Adenan echoes Taib warning that Malayan political parties are undesirable in Sarawak and their entry would be against the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement
Newly installed Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has reiterated his predecessor Taib Mahmud’s stand that Umno will never be welcome in the state.
“We cannot allow Umno to land in Sarawak because we don’t need the party to come,” he is said to have told Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) supreme council members as well as it youth and women’s wing leaders on Monday. (more…)
Sarawak Sovereignty Movement said their group is apolitical, entirely pursuing civil movement to restore Sarawak’s rights
A Sarawak nationalists movement here has denied that it is a protégé of PBB and the “running dog” of former chief minister-turned governor Taib Mahmud.
The group, Sarawak Sovereignty Movement (SSM), reiterated that it was apolitical and focused on restoring the rights of Sarawak as a free and independent nation. (more…)
Sarawak Report can reveal that the turnover on the Taib family’s latest foreign property venture in the UK has been over half a billion ringgit (100 million pounds sterling) so far and it is still rising.
The Ridgeford Properties development in Bolsover Street, Central London, which comprises several flats, has now sold most of the units in its current 2nd stage of development for a price totalling £98,145,182 (RM537,000,000), according to research by the Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund into the UK property register.
Some of the most expensive penthouse flats are yet to have been sold, meaning that the final sum will go well over the hundred million pounds mark. (more…)
Still no way out for SUPP; deregistration looms as factions refuse to compromise on ways to save the party
Members of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) led by their president Peter Chin are waiting nervously to see if their last ditch effort to save the party from collapse will bear fruit.
The Central Working Committee of the party met yesterday with the newly appointed Sarawak’s Chief Minister Adenan Satem Tuesday to get his help to stop the Registrar of Societies delisting the party for falling foul of the law. (more…)
Sarawak PKR reminded Sarawakians today that it was during the chief ministership of Abdul Rahman Yakub that the rights of the state as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement were surrendered to the federal government.
“Do you know that Sarawak lost its rights during the chief ministership of Rahman (right in photo)? Seventeen of our rights in the 18-point agreement were given to the federal government on a silver plate.
“The only thing he did not give up was the control on immigration,” Sarawak PKR information chief Vernon Kedit said today. (more…)
Ahmad Fadli KC
Sarawak governor’s son Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib today escaped contempt of court proceedings brought by his former wife Shahnaz A Majid.
Syariah High Court judge Azzeman Omar delivered his verdict after hearing Bekir’s explanation.
This follows the court’s order for Bekir to pay more than RM900,000 as interim child maintenance for the couple’s only son.
“The court accepts the justification of the respondent and the committal application (for contempt of court) is rejected,” Justice Azzeman said. (more…)
The by-election for the Balingian state seat in Sarawak, which was vacated by former Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud on Feb 28 to enable him to become state governor the following day, has been set for March 29, one week after the Kajang by-election.
Nominations for the polls, which will be country’s fourth by-election since the last general elections in May 2013, will take place on March 17, providing a 12-day campaigning period, the Election Commission (EC) chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusoff announced today. (more…)
The High Court’s advice to Sarawak Governor Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to relinquish all his commercial interests is seen as an indirect acknowledgement of his involvement in commercial enterprise and thus a small victory for those opposing his appointment.
This advice was made by Sabah High Court judge Chew Soo Ho when dismissing an ex-parte application on Feb 27 by Padungan state assemblyman Wong King Wei for an injunction to stop Taib from accepting his appointment as the governor. (more…)
Francis Paul Siah
In 1982, the late Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min appealed to his colleagues in the Sarawak National Party (SNAP) to allow him to serve one term as party president.
Wong, Sarawak’s first deputy chief minister, had been SNAP deputy president for 17 years at that time. When then party president Datuk Amar Dunstan Endawie resigned abruptly to become Malaysian Ambassador to New Zealand, SNAP was left with a leadership crisis – there was no provision in the party constitution for an acting president. (more…)
Governance and Transparency Minister Paul Low said today that he saw no reason to stop Abdul Taib Mahmud from becoming state governor after 33 years as chief minister, despite allegations against him for corruption and abuse of power.
In the week before he resigned as Sarawak’s chief minister, two NGOs and a news weekly alleged that he had used his position to enrich his family. Taib has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
Low also said that he sided with the GE13 voters, who found no fault with Taib. (more…)
With one single bold announcement Taib Mahmud turned Malaysian politics on its head and broke the hidden agenda to “isolate” Sabah from Sarawak.
Taib Mahmud set the “benchmark”, to paraphrase Sabah’s Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, for his brave rejection of Umno from Sarawak and to uphold the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
Within days of his bold announcement at the PBB Supreme Council meeting last month, political players, observers and analysts knew a historic moment had occured in Borneo. (more…)
The PBB Supreme Council is expected to meet soon to decide on the candidate for Balingian.
Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s is not short on wit and humour. When announcing his state line up to the media yesterday he was like a gleeful fisherman reeling in his catch.
He started by telling an expectant media that he had dropped a minister from the line-up.
Having caught their attention he reeled the group in with a casual: “I would like to tell you that I have dropped one minister…and he is (Tan Sri Datuk Amar) Adenan Satem. (more…)
Never in the history of Malaysia has a head of a state acknowledged that Umno is NOT as good as it advertises itself to be.
Taib Mahmud stepped down as the Chief Minister of Sarawak after holding the reign for 33 long years. He outlasted Mahathir Mohammad, as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, by more than a decade.
His length as CM speaks volumes of the politician who stayed in office longer than any other leaders in Malaysia and his insight into Umno’s character. (more…)
It was meant to be a congratulatory message to Abdul Taib Mahmud on being appointed Sarawak governor on March 1.
Unfortunately, a typo in the full-page advertisement in Sarawak daily Utusan Sarawak has put paid to that notion.
Instead of saying ’Tahniah’ (congratulations), the advertisement had the word ’Tahinah’ alongside a photo of Taib being sworn into his new post. (more…)
First public appearance of Taib’s son, Sulaiman, has spawned rumours of him standing in Balingian.
Prodigal son, Sulaiman ‘s unexpected presence on Friday to welcome his father Taib Mahmud’s return from Kuala Lumpur as Sarawak’s new Governor has fired up the rumour mill here.
Speculations are divided over whether his return is linked to Balingian or the Taib business empire.
Of the two sons – the other is Mahmud Bekir – Sulaiman was his father’s ‘chosen one’ until he went AWOL in 2010 following his mother’s death. (more…)
Meanwhile the post of second DCM, which was once held by ex-SUPP president George Chan, remains empty
New Chief Minister Adenan Satem has retained his predecessor’s men in his state Cabinet.
Although there were speculations that Adenan would be making changes, no amendments was seen this morning as the state’s eight full ministers and 19 assistant ministers took their oaths before Governor Taib Mahmud.
Also present during the ceremony at the State Legislative Assembly were Speaker Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and State Secretary Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani. (more…)
There was a slight pause called by Najib between Taib Mahmud’s resignation as Chief Minister of Sarawak and his accession as the Governor (Yang di-Pertua Negeri) of Sarawak.
The delay gave us some hope. Would Najib take this opportunity to cut off the “untouchable” Taib Mahmud once and for all and take this benefiting political token, or will he concede (yet again)?
This was not much of a surprise. Najib never dared anyway.
“I’ve got things in proper sequence” – Taib (more…)
The family of Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud may have used a number of exempt private companies (EPCs) to hide their wealth from public scrutiny, according to the financial weekly The Edge Malaysia.
This is because EPCs are exempted from submitting its balance sheet when filing its annual returns to the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM).
Typically, according to the report, these EPCs linked to Taib’s family would invest in other companies, numbering at over 400 involving a wide range of industries.
“When the EPC receives dividends from its subsidiaries… the money trail disappears because EPCs are not required to file their financials. (more…)
The Borneo Post
The Balingian by-election will be an interesting barometer to gauge PKR strength in the next state general election.
State PKR chief Baru Bian said the Balingian by-election will determine whether there was support for the change in guard (of the state Barisan Nasional leaders) and secondly it can gauge the change in the support of the people for the present government, especially in the context of the rising cost of living.
“The increase in the price of goods will be the main issue and we will be taking the issue to the ground and it will be very interesting,” he told reporters at a press conference after the party’s state liaison committee’s final meeting here yesterday. (more…)
Political observers believe that PBB will likely field a Melanau-Christian as part of the traditional arrangement inherited by the party from its predecessor Barjasa.
Following Taib Mahmud’s retirement from active politics, the predominantly Melanau based Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold of Balingian has become the focus of political pundits.
With the dust settled on who will be replacing Abdul Taib as the Chief Minister, all eyes are now on Balingian that could serve as the proving ground for the new chief minister and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Adenan Satem. (more…)
Sarawak’s new chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (pic) has yet to officially step into his office on the 22nd floor of Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Kuching, but there are already more expectations of him.
Those who think Adenan won’t stay long and is only a seat-warmer for “someone else”, do not expect much from the 70-year-old, who has a pacemaker.
But opposition lawmakers hope Adenan would be “more clean” than his predecessor, someone they could work with and who would make an effort to clean up what they claimed to be “a corruption tainted administration”. (more…)
With the dismal performance in the 2011 state election still fresh in their minds, PKR Sarawak is realistic but hopeful when it comes to their chances in the soon-to-be-called by-election for Balingian, a coastal Malay-Melanau majority state seat.
