Hornbill Unleashed

July 15, 2010


By Sarawak Report

One Shocking Report After Another

Sarawak’s PKR Leader Baru Bian has expressed his “utter disgust” at the extent of the foreign properties owned by the Chief Minister and his family, as revealed in a series of recent exposes by Sarawak Report. ”For us it has been shocking as we read one report after another”, he said.

The opposition leader also explained that the information, which has been kept hidden until now, has served to further highlight the “huge disparity” between the Chief Minister and ordinary people in Sarawak, who are amongst the poorest in Malaysia, despite the natural wealth of the state.

Bian, who inspected some of the properties owned by the Taibs in a recent visit to London, nevertheless fears that the billions of ringgit of assets uncovered by Sarawak Report in Canada, the USA, London and Australia are only the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the Taibs’ stolen wealth.  His challenge to the Chief Minister is uncompromising, “Taib’s silence since the first report implies there is a strong degree of truth to these reports.  There has been no response from him yet.  We want a denial and if it is not true he needs to take action.  If not, there is an irresistible conclusion that he is definitely the man, The Godfather, behind the source”.

Our priority is to get back this stolen wealth

Sarawak Report has made clear it has documented evidence to back up all its revelations about the Taibs’ property and that the vast majority of the information is available to members of the public online, through official registries and court documents.  This evidence will be made available to bodies such as the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) on request.

Meanwhile, Baru Bian emphasises that one of the first priorities for PKR on taking power would be to gain restitution of this wealth.  “This is the wealth of the people and just as restitution has been done in the Philippines and Indonesia, it must be delivered here in Sarawak”.  The PKR leader also pointed out that in China, the country on which the Chief Minister is relying to support his much-criticised dam building exercise, any embezzlers from the State are harshly dealt with.

Where is the MACC?

In a final comment Bian issued a weary plea to the MACC.  “All my long-held suspicions [about the Taibs’ wealth] are now confirmed and it all leads to the Godfather.  The MACC must take action immediately because it involves the huge wealth of the state.  He cannot remain Chief Minister”.  The PKR leader however acknowledged that the anti-corruption agencies have a dismal record under the present regime.  “If we want to do anything about this we have to change who is in power” he said, calling for unity and focus among all opposition forces in Sarawak.


  1. Guys, guys,

    Now that most of in Sarawak know the rotten things the present CM has done to us, the noext thing to do is to tell ALL our brothers and sisters, especially the Iban community both in the town and rural, to VOTE FOR PAKATAN RAKYAT th comming state election!

    There’s enough condemning of the CM, let ACT now and throw him out in the next election, please, people. WE cannot bear anymore of this plundering and stealing of our wealth! Sarawak land is NOT the crooked few, but us the ‘ordinary Sarawakian’. Please let us tell the TRUTH to our folks at our villages and longhouses.

    Comment by winner2me — July 31, 2010 @ 2:38 PM | Reply

  2. If we get back those stolen wealth, can we buy our way out of the Federation of Malaysia and be a sovereign country of our own?

    Or, could we utilise it for the good of the people of Sarawak in general?

    Comment by dee — July 19, 2010 @ 5:13 PM | Reply

  3. Best lah. Suka nangga Shakira dalam hornbill.. Hu Hu… 🙂

    Comment by Snowball — July 17, 2010 @ 11:38 AM | Reply

  4. I’m doubtful that Abdul Hakim is badmouthing? As what Watcha feels I do feel. That’s all about politics. The impossible of possible. But then there’s one Malay Proverb say translate to English; where on earth a tree shakes when there’s no wind (manakan pokok bergoyang jika tiada angin). With due respect of Abdul Hakim, he’s no just an ordinary journalist/reporters. I’m very sure he got his credibility and utmost his journalism ethics. One simple conclusion to analyze is why all these times there’s no such reporting, why now? All these not for all of us to argue. Let natural law takes it course; the righteous live their peace in unision and the wrong doers will always pursue their bad habits inhumanity. God Allah forgiven. Please be remorsed for what u hv not done right for urself. Hina manusia itu bukan menipu orang lain ttpi menipu dirinya. Jijiknya manusia itu bukan berbuat jahat kpd orang lain ttpi berbuat jahat pd diri sendiri. 1Malaysia, to be a liar is great but to be lied is nonsensical.

    Comment by Minda Mandol — July 16, 2010 @ 9:26 AM | Reply

    • “…where on earth a tree shakes when there’s no wind (manakan pokok bergoyang jika tiada angin).”

