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29-12-2002, 04:23 PM
Sunday, December 29, 2002

<font size="+1">Ghafar Baba’s second wife caught for ‘khalwat’ with Bosnian students</font>

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28: Toh Puan Heryati Abdul Rahim, the second wife of former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Ghafar Baba, has been caught for allegedly committing khalwat (close proximity) with three Bosnian students.

The case is expected to be brought before the Federal Territory syariah court in a few days.

A reliable source said a team from the Federal Territory religious department raided a condominium in Jalan Pahang in September where they were found together.

Even though the high-profile case occurred in September, it only started circulating within political circles in October.

It has been getting more attention of late.

Heryati married Ghafar in 1992 when he was still the Deputy Prime Minister. They have a five-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

She was in her late 40s when she married Ghafar who was then 73 and the marriage captured media attention.

Another source said Heryati had recently enrolled as a first year student in the International Islamic University. The three Bosnians are also students of the university.

The source said one of the Bosnians had been expelled after failing to make his grades but had appealed against the decision.


29-12-2002, 09:58 PM
let me see if i got this right....the toh puan married gb in 1992 (10 years ago) when she was in her late 40s. that makes her in her late fifties now....the bosnian students are probably in their 20s...err...is this possible? and with three to top it off??? or another case of overzealous enforcement?

30-12-2002, 02:10 PM
well, you can't say that she's not "experienced". and the kids? perhaps they had mused over the risk of paternity suit b4 chosing their mate? anythings better than nothing. and to cream it, an xdpm's wife - couldn't get mroe exciting could it?:D :D :D

01-01-2003, 04:37 PM
Tuesday, December 31, 2002

<font size="+1">‘Khalwat’ with students: Heryati pleads guilty</font>

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30: D. Heryati Abdul Rahim, the second wife of former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Ghafar Baba, today pleaded guilty in the Syariah High Court to committing khalwat (close proximity) with three Bosnian International Islamic University students.

Heryati, who is also a student at the university; Admir Mehinovic, 23; Izudin Mulalic, 27; and Mirza Trako, 25, were let off with a stern warning.

In a ruling believed to be unprecedented, judge Abu Bakar Ahmad barred the media from reporting the details of the charges and the proceedings, following an application by counsel Daud Daros.

Surprisingly, Syariah prosecuting officer Shaarani Ismail did not object to the application. Heryati, 41, who was clad in a black robe and black tudung, arrived at the court at 1.20pm.

Mehinovic, Mulalic and Trako arrived a few minutes later and entered the courtroom at 1.30pm.

Mehinovic was in a dark brown short-sleeved shirt and Mulalic and Trako in dark blue longsleeved shirts. All three wore baseball caps and covered their faces with their hands when they were leaving the court, to avoid Press photographers.

The four of them were separately charged with committing the offence at No 282-06-02, Heritage Condominiums, Jalan Pahang, Setapak, at midnight on Sept 28.

Daud, in his application, said the media should be barred from reporting the proceedings because it was a "high-profile case involving a personality".

"This is a rather sensitive case as it involves university students. All four are International Islamic University students, three of whom are Bosnians who came here to study.

"The presence of the Press and the reports in the media will create various problems, especially to our guests from overseas who want to continue their studies here.

"Therefore, I am applying to the court to bar the Press, which is present in the courtroom and waiting outside, from following the proceedings and reporting the case." Daud said the case was only "technical" in nature and media reports could give rise to slander.

After deliberating for some time, Abu Bakar, who accepted the reasons given by Daud, said that in Islam, matters which could cause embarrassment should not be publicised.

"I, therefore, order the media not to report the charges and the proceedings," he said.

Abu Bakar, however, did not order members of the Press to leave the courtroom.

Before proceedings started, Daud, who pointed to one of the members of the Press and asked if she was from the Press, said sternly: "I am asking those who have nothing to do with the proceedings to leave the courtroom." Another reporter replied that she would not leave unless there was a ruling from the court to do so.

Daud later said he would apply for such a ruling from the court.


01-01-2003, 05:17 PM
Wednesday, January 1, 2003

<font size="+1">Pas pelajar Bosnia ditamat sebaik sahaja terima laporan</font>

KUALA LUMPUR 31 Dis. - Jabatan Imigresen akan menamatkan pas tiga pelajar rakyat Bosnia yang dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah di sini semalam dengan isteri kedua bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tun Ghafar Baba, Heryati Abdul Rahim, sebaik sahaja menerima laporan daripada pihak berkuasa agama dan Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA).

Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Imigresen, Datuk Mohd. Jamal Kamdi berkata, penamatan itu akan diambil jika laporan mengesahkan mereka terbabit dalam aktiviti tidak bermoral itu.

"Apa yang dilakukan sebelum ini ialah Jabatan Imigresen pernah memendekkan tempoh pas bagi dua pelajar dari sebuah kolej yang didapati bekerja sebagai pegawai perhubungan awam (GRO).

"Untuk kes ini, kita akan siasat berhati-hati berdasarkan laporan daripada pihak tertentu termasuk jabatan agama dan kita kena lihat sama ada mereka ini benar-benar mengancam keselamatan negara atau tidak,'' katanya ketika dihubungi di sini hari ini.


02-01-2003, 10:42 AM
<font size="+2">NST slams gag order on khalwat hearing</font>

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

<font size="+1">Locked out of a legitimate right</font>

THE idea of a system of open courts is that justice must be seen to be done. Public adjudications display due process at work and demonstrate that judgments are not arbitrary. Law-breakers do not only answer to an official, but to society and the people.

It was odd therefore for the Syariah High Court hearing a khalwat (close proximity) case involving the second wife of former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Ghafar Baba and three Bosnians studying at the International Islamic University to have barred the media from reporting details of the charges as well as the proceedings. While one can accept that the judge was acting within his jurisdiction, his decision nevertheless raises a host of questions, among them the principle that all are equal before the court.

The reason given for the case to be kept under wraps, because of its high profile — meaning it involves a VIP — and foreign university students is rather lame. Even if an uncontested guilty plea allowed for a brisk disposal of the case, the judge should have been loth to relent to the defence application for a hearing behind closed doors. It is under-standable that some proceedings should be held in camera, such as when the evidence involves sordid details of a sexual nature. But when there is none, as is apparent in this case, the gag is uncalled for. Instead of judicial discretion, it can easily be seen to be intimidation to conform to some vague agenda, rather than Islamic jurisprudence.

It is unfortunate that this episode is happening at a time when the running of the Syariah court has come increasingly under public scrutiny and criticism. To gain public confidence, the court must be seen to be fair to all and impartial to all accused. We cannot have a court system that is seen to favour one section of society. The Syariah court should have level standing with the civil and criminal courts, which recently exemplified that even the highest reaches of royalty — the wife of the third in line to the Perak throne — were not immune to prosecution.

Today, it is the wife of a VIP. Tomorrow, it may be somebody else exercising undue influence. The workings of the court must be transparent at all times. There cannot be trials by exception. Favouritism and cronyism have no place in its hallowed sanctum.

Nothing should be done to deny the people's right to know. The precedent set by the court is an ominous development which, if left unchecked, would be detrimental to the public interest and the institution of the syariah.


03-01-2003, 07:03 AM
<font size="+1">By now, you must be very familiar with the sandiwara syndrome in Malaysia</font> ;)

Don't just read the news as it is.

When we staretd this thread, we expected Utusan Malaysia to sustain the issue and agenda behind this khalwat event, and we hope to chronicle how it is going to be managed from the governance point of view.

Yet, it turned up to be NST that took the bait. Surprise.

While we profess not being in the league of conspiracy theorists, but if in your mind you are now mulling over:

1. Why did a purported event as simple as a "TV-watching session" end in being caught for khalwat? Is khalwat defined as close promixity with more than two consenting individuals? Is this the work of Selangor religious officials?

2. Why weren't the details heard in court in the presence of media when the 'accused' were insinuated against? Why were they being hurled up and let off with warning? Why did Heryati choose to plead guilty?

3. Would another khalwat case involving lesser mortals (non-VIP, non-foreigners) be barred from being heard by the media? Who is the court trying to protect?

4. Is there shadow-play to smear the good name of Tun Ghafar Baba and his associates?

... then you are very sane.

03-01-2003, 07:08 AM
6:23pm Thu Jan 2nd, 2003

<FONT SIZE="+1">Media blackout on high-profile khalwat case raises queries</FONT>
Yap Mun Ching

The Syariah High Court's unprecedented decision to ban the media from reporting a khalwat (close proximity) case involving the wife of former deputy prime minister Ghafar Baba has elicited mixed reactions.

Non-governmental organisation Sisters-in-Islam (SIS) said the media should be "more careful" in reporting khalwat cases since there is always the possibility of "overzealous" enforcement.

"We are concerned over the possibility of overzealous enforcement of the law. These situations could be aggravated by wide coverage (in the press).

