The Taib family company CMS proudly boasts of its “vast land bank” in its annual reports and has started selling off chunks for tens of millions in Kuching.
Commercial centres and grand housing estates are also being developed in two key areas, Bandar Samariang, where CMS has 5,200 acres, valued around half a billion ringgit, and of course on the Kuching Isthmus, where land is even more expensive.
But, how did CMS acquire all this property and who has benefitted? (more…)
Shocking disrespect towards one of Sarawak’s most treasured historical figures has come to light, with this image of a Rajah Brooke memorial cross, plucked from its position outside the Governor’s Mansion in Kuching and dumped in a junk heap.
The white marble cross had stood in front of the Astana, as a memorial to three Brooke children, who were lost at sea.
It provided a poignant Christian symbol, with the famous phrase “suffer little children to come unto me” wrapped round its simple stem. (more…)
The term ‘Dayak’ has been pronounced a non-word by state ordinance, on the basis that the tribal people of Sarawak should no longer be encouraged to think of themselves as a nation, but only as groups to be divided and ruled.
Yet, how else to collectively describe the native people, who are surrendering up their vast natural resources to enrich West Malayisan leaders and their agents in Sarawak (Taib Mahmud and his BN cronies)? (more…)
Who are those behind the issuance of a timber extraction licence for Mount Sadong located along the Baki-Riih Road in Serian about 40km from Kuching?
Is it the Forest Department or Sarawak Timber Development Corporation? Or is any minister involved? These are the questions 26 angry Bidayuh chiefs are asking.
Irrespective of the identities of those involved, the chiefs led by Temenggong Robert Sulis Ridu are demanding that the licence be revoked at once, failing which they and their ‘anembiak‘ (followers) will be forced to organsise a big protest against the exploitation of Mount Sadong, (more…)
Alfian ZM Tahir
- Displaced Penans say they are thirsty, hungry and have no protection from severe weather.
Three hundred Penan families displaced by the ongoing construction of Murum Dam are living in desperate circumstances as they battle for justice.
They have no access to clean water and decent food, and their tents, constructed from tree branches and tarpaulin, are ineffective against heavy rain. (more…)
- Shahnaz Abdul Majid arrives at Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court.
The ex-wife to the son of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud was asked at the Syariah court here today whether she was a virgin when she married him.
At the retrial of Shahnaz Abdul Majid’s RM400 million divorce from Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Taib, the latter’s lawyer, Saadiah Din, also asked Shahnaz if she had cooked and cleaned at their matrimonial home. (more…)
A group of 80 NGOs and social activists are urging that all works related to the Baram and Murum dams in Sarawak cease immediately until ‘open and fair’ consultations have taken place with the local community.
In particular, they want the Sarawak state government-related corporations, contractors and agents to stop the impoundment at Murum Dam and arson of nearby Penan communities.
Meanwhile at Baram Dam, the groups demanded that the work related to the survey and construction of the planned dam stop. (more…)
Affected by the proposed land acquisition for the dam, they are questioning the constitutionality of Section 5(3) and 5(4) of the Sarawak Land Code.
Natives from Long Na’ah and Long Kesseh in Baram are suing Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and the state government over the proposed Baram dam project which will eventually drown their ancestral and communal land.
They have named Taib in his capacity as Minister of Resource Planning and Environment and the state government as first and second defendants respectively. (more…)
We have no pictures of today’s arrest of Penan natives at the Murum Dam blockade, because two boys trying to take photographs were themselves arrested for recording the event.
The youngest, Tingang Lingok, is believed to be around 13 years old.
The two teenagers are now among 8 Penan who have been jailed at the police station in Belaga, some three hours drive away, and are due to appear in court tomorrow.