      Funny chap. Be mindful Minda, the bloody tree can shake if the major root is eaten by termites and the soil around has softened and ground tension reduced and Walla! Your tree will not only shake it will jatuh!

      Abdul Hakim has got to be more careful on the information he gives out as “NEWS” and it’s effects that matters to readers and the public. There are clear categories of LOCAL NEWS, OPINION, BLOGS on his site. He did not choose to put the item “Mutiny in PKR?” in the appropriate column or section.

      His political affiliation is not my business. He can answer for himself.

      Malaysian journalism is a baby and when the BN government stops harrassing Suara Keadilan, Harakah and Rocket, other citizens and concentrate on governing instead of suppressing news media, journalism can prosper and flourish appropriately as others able to operate the bizness are free to do so.

      Comment by Watcha — July 16, 2010 @ 11:22 AM | Reply

  5. Ho 😆 Ho 😆 Ho 😆
    😆 Cool n relax for a while BUT remember to kick those B-eNd corrupted to the core goons out in coming ELECTION 😆

    Comment by Ho Ho Ho — July 15, 2010 @ 9:11 PM | Reply

    • Go vote and rock it!!!

      Comment by bau_monkey — July 15, 2010 @ 11:41 PM | Reply

  6. Bad blood in PKR? Or is it just Abdul Hakim Bujang bad-mouthing PKR? His sources are apparently not cited nor confirmed.

    Of course things like these do happen. Whether this one is true or concocted is another story.

    Politics! Only impossible when when something is possible!

    At another blog PBB people are spilling blood! All the parangs are out ! 😀

    Comment by Watcha — July 15, 2010 @ 9:10 PM | Reply

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  8. Singapore and Malaysia Jun 24,2010

    Labels: Corruption, Economy, Government, Must Read | author: Hawkeye

    The Boston Consulting Group, one of the leading global management consulting firm has just last week released its Annual Wealth Report and found Singapore to be amongst the top 20 countries with the most millionaires households.

    Singapore, (once a part of Malaysia) is a tiny nation of 5.1 million population is ranked at no. 18 with the most numbers of millionaires and rank the highest in terms of density with 11.4 percent of the total households being a millionaire in USD (US Dollar). That is about 3.3 million Malaysian Ringgit. And this is of liquid asset which does not include the value of property owned.

    (Most Millionaires Countries)

    That means for every 10 Singaporeans you meet more than one will be a millionaire of USD.

    Malaysia? of course is not in the list but i will try to check the most corrupt millionaire household list, maybe we are there.

    As i remembered in the late 70s to early 80s before Mahathir became PM, Malaysia has one of the highest per capita income in Asia and was way ahead of countries like South Korea and Taiwan.

    The Singapore dollar exchange rate was at parity with the Malaysian dollar back than at 1 for 1 and after Mahathir became PM we saw the other Asian countries race way ahead and today the Singapore exchange rate is at about RM2.33 for one Singapore Dollar.The Hong Kong dollar back than was about 3 for one Ringgit.

    Singapore is today a fully developed country and an advanced nation of which Malaysia is only still aspiring to become. Singapore enjoys a per capita income of more than USD 37 thousand whereas Malaysia is at less than USD 7 thousand which is way way off the mark being a leader in the region some 30 years ago.

    Singapore is the fourth leading financial centre of the world and the fourth richest nation in terms of GDP Purchasing Power Parity per capita.

    Singapore is a fine example of a sound and efficient economic management and governance with one of the highest ratings by Transparency International for being clean and the least corrupt.

    On the other hand Malaysia will show you how corruption can impoverished its people and after years of progressive corruption has now become terminal and rotted to the core. Malaysia is now a sad story although blessed with rich and abundant natural resources, has 57.8% of its total household of 5.7 million earning a meager income of below 3000 Ringgit a month with an average household size of 4,5 person per household. And more than two third of the Malaysian household earns less than RM4 thousand a month at 70.7%.

    (Click on Image to Enlarge)

    We could have been like Singapore and we would have been a prosperous nation only if than we had selected our leaders wisely and carefully but instead we had to pick the most wicked and corrupt that has plundered our resources and divided our spirits.

