PETALING JAYA: Amanah president Mohamad Sabu has been threatened with legal action, for making remarks about an old case involving Lim Guan Eng and another chief minister, Rahim Thamby Chik.
The case resulted in Lim going to jail for maliciously publishing false information about Rahim and sex with an underage girl.
On Saturday night, Rahim took to Twitter to respond to remarks by Mat Sabu about the case.
“I was never charged by any court for sexual offence and I will make sure that Mat Sabu will be dragged to court,” Rahim said, according to Star Online.
In 2003, Lim and the DAP apologised to Rahim in court after he had sued them for defamation for making allegations about him and an underage girl in a book and poster campaign “Lim Guan Eng – MP in Jail.”
In the apology, Lim and the DAP noted that the girl and her family had withdrawn their statements against Rahim, and that the allegations made by Lim and the DAP in the book were thus wholly unfounded.
The Rahim case resurfaced when Mat Sabu referred to the old case on Thursday night after Lim had been arrested on two charges of corruption.
Mat Sabu was reported to have told a crowd in Penang that Lim’s arrest was a “rerun” of the 1998 events, and that Lim had ended-up in jail for defending the underage girl.
The allegations were laid against Abdul Rahim at the time, who took a leave of absence while investigations were carried out. In 1994, the Attorney-General held that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Rahim.
However, Lim was later charged and sentenced to 18 months’ jail under the Sedition Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act for maliciously publishing the allegations in a pamphlet containing false information.