Ghafar's wife seeks court order to take back daughter


  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Jan 2003

BY CHEN MEI LING

KUALA LUMPUR: Heryati Abdul Rahim applied for a writ of habeas corpus at the High Court yesterday seeking the release of her daughter, whom she alleges is being illegally detained by her husband’s eldest son, Tamrin. 

Heryati, the second wife of former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba, named Tamrin, the former MP for Batu Berendam, as the sole respondent in the application. 

Heryati arrived at the courthouse at about 2.50pm, accompanied by her counsel Karpal Singh, Gobind Singh Deo and Ramkarpal Singh. 

When approached by reporters, Heryati, 41, said she had come to court because she had no idea where her six-year-old daughter, Kartika, was. 

“I don’t know who my daughter is with at the moment. I have come (to court) to ask that my daughter be returned to me. That is all. 

“I want to know if she is well or not,” she added. 

Justice S. Augustine Paul is scheduled to hear the application on Monday morning. 

In her affidavit supporting the application, Heryati claimed Tamrin had trespassed into her Taman Duta house on Sunday afternoon. 

“I asked the respondent (Tamrin) why he came to my house without permission. The respondent retorted, ‘Mana kau punya jantan?’ (where is your man?) and said I was a perempuan sundal (loose woman).  

“The respondent then came towards me and hit me with his hand, injuring me in the face, head and body. I retaliated in self-defence,” she said in the affidavit. 

Heryati said that after the scuffles, Tamrin directed Kartika to be taken away despite her protests.  

“During this time, Kartika cried and called out my name but the respondent did not heed her pleas and took her away. 

“I am deeply concerned about the health and well-being of my daughter.'' 

Heryati had recently admitted to the Syariah High Court here to committing khalwat (close proximity) with three Bosnian students. 

In a recent newspaper interview, Heryati had alleged that “a close relative” had tipped off religious officers in a move to sabotage her marriage. 

She said she had pleaded guilty because she did not want to prolong the case. She denied she had committed any immoral acts, saying the case was “technical” in nature.  

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