“We admit and we concede we are the underdogs,” state PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) told a media conference after chairing the party’s state leadership meeting in Kuching, today.
“(The Balingian seat) is probably one of the toughest Barisan Nasional seats (to win). (more…)
It is bewildering for the MACC to claim that there is no evidence of corruption and abuse of power by the former Sarawak CM, says C4 director Cynthia Gabriel.
Former Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud should be cleared of his sins of corruption by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) before being appointed as Sarawak’s Governor.
Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) director Cynthia Gabriel quoted several ‘sordid tales of corruption’ such as the Japan transport scandal in 2007 and the Gunung Munung Park scandal. (more…)
Taib has grabbed the Governorship, but now he is worrying about his reputation.
In his outgoing speech as Chief Minister he chose to focus on the international bad publicity over his destruction of the rainforest; his rolling out of oil palm plantations and his self-enrichment in the process.
Clearly, this matter has spoiled his promotion party and it is preoccupying his mind.
As usual, he blamed “malicious attacks” by NGOs and he called on Malaysia’s “envoys” to repair his reputation across the globe.
Then he came out with some claims that have produced gasps and astonished laughter. (more…)
Taib Mahmud’s triumphant return to Sarawak as the new governor was marked by his son, Sulaiman’s first public appearance in years, and the non-attendance by a former CM contender
Controversy-ridden Abdul Taib Mahmud arrived here last night as Sarawak’s new governor and was greeted by a 500-strong waiting crowd including family members, the state Cabinet and senior government officials.
Earlier yesterday, Taib received his instrument of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)
After signing the instrument of appointment, Taib took his oath before chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum at the state legislative assembly
Abdul Taib Mahmud, who stepped down as chief minister of Sarawak after almost 33 years in office yesterday, was sworn in as the new Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak today, marking another historical milestone for the state.
The ceremony began at 11.00am with Adenan Satem, who succeeded him as the new chief minister, reading the instrument of appointment, which was presented to Taib by Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. (more…)
Abdul Taib Mahmud, who stepped down as Sarawak chief minister after almost 33 years in office yesterday, was sworn in as the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak today in Kuching.
The ceremony began at 11am with Adenan Satem, who succeeded him as the new chief minister, reading the instrument of appointment, which was presented to Taib by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
After signing the instrument of appointment, Taib took his oath of office before Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum at the State Legislative Assembly building here in the presence of Adenan. (more…)
With Adenan Satem’s appointment as Sarawak’s new chief minister, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has been quick to urge him to resolve three issues affecting the state.
They are: getting higher oil and gas royalties, abolishing the cabotage policy, and poverty eradication.
“If Adenan can resolve these three major issues for Sarawak, his era will be a more significant one than the longest serving Chief Minister in Malaysian history,” he said in a statement today, referring to Adenan’s predecessor Abdul Taib Mahmud. (more…)
Outgoing CM Taib Mahmud’s expressed view of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) will relieve CM Adenan Satem of having to make a decision.
If there was any possibility of a future for Sarawak’s oldest Chinese party, SUPP, it ended yesterday when its ‘patron’ Taib Mahmud stepped down Chief Mnister.
The state’s longest serving chief minister Taib’s parting words of wisdom to Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) was to close-shop or alternatively re-unite under a new party. (more…)
He succeeds Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng whose term of office ended yesterday.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, today presented Taib Mahmud with the instrument of appointment as the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak, at the Istana Negara here.
The ceremony took place at the Small Throne Hall and was witnessed by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the new Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem. (more…)
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah today presented Abdul Taib Mahmud with the instrument of appointment as the new Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.
The ceremony took place at the Small Throne Hall and was witnessed by Prime Minister Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the new Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem.
Abdul Taib – who stepped down as the Sarawak CM effective today after almost 33 years in office – takes office tomorrow as the seventh Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak, succeeding Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng whose term of office ended today. (more…)
Several protests were held in Kuching this morning against Abdul Taib Mahmud becoming Sarawak’s governor.
They were a curtain raiser to a bigger rally to be staged tomorrow in front of the old court house in the state capital, which stands across the river where the swearing-in ceremony would be held.
Organised by civil society movements, the protests comprised small groups armed with banners and posters. (more…)
Incoming CM Adenan Satem will be deciding whether or not to have a by-election in Balingian constituency.
Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has resigned as assemblyman for Balingian.
This was confirmed today by Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Speaker Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar during a press coneference.
Asfia said the letter was dated Feb 26 and is effective from tomorrow. (more…)
New corruption questions have emerged over the role of Taib Mahmud and son in a waste disposal deal with German firm
The evidence is piling up against soon-to-be governor, Taib Mahmud.
