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April 15, 2014

Don’t follow Umno’s racial profiling, Adenan told

Dukau Papau

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem should cease and desist from his inclination towards the racial profiling practised by the Umno-dominated BN in Peninsular Malaysia, says state PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How.

“Sarawakians, no matter their race or ethnicity, should live as one. We must make the most of our potentials in our diverse society and contribute towards the greatness of this beautiful state.

“To be a Sarawakian, and even more so as a leader, we should reject racial profiling in politics,” said See (left), who is the Batu Lintang assemblyperson. (more…)

April 9, 2014

Make English compulsory, Adenan

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A Sarawak Sovereignty Movement spokesperson said the state should no longer cower to a national education policy that aims to ‘Malaynise’ Sarawak.

A Sarawak NGO wants Chief Minister Adenan Satem to pass a resolution at the next State Legislative Assembly sitting making the use of English language in schools obligatory.

Sarawak Sovereignty Movement (SSM) spokesperson, Morshidi Abdul Rahman said it is the only way to stall the further decline of the language among children in Sarawak and Sabah. (more…)

Sarawak for Sarawakian kleptocrats

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Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud bersama Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dalam majlis Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) di Kuching, tahun lalu. Gambar fail.

Brewin Edward Emprang

By history, the states of Sabah and Sarawak are enjoying many privileges. Restricting people from entering the states for no sensible reason is one of them.

However, there are those who still think that Sarawak should leave the Federation as the state is allegedly being treated less equal than other states in the Peninsula.

If so, with all due respect, the question is, is secession necessary in that regard? The onus is on those people to explain that there is a need for Sarawak to secede willy-nilly from the federation. (more…)

April 8, 2014

‘Wake-up slumbering MPs, state A-Gs’

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Zainnal Ajamain

If there are no discussions, it is probably because the respective governments are already in the process of making secret deals with the elite in Malaya over oil rights.

The Malaysia Territorial Sea Act 2012 was tabled and passed in June 2012.

Where were Sabah and Sarawak’s 56 MP from both side of the political divide?

How is it that these MPs from Sabah and Sarawak did not notice when Act 750 was passed?

Were these MPs representing Sabah and Sarawak or were they decorations in parliament? (more…)

The anomaly of the immigration powers for Sabah and Sarawak

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Dr Abdul Aziz Bari

A number of people have come up to me and questioned the privilege given to Sabah and Sarawak to retain immigration authority: they found it awkward to find such a provision in a federation like Malaysia.

Their apprehension is understandable. In a world where countries, for example in the European Union, have essentially done away with such a provision, here we still have people who are stuck in the old mode. The more so when the power was invoked to insulate the powers that be rather than to really protect the general public.

In recent weeks certain politicians from Pakatan Rakyat have been deported from Sarawak, the latest being PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifudin Nasution Ismail and the party’s MPs, Tian Chua and Rafizi Ramli. And that was not the first time. (more…)

April 4, 2014

Sarawak’s RM559Million ‘Schools For Votes’ Scandal!

Sarawak’s RM559Million ‘Schools For Votes’ Scandal! EXCLUSIVE EXPOSE

Sarawak Report

Sarawak Report has acquired damning evidence of a deliberate vote-buying ploy to approve 15 new schools in Sarawak, rushed through just before the last General Election by BN.

The project was approved both by the Prime Minister, Najib Razak and by the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Directly implicated was the then Energy Minister and Sarawak SUPP President Peter Chin, working in clear collaboration with a company called One BU Redha Services Sdn Bhd, which is closely linked to the now Governor and then Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud. (more…)

April 3, 2014

Sarawak PKR to go to court over entry ban on its national leaders

swak pkr_3Ng Ai Fern

Sarawak PKR says it will challenge in court the state government’s directive to bar the party’s national leaders from entering the state.

State PKR chairperson Baru Bian said a judicial review application will be filled after this month’s party elections.

