KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik said allegations of statutory rape as stated in posters and a book published by the DAP were serious because they had damaging implications on him as a father, husband, politician and a Muslim, the High Court heard yesterday.
Abdul Rahim, 52, who is currently the executive chairman of Artac Holdings Sdn Bhd, said the words as a whole in the posters and in the book Lim Guan Eng – MP in Jail Second Edition: Malaysian Dream from Kajang Prison could be understood that he had committed the offence of statutory rape.
“This in turn implies, amongst other things, that I am a rapist, a serious criminal and that I am not a good Muslim.
“Apart from the sexual allegation, the words can be understood to mean that I acquired my wealth through unlawful or corrupt means,” said Abdul Rahim, adding that the allegations were untrue and defamatory.
Abdul Rahim, who was replying to questions during examination-in-chief by one of his counsel Firuz Hussein, said the mental trauma and anguish which his wife and children had to endure due to the allegations had been tremendous.
“In a sense, I seek this vindication not only for myself but also for the members of my family because they have had to endure these allegations for so long.
“I would like my children to once again raise their heads up high and not feel any shame about these allegations or their father’s conduct,” he said, adding that the allegations had also inflicted immeasurable harm to his position in Umno.
“I am here today in court to clear my name once and for all and to vindicate my reputation,” said Abdul Rahim, adding that the posters were placed everywhere and that the book was widely sold in bookshops, by news agents and even distributed by the DAP.
During cross-examination by DAP’s counsel Karpal Singh, Abdul Rahim said there were at least 24 paragraphs in the book where he had been defamed.
Abdul Rahim was also represented by Datuk Dominic Puthucheary while the DAP was also represented by counsel Gobind Singh Deo.
The hearing before Justice James Foong continues today.