In a last ditch attempt to thwart Taib’s ascent to the ‘throne’, UK-based Global Witness, which was responsible for an incriminating covert video on business dealings by the Taib family, has released documents of more corrupt practices. (more…)
The author says the act of Sabah and Sarawak Governors kissing the Agong’s hand is strictly taboo and the highest insult to the people of these states.
The Barisan Nasional-Umno government has been involved in mind control experiments since Malaysia was formed.
Aside from distorting history and imposing this version via schools, they are also using other less obvious ways such as the “subliminal stimuli” technique.
The scientifcally proven technique uses any sensory stimuli below individual threshold for conscious perception. (more…)
Sarawak with its 25 parliament seats helped BN get a simple majority in the last election and there are fears that Taib may withdraw the seats
Under the federal constitution the appointment of the Sarawak Yang DiPertua Negeri is vested in the Yang DiPertuan Agong.
As Prime Minister, the coveted post then is Najib Tun Razak’s trump card when dealing with the state government of Sarawak. (more…)
Fresh allegations of corruption against Abdul Taib Mahmud have surfaced, a day before he is slated to resign as chief minister of Sarawak.
The veteran politician, who has been hounded by a slew of allegations throughout his 33-year reign as chief minister, is expected to assume the post of Sarawak governor.
The latest allegations surround a company linked to his son Mahmud Abdul Bekir, that was purportedly used as a conduit to receive up to RM6.6 million in commissions for a waste disposal project involving a state government joint venture with a German firm. (more…)
Sarawak PKR Youth have questioned how Sarawak is third on the list of states with the largest population of poor residents after 33 years of Abdul Taib Mahmud’s rule as chief minister.
Its representative Iswardy Morni said that this is despite having RM22 billion in the state reserves.
Citing Department of Statistics data, he said that although Sarawak is third behind Sabah and Kelantan, the absolute number of poor is much higher. (more…)
Taib has made clear that he expects to be appointed Governor tomorrow, with an audience scheduled to meet the Agong at the Istana Negara at 3pm.
He has informed people that he believes that this will elevate him to a similar status to the British Queen, dispensing advice and held in fond regard.
And, of course, he is making it clear he believes the position will offer him total immunity from any kind of prosecution over his 3 decades of kleptocracy in Sarawak. (more…)
Two international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) today revealed documents which showed the involvement of outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) and his son in a lucrative waste disposal agreement signed 15 years ago with a German firm.
The revelation, coming just two days before Taib is expected to take over as the Sarawak governor, contains more incriminating evidence of Taib’s alleged corruption and abuse of power, said the NGOs, Global Witness and The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).
They said the documents disclosed that as part of the deal signed in 1998 between Trienekens and the state government, Trienekens engaged a local company – Sarawak Capital – owned by Taib’s eldest son, Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, to provide up to US$2 million (RM6.6 million) worth of “consultancy services”. (more…)
Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) today said he had planned to retire in 2007, but decided to hold back his decision due to two ‘S’ factors.
The two ‘S’ factors were a crisis faced by the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and the formulation of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), a new development corridor in Sarawak which required precision planning to ensure its success, he disclosed.
“I wanted to retire way back. I had planned to retire in 2007 and I had the consensus of the leadership of PBB that I should groom (Tan Sri) Adenan Satem as my successor. (more…)
Abdul Taib Mahmud today ended his 33-year tenure as chief minister of Sarawak at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Kuching, the state’s administrative building, in a sombre mood.
Tomorrow, Taib will have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Shah Mu’adzam at Istana Negara to receive his credentials to be Sarawak’s seventh yang di-pertua negeri.
In the brief but meaningful farewell, Taib and his wife, Ragad Kurdi Taib, who were accompanied by Sarawak deputy chief minister Alfred Jabu, minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Special Functions) Adenan Satem, who is also designated to be Sarawak’s fifth chief minister, and state land development minister James Masing, were seen shaking hands with about 300 government staff at the building. (more…)
Anti-graft watchdog Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) has urged the government to delay making Abdul Taib Mahmud the Sarawak governor until the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) clears him over a questionable deal.
C4′s directors have submitted a complaint to MACC today, based on allegations by NGO Global Witness that a company linked to Taib’s son Mahmud Abdul Bekir has been purportedly used as a conduit to receive up to RM6.6 million in commissions, for a waste disposal project involving a state government joint venture with a German firm. (more…)
DAP’s last-ditch effort to stop outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) from being appointed as the next head of state failed, after the Kuching High Court today ruled that it had no jurisdiction over the appointment.
Judge Chew Soo Ho dismissed DAP Padungan state assemblyman Wong Kin Wei’s application for an ex parte injunction, saying that the appointment is at the sole discretion of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and the court had no jurisdiction to interfere with the prerogative.
Taib is scheduled to have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Shah Mu’adzam tomorrow afternoon. (more…)