This is the second time in a week that Sarawak police have arrested and incarcerated young boys caught up in native land rights disputes. (more…)
- Picture: NGO campaigners protest in front of Mr. Sjotveit’s home in Bekkestua, a suburb of Norway’s capital, Oslo (Picture: BMF/FIVAS)
(OSLO / NORWAY) In a surprise move, Swiss rainforest advocacy group, the Bruno Manser Fund, and its Norwegian partner, FIVAS, have lodged an urgent complaint against the state-owned Malaysian power supplier, Sarawak Energy, with Norway’s anti-corruption agency, Okokrim. The complaint is directed against Sarawak Energy’s Norwegian CEO, Torstein Dale Sjotveit, for unduly favouring the family of Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. Under Norway’s tough anti-corruption laws, Norwegian citizens can be held accountable for their involvement in corruption anywhere in the world. (more…)
Swiss based Bruno Manser Fund claims the Sarawak Energy Berhad CEO has ‘lost his credibility’ and is ruining Norway’s reputation.
Sarawak Energy Berhad’s chief executive officer Torstein Dale Sjotveit has made himself a “tool of the Taib Mahmud family’s unrestrained greed and corruption”, claims Swiss NGO, the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF).
Expressing its shock at the latest disclosure that SEB had awarded Sarawak Cable two new contracts worth RM618 million contract, BMF said the “act has passed all levels of decency”.
Sarawak Cable is helmed by Chief Minister Taib’s eldest son Mahmud Abu Bekir. (more…)
As the Penan community continues its battle with state-owned company Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) over the Murum Dam, SEB has awarded two contracts worth more than RM600 million to a company linked to the son of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.
According to a Aug 29 filing with Bursa Malaysia, Sarawak Cable Bhd said its subsidiary Trenergy Infrastructure Sdn Bhd (Trenergy) won two contracts, worth RM352.8 million and RM265.8 million each.
The contracts are for a 500kV electricity transmission line from Mapai to Lachau and the 500kV Lachau-Tondong transmission line, which will be completed within 23 and 26 months respectively from Nov 15. (more…)
Sarawak’s Taib Mahmud is back in the limelight after family-linked company awarded RM600 million contract by state-owned company. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 31, 2013.A company linked to the family of the Sarawak Chief Minister has been awarded a contract worth RM618.6 million by state-owned dam builder Sarawak Energy to develop transmission lines in the state, drawing criticism from a Swiss-based environmental group.
The Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) – a group which has been critical of Sarawak’s policies on its indigenous people – said Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s eldest son, Mahmud Abu Bekir, is the chairman of Sarawak Cable Bhd (SCB), whose subsidiary won the contract. (more…)
- In reality Sarawak has no real need for Putrajaya and the recent ‘Allah’ controversy and Taib Mahmud’s stand has clearly set it apart from Sabah.
Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman’s verbosity over a list of recyled projects on Budget 2014 and his spineless silence on the Allah issue is in sharp contrast with his counterpart in Sarawak.
Musa and Taib Mahmud are CMs of once ‘independent’ nations who signed the Malaysia Agreement in 1963, thus stepping in together with Federated Malaya and Singapore (who got purged out two years later) into a newly formed Malaysia. (more…)
- Wright and the SEB team. He was invited to engage with NGO dialogue at Geneva – an invitation that was spurned
Nick Wright, Sarawak Energy’s Australian Vice-President in charge of Resettlement, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Consultation, made a surprise appearance in Geneva this week.
It turned out that his mission was to present a highly sanitised report to the United Nations, praising his company’s treatment of the natives affected by the state’s mega-dam plans.
The document summarised the resettlement arrangements, which Sarawak Energy (SEB) claim to have agreed with the Penan and Kenyah of Murum, with the following statement: (more…)
- Welcoming site? – why the surprise impoundment of the dam before compensation was agreed or even these homes were built?
It has emerged that many of the families forced from their longhouses at Murum have found there is no replacement housing for them after all, in the half-built resettlement areas they have been bundled into by Sarawak Energy.
Visitors last week spoke to families in Tegulang, all of whom had been given supposed vouchers for a home in the new longhouses, but who found there was not enough room.
Such families are being forced to beg space off relatives, with as many as three families now crowding into the same pintu. (more…)
Sarawak’s political flagship Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) is on course for another victory in the next state election due by 2016, with Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud at its helm.
Political observers believed that the party will still remain in power after consolidating its position following its recent 13th triennial delegates conference (TDC).
Their optimistic assessment is also based on the performance of the party over the years. The well-oiled PBB has displayed strong leadership, with minimum bickering under the leadership of Taib.