"We are concerned with all cases and not only this case," said SIS research manager Nik Noriani Nik Badli Shah when contacted today.

However, she said details of this particular case should also be made clear since it differed from others in that it involved more than one couple.

"The usual understanding of the definition of khalwat is that it involves one man and one woman. In this case, they are students and there are four of them.

"What is the definition of khalwat then? We are curious why they were arrested," she said.

On Monday, syariah judge Abu Bakar Ahmad allowed an application to stop the media from reporting details of the charges and proceedings of the case concerning D Heryati Abdul Rahim, 41, and three Bosnian students from the International Islamic University students in Kuala Lumpur on the grounds that it was a "high-profile case involving a personality".

The defendants had pleaded guilty during the hearing and were released with a "stern warning" from the court. The three Bosnian students are Admir Melinovic, 23, Izudin Mulalic, 27, and Mirza Trako, 25.

Ban incomprehensible

Meanwhile, Keadilan said the media blackout was "unusual" and "suspicious" because of its inconsistency with other similar cases.

Party secretary-general Sahri Bahri said the ban was incomprehensible as details of the arrest had already been published in all major dailies.

"What is it that they want to hide? It is as though the matter can still be kept secret when it is already in the public domain and is widely known.

"Furthermore, the court administration of this case is also inconsistent with other syariah cases which are usually high-profile and receive widespread coverage," he said in a statement yesterday.

The Keadilan leader also questioned why the four were released with a mere warning despite pleading guilty to the charge.

"The court's decision is unusual and unprecedented. Is this because it involves personalities who are within the circle of the ruling party?

"This raises a lot of questions and doubts over the integrity and justice of the syariah court," he stressed.

Public education

According to the Malaysian Association of Muslim Scholars (PUM), the necessity of the ban depended on the purpose behind publication of the case details.

"Reports on khalwat cases become inappropriate when they are done to degrade one's character. At the end of the day, it depends on the policy of the media owners whether they want to teach society a lesson or so that their papers can sell quickly with these types of stories," its president Abdul Ghani Shamsudin was quoted as saying in Berita Harian.

He added that reporting should be done in a "proper" manner and with a clear view in mind that they are for the education of society so that (other Muslims) realise the implications of their actions.


04-01-2003, 09:29 AM
Again, we seek your indulgence to not only look at the facts of the case (of which most was withheld by the court), and more importantly, how the case is being administered by all relevant parties from the governance point of view.

Saturday, January 4, 2003

IIU suspends Heryati and three others for khalwat

GOMBAK Jan 3 - The International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIU) has suspended the second wife of former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba, D. Heryati Abdul Rahim, and three other students from their studies for committing khalwat (close proximity).

IIU Acting Director Prof Ismawi Zen said the university's Disciplinary Board meted out the suspension Friday after hearing explanations from the four, who had earlier pleaded guilty in the Syariah Court.

"Our regulations are clear and we will act according to procedure, and in this case our action is based on the Syariah Court's decision," he told reporters at the university's Aidilfitri reception at its campus here today.

Ismawi said the board would hold a second hearing after obtaining further information on the case from the Syariah Court.

It would then decide on the period of suspension or even to impose heavier penalties, which could include expulsion, he said.


04-01-2003, 09:58 AM
What has the Star's executive editor, Wong Chun Wai, got to do in a follow-up story that a senior reporter should do fine?

Mark this space!

Saturday, January 04, 2003

<font size="+1">Heryati denies any impropriety with Bosnian students</font>

Heryati Abdul Rahim, the second wife of former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba, who admitted to committing khalwat with three Bosnian students in the Syariah High Court here recently, is determined to clear her name.

“I pleaded guilty because I did not want the case to prolong, which may embarrass the family and the good name of my husband, but I maintain my innocence.

“I have maintained my silence since the incident but I want to speak out now to clear any misconception as a result of rumours and speculation,” she said.

...In an exclusive interview at her residence in Taman Duta, Heryati said the charge had certainly affected her but stressed that it was merely “technical” in nature.

She said three Bosnian students had helped her run her Internet cafe near the IIU campus in Gombak and on the night of the alleged incident, the four were having a discussion on the cafe.

“At 10.30pm, following a function, I proceeded to the apartment, belonging to me, to discuss the running of the cafe with my fellow students.

“Even before I proceeded there, I asked whether there was more than one person at the place. When I was told that there were others present, only then did I meet them,” she said.

Heryati said they were talking in the apartment hall when officers from the Federal Territory Religious Affairs Department raided the place.

