to take her with him. He is afraid for her safety.”
Tamrin, on his part, released to The Star photographs that he said his son Fizal took of him after the altercation in the Taman Duta house. He had deep scratches under his left eye, along his left cheek and under his right arm.
Heryati, in her police report lodged at the Sentul district police headquarters at 4.30pm on Sunday, claimed that Tamrin walked into her house without permission.
She claimed he asked for Ghafar in Bahasa Malaysia by saying “Mana kau punya jantan (Where is your man?).” Ghafar was in his bedroom at the time of the incident.
Heryati then alleged that Tamrin approached her and repeatedly hit her. In fear, she ran to her maid’s room and then to Ghafar’s room for help.
She alleged that in the chaos, Tamrin’s family members grabbed her daughter Kartika and her two maids before leaving the house. She also claimed that Tamrin’s son hurled abuses and threatened to do “something” to her.
The first-year IIU student, who has now been suspended by the university authorities together with the three Bosnians following their khalwat case, charged that Tamrin came to the house “mafia style” accompanied by “several bouncers and his children.”
“My maid and daughter have been abducted by them since yesterday (Sunday),” she said, claiming until the time she wrote the press release, there was no communication between her and them.
Heryati alleged that the tyres of her two cars were also punctured, adding that her husband had also “disappeared and I don’t know where he is gone.”
Tamrin, in his police report, claimed that he and his family were about to leave for a relative’s wedding in Malacca when he received a telephone call from a family friend who is an ustaz alleging that there was a man with Heryati in the house.
An argument ensued between him and Heryati when he arrived at the house. He claimed that when he asked Heryati where “her boyfriend” was, she answered back, “What boyfriend?”
He said while Heryati went into Ghafar’s bedroom, he searched all the rooms.
He then quizzed the maids, who told him that “a man had jumped out from the bedroom window.”
When he went into Ghafar’s bedroom, another argument broke out between him and Heryati. Ghafar, who was holding on to Kartika, then allegedly ordered Heryati out of the house.
As Heryati got into her car, another argument between her and Tamrin occurred, and they pushed and shoved at each other. Heryati then telephoned Happy, her daughter from an earlier marriage, to come and fetch her.
The maids were loading some personal belongings of Ghafar and Kartika into Tamrin’s car when another altercation took place between Tamrin and Heryati.
Heryati, who admitted to committing khalwat (close proximity) with three Bosnian students recently, had alleged in a recent newspaper interview on Sunday that “a close relative” had tipped off religious officers in a move to sabotage her marriage.
City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Dell Akbar confirmed the police reports.
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