Said political analyst Dr Jeniri Amir, who is also a senior lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas): (more…)
Sarawakians doubt Taib Mahmud’s ‘loyalty’ pledge to Malaysia, while others see it as ‘veiled messages’ to Najib.
KUCHING: Sarawakians voiced their disbelief and disgust on Taib Mahmud’s recent remark that the people of Sarawak have “unwavering” loyalty towards the nation.
However, a number of them, commenting on Facebook, speculated that the Sarawak chief minister might have “insinuated” some hidden messages to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in making that statement.
Most Facebook users, when commenting on the issue reported by a local English daily here today, called Taib’s statement a “flattery” meant for Najib. (more…)
Logging disaster – Norway blacklists the culprits WTK
Once again Norway’s massive public pension fund has reviewed its investments in Sarawak and blacklisted two more unethical companies, both closely linked to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.
Having vetoed Samling Global because of its destructive and illegal practices back in 2010, the so-called ‘Oil Fund’, which is the world’s largest institutional investor, has now produced detailed reports outlining why it has decided to also reject Ta Ann Holding Bhd, and WTK Holdings Bhd.
Ta Ann is controlled by Taib’s close cousin and effective nominee, Hamed Sepawi, whereas WTK is a well-known crony company that has been convincingly identified as being responsible for the shocking 30 mile log jam along the Rajang River in 2010. (more…)
My kids have got it up here – no help from me!
So, Taib Mahmud has yet another business in Sarawak, despite all his protests to the contrary, and it is even named after him.
Pehin Sri Heritage Sdn Bhd has featured on a list of 49 Malaysian companies identified in court by his former daughter in law Shanaz Taib, who is seeking a financial settlement from his son Abu Bekir.
From the value of these recorded companies alone (leaving aside foreign bank accounts and properties amassed by the Taibs) auditors were able to demonstrate that the CM’s son is worth over a billion ringgit in assets, which earn him more than RM2million income per year. (more…)
Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud received a resounding endorsement to continue as PBB president from its 71 divisions.
KUCHING: Former tourism minister Muhd Leo Michael Toyad appears to be coming out of the political woodwork lending weight to speculations of a bigger role awaiting him.
Toyad will contest against four state assistant ministers and a former state assemblyman for one of the three vice-president posts for Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Sarawak in the party’s election tomorrow. (more…)
Surik Anak Muntai – beaten up as he picked up his son from school – had led the protest against loggers in Melikin
Taib Mahmud has complained that Sarawak is in the ‘media spotlight’ after years of ‘obscurity’.
But, thanks to that obscurity and his own media blackout, gangsterism has been allowed to flourish unreported against the native people of the state.
For years these organised thugs have waged systematic violence against rural communities, in order to enforce the timber and plantation concessions handed out by this Chief Minister. (more…)
He is one of the most controversial figures in the Malaysian political landscape. Over the decades, he has grown from being a politician to being regarded as the undisputed ruler of the resource rich state of Sarawak.
His protracted leadership has been marred by a slew of allegations, with detractors claiming that his family fortune runs into tens of billions of ringgit as the state lags behind in terms of development, with the indigenous communities being shortchanged.
However, Abdul Taib Mahmud, 77, sang praises of his administration when opening a shopping mall in Kota Samarahan this morning. (more…)
The credibility of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s RM30 billion ‘Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Programme’ has taken a beating from allegations that zakat, the obligatory Islamic contribution to benefit poor Muslims, has been misused by the Sarawak government.
Sarawak PKR women’s wing chief Nurhanim Mokhsen has urged the MACC to probe allegations made by anti-graft website Sarawak Report against Daud Abdul Rahman, the Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak (TBS) chairperson and assistant minister in charge of Islamic affairs. (more…)
Japan’s relentless imports of Sarawak timber, valued at RM2.6 billion a year, and questionable logging practices of the state may soon deplete it of forest, says a special report released today by Global Witness.
Over the last two decades, Japan has consumed about one-third of all timber products exported by Sarawak, and this trade today represents the single largest bilateral flow of tropical timber, Global Witness said.
