The past catches up on Abdul Rahim Noor, ex IGP: “Brutal assaulter turned peace facilitator?”

Abdul Rahim Noor was the Inspector-General of Police in 1998 when PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was arrested and assaulted in custody by Rahim himself.

16 December 2018

BANGKOK: Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, berkata beliau berpuas hati dengan peranan yang dimainkan fasilitator Malaysia, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor, dalam rundingan damai bagi menamatkan keganasan di selatan Thailand.

Beliau berkata rundingan damai antara badan induk yang mewakili puak-puak di situ iaitu Mara Patani dan kerajaan Thailand berjalan dengan baik, tetapi jalan penyelesaiannya akan mengambil masa.

“Mencari jalan penyelesaian di selatan Thailand bukanlah sesuatu yang mudah, kerana perselisihan membabitkan banyak puak.

“Kita kena panggil semua puak untuk minta pandangan mereka selain kepentingan mereka,” katanya pada sidang media selepas menerima ijazah doktor kehormat kepimpinan sosial, perniagaan dan politik daripada Universiti Rangsit di sini, hari ini.

Dr Mahatir berkata beliau juga baru satu atau dua kali berjumpa dengan Abdul Rahim yang berperanan sebagai fasilitator proses damai selatan Thailand itu.

Abdul Rahim yang juga bekas ketua polis negara, dilantik sebagai fasilitator rundingan damai di selatan Thailand pada 25 Ogos lalu menggantikan Datuk Seri Ahmad Zamzamin Hashim. – BERNAMA

2 September 2018

Izzah free to offer her opinion on Rahim Noor, says Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR de facto chief, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, says his daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar, is free to give her views on the appointment of former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Rahim Noor as the facilitator for peace talks in southern Thailand.

Anwar said Nurul Izzah, who is also PKR vice-president, would definitely be affected by the incident which befell him 20 years ago.

“Nurul Izzah is free to offer her views. She was young, and having her father almost beaten to death would leave an impact. (Datuk Seri Mohamed) Azmin Ali also knew at the time. Everyone was angry.

“If you ask me, it’s definitely not easy,” he told a press conference after officiating the closing ceremony of the Congress on the Future of the Bumiputera and Nation 2018 (KBN 2018) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Saturday.

He was commenting on Nurul Izzah’s opposition to Rahim’s appointment, as the latter was directly tied to a ‘black eye’ incident involving Anwar when he was in police custody following his sacking as deputy prime minister in 1998.

Anwar said the incident served as a lesson to the people, that those in power should not behave cruelly and abuse their authority.

“Now, we have given the mandate to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. We have to give him room to decide on what he thinks is best,” he said.

28 August 2018

PETALING JAYA: The appointment of former inspector-general of Police Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor as the new facilitator for the southern Thailand peace talks has Nurul Izzah Anwar (pic) all riled up.

In a tweet yesterday, the Permatang Pauh MP vehemently opposed the appointment of the man, who was widely linked to the 1998 “black eye” incident.

In that year, her father and new PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was allegedly punched by Abdul Rahim while under detention and after being fired as the deputy prime minister. It resulted in Anwar appearing in court with a darkened eye.

“I unequivocally oppose this appointment of a brutal assaulter of an innocent man as he lay there blindfolded & handcuffed – left w/out medical attn for days. This being then lied 2 d whole world as to d victim’s whereabouts & wellbeing. Shame on those who executed this travesty,” she tweeted.


27 August 2018



I’ve paid my dues over Anwar’s black eye, says ex-IGP

Amin Iskandar Noel Achariam

PAS has no need to raise the matter of Anwar Ibrahim’s black eye as it has been settled with jail time and a fine, said the former police chief who punched the sacked deputy prime minister 18 years ago.Abdul Rahim Noor said the incident was long past, and declined to elaborate on what had happened between him and Anwar after the latter was sacked from government and imprisoned in 1998.


The Permatang Pauh MP launches a stinging attack against Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor who was convicted of assaulting her father Anwar Ibrahim in 1998.

