I have been locked out of my house, says Heryati

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 08 Jan 2003

KUAL A LUMPUR: The feud in the family of former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba continued with his second wife, D. Heryati Abdul Rahim, alleging that she was locked out of their Taman Duta residence after a fist fight with Tamrin, the eldest son of Ghafar, on Sunday night. 

Heryati claimed she had not been able to gain entry into the three-storey bungalow since Monday as the locks had been changed.  

“This house belongs to Ghafar and me. I cannot understand why it has been locked and I am consulting my lawyers about this,” she said in a telephone interview here yesterday. 

Heryati said she had returned home at 11pm on Sunday after lodging a police report at the Sentul district police headquarters alleging that she was beaten up by Tamrin, the former MP for Batu Berendam. 

“The doors were opened and the lights were on. My friends advised me to leave the house for security reasons and I spent the night elsewhere but when I returned on Monday, the locks had been changed,” she said. 

Heryati said her daughter, Happy, from her previous marriage, also could not enter the house and had hurt herself while attempting to climb over the gate.  

On Sunday, Heryati and Tamrin lodged police reports against each other, blaming each other for the assault that occurred in the house where Ghafar and Heryati live. Heryati and Tamrin claimed they suffered injuries as a result of the fight. 

In the bitter family drama, Heryati accused Tamrin of abducting her six-year-old daughter, Kartika, and her two maids, adding that “my husband has disappeared and I don’t know where he has gone.” 

But Tamrin said that Ghafar and Kartika were safe in one of his houses and Ghafar had every right to take Kartika as he was her father.  

He reiterated that Ghafar was well but not ready to talk to the press.  

Heryati, who admitted to committing khalwat (close proximity) with three Bosnian students recently, had alleged in a newspaper interview that a “close relative” had tipped off religious officers in a move to sabotage her marriage. 

She explained that she pleaded guilty because she did not want to prolong the case but said she had not committed any immoral act, adding that the case was “technical” in nature.  

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