Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik

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Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik

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6th Chief Minister of Malacca
In office
26 April 1982 – 13 October 1994
GovernorSyed Zahiruddin Syed Hassan
Syed Ahmad Syed Mahmud Shahabuddin
Preceded byMohd Adib Mohamad Adam
Succeeded byMohd Zin Abdul Ghani
ConstituencyKelemak (1982-1986)
Masjid Tanah (1986-1999)
Member of the Malacca State Legislative Assembly
for N3 Masjid Tanah
In office
19 July 1986 – 10 November 1999
Preceded byIdris Ghani
Succeeded byRamli Mohd Said
Member of the Malacca State Legislative Assembly
for N3 Kelemak
In office
14 June 1982 – 19 July 1986
Preceded byAbdul Jalil Abdul Rahman
Succeeded byMohd Zin Abdul Ghani
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for P95 Alor Gajah
In office
31 July 1978 – 29 March 1982
Preceded byAbdul Ghafar Baba
Succeeded byMohd Adib Mohamad Adam
Chairman of Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA)
In office
16 May 2010 – 31 August 2015
Succeeded byZahidi Zainul Abidin
Personal details
Born (1950-04-10) April 10, 1950 (age 69)
Kampung Pangkalan Balak, Masjid Tanah, Malacca, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia).
Political partyIndependent (2018-present)
UMNO (until 2018)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN) (until 2018)
Spouse(s)Zabedah Abdullah
ChildrenZetty Juyanty, Tutty Rahiza, Petty Diyana, Rahimy
MotherDatin Habsah Hassan
FatherDatuk Thamby Chik Karim
ResidenceSri Pantai, Kampung Pengkalan Balak, Masjid Tanah, Melaka.
Taman Bukit Pantai, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
OccupationPolitician, Corporate member

Tan Sri Abdul Rahim bin Thamby Chik (born 10 April 1950 in Pengkalan Balak, Masjid Tanah, Malacca) is a Malaysian politician. He was the 6th Chief Minister of Malacca from 1982 to 1994.[1] He is a former youth chief of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a major component party of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He was aligned with Dr. Mahathir Mohamed during the 1987 UMNO General Assembly. Presently he is an Independent politician due to his resignation from UMNO in 2018 and pending his application to join the Malaysian United Indigenous Party or Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU), a component of the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government coalition.[2]

He is also the former Chairman of the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) from 2010 to 2015.


Rahim married Zabedah Abdullah and the couple have 4 children; Zetty Juyanty, Tutty Rahiza, Petty Diyana and Rahimy. Their eldest daughter, Zetty married the former TV3 personality, Kelvin Ong née Zahir Kelvin Ong Abdullah.


Rahim received his primary school education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pengkalan Balak, Masjid Tanah. Then he studied at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Ghafar Baba, Malacca and Sekolah Menengah Datuk Seri Amar DiRaja, Muar, Johor. He continued his studies at University of Malaya (UM) and managed to graduate with Bachelor's degree of Applied Economy (1969-1973).


In 1994 Rahim was initially charged with statutory rape of an underaged girl; however, the public prosecutor later withdrew the charge citing lack of evidence.[3] He resigned as chief minister of Malacca and youth chief of UMNO amid allegations he had sexual relations with the 15-year-old girl.[4] In 1995, Democratic Action Party (DAP) leader, Lim Guan Eng, who in the past had accused Rahim of raping the minor and had criticised the then-government for not acting against Rahim; was charged and sentenced to 18 months’ jail by the Melaka High Court for maliciously printing false news instead under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and under the Sedition Act 1948, but Lim was eventually released after 12 months.[5]

In 1999, Anwar Ibrahim in one of four police reports he made; Tun H.S.Lee report 22517/99 dated 20 August 1999 had accused that the Prime Minister then Mahathir Mohamed, attorney-general Mohtar Abdullah and Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor Gani Patail for abuse of power to cover-up the corruption case involving Rahim.[6][7] A copy of the report was also sent to the Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR) then.[8][9]

On 21 March 2011, Rahim was one of the 'Datuk T' trio; together with Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and Datuk Shuib Lazim who screened a sex video at Bilik Seri Makmur, Hotel Carcosa Seri Negara; claiming it was of the opposition leader then Anwar Ibrahim allegedly engaging a prostitute to journalists which Anwar had denied the allegation.[10] On 24 June 2011, they were charged and fined by Kuala Lumpur Magistrate Court for screening the sex video after they pleaded guilty.[11]

Rahim was fined RM1,900 in default three months imprisonment by the Shah Alam Sessions Court on 20 September 2016, for making an offensive comment about Raja Muda of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah on 25 September 2015. He also tendered a public apology to Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Amir, besides expressing remorse for his action. Rahim had earlier on 5 October 2015 claimed trial to an original charge of posting a seditious claim in his Facebook account that Tengku Amir was an apostate. However, the prosecution withdrew the charge after he pleaded guilty to the alternative charge.[12]


Honour of Malaysia[edit]


  1. ^ "Ex-Malacca CM suggests Najib step down temporarily". The Malaysian Insider. 5 July 2015. Archived from the original on 28 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Rahim Thamby Chik submits form to join PPBM". Free Malaysia Today. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. ^ Rebecca Foley (2003), "Violence against women: the challenges for Malaysian women", Violence Against Women in Asian Societies, RoutledgeCurzon, p. 140, retrieved 28 October 2009
  4. ^ "WOMEN PROTEST HANDLING OF RAPE CHARGE AGAINST FORMER MALACCA CHIEF". UCANews. 22 November 1994. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  5. ^ Luahan Hati Nenek Pendek Terhadap Rahim ‘Perogol Budak Bawah Umur’ Kenyataan Sabri bin Mohamed Yasin Bagi Pihak Ibunya Pendek binti Ahmad, HarakahDaily 3 November 1999
  6. ^ Tiga tokoh didakwa -- Karpal, Marina dan Ezam mengaku tidak bersalah Utusan Malaysia, 15 January 2000.
  7. ^ Ezam dipenjara dua tahun kerana miliki dokumen rasmi kerajaan Leong Kar Yen, MalaysiaKini 7 August 2002.
  8. ^ SURAT TERBUKA KEPADA KPN, Mat Zain bin Ibrahim - Abu Nuha Corner, 28 March 2010.
  9. ^ Ezam ditahan bawah OSA -- Mengagih-agihkan dokumen rahsia kerajaan 6 November lalu, Azian Abd Aziz, Utusan Malaysia, 14 January 2000.
  10. ^ "Citing sex video, DAP MP urges Bersatu to snub ex-CM". Malaysiakini. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Peguam: Pakar Amerika 99.99% pasti Anwar" Kow Gah Chie, Malaysiakini.com 24 Jun 2011.
  12. ^ "Rahim Thamby Chik pays fine, apologises to Selangor Sultan, Raja Muda". Bernama. The Star. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohd Adib Mohamad Adam
Chief Minister of Melaka
1982 - 1994
Succeeded by
Mohd Zin Abdul Ghani