“The fact that so much timber from Sarawak receives a stamp of approval from Japan’s Goho-wood legality verification system, despite the evidence of systematic illegal logging by major logging companies (in Sarawak), is cause for serious concern,” the head of international forest policy at Global Witness, Rick Jacobsen, said in a press statement. (more…)
Shahnaz A. Majid wept in court today as she recounted the physical, emotional and mental trauma she suffered during her marriage to Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Taib, the son of the Sarawak chief minister.
In between sobs, Shahnaz related how she was beaten, punched, kicked and assaulted from 1994 to 1998 and the reasons why she stayed with her husband despite being abused.
“Usually, there was no specific reason for his violent behaviour. We would be talking, I would disagree with him and he would just beat me up,” she said when questioned by her counsel, Akbardin Abdul Kader, at the Syariah High Court in Kuala Lumpur today. (more…)
Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s former daughter-in-law today testified about the ‘physical, emotional and mental abuse’ that she had experienced over 19 years of marriage to his son.
Shahnaz A Majid, 50, at times shed tears and sounded despondent as she told the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court of her ordeal.
She further claimed that Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib (left in photo) had failed in his responsibility as a husband, head of the family and father to their son. (more…)
The Syariah High Court today heard of the Sarawak chief minister’s son’s philandering ways when he was still married to his wife of almost two decades, Shahnaz A. Majid (pic).
Shahnaz, 50, said Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Taib had brought an Australian and a Russian woman to family gatherings when they were still married.
She said she was informed about his relationship with the Australian woman, with whom he had a son, named Adam.
“He took her to his younger brother’s wedding in 2000 or 2001 in Kuching,” she said when questioned by her counsel Akbardin Abdul Kader today. (more…)
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Abu Kassim Mohamed said he would have stood up to Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud who had criticised the graft buster.
“Like in the video, when Taib said we were naughty and dishonest, I wanted to stand up and respond to him.
“But my public relation officers said Tan Sri (Taib) had alreadyexplained that he was not referring to MACC.
“If not, I’d tell him to let the law to take its course,” said Abu Kassim (far right in photo) in a stern voice during a forum at the 7th Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit in Kuala Lumpur today. (more…)
Francis Paul Siah
Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has been invited to officially open the new building of St Joseph’s Private School in Kuching this Saturday.
Whose idea was it to grant such an honour to a heavily tainted politician and Sarawak’s most loathed man at this private Catholic event, a former classmate asked me in an email recently.
The immediate reaction that crossed my mind at that time was why the need to invite the chief minister at all when this was a private project that has nothing to do with the government?
And yes, I also posed then as to whose grand idea it was to suggest inviting Taib in the first place and who was ultimately responsible for approving the invitation? (more…)
“They can’t do this in Malaysia. They’d be arrested immediately, and their livelihoods would be destroyed,” Clare Rewcastle Brown said.
CLARE REWCASTLE BROWN is persona non grata in her native Malaysia, barred from entering the former British colony.
But that does not silence Ms. Rewcastle Brown, who is one of the most effective voices calling attention to deforestation in Malaysia. The booming economy there, she contends, has been fueled in part by the country’s willingness to tap its natural resources in ways that have enriched the leadership of her native Sarawak, a vast state on Borneo Island long known for its stunning natural beauty and biodiversity. (more…)
No shame – Taib Mahmud glories in his unexplained wealth after a lifetime in public office
Just days after an election marred by bribery and ballot rigging, Sarawak’s Chief Minister made his first move to set the tone of his conduct as BN’s ‘kingmaker’.
He tripled the salaries for state YBs and ministers.
The effect was to bump up his own salary as Chief Minister from RM13,000 a month to RM39,000. He doesn’t need the money of course, but obviously he enjoys the symbolism of receiving more than the actual Prime Minister, who is now dependent on East Malaysia’s ‘obedient’ rural seats to remain in office.
But, since this salary rise was clearly planned and decided upon long beforehand, people are entitled to ask why the Chief Minister did not announce his intention to voters in advance? Why keep the plan secret until right after the election? (more…)
Kow Gah Chie
Calls for Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to step down have faded after the massive victory that his party Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) and Sarawak BN registered in federal and state elections respectively.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak political scientist Dr Faisal S Hazis noted that PBB delivered all 14 parliamentary seats it contested in GE13, held on May 5 this year, while Sarawak BN had grabbed 25 of the 31 state seats in the 2011 state polls.
