Hornbill Unleashed

March 4, 2012

More Very Dirty Datuks – Naroden Majais & Hamden Bin Ahmad MAJOR EXPOSE!

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Sarawak Report

Dirty Datuk Naroden Majais and his wife Massenah Binti Ahmad are the sole shareholders of Nirwana Muhibbah Sdn Bhd

Our latest revelations come at the moment of another  landmark court victory by a group of Iban villagers against the destruction of their lands by ruthless loggers, licensed by Taib.

Earlier this week 183 residents of Kampong Lebor, Serian, represented once again by the PKR leader and native rights lawyer, Baru Bian, won their epic case against the company Nirwana Muhibbah Sdn Bhd, which has been violating their Native Customary Rights lands, first through logging and then oil palm plantation for over a decade.

Since 1998 Nirwana Muhibbah has bulldozed their territory, polluted their water supply and planted oil palm without any recognition of the people’s rights, even though their communities have lived in the area since before the time of Rajah Brooke!

The judge is now assessing damages for these people against the Company, the Land & Survey Department (which ‘wrongfully’ provided the lease to the company) and the State of Sarawak, which permitted the outrage. Those damages include, according to the judge:

(a)Destruction of the plaintiffs‟ source of livelihood includes food valuable medicines, wildlife and other forest produce which the plaintiffs need and are dependant upon.(b) Extensive erosion and damage to the said native customary land. (c) Extensive pollution and silting of the rivers and streams, which the plaintiffs and the members of their community are dependant on for water supply and for their source of fish. (d)Damage to cultivated padi land. (e) Damage to fruit trees, rubber gardens and other essential trees and crops [Judgement Justice Clement Skinner, 23/02/12]

PKR Leader, Baru Bian brings the sweet news of victory to the people of Kampung Lebor who were waiting at the court

One particularly shocking incident that came to light in the case was that Nirwana Muhibbah had paid out a mere RM700 ringgit to the entire village as compensation for polluting their water supplies!

Licence for oil palm registered with the Land & Survey Department

So, who were the individuals hiding behind this company name and profiting to the tune of millions of ringgit at the expense of the local people?  According to our information, leaked from the secretive Land & Survey Department and to company records, they are none other than yet another of Taib’s Dirty Datuks, the Assistant Minister for Entrepreneur Development, Naroden Majais and his wife!

The Directors and Shareholders of this logging and plantation company are Datuk Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister in Taib’s State Government, and his wife!

And, why do we think Taib’s Land & Survey Department (of which the Chief Minister is Chairman) decided to hand 4,500 hectares of valuable timber and plantation land to Nirwana Muhibbah for such a very reasonable sum?

Elected politicians should not receive secret concessions from the state!

Do we think it is because after a process of open tender it was decided that this company was best suited to manage the land and offered a very good price or because Taib wanted to buy the political loyalty of Naroden Majais?

Giant timber concessions – Exclusive!

However, it turns out that Kampung Lebor was merely small beer for Datuk Naroden Majais.  We have obtained new evidence that for the first time exposes the full shocking scale of this Dirty Datuk’s extraordinary land grabs.

Our new information, obtained from Forest Department records, reveals that the politician, who has a reputation for being an ultra-close confidant of Taib Mahmud, is one of the biggest timber concession holders in the state!

He and a fellow political insider Hamden Bin Ahmad are key shareholders in the company Peninsular Rise Sdn Bhd, which has been granted 7 vast tracts of logging territory amounting to an astonishing 840 square kilometres in North East Sarawak!

Peninsular Rise – 840 square kilometres of timber concessions

The revelation raises immediate and serious questions as to how two former civil servants working in two of Taib’s key Departments rose to acquire such enormous wealth in their roles as Ministers?

Datuk Hamden Bin Ahmad – state accountant turned multi-millionaire timber tycoon

Naroden Majais started out as a teacher and then an official at the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation.

Hamden Bin Hamza was an accountant in the Sarawak Land Development Board, before being parachuted into a state seat by Taib.

Since giving up that seat to the Head of Forestry, Len Talif Saleh, at the last state election, he has presided as a Director of the Taib family construction firm Naim Cendera and as the Treasurer of the massive state supported oil palm enterprise Sarawak Plantation Bhd.

The glaring question remains as to how did their civil servant and ministerial salaries enable these two men to acquire a 30% stake in this enormous timber concern, Peninsular Rise?

Because Taib is so secretive about how he hands out his licences the very existence of these concessions and the position of these two Datuks have remained unknown until now!

Datuks Majais and Bin Ahmad own Windynasty Sdn Bhd!