PETALING JAYA: PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar today hit out at the appointment of former inspector-general of police Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor as the new facilitator in southern Thailand peace talks.

“I unequivocally oppose this appointment of a brutal assaulter of an innocent man as he lay there blindfolded and handcuffed – left without medical attention for days.

“This being then lied to the whole world as to the victim’s whereabouts and well-being. Shame on those who executed this travesty,” she said in a Twitter post.

Rahim, 75, replaces Ahmad Zamzamin Hashim, who was appointed by the previous Barisan Nasional government to facilitate the peace talks between Bangkok and Muslim rebels in southern Thailand.

He was the inspector-general of police in 1998 when Nurul Izzah’s father and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was arrested and assaulted in custody by Rahim himself.

Days after his arrest on Sept 20, 1998, Anwar shocked Malaysians when he appeared in court sporting a black eye despite earlier assurances from Rahim that the former deputy prime minister was “safe and sound” under police custody.

During his trial, Rahim told the court that he was provoked by Anwar. However, he was found guilty and sentenced to two months in jail.

In 2005, Rahim apologised to Anwar and his family for his behaviour.

Dr M recounts police’s role and Anwar’s ‘black eye’ incident

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Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in an interview with Sin Chew Daily today, recounted the “black eye” incident of Anwar Ibrahim, shortly after dismissing him as deputy prime minister in 1998.

“I was very angry at the police because I asked them why have you not put him on trial.

“At first, they didn’t want to tell me. (It was) later only they told me that they have given him a black eye.

“You see, after that, (if) you go to the court (with Anwar’s black eye) and you know what is going to happen.

“But I insisted they must go to the court,” he was quoted as saying.

Subsequently, Anwar was produced in court with a swollen eye, an image which gained worldwide attention.

It was later revealed that then inspector-general of police Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor had assaulted him.

Rahim resigned as inspector-general police the following year.

He was later found guilty of assault and sentenced to two months in prison and fined RM2,000.


ARKIB : 01/05/2001

Former IGP starts jail term for assault on Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR April 30 – The Court of Appeal here today dismissed the appeal by former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor against the two-month jail sentence imposed on him by the Sessions Court last year when he pleaded guilty to causing hurt to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Judges Datuk Shaik Daud Ismail, Datuk Mohamed Saari Yusoff and Datuk K.C.Vohrah, in dismissing the appeal, ordered Abdul Rahim, 57, to serve his jail term from today.

Abdul Rahim was jailed for two months and fined RM2,000 by the Sessions Court here on March 15, last year when he pleaded guilty to causing hurt to Anwar at the lock-up at the police headquarters in Bukit Aman here at 10.45pm on Sept 20, 1998.

Abdul Rahim paid the fine.

He was charged under Section 323 of the Penal Code which carries the maximum jail term of one year or a maximum fine of RM2,000 or both on conviction.

The Sessions Court allowed a stay of the execution of the jail sentence pending appeal to the High Court.

On Dec 15, last year the High Court dismissed Abdul Rahim’s appeal against the jail sentence but set aside the fine imposed on him.

The High Court allowed Abdul Rahim’s application for a stay of execution of the jail sentence pending appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Abdul Rahim’s bail of RM5,000 in one surety granted earlier was maintained.

In his judgment, Shaik Daud, who described Abdul Rahim’s action as despicable and inhuman, said that when the offence was committed, he was holding the highest position in the police force.

“Therefore, he should have been a role model to the other police officers. Instead, he stood at the lowest level,” Shaik Daud said.

He said the court could not understand the need for an arrested person to be blindfolded and handcuffed while he was already in police custody and when it happened, it was a clear indication that there was the intention to assault.

Shaik Daud also contended that Abdul Rahim’s action was the worst kind of indiscipline in a disciplined force such as the police.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind the lower courts that the court should take the case of police officers assaulting members of the public very seriously.

“The courts should send a message of public abhorrence to such cases by coming down hard on them and there should be nothing short of custodial sentence in such cases,” he said.

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