    Comment by Lano — July 15, 2010 @ 7:56 PM | Reply

  9. What is the common mission of the Council of Churches of Malaysia? Should the Churches be silent or be proactive against corruptions and embezzlement committed by politicians and lawmakers entrusted by all Malaysians to rule and administer our country and its wealth. Majority of Malaysians living in Sarawak and Sabah are of Christian faith, with more than 60% living in rural interior of Borneo. What are the Churches stand now when the rural congregations are living in poverty when their leaders in the government are found to have squandered billion of ringgits from the state and country? These rural poor ned the Church to help them to enlighten them on how to vote out a corrupted regime.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — July 15, 2010 @ 6:16 PM | Reply

  10. dear all sarawakian,
    the ego and confident of the existing cronies is so big, only if we all SARAWAKIAN SONS ever wake up and exercise our right, the cronies will show us all their middle finger (both hand) and proudly shoved it down to our nose and ass and sarcastically said to our face .. SO WHAT, YOU ALL ELECTED US AND WE ARE LEGITIMATE GOV’T CHOSEN BY THE RAKYAT. (Google the interview with al jazeera not so long ago about this statement.)
    sarawakian brothers,
    don’t use too far and expensive traveling as excuse for not coming back to our homeland to choose new gov’t, Please save up and sacrifice your cigarette and 4d, its will be enough for us all to be back to polling station, comes the next election. Its time we shoved our finger to their ass…and says WE ANAK SARAWAK HAVE HAD ENOUGH.

    Comment by anak sarawak — July 15, 2010 @ 5:22 PM | Reply

  11. YES, our brothers and sisters in Sarawak, CAN.

    It’s kick ass time.

    Use the power of your votes to change the CM, the BN MPs and ADUNs in the coming election.

    Kick the corrupt leaders and government out of Sarawak !

    Comment by PH Chin — July 15, 2010 @ 4:12 PM | Reply

    • Wei! Not so violent, ah! 😉

      Just rock it a little! 😀

      Comment by Watcha — July 15, 2010 @ 4:19 PM | Reply



    Comment by Jasmine Sarawak — July 15, 2010 @ 2:43 PM | Reply

  13. You deserve what you vote for

    Comment by Steve Maeda — July 15, 2010 @ 9:18 AM | Reply

  14. May we all share that not only Mr. Baru is shocking but every rakyat of S’wak do. All these yrs we thought only leaders alike late Mr. Marcus n late Mr Suharto are great robbers but then just with our own CM is even worst. In M’sia there’s nothing we can do weith these thieves? Talking about MACC, my foot! they themselves are also corrupted. I strongly suggest that the only n one way is for all the rakyat to use the Rakyat Power during election to vote out BN government. The only chance is comin g state election the rakyat must vote for Pakatan Rakyat to ensure they’ll be able to form the next state government. Once this is done then we can talk about restitution like what hv been done in Phillipines n Indonesia.
    As all of us know, what Taib hv stolen from the land of hornbill must be unleashed n return to the rakyat who hv been all these yrs being cheated by this inhuman bomoh. He’s to be brought to Mahkamah Pengadilan before he’a being punished by God Allah SWT in the yearafter. May we all pray for God Allah SWT blessing to give us strength to seek for His Devine Intervention for all rakyat to hv peace of mind n think for our future generation n voted out Taib n all his cronies once n for all for all the evils theyhv done to S’wak n the peoples. Let’s all out vote for PR4 for change for the better n to get rid all these devils

    Comment by Minda Mandol — July 15, 2010 @ 8:52 AM | Reply

    • “…pray for God Allah SWT blessing to give us strength to seek for His Devine Intervention. …”

      Amin to that!

      Allah don’t like corrupt people, too! So that means he’s telling us to get rid of Taib and vote out all those corrupt BN parasites!

      Hell for them here! And maybe over there, too!

      Comment by Watcha — July 15, 2010 @ 11:16 PM | Reply

  15. “Baru Bian emphasises that one of the first priorities for PKR on taking power would be to gain restitution of this wealth. “This is the wealth of the people and just as restitution has been done in the Philippines and Indonesia, it must be delivered here in Sarawak”.”

    Fully support you on this. If it were just a few millions, we Sarawakians may be forgiving considering that he had served the state for so long. This is a clear case of premeditated thievery in the highest order. If what is reported is only the tip of the iceberg, the actual amount may rival or even exceed what Marcos stole from the Philippines. No stone must be left unturned to track and return the state’s wealth. In the meantime, the opposition should pursue the same line as to recent acquisitions like Sarawak Energy, formerly SESCO which somehow ended in Taib’s family stable. I don’t recall the disposal being discussed in the Dewan or in public. Time to put a stop to this greedy man who surely must be at the end of his life. Justice must be done before he kicks the bucket.

    Comment by apaijabu — July 15, 2010 @ 8:32 AM | Reply

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