Much of the area of these concessions falls within the deeply controversial region of the Baram Dam. Villages bordering the concessions are Long Liam, Long San, Long Luding, Long Julan, Long Anap, Long Palai, Long Apu, which stand to be flooded if the dam is built.

Official company records for Windynasty show that it is owned by Datuk Naroden Majais and Datuk Hamden Bin Ahmad!

“Land grabbing a myth”! – Naroden Majais

In the light of these revelations it is worth recalling some of the remarks about land grabbing made by Naroden Majais over recent months, especially given the trampling of the rights of the people of Kampung Lebor by a company owned by himself and his wife.

He announced earlier this year for example that the complaints against the government for robbing landowners were “a myth”.

TEBEDU: Every single inch of the people’s land which are acquired by the government for development purposes will be compensated accordingly, assured assistant minister in the chief minister’s department Mohd Naroden Majais.

He said stories about the government robbing the people’s land, as claimed by the opposition during the recent state election, was only a myth.

“The government’s policy is clear. All land acquired for any projects will be compensated. Every single inch will be paid for, even when the projects were implemented for the benefit of the landowners themselves,” he said. [Naroden Majais, May 2011]

In which case, can Datuk Naroden Majais explain the outcome of the court case against him?  Can he also explain how he has been able to complete the recent construction of his new and truly enormous house on the salary of a State Minister of some RM8,000 a month?

New mansion for Datuk Naroden Majais and his wife (and Co-Director of Nirwand Muhibbah Sdn Bhd)

Indeed, can he convincingly refute the widespread rumours that he and his fellow former local civil servant, Hamden Bin Ahmad, are in fact mere proxies, holding lands and concessions for the Chief Minister himself?

After all, a massive house like this is a very nice perk, but it hardly reflects the true value of the enormous concessions that Naroden apparently owns.

Why would Taib have handed such huge concessions to these two former civil servants, when they would surely have been very happy with such a house, a state assembly job and the concession of NCR land belonging to the poor people of Kampung Lebor?

Vast oil palm plantations as well!

The matter does not end here, because readers of Sarawak Report may well recall that Datuk Naroden Majais is also registered as one of the largest beneficiaries of oil palm concessions handed out by Taib, as recorded by the leaked Land & Survey documents that we have already released for all to see!

Datuk Naroden Majais was the registered contact for the concession of an enormous swathe of property that has been handed out to two companies, Hydroflow and Indranika, originally based at Lorong 9, Jalan Rubber, Kuching.

Huge swathes of property handed to these two companies, supposedly a peoples’ cooperative

Standard practice? Like Datuk Jacob Sagan, Naroden Majais has made a practice of taking land from his own birthplace of Gedong, Simunjan, within his own constituency

Much play has been made about these two companies providing some form of profit sharing for the local people whose land was taken to supply these vast plantations.

Sounds better than it is! – the local people got just RM200 per annum from Hydroflow and Indranika’s plantations. In return they lost their lands.

In fact only 30% of the shares of Hydroflow and Indranika Jaya have been signed over to the thousands of people who have lost lands.

Those shares are held through the companies Sadong Wibawa Bhd and Punggur Wibawa Bhd.

However, both of the companies are run from the offices of the main shareholder, which is a private company, WFM Enterprise Sdn Bhd.

It means none of the local people have any  control over how the enterprise is run.

Thus, last year a grand ceremony was reported by the Sarawak Tribune(edited by Taib’s own daughter, Hanifah) at which supposed ‘interim dividends’  totaling RM575,400 for the year was paid to some 2,877 oil palm ‘shareholders’ from Simunjan and Gedong in the two concerns.

That represents a payment of RM200 per annum per person for the loss of their timber, lands and heritage!

WFM Enterprise

So where is the real profit being made?  It will come as no surprise that the main shareholder of these vast concerns is now a private company which owns 70% of the enterprise and has a few key major shareholders.

Both Hydroflow and Indranika are 70% owned by WFM Enterprise Sdn Bhd.  WFM is largely owned by one Kiong Goon Siong and a relative, Kiong Goon King.  Kiong registered with the Land & Survey Department the same office address in Jalang Rubber as Naroden Majais, whom he replaced as the main contact for these companies, as well as assuming ownership.

The Siongs are associates of Naroden Majais and were registered at the same office by the Land & Survey Department

Under Sarawak’s secretive system run by Taib Mahmud, where timber and oil palm concessions are quietly given out to political and business cronies, it is hard to know who really owns what.

Main shareholders at Hydroflow and Indranika took over the same contact address as Naroden Majais

But, again the questions arise. How is it that Naroden Majais and Hamden Bin Ahmad have acquired so many timber concessions and oil palm concessions after their quiet careers working as civil servants in two of Taib’s key land departments?

