March 23, 2010
Datuk T at Press Conference: Calls For RCI on Sex Tape
by Regina Lee @http://www.malaysiakini.com
Former Malacca Chief Minister Rahim Thamby Chik, who today admitted that he is one of the three persons behind the sex tape scandal, has called for a royal commission to determine the authenticity of the clip.
The mystery of a ‘Datuk T’ – the person who had shown the video to journalists on Monday – was also revealed as a code name for ‘Datuk Trio’, comprising Rahim, former honorary Thai consul Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and PERKASA treasurer-general and ex-senator Shuib Lazim.
Confirming PKR’s claims of their identities earlier today, Rahim also called for a royal commission to include three key opposition leaders – PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat and a DAP representative.
He suggested two other personalities to sit on the panel – KITA president Zaid Ibrahim and PERKASA chief Ibrahim Ali.
Rahim said that the commission should work to determine the authenticity of the tape, and invited others to be in the panel. “If the government wants to send a representative, they can. The NGOs should also appoint their leaders to sit in the panel.
“I also have no problems if there are foreigners in the panel, like those from Singapore, Australia or Indonesia,” he said.
“Then the person accused of being in the video can also bring his own experts to see if it is really him,” said Rahim.
Reiterating his press statement earlier as ‘Datuk T’, Rahim maintained his call for journalists to sit in the panel. “This is because they are the diseminator of truth and information,” he said. The 20-minute sex tape showed a man having sex with a woman in a hotel room.
Wan Azizah’s husband and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim had on Monday denied he was the man in the video. He has also lodged a police report.
Shazryl: I am 100% sure it’s Anwar
“Because I was also in the tape,” he said, refusing to answer other questions about his role in the tape as well as his presence in the hotel where the alleged sex act take place.
According to those who have watched the clip, there were initially two men at the beginning of the video.
He also said that he was a friend of Anwar, but he said that he felt “used by Anwar for far too long”. Shazryl also said that he had intially went to Shuib and Rahim – whom he described as long-time friends – after stumbling across the video recording and had asked the former CM to find a “safe place” to screen it.
“When Shazryl found out about the video, we thought that the rakyat and especially the media should know about the man who wants to become prime minister,” add Rahim, who sat beside Shazryl.
“They told me to find a secure place, so I suggested Carcosa Seri Negara, because it’s safe and a little secluded.”
Rahim tells Anwar to ‘follow his footsteps’
Both Rahim and Shazryl Eskay refused to answer further questions pertaining to the sex video, saying that the police are already investigating the matter. Rahim called on Anwar to emulate him in quitting politics.
“I just want him to follow my footsteps and to take responsibility and step down,” he said, referring to his resignation from all government and party positions after he himself was claimed to have been embroiled in a statutory rape case in 1994.
“Although the courts found me not guilty (sic), I still took responsibility and stepped down because of my loyalty to the government and party,” he said, adding that Anwar, as deputy prime minister had lied to him about former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s wishes for him to resign.
“Anwar said that Dr Mahathir wanted me to resign, saying that I’m a liability. But it turned out that he was lying to me,” he said.
“Anwar, with all his ambitions of becoming PM, and Malaysia’s standing in Islam, I don’t want to see a leader with corrupt morals and character,” said Rahim.
In 1994, Rahim resigned as Malacca chief minister after he was implicated in a sex scandal involving an underaged girl. In an controversial decision, then attorney-general Mokhtar Abdullah refused to charge him due to lack of evidence.
Rahim, who was then an up-and-coming UMNO politician, was also forced to step down as UMNO Youth chief following the scandal.He was seen to be closely linked to then premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and had claimed to be a victim of a plan hatched by then deputy premier Anwar’s men.
Rahim also accused PKR MP for Sungai Petani Johari Abdul of demanding a pay-off.Johari, who had called a press conference earlier today, had revealed the identity of those involved in the sex tape scandal.
According to Rahim, Johari had asked for RM100,00 as “duit pelincir” (‘grease money’) and RM1 million for each Pakatan lawmaker he would bring to watch the video recording.
In a related development, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang asked why the Datuk T trio had not been arrested over the screening of the sex video to various quarters.
Why trio not arrested?
Section 5(1) of the Film Censorship Act 2002, meanwhile, stipulates a fine of up to RM50,000, five years’ jail, or both, for the same offence.
“Do the trio enjoy immunity and impunity for breaches of the law and actions which have brought world-wide shame to the nation?” asked the Ipoh Timor parliamentarian.
The veteran politician also asked how the police and the top BN leaders such as Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz could be completely unaware of the Carcosa Seri Negara video screening as to the identities of ‘Datuk T’ trio.
This given the presence of almost a dozen mainstream and alternative journalists and editors at the hotel who were informed about the screening on Monday.
“A despicable and dastardly political ploy to destroy both Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat’s chances in the Sarawak general elections may prove to be the last straw to break the back of public confidence in the credibility and legitimacy of the Najib premiership and to convince the majority of the people that the time has come to end the mandate of BN and UMNO to continue to govern Sarawak and Malaysia,” said Lim in a statement.
Press Interview –Datuk Trio