“The calls began to fade even before (GE13). Taib now has the upper hand and the last laugh. He will go of his own accord and only his health can make him go,” he told Malaysiakini. (more…)
Long Teran – How can there be settlement without justice?
This past month saw Taib Mahmud’s 50th anniversary of uninterrupted public office. Thirty three of those years have been spent as Chief Minister of the State of Sarawak.
He has chosen this symbolic moment to make variousremarks acknowledging the ‘lack of progress’ achieved by the Dayak people during that time.
Yet, cheekily, he suggests that it is he who can come up with the solutions to the problem, when it is plain to all around that it is he, Abdul Taib Mahmud, who has been the biggest single cause of Dayak woes throughout all those 50 years. (more…)
No compromise – campaigners are appalled that wealthy Taib interests are being paid to keep logging Tasmania’s forests
Concerns have been mounting over the millions of dollars beingpaid out by the Australian government to the company Ta Ann, owned by the fabulously wealthy cousin and business proxy of the Chief Minister, Hamed Sepawi.
The amount paid out so far in incentives first to locate in Tasmania; then to surrender previously agreed logging rights and now to build a new mill (announced last week) total AUS$44.6million.
It is money Ta Ann could easily have raised itself, since Sepawi is one of Malaysia’s wealthiest individuals and protestors say the payments are condoning corruption and human rights abuses in Sarawak, while also rewarding highly incompetent and deeply questionable decisions made by the Tasmanian officials and politicians who welcomed the timber company into the state back in 2006. (more…)
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today said Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud must justify the deportation of whistleblower Clare Rewcastle Brown from Sarawak or it will confirm suspicions that the 77-year-old politician had something to hide over the allegations levelled against him.
“Taib Mahmud must explain the reason for barring Brown, the sister-in-law of former British prime minister (Gordon Brown), from entering Sarawak or else confirm suspicions that he has everything to hide about the corruption allegations against him and his family,” he said in a statement today.
Lim said the barring was an abuse of immigration powers to prevent Brown from exposing alleged financial improprieties in the state. (more…)
Lee Way Loon
The indigenous people from Bakun, Sarawak, may face yet another blow after they were forced to leave their homeland some 15 years ago to make way for a controversial hydropower dam project.
A notice has been issued by the state government in an attempt to gazette their homelands as the ‘Bakun Islands National Park’.
In the notice, which was published in the local newspaperBorneo Post last Tuesday, Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has listed 18 islands within the Bakun dam area to be gazetted as the national park. (more…)
An international NGO wants to know why the Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission (MACC) is taking so long over its probe into an alleged land corruption case involving Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s (below) relatives.
Global Witness, the international anti-corruption watchdog behind a damning video that exposed the matter said in a in a press release today, the investigation opened in June 2011 is still on-going without any prosecution despite the considerable evidence available.
“Why has the investigation has taken two years and has still not reached any meaningful conclusion?” (more…)
Vernon Aji Kedit
The political rumour mill is in overdrive again and the grapevines are abundant with all sorts of theories. Words like ‘hidden hands’, ‘UMNO plot’, ‘sandiwara’ and even ‘Salah Anwar lagi’ are being touted and bandied liberally in every coffee shop and cafe throughout the country.
One thing is for sure – Taib has not spoken a single word. Very smart of him. This intensifies the mystery surrounding the very sudden and unexpected move by MACC to investigate him. But the question on everyone’s lips is WHY?
Now let’s look at this very interesting development chronologically and logically. (more…)
An International corruption watchdog has slammed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for its delay in wrapping up the probe into the alleged corrupt practices of Sarawak’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud.
Global Witness noted that the probe began in 2011 and yet no charges had been brought against Taib.
It wants the MACC to get Taib to declare all his offshore assets, including those held by family members.