Saying she was not an Islamic expert, Heryati said she always assumed that khalwat involved two persons in an intimate position, adding that her mistake was not to keep the doors of her apartment open.

“Like any ordinary Malaysian, we always close our doors for safety reasons after our guests enter our homes; but this will be a lesson for me and others as well.

“I guess that from now I will keep my doors, whether at the house or office, wide open to avoid any suspicion or accusation,” she added.

She refuted rumours that she was watching a pornographic movie with the Bosnians at the time of the incident, describing such talk as preposterous.

“In fact, at the time of the raid, all four of us were not just discussing about the cafe but the television was turned on.

“I remembered a police movie being screened on Astro TV. Certainly, all four of us were fully clothed.

“I think those who have been making such talk merely want to tarnish the reputation of Tun. Please respect his contributions to the country,” she said.

Heryati said she had maintained the apartment for friends and family members as a guesthouse before renting it out to the students, adding that others also had the key to the place.

Heryati, who has been married to Ghafar for over eight years and has a six-year-old daughter with him, said she decided to study at IIU to have a better understanding of Islam.

“I could have picked other universities but I decided to study at IIU because I want to deepen my knowledge of Islam. I am learning Arabic and meeting others who are interested in Islam,” she said.

The first-year Human Science student said the university had offered her a “peace of mind,” adding that she was serious in wanting to pursue her studies following the completion of her business management studies in an Indonesian college previously.

“I have decided to say what needs to be said. I hope my side of the story can be heard. I appeal to everyone to let this case be closed so I can continue my family life and my studies peacefully. Let this be a lesson not just to me but other Muslims as well,” she added.

She said Ghafar had been supportive of her throughout the incident, adding that he had telephoned her from overseas to give moral support.

“It was Tun who engaged a lawyer to defend me. Everyone advised me to let the case end although my heart tells me that I should fight to clear my name.”

Heryati said she did not harbour any ill-feelings against anyone as her main concern was Ghafar, who is 77, and his health, particularly after the controversy.


04-01-2003, 11:34 AM
<font size="+1">Gee... Some of the questions I asked yesterday were picked up by NST...</font>
Please look up the sub-thread: "By now, you must be very familiar with the sandiwara syndrome in Malaysia"

Saturday, January 4, 2003

Saturday Notes:
<font size="+1">Obsession with khalwat cases does no justice to image of Islam</font>
Shamsul Akmar

...Finally, though long overdue, a syariah court judge made a ruling which gives khalwat and the way Islam is practised in Malaysia, a benign face.

It should be a precedent in future cases as Islam, as correctly pointed out by the judge, does not believe in causing shame and embarrassment to believers.

But why the sudden concern? The media, especially the Bahasa Melayu publications, had been writing about such cases.

It is common knowledge among media practitioners that the syariah authorities, from the enforcement officers to department heads, tip off the Press when there is a "juicy" khalwat case involving artistes or personalities.

In some cases, the most intimate details are provided for the media to publish and the common belief is that these syariah authorities want them to be an example to others.

Prior to the Heryati case, the syariah authorities were reported to have even deployed their personnel all the way to southern Thailand to check the veracity of claims by two personalities that they had got married there.

The question is, if it is wrong to embarrass Heryati, was it all right to embarrass all the other previous couples, well-known or other-wise? Most of these "lesser" couples usually plead guilty and they do not have the means to engage lawyers who can request the judge to rule to bar the media from reporting on their cases.

The next aspect raised by Heryati's defence counsel and apparently accepted by the judge was that the case involved foreign students and it may create problems with potential students from abroad in the future.

This brings up the next question — shouldn't foreigners be subjected to the same laws as Malaysians? In the past, many Malay-Muslim students from institutions of higher learning were arrested, charged and sentenced for similar offences and the media were never barred from reporting about them.

Are the counsel and judge to say that it is all right for local students to suffer when their cases are highlighted, but foreigners should be protected and treated with "VIP" status? It is not about wanting offenders of khalwat to be embarrassed but rather, the syariah courts and authorities should make a standard ruling — media are barred from reporting on khalwat cases, and that applies to all cases regardless of the status or nationalities of those involved.

For that matter, Malay-Muslims in the country have to accept that khalwat cases do not contribute anything to the image of Islam in the country.

In fact, they have become a mockery, especially among the non-Muslims.


05-01-2003, 05:02 PM
Learnt a new meaning for khalwat today.

