Former Melaka (Malacca) Chief Minister Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik yesterday (Dec 16) announced his resignation from UMNO. He was Malacca’s 6th chief minister – from 1982 to 1994 during the era of Mahathir Mohamad. He was also the UMNO Youth Chief from 1993 to 1996. However, the 68-year-old former big gun is nothing but an expired UMNO warlord.
What raises eyebrows though, is his application to join Prime Minister Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM). Rahim Thamby Chik said – “I am sad to leave UMNO after having struggled for over 40 years to champion the Malays. I quit the party because Bersatu can champion the Malays better, more efficiently and more effectively.”
The former Malacca chief minister also said that UMNO was now caught in the “cash is king” culture which was more difficult to rectify, even in the next one or two elections. Exactly where was Thamby Chik when the ex-premier Najib Razak, his former boss whose policy was “cash was king”, was busy stealing and plundering the national coffers?
Thamby Chik talked as if he wasn’t part of the “cash is king” system, despite the fact he was rewarded with the chairmanship at RISDA (Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority) during Najib administration. Now that UMNO has collapsed and Najib has been slapped with dozens of charges, he conveniently blames everything and everyone but himself.
But the worst part isn’t about Rahim Thamby Chik being ungrateful and betrays his party the moment he has the chance. The worst part is when PPBM President Muhyiddin Yassin plays down suspicions and dissatisfactions raised by the component parties of Pakatan Harapan over Rahim’s attempt to join the party. He said every membership application would undergo a vetting process.
Seriously? Does the name Rahim Thamby Chik, infamous of raping an underage school girl, really needs any further investigations? Yes, the disgraceful Rahim Thamby Chik should be the last person on planet Earth qualified to be even considered for membership in PPBM, if Muhyiddin Yassin and Mahathir Mohamad don’t want their party to be known as a club for the rapist or paedophile.
It was already bad that Mahathir is being called a “garbage collector” now, in reference to his desires and fetishes to accept all UMNO frogs. It would be an insult to the 93-year-old man’s reputation if he readily accepts Rahim Thamby Chik, a former UMNO leader who raped a 15-year-old school girl (under Malaysian law, sex with minor constitutes statutory rape) back in 1994.
Ironically, the present Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was the opposition MP who had stood and spoken against the then-Chief Minister of Malacca Rahim Thamby Chik. Mr. Lim was instead arrested, charged and imprisoned 18 months under the Sedition Act 1948 and the Printing Presses and Publication 1984, while all rape charges against Mr. Rahim were dropped.
Due to the rape and corruption allegations, Rahim was considered too “high profile” hence forced to resign from all his posts by Mahathir (during his era from 1981 to 2003). But he never went to jail. As for the underage rape survivor, she was initially detained for 10 years without parental consent. She was subsequently sentenced to three years “protective custody” in a house for “wayward girls”.
Together with Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and Shuib Lazim, Rahim Thamby Chik was also the architect behind the making, possessing and distributing of a sex video with an evil intention to frame opposition de-facto leader Anwar Ibrahim (now PM-in-waiting). But there’s more. In 2014, the despicable man spread fake news that the Selangor prince had converted to Catholicism.
Apparently, Mr. Rahim spread the fake news that the crown prince of the Sultanate of Selangor had relinquished all his possessions and a chance to succeed to the prestigious throne of Selangor state to follow his heart and marry Spanish top model and superstar 16-year-old Cristina Gomez. The royal house had considered the fiasco as sedition and slander.
What type of grass has Muhyiddin been smoking lately? Rahim is actually worse than UMNO President Zahid Hamidi. At least, Zahid was merely involved in corruption and money laundering and gangsterism, but didn’t rape a school girl. Besides, Rahim isn’t a Member of Parliament so the justification to accept him for the sake of getting two-thirds majority of institutional reforms does not hold water.
PM Mahathir has been telling all and sundry that his party only accepts good UMNO people. But if Rahim Thamby Chik is the gold standard of the so-called good people, the Mahathir government might as well welcome Zahid Hamidi, even Najib Razak for that matter, into his party and make “Barney & Friends” theme song the official song of PPBM where everyone hugs and dances like one big happy family.
In reality, Rahim Thamby Chik is the biggest pariah among the Malays and Muslims and worse than a prostitute. A good Malay leader does not rape a 15-year-old Malay school girl. A good Muslim does not spread fake news that the prince of a Malay Ruler had converted to Catholicism, let alone produced sex video to falsely frame another person.
After prostituting himself to Najib Razak, now he bends down for Mahathir Mohamad just because he isn’t done with power, contracts, wealth and most probably sex. It will be a slap in the face to not only Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, but also the PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim. How could both individuals work together with a crook and rapist like Rahim Thamby Chik who had them framed?
Hell, if Mahathir and Muhyiddin could accept Rahim Thamby Chik with open arms, they should offer Chua Soi Lek, former MCA president caught in a sex scandal in 2008, a ministryship in the government. After all, Mr. Chua’s offence was merely bonking his “girlfriend” in a hotel room. And it was a consensual sexual relationship, unlike Thamby’s sexual assault.
Mahathir has been crying, whining and bitching about corruption being the new culture of the Malays and how the ethnic was so lazy and untrustworthy that even the banks don’t trust them anymore. Yet, at the same time, he has no problem considering the membership of a corrupt Malay leader like Rahim. Worse, his party appears to have no issue with a Malay leader who had raped a school girl.
More importantly, the prime minister will be sending the wrong signal if Rahim Thamby Chik’s membership is accepted – that he’s returning the favour of his man, Rahim Thamby Chik, for being loyal once upon a time. It would send a message that he has higher regard, respect and appreciation for a crook and a rapist, than allies Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Guan Eng.
It would be a moronic move to forget and forgive what this despicable former Malacca chief minister had done in the past – destroying the life of a Malay school girl, insulting a Malay Ruler and mocking the judiciary system. Heck, this is one classic and genuine example of how the Malays, Islam and Malay Sultans were being insulted.
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