Global Witness came to prominence when it released a video tape showing recordings of conversations between its private investigators and two of Taib’s cousins. Datuk Paul Low, who was then chairman of Transparency International Malaysia, had urged the Government to immediately commission a panel of independent and reputable external auditors to examine and identify cases of suspected corruption and abuse of public office with regard to state resources and land deals. (more…)
Party also wants the anti-corruption commission to explain why it only opened one file for every five reports made despite its annual budget of RM276 million.
PKR challenged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to disclose its investigation papers on scandal-ridden Sarawak chief minister Taib Mahmud and to justify the RM276 million in annual allocations it receives.
PKR’s Bayan Baru MP, Sim Tze Tzin, said the MACC has abundant resources at its disposal having hired 5,000 staff, and slated to increase its manpower by an additional 150 staff each year. (more…)
Bruno Manser Fund wants the British government to “formally protest” against the “unacceptable banishment” of Clare Rewcastle Brown from Malaysia.
Swiss-based NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) which is at the forefront of global campaigns against widespread deforestation in Sarawak allegedly linked to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s decades long corrupt land development policy wants the British government to intervene in the latest incident involving a controversial British journalist.
BMF wants the British government to “formally protest” against the “unacceptable banishment” of Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown from Sarawak yesterday morning. (more…)
Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has been pummelled by two blows within eight days. Umno president Najib Abdul Razak will be able to exploit this to demand Taib’s support for him in public and in private, given Najib’s uncertainty over party elections later this year.
On June 21, the Court of Appeal delivered a crushing ruling against Taib’s land policies. In a suit filed by Iban plaintiffs, led by village chief Sandah anak Tabau against Kanowit Timber Company and Taib’s government, the court recognised the natives’ claim that pemakai menoa - communal land allowed to lie fallow for future use – falls under Native Customary Rights (NCR).
This precedent is likely to inflict further defeats on Taib’s government in 200 NCR cases awaiting their day in court. An ‘NCR tsunami’ would potentially deprive Taib’s corporate allies in the oil palm and logging industries of hundreds of thousands of hectares. (more…)
ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH AND MD IZWAN
Just hours after an opposition member presented Parliament with a list of the land acquired in the timber-rich state by the family of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, three officers of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) came a-calling.
They wanted that list.
“If I, an ordinary citizen, can get this information from the land office, why can’t the MACC?” Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen demanded to know.
He is one of the Sarawak-based opposition MPs who have trained their sights on the chief minister but are finding him a constantly moving target. Chong was scathing as he questioned the inability of the MACC to strengthen its case against Taib and his family. (more…)
Alfian ZM Tahir
The MACC wants those with information on the Sarawak chief minister’s alleged corrupt practices to talk to them.
The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) today responded to Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen by urging the Sarawak DAP leader to come forward if he has proof that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is corrupt.
“We take serious note on the allegations brought forward by Chong related to land acquisition in Sarawak by seven companies linked to the family members of Taib Mahmud. (more…)
SAVE Rivers said that many reports were lodged against Chief Minister Taib Mahmud as far back as “five or six years ago” and MACC had allegedly been “completely indifferent and quiet”.
A coalition of Sarawak NGOs has accused the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) latest announcement of a multi-agency task-force investigate allegations against Chief Minister Taib Mahmud as just another ‘sandiwara’.
Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) which comprises NGOs and concerned citizens questioned the “unusually” late bid by MACC to set up the agency. (more…)
The parliamentary secretary today rejected a question by DAP’s Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) action against Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Lim told reporters at a press conference outside the Dewan Rakyat today that his question was rejected by Dewan Rakyat secretary Rosmee Hamzah on the basis that it was a “hypothetical” question.
Lim wanted to ask whether the government would take any action against Taib for calling MACC “naughty” earlier this year, and who had also expressed his refusal to cooperate with MACC in the wake of a controversial video by international corruption watchdog Global Witness. (more…)
Don’t blame the tycoons?
Doubtless, we can expect several small farmers to be rounded up and severely punished over the coming period.As predicted, the great palm oil agri-businesses were quick to blame small-holders for the smog that has engulfed the region in past days.
On this site the very first comment to our story on the smoky problem came from one Hussaini Abdul Karim, who convincingly claimed to have spoken to the Chairman of Sime Darby.
He, of course denied major timber and palm oil businesses had a hand in the problem and blamed the little people: (more…)