StarMag, The Sunday Star January 5, 2003 Page 20:
Writer Maslijah Hamzah who interviewed Salleh Ben Joned,
mentions khalwat as "an Arabic word meaning 'spiritual

<A HREF="http://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2003/1/5/features/mzsalleh&sec=features"TARGET="NEW">A poet’s digressions</A>

06-01-2003, 09:07 AM
Monday, January 06, 2003

<FONT SIZE="+1">Heryati points finger at relative</FONT>

IT was a close relative of Tun Ghafar Baba who had tipped off religious officers about her commiting khalwat (close proximity) in a move to sabotage her marriage to the former Deputy Prime Minister, Heryati Abdul Rahim said.

In an interview with China Press, the second wife of Ghafar said she knew the person behind it, saying the “sabotage” had led to religious officers raiding her condominium and the media getting wind of it.

She said the relative was unhappy with the fact that she had married Ghafar.

However, to her consolation, Heryati, who is more than 20 years younger than her husband, was quoted as saying that Ghafar still believed in her and loved her.


07-01-2003, 06:28 AM
Tuesday, January 7, 2003

<font size="+1">Heryati lodges report she was slapped by a family member of Ghafar</font>

KUALA LUMPUR Jan 6 - D. Heryati Abdul Rahim, the second wife of former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba, has lodged a police report alleging that she was slapped by a husband's family member Sunday.

Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Datuk Dell Akbar Khan, who confirmed receiving the report, said police also received another report from a close family member of Ghafar following a quarrel.

Dell refused to elaborate on the report but said the case is being investigated under Section 323 of the Penal Code, which carries a one year jail term or a fine of RM2,000 or both, upon conviction.

Dell said Heryati made the report at the Sentul police station but did not say where the second police report by a family member of Ghafar was made.


07-01-2003, 09:45 AM
Tuesday, January 7, 2003

<font size="+1">Ghafar Baba’s second wife and son Tamrin bruised in fight at home</font>
Jalina Joheng

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6: The second wife of former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Ghafar Baba, D. Heryati Abdul Rahim and her stepson former Mara chairman Tamrin Ghafar suffered bruises, after they attacked each other at Tun Ghafar’s
home in Taman Duta yesterday.

...It was learnt that the two attacked each other after a heated argument over family matters.

A source said during the heated argument, the two exchanged blows.

The source said Heryati and Tamrin then sought outpatient treatment at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital before lodging separate reports at the KLH police beat base and Sentul police station.

Police did not reveal details of the incident, but it was learnt that Ghafar, his six-year-old daughter and two maids were in the house.

Ghafar had tried to intervene but to no avail.

Tamrin, when contacted, said after the incident, Heryati left the house. Ghafar later left the house with his daughter.

"I have made a police report and I leave it to them to investigate and take further action," he said.

It was learnt that Tamrin and his family were on their way to Malacca when they decided to stop by at Ghafar's home to visit him.


07-01-2003, 09:56 AM
We said mark this space, didn't we?
The plot thinkens with the explicit report in The Star

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Tamrin and Heryati lodge police reports over assault

They have lodged police reports, blaming each other for the assault that occurred in the three-storey bungalow home in the affluent suburb of Taman Duta where Ghafar and Heryati live.

Heryati and Tamrin claim they suffered injuries as a result of the fight on Sunday.

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

<img src="http://www.agendadaily.com/images/story/2003-1-7heryati1B.jpg" align="left">“I was not only beaten up but also humiliated by Tamrin, who called me a perempuan sundal (loose woman). I was treated like a criminal,” she said in a telephone interview.

But Tamrin told The Star: “My father has not disappeared. He is safe in one of my houses with his daughter and the maid. There is no abduction. Kartika is my father’s daughter. He loves her and he has the right to take her with him. He is afraid for her safety.”

Tamrin, on his part, released to <A HREF="http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2003/1/7/nation/wcbantai&sec=nation"TARGET="NEW">The Star</A> photographs that he said his son Fizal took of him after the altercation in the Taman Duta house. He had deep scratches under his left eye, along his left cheek and under his right arm.

Heryati, in her police report lodged at the Sentul district police headquarters at 4.30pm on Sunday, claimed that Tamrin walked into her house without permission.

She claimed he asked for Ghafar in Bahasa Malaysia by saying “Mana kau punya jantan (Where is your man?).” Ghafar was in his bedroom at the time of the incident.

Heryati then alleged that Tamrin approached her and repeatedly hit her. In fear, she ran to her maid’s room and then to Ghafar’s room for help.

She alleged that in the chaos, Tamrin’s family members grabbed her daughter Kartika and her two maids before leaving the house. She also claimed that Tamrin’s son hurled abuses and threatened to do “something” to her.