“We have discussed on the point of law and we are trying to get the statements of our leaders and get ready the papers.

“At least one of them (banned leaders) would suffice to prove that the state is wrong, and I am confident that this case could get through,” Baru told reporters. (more…)

Sarawak biggest challenge: NCR issues, court rulings

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Borneo Resource Institute said although NCR was recognised by the state government under the Sarawak Land Code, there were weaknesses in the definition of terms.

The continuous conflicts over land in the state is because of the vague and weak definition of  native customary rights (NCR) and the Sarawak Land Code, said Borneo Resource Institute (Brimas).

According to Brimas executive director Mark Bujang, this is also the reason why more than 300 NCR land related cases are pending in court. (more…)

April 1, 2014

‘Petronas, Putrajaya have no rights in Borneo waters’

Najib Petronas BorneoWinston Way

Pakar secretary-general Zainnal Ajamain claims that when premier Najib Razak lifted the Emergency proclaimation on Nov 23, 2011, three governing laws ceased to have any effect on Sabah and Sarawak.

All the oil and gas in the territorial waters of Sabah and Sarawak belong to the respective state governments and not Petronas, claims Parti Kerjasama Rakyat Sabah (Pakar) secretary general Zainnal Ajamain.

Zainnal, who is one of the six plaintiffs who took Petronas and the Sabah State Government to court in Sep 25, 2012 also asserted that 100% of the offshore petroleum and gas found in Sabah and Sarawak territorial waters actually belong to the people in Sabah and Sarawak.

(more…)

March 22, 2014

‘We will not respect a govt that does not respect us’

Sabah storyWilliam Mangor

The government is not sincere and shows no respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in Malaysia, says JOAS.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Network of Malaysia (JOAS) will not respect a government that has no respect for native communities, said its secretariat director Jannie Lasimbang.

Lasimbang was responding to the Malaysian Government’s failure to accept the six specific recommendations related to Indigenous Peoples’ rights at the second cycle of the United Nations Human Right Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Lasimbang explained the Malaysian government reason for rejecting the recommendations because of the existence of a Task Force is unacceptable. (more…)

March 20, 2014

Adenan wants political secs to know Sarawak history

Adenan SatemFMT Staff

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem now has 30 political secretaries to act as ‘bridges’ between the people and the people’s representatives.

Chief Minister Adenan Satem has beefed up his team of political secretaries and wants them to be “well-versed” in Sarawak history.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, his chief political secretary Abdullah Saidol said Adenan was specific about what he expected from the existing team and the newcomers.

He said Adenan saw his political secretaries as “bridges” between the people and the elected representative and as such it was vital that they are not ignorant of the state’s true history and autonomous status. (more…)

March 18, 2014

Chinese schools in Sarawak losing appeal

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Anna Chidambar

Sarawak has only 14 private secondary Chinese schools. The small number is not surprising given that there is little money to keep more of them afloat.

Another reason for the small number is due to the fact that the Education Ministry does not recognise their academic qualifications. As a result, even students who do well at these schools are not able to get places in government-recognised varsities to further their education.

In Peninsular Malaysia, Chinese parents prefer to send their children to Chinese schools, but in Sarawak, the first choice is the national-type school. As a result, the student enrolment remains low, according to Johnny Kon Shing Yong, the principal of Chung Hua Middle School No. 4 (CHMS No. 4) in Kuching. (more…)

Will Adenan appoint one or two new DCMs?

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Anna Chidambar

On March 3, three days after he took office as Sarawak chief minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem announced his Cabinet line-up which saw minimal changes.

He maintained seven full ministers and 19 assistant ministers with Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu as his second-in-command.

There were no portfolio changes, except for Adenan taking over the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Resource Planning and Environment, previously held by Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. He also stated that he was no longer the Minister for Special Functions and Minister in the Chief Minister’s office effective March 1. (more…)

March 15, 2014

Dayak areas uphill for BN

sarawakWinston Way

A political analyst claims Sarawak BN’s loss in votes will not mean that the opposition will gain bigger ground.

