By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today claimed revenge had motivated Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik to orchestrate a sex tape scandal implicating the opposition leader.
“The involvement of Rahim Tamby Chik reminds me of his old case and old grudge... of his rape accusations and case where the prosecution papers were signed by (Attorney General Tan Sri) Gani Patail that he was involved with a bribery issue.
In 1994, Abdul Rahim had been charged with statutory rape involving a minor. Although the charge was later dropped by authorities, who cited insufficient evidence, the scandal had cost Abdul Rahim his political career.
“He’s doing this out of revenge,” Anwar said today.
The PKR de facto leader then claimed the police’s shielding of Abdul Rahim and his accomplices suggested a more intricate conspiracy over the sex video.
“They are being protected by the Special Branch. Why is the police protecting them? In this case... because they are Umno leaders, police are ordered to protect them.
“I have said this to the home minister and PM, that they are involved, but they are protecting Umno leaders,” said Anwar.
Abdul Rahim admitted yesterday that businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay, Perkasa’s Datuk Shuib Lazim and himself were collectively the mysterious “Datuk T” behind Monday’s screening of a sex video allegedly featuring Anwar.
The former Malacca chief minister also admitted that both he and Shazryl were behind the video.
He told reporters at a joint press conference together with Shazryl that the trio had chosen to step forward on their own accord because they wanted to show that “a person with high ambitions of wanting to be national leader and prime minister of Malaysia ... was not qualified.”
Abdul Rahim and Shazryl both denied the video was doctored.
PKR Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul had accused Abdul Rahim and Shazryl of attempting to entice him and other PKR MPs to cross over after he had viewed the recording, which he said was of a person who only vaguely resembled PKR de facto leader Anwar.
He had suggested earlier yesterday that businessman Shazryl was the mysterious “Datuk T”, and that Abdul Rahim was among those behind the screening of a sex video.
According to Johari, Abdul Rahim had also promised to bring him to see Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak after he had viewed the sex video.
Opposition Leader Anwar has denied he is the man in the video and accused Najib of being directly involved with the screening of the sex video.
“I was pleased with Johari’s statement..it is difficult because he is related (to Shuib). I am proud of him to have stuck through with his principles,” added Anwar today.
Anwar, who turns 64 in August, was freed from jail in 2004 and is seen as the glue that binds the PKR-PAS-DAP pact.
He had played a key role in forming a viable opposition coalition in the run-up to the landmark 2008 general election when the three main opposition parties denied BN its traditional two-thirds control of Parliament.
The fledgling three-party coalition also won control over four other states — Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor — in addition to maintaining Kelantan in the 12th General Election.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had slammed the video which showed a man resembling a senior Malay opposition leader engaged in sex with a woman said to be prostitute.
Abdul Hadi had called it a dirty political move coming ahead of the Sarawak state elections.
A former deputy prime minister from 1993 to 1998, Anwar filed a police report denying he was the man recorded.
The father of six who is standing trial for sodomy with a former male aide has accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein of being involved in the video-recording, which Anwar said was an attack on him and PR.