The first-year IIU student, who has now been suspended by the university authorities together with the three Bosnians following their khalwat case, charged that Tamrin came to the house “mafia style” accompanied by “several bouncers and his children.”

“My maid and daughter have been abducted by them since yesterday (Sunday),” she said, claiming until the time she wrote the press release, there was no communication between her and them.

Heryati alleged that the tyres of her two cars were also punctured, adding that her husband had also “disappeared and I don’t know where he is gone.”

Tamrin, in his police report, claimed that he and his family were about to leave for a relative’s wedding in Malacca when he received a telephone call from a family friend who is an ustaz alleging that there was man with Heryati in the house.

An argument ensued between him and Heryati when he arrived at the house. He claimed that when he asked Heryati where “her boyfriend” was, she answered back, “What boyfriend?”

He said while Heryati went into Ghafar’s bedroom, he searched all the rooms.

He then quizzed the maids, who told him that “a man had jumped out from the bedroom window.”

When he went into Ghafar’s bedroom, another argument broke out between him and Heryati. Ghafar, who was holding on to Kartika, then allegedly ordered Heryati out of the house.

As Heryati got into her car, another argument between her and Tamrin occurred, and they pushed and shoved at each other. Heryati then telephoned Happy, her daughter from an earlier marriage, to come and fetch her.

The maids were loading some personal belongings of Ghafar and Kartika into Tamrin’s car when another altercation took place between Tamrin and Heryati.

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

City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Dell Akbar confirmed the police reports.


07-01-2003, 05:20 PM
Now it's The Malay Mail's turn to go to town with more colours...

Tuesday, January 7, 2002

Tamrin: Yes, I called her a loose woman
Marhalim Abas

“I DID call her a slut. I am not proud of it but it happens.”

So said Tamrin Tun Ghafar on the police report lodged by his stepmother, Toh Puan D. Heryati Abdul Rahim, following an altercation at his father’s home in Taman Duta on Sunday.

In the police report, Heryati also claimed that Tamrin beat her up and he had taken away the couple’s daughter, Kartika Seri, six.

...On Kartika, Tamrin said: “My father took her away. He has yet to divorce Heryati, so how can she claim that he had taken Kartika when they are still married?”

Asked whether his father would divorce Heryati, Tamrin said it was entirely up to his father.

“He is her husband, so he will have to decide. I won’t comment on it.”

Tamrin claimed that he and his family went to the house after receiving a call from his father’s religious adviser that the Federal Territory Religious Department (Jawi) was going to arrest Heryati for khalwat again.

“I knew it could happen, as my father and Heryati were sleeping in separate rooms. He was staying on the third floor, and she on the first floor.

“I rushed back from Malacca after receiving the call. I also called the police to go there on the advice of a Jawi officer.”

...“We did not find anyone but we found the second maid near the fence. She was crying. She did not want to tell us anything.

“After much persuasion, she told me that a Mat Salleh (Caucasian) man had stayed overnight in the house.”

He said he confronted Heryati which led to another round of argument.

According to him, at this point, Ghafar and Kartika had came down to the same room.

“Heryati then told us that she was leaving and she was taking Kartika with her. My father prevented her.

...Tamrin claimed as this was going on, his father decided to leave the house taking Kartika with him. The maid was ordered to follow suit.


09-01-2003, 01:37 PM
Thursday, January 9, 2003

<font size="+1">'Respect My Rights'</font>
Marhalim Abas

“IF he decides to divorce me... I want to make sure that my rights are respected.”

So said Toh Puan D. Heryati Abdul Rahim concerning her husband, former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Ghafar Baba, who left the couple’s house with their daughter Kartika Seri, aged six, on Sunday following an altercation between her and Ghafar’s son, Tamrin.

“I am a woman. I will have to wait for my husband to make the decision on our future,” said Heryati, 41, when contacted by The Malay Mail yesterday evening.

“If he decides to divorce me, I have to accept his decision. And if that is what he wants, I want to make sure that my rights are respected.”

Heryati, the second wife of Ghafar, had returned to their matrimonial house in Jalan Tengku Ampuan, Taman Duta, about noon yesterday.

“They returned me the keys so I decided to return. I was also preparing for the worst,” she said.

“I hope we will reconcile as I believe the current situation (between Ghafar and her) was the result of outside interference.

“If he wants me back, I will accept it. Should he choose to divorce me, I hope that he will agree to let Kartika stay with me.”