The next state election will be tough on both Sarawak Barisan Nasional and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat.

According to University Malaysia Sarawak political anaylst Jeniri Amir, while it will be an uphill battle for BN to retain Dayak loyalty, it did not mean that Pakatan will gain ground

He said the reduction of popular vote for BN, as evident in the last two state elections, was not due to a stronger presence of the opposition in the Dayak areas. (more…)

BN has failed Balingian folk, says Sarawak PKR

Dukau Papau

For the past 50 years, the people of Balingian have been suffering from the lack of development, such as educational facilities, healthcare and other basic infrastructure like roads and clean water.

And all this despite the fact that their elected representative was the all-powerful former chief minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Taib represented the constituency since 2001, until he quit as its assemblyperson on Feb 28, triggering a by-election. (more…)

March 12, 2014

Who will it be for Balingian?

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FMT StaffN51 Balingian

Meanwhile speculations are rife that party president Adenan Satem will announce the candidate tomorrow, “several days” before nomination on March 17.

With less than a week to go before nomination day, voters in Balingian constituency  have been assured that their “wishes” will be adhered to when Chief Minister Adenan Satem names BN’s candidate for the March 29 by-election.

Party Supreme Council member Abdul Karim Hamzah said PBB always took into account the views and aspirations of the constituency and party’s grassroot leaders. (more…)

March 9, 2014

The rise of the hate mongers, a misguided group

Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

Malaysia, after more than half a century as an independent and sovereign country, has now moved backwards into the dark ages. This is so because of the claim of superiority by a small group among the Malay/Muslim community. This misguided group feels that they are actually the masters in this country and wrongly believe that they are superior to all the other citizens.

The majority of the Malays do not subscribe to the misguided notions of this small wayward group.

They are filled with hate and nothing else. They have nightmares during the day that they are being threatened by groups that want to annihilate their religion and their community. (more…)

March 8, 2014

Umno stokes loathing in Sarawak

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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…)

Balingian set to cement Taib’s Melanau legacy

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Hazlan Zakaria

With the Balingian by-election set for March 29, PBB looks set to deploy a Melanau candidate for the state seat, a move observers see as a means to cement former chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s legacy.

The Melanau-majority seat located within the Mukah parliamentary constituency has long been a PBB stronghold held by the former strongman and should continue to serve as a bastion for the party.

It is seen to be a loaded seat, and whoever gets picked to stand on the BN/PBB ticket will certainly play an important role in shaping the political landscape of Sarawak in the future. (more…)

Taib: The last king of Borneo

Hazlan Zakaria

One must admit that newly minted Sarawak Governor Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has struck quite a romantic pose. He can be considered the last remaining symbol of Borneo sovereignty, amidst the crashing tide of federal arrogance from the peninsula.

Romance as in the hypnotic draw that surrounds him, not necessarily of the romantic love kind. Nevertheless the “dashing” Taib did dazzle a younger woman to agree to be his current wife.

And dashing too Taib seems to be — to many Sabahans and Sarawakians, even those politically opposed to him, who flock to his banner when he announced that rule over Sarawak is for locals and Umno should stay the hell out, in sentiment if not the same words. (more…)

SSM not Taib or anyone’s running dog ?

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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…)

Taib to be spared DAP attacks, but state to remain under scrutiny

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Anna Chidambar

With the recent stepping down of Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud as Sarawak chief minister, opposition parties in the state are hopeful that it will weaken BN’s footing in Sarawak.

Whether it is mere wishful thinking or otherwise, they rationalise that “It cannot be denied that Taib’s political strategies and acumen are quite exceptional and a very hard act to follow.”

Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said: “As the governor, Taib can still advise Chief Minister (Tan Sri) Adenan Satem. However, when it comes to politics in Sarawak, money still plays a big part. Taib’s family has immense monetary clout to strengthen their political power. (more…)

Half a Billion Ringgit! The Turnover On Taib’s Latest Foreign Property Venture

Half a Billion Ringgit!  The Turnover On Taib’s Latest Foreign Property Venture

Sarawak Report

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…)

Can Sarawak’s oldest party avoid the axe?

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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…)

March 7, 2014

PKR: Sarawak’s rights already surrendered to KL

Dukau Papau

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…)

Taib’s son escapes contempt charge

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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…)

Balingian polls on March 29, nominations March 17

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Ram Anand

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…)

Taib to relinquish interests in commercial enterprise?

Anna Chidambar

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…)

Lesson for SUPP: Why SNAP and PBDS are dead and buried today

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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…)

Low: ‘People-sanctioned’ Taib is rightful governor

Lawrence Yong

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…)

Taib knew united Sabah, S’wak dangerous to Umno

taib mahmud sabah sarawakZainnal Ajamain

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…)

March 6, 2014

Balingian: Witty Adenan leaves media wanting

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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…)

Group hopes new S’wak CM will stop issuing timber licences

Jok (1st from left) and other committee members of the Society for Rights of Indigenous People of Sarawak (SCRIPS) Ng Ai Fern

  • Jok (1st from left) and other committee members of the Society for Rights of Indigenous People of Sarawak (SCRIPS)

A community-based group in Sarawak has urged the new chief minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem, to respect the rights of the natives in the state by stop  issuing timber or plantation licences involving their land.

“We hope the new chief minister can stop disposing our land to logging or plantation companies without our knowledge,” said Society for Rights of Indigenous People of Sarawak (SCRIPS) secretary general Michael Jok. (more…)

Wretched Umno, Mustapha and Taib

taib tun mustapha umnoZainnal Ajamain

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…)

March 5, 2014

Taib’s family in 400 firms worth billions, says The Edge Weekly

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Ho Wah Foon

Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who has just stepped down as Sarawak chief minister and become the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (state governor), had led the state imperiously for 33 years; and during these years, his family members have amassed billions of wealth.Ruling with a tight fist, Taib had allowed his immediate and extended families to control 400 companies in every sector in Malaysia and hold overseas assets worth more than RM800 million in four countries, according to the 8-page special cover story in The Edge Weekly.

Under the state constitution, the Chief Minister shall not hold any office of profit and shall not actively engage in any commercial enterprise, but according to the research findings of The Edge Weekly Taib might have broken this state law while he was ruling Sarawak. (more…)

‘Tahinah’ … “Tahi Nah” in Iban means “shit served.” ……. blunder mars congrats to Taib

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Mkini

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…)

Is return of the prodigal son coincidental?

Winston Way

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…)

Adenan keeps Taib’s men

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FMT Staff

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…)

March 4, 2014

Taib: When the Devil wins

James Chai

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…)

How Taib’s family could have hidden their wealth

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The Edge

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…)

March 3, 2014

Balingian by-election barometer to gauge PKR’s strength in next state election – Baru

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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…)

Balingian: Who’s the secret Melanau graduate?

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Alan Ting

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…)

In post-Taib Sarawak, all eyes now on Adenan’s ability to address graft, development

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

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…)

In Balingian by-election, Pakatan to gauge support for change of guards in Sarawak

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

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…)

‘Taib must answer for sins of corruption’

Cynthia Gabriel

FMT

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…)

March 2, 2014

Taib Plans To Commission A Better Reputation

Taib Plans To Commission A Better Reputation

Sarawak Report

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…)

A surprise presence and puzzling absence

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Winston Way

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…)

Taib sworn in as Sarawak’s seventh governor

Bernama

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…)

Taib sworn in as Sarawak governor in Kuching

Bernama

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…)

New Sarawak CM urged to solve urgent problems

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Mkini

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…)

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