PETALING JAYA: Former Melaka chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik has claimed that he was a high profile victim of sabotage, jealousy and betrayal following statutory rape charges against him in 1994.
"It was the dirtiest political conspiracy in the nation's history as there was an agenda and a grand design to cut me off," he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (May 31).
Abdul Rahim said that the conspiracy was due to political jealousy and organised efforts to remove the prime minister at the time.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister between 1981 and 2003. He returned as the nation's leader after leading Pakatan Harapan to win in the recently concluded GE14.
The former Umno vice-president said he was considered an Umno rising star back then and was also thought to be the "blue eyed boy" of Dr Mahathir.
He added that as the chief minister and the Umno Youth chief at that time, he had organised several grand programmes that glorified Umno and Malaysia.
Abdul Rahim however added that his successes had resulted in "negative and destructive jealousy".
He also said that when he resigned as the Melaka chief minister and Umno Youth chief in 1994 due to charges of statutory rape, he claimed that those "negative perceptions were a lie".
In 1994, Abdul Rahim was charged with statutory rape of a minor but the prosecutor later withdrew the charge citing lack of evidence.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who criticised the government's failure to bring Abdul Rahim to trial was later charged and sentenced to 18 months’ jail under the Sedition Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act.
He was released after 12 months.
Abdul Rahim said he was slandered by the media which saw him being hounded for 52 days, adding that he was chased even while on holiday in Singapore and London.
"The violence of the media that attacked me, even when I was innocent was outside the limits of humanity motivated by the conspiracy created by these leaders," he said.
After the investigation was completed, Abdul Rahim claimed that a forensics expert at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital had told him that the evidence given by the police was "not true and did not exist".
"He told me that I should take legal action on those who have slandered me, maybe he sympathised with me," he said.
He added that this revelation should have been done long ago to prevent him from being tainted by slander and suspicion.