How is that concession after concession has been handed out by the Forest Department and Land & Survey Department to wealthy YB Datuks Naroden and Ahmad?

Kuraya – another concession for Hamden Bin Ahmad

Why is it that even a forest reserve in Balingian is not protected from this pair?

Another vast concession in Baram region for Naroden!

More plantation land in Naroden’s own birth region and constituency! Have his people put their trust in a wolf from their own community who is working for Taib?

Will Taib and BN start to answer these questions about how such vast lands have found their way into the hands of his own party men, BN’s Dirty Datuks?

9 Comments »

  1. Hello Baram Folk…..

    Dammed…. you Kayan and Kenyah! Lagi mau tunggu sampai orang nie bawak bulldozer kasi tolak kamu punya tiang rumah ka?

    Kalau gaduh sama sendiri…pasal kuat minum dan perempuan no.1……ha…sekarang ni lah…orang curi kamu punya harta…periuk nasi….mau cakap apa lagi.

    Kalau rasa kuat atau pun kamu sll sakap tu….samseng camp punya…. pegi lawan orang macam ini lah…baru boli sakap samseng.

    Comment by samseng tulis... — March 4, 2012 @ 11:37 PM | Reply

  2. Taib, Public Enemey No.1 of Sarawak!

    When are we going to get rid of this Public Enemy No.1???

    When are we going to chop off the hands of this THIEF and his 40 thieves????

    People of Sarawak, please wake up!!!!!!

    Comment by Sarawakians — March 4, 2012 @ 6:24 PM | Reply

  3. We heard a lot about the people of Sarawak,who took great pride and joy when speaking to other people about the courage,the bravery, ,the traditions,the culture of their lives and ancestors.The point is,not many people are interested in history except spectators to amuse themselves,students in Universities in order to get good grades and so, better jobs.The people of the world are more concerning interested about the present and future generations to come, in order for appreciations and admiration to last forever ! So ! People of Sarawak ! What are you going to do about your not-so-good future? Proof to your families,relatives,friends,people everywhere, that you would not be trampled,ruined and ruled by crooked BN ! VOTE THEM OUT….OUT….OUT THIS COMING GE13 ! REMEMBER ! THIS IS MAYBE YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE THE FUTURE GENERATIONS ! DO NOT LET THE FUTURE GENERATIONS TO CURSE THIS PRESENT GENERATION ! SPREAD THE WORD ! THIS IS YOUR ULTIMATE DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS ! GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES!

    Comment by Reapusow — March 4, 2012 @ 4:42 PM | Reply

  4. A time to have a Table on who are the Top 10 YAB/YB corruptors in our State. From there we can more or less know how massive our money got stolen from our State Treasury. Are our elected representatives sole duty is serve the state or to enrich themselves? Leaving to our own initiatives to bring developments to our State?

    To all our rural folks, must understand now why we vote?

    Comment by miaOwkia — March 4, 2012 @ 4:30 PM | Reply

  5. It is the moral responsibility and obligation of all our church leaders whom I hope are reading my message to advise all Christians in Sarawak and Sabah to receive Jesus in their hearts and vote with a clear conscience to rid our country of blatant corruption and political colonisation of our own people.

    Help email my message to all Christian brothers and sisters and your church leaders to seek Jesus guidance and blessing to do the right thing by voting against blatant corruption and power abuse of BN government.

    God bless all Malaysians.

    Comment by Sebastian Jacob — March 4, 2012 @ 9:51 AM | Reply

  6. With more corruption expose I like to advise all my right thinking and conscientious friends in SUPP, SPDP PRS and PBB to quit BN now for the sake of our children’s future.

    Comment by Irene Kana — March 4, 2012 @ 9:38 AM | Reply

  7. Thank you Sarawak Report for your corruption and power abuse expose on Sarawak BN lawmakers led by the paramount thief minister Taib Mahmud. Sarawakians, NGOs, Activists and Civil Servants must also be congratulated for coming forward to assist in exposing all these crooks and corrupted ministers.

    It is now the responsibility of Pakatan Rakyat to compile these corruption exposure with the faces of all these traitors and crooks in all major languages to be distributed to every nooks and corners of Sarawak. At the same time Radio Free Sarawak should continue to make these breaking news 24/7.

    Taib mahmud and UMNO controlled BN must go! Make every votes count and Vote out all BN candidates in GE13.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — March 4, 2012 @ 9:33 AM | Reply

  8. Sarawakians love these pond scum as majority of Sarawakian are happy with free $500 hand outs every few years.

    Comment by RC — March 4, 2012 @ 2:59 AM | Reply

  9. Liars thieves and scumbags.

    Comment by kancilmelaka — March 4, 2012 @ 1:47 AM | Reply


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