Heryati said that was the reason she did not want to make statements to the media.

“I didn’t want to drag the family into the public eye. My family advised me that our troubles are a family problem and I should not do anything to embarrass my husband,” she said.

“Tun is not that healthy and at his age, it is unwise for me to create trouble for him.

“What happened in the past, is in the past. We all make mistakes, all of us, including my husband and I. I just hope he can see that.”

On Sunday, Heryati and Tamrin came to blows, and both filed police reports against each other on the same day.


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Thursday, January 9, 2003

<font size="+1">Ghafar: Wife pointed gun at me during Sunday squabble at my house</font>

KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Ghafar Baba has alleged his second wife D. Heryati Abdul Rahim pointed a gun at him during Sunday's family squabble.

He lodged a report at the Sentul police station. This brings to four the number of reports lodged following the squabble which took place at Ghafar's home in Taman Duta.

In an immediate response, Heryati, who sustained injuries in Sunday's incident, denied the allegations.

09-01-2003, 10:06 PM
Thursday, January 9, 2003

<font size="+1">Heryati's pistol seized by police</font>

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9: Police have confiscated the pistol used by D Heryati Abdul Rahim, following a report lodged by her husband former Deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba alleging that she she had pointed it at him.

Federal Criminal Investigations Department director Commissioner Datuk Salleh Mat Som confirmed that he had received the report and that the gun had been confiscated. He did not reveal details of the incident.

"What is more important now is that Ghafar had confirmed that Heryati had pointed the gun at him and we will investigate the matter," he told reporters after officiating the "Captor", a car safety system launched by Netstar Advanced Systems Sdn Bhd today.

Salleh also disclosed that they would be investigating the case under Section 506 of the Penal Code and if found guilty, Heryati could face a two year jail term or a fine or both.

"However, if our investigations show that the crime was more severe, then we will investigate the matter under Section 307 of the same law which is attempted murder".

He also added that according to the police report lodged by Ghafar, the pistol used by Heryati was loaded, however he managed to coax her to put the weapon down.

Asked on the status of Heryati's licence to use a gun, Salleh said it was more important that they managed to confiscate the weapon as opposed to terminating her licence.

...Meanwhile, Heryati filed a habeas corpus application in the High Court for the release of her six-year-old daughter.

In the application which named her Tamrin as the respondent, Heryati wants the child Kartika Sri to be brought before a High Court judge and be released.

...Heryati, 41, was present during the filing of the application by her lawyers Karpal Singh, Ramkarpal Singh and Gobind Singh Deo at the High Court registry about 3pm.

Speaking to reporters as soon as she arrived, Heryati pleaded for her daughter to be returned to her.

Karpal Singh said the notice would be served on Tamrin and the matter would be heard before High Court judge Datuk S. Augustine Paul on Monday.


12-01-2003, 12:01 AM
Jeff Ooi left this note on the message board:

The alleged khalwat case involving Tun Ghafar Baba's second wife was first exposed by NST on December 29.

As the news unfolded, the Tun filed for divorce on January 11.

Within 14 days of newsbreak, a marriage is broken.

We don't know whether the Media played the role of the serpent. Or there may be stories untold.

Saturday, January 11, 2003

<font size="+1">Ghafar files for divorce</font>
Rosnazura Idrus

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11: Former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Ghafar Baba today filed a petition of divorce against his second wife D. Heryati Abdul Rahim.

The petition, under section 55A of the Federal Territory Muslim Family Act, was filed at the Syariah Court Registry at 10.30am.

The court has yet to fix a hearing date for the application filed by Ghafar's lawyer Dr Radzuan Ibrahim.

Ghafar, 77, had pronounced the first talak (pronouncement of divorce) at 11.45am yesterday at their home in Bukit Pantai, before several witnesses.


12-01-2003, 08:59 AM
Scanned from The Malay Mail, print version.
But this has been superceded by NST report of a confirmed
divorce filing, posted before this.
Kesian to the Tun for his predicament.

Saturday, January 11, 2003 pg.6

<FONT SIZE="+1">Ghafar denies divorce bid</font>

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba yesterday (January 10) denied that he was divorcing his second wife Toh Puan D.Heryati Abdul Rahim.

When met by reporters at the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court about 12:30pm yesterday, Ghafar denied that he had filed documents for divorce proceedings.

A visibly angry Ghafar said: "No, nothing." when asked if he was initiating divorce proceedings against Heryati.

"I respect you all, so you have to respect me also. I am a private citizen, no longer with the Government, why do you all follow me and make this a big event in the country?"

"We are husband and wife, we got good and bad."

Switching to Malay, he said: "Suami isteri tak pernah gaduh ke?"

14-01-2003, 07:28 AM
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

<font size="+1">Ex-DPM's wife back in courts with three cases</font>
She wants a retrial in the khalwat case, seeks her daughter's return and faces divorce proceedings

By Reme Ahmad

THE life of the estranged second wife of Tun Ghafar Baba looks set to revolve around the courts with three different cases at one go.

Yesterday, she and the three Bosnians with whom she was caught in close proximity appeared at the Syariah Court again - this time in the hope of seeking a retrial for the khalwat case.

Less than two weeks after pleading guilty to being caught in her condominium unit with the Bosnians, Madam Heryati Abdul Rahim plans to ask the court to look at her case afresh to clear her name, her lawyers said.

<IMG SRC="http://www.straitstimes.com.sg/mnt/media/image/launched/2003-01-12/p3.JPG" align="left">AT WAR: Tun Ghafar leaving the Taman Duta house, and his wife at the courts yesterday. -- NSTP 12.01.2003

Her contention is that though she pleaded guilty, this was to prevent her husband, ex-deputy premier Tun Ghafar, from being dragged in the mud by a prolonged trial.

But the plea has instead been used to paint her as a bad woman and there were also 'unusual' events surrounding her family since then, her lawyer Zaidi Zain told reporters outside the court.

In a separate case earlier yesterday, she was in the High Court to ask for the return of her daughter who, she alleges, was kidnapped by Tun Ghafar's eldest son, Mr Tamrin Ghafar.

...Madam Heryati is also involved in a third court case as her husband filed for divorce with the Syariah Court last Saturday.

But it is the khalwat case that is the most intriguing, as she had pleaded guilty to the charge.

Mr Zaidi said the application for 'revision' to the Syariah Court judgment would be done after she receives the official notes from the case.

'We will forward a revision by tomorrow after receiving the notes of the proceedings of the khalwat case.

'This is because it seems there are parties trying to manipulate or misuse the sincere plea by Toh Puan Heryati to stop it from being known by the public,' he said.

Her trial attracted criticism after a lawyer who defended her successfully got the court to bar the media from reporting the details.

'Because it has been misused, Toh Puan told me that the plea has been influenced by outside sources and not from her clean heart,' Mr Zaidi said.


14-01-2003, 07:32 AM
Sunday, January 12, 2003

<font size="+1">AN UMNO ROMANCE</font>

RIGHT from the start, former Malaysian deputy prime minister Ghafar Baba's second marriage attracted murmurs of disquiet from relatives and associates.

But for the next 10 years, their life together was kept away from the public glare and little was published in the press about Madam Heryati Abdul Rahim, whom he married in February 1993, the same year he retired from active politics.

She was a member of an Umno division in Sabah when they met in the early 90s. At the time, Tun Ghafar was given the task of strengthening the party machinery in the state, which was run by the opposition.

His duties required frequent trips to Sabah, and their relationship deepened in the course of party work.

Tun Ghafar was already married with children. His first wife, Madam Asmah Alang, had been wheelchair-bound since the 60s.

Madam Heryati was then a divorcee in her 30s, with two grown-up children from a previous marriage. Tun Ghafar's colleagues tried to dissuade him from marrying.

It could hurt his political career, they warned. The marriage would make him the first Malaysian deputy premier with a second wife.

Sources close to him were reported to have said that his children were also unhappy with the prospect of their father taking another wife.

But Tun Ghafar's mind was set. He told his colleagues that he wanted a wife who could travel with him.

Little is known about his first wife. In a 1998 interview Tun Ghafar said Madam Asmah had been ill for 30 years and that she lived in Bangsar, an upmarket area of the capital.

Madam Heryati said of the first wife in that same interview: 'We respect one another and visit one another. That is our practice, and maybe there is a wisdom in all this.'

Tun Ghafar largely withdrew from politics in 1993, soon after losing the post of Umno deputy president to the then rising star, Anwar Ibrahim.

All was quiet until last year, when a bank filed suit against him and Madam Heryati, demanding payment of around RM4 million (S$1.8 million) in outstanding housing loans.

Madam Heryati had taken the loans, and he stood as guarantor. The suit was withdrawn three months later, pending settlement. -- By Reme Ahmad


14-01-2003, 07:34 AM
Conspiracy Theory?

It was learnt that the DPM held a closed door meeting with UMNO
Melaka Friday, January 10. Mark this space. :confused: