Hornbill Unleashed

October 11, 2011

Sarawak tycoon’s firm hired PNG cops to bash up locals, ABC reports

Debra Chong

Papua New Guinea (PNG) police admitted they were paid by a company owned by Sarawak tycoon Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King to crack down on locals protesting against a controversial oil palm project there, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported today.

The state-owned media channel’s “The World Today” programme reported that villagers in PNG’s East New Britain province were arrested and beaten last week by a squad of police officers under orders from Rimbunan Hijau (RH).

RH is Tiong’s multi-industry company with the biggest logging and oil palm plantation shares in the South Pacific country. The 76-year-old is said to be worth US$1.1 billion (RM3.5 billion) and is ranked by Forbes to be the world’s 840th richest man.

The villagers were protesting the clearing of 44,000 hectares for an oil palm plantation by a company called Gilford Limited without their permission, the news agency said.

The locals suspect Gilford is a front for RH as the hired security guards don the logging giant’s uniform.

According to ABC News, PNG’s police assistant commissioner Anton Billy accused the protestors of trespassing into the plantation’s work camp in another district, Pomio, and assaulting workers.

Billy also said RH flew the police officers to the area and was paying their allowances and providing accommodation. But he did not see anything wrong with the arrangement.

“We don’t have any funds to get these people there and pay them allowances and all this stuff. That’s normal,” Billy was cited as saying by ABC News.

A PNG local has refuted the police’s claim, saying the officers were drunk that night when they acted against the protestors.

“What they did is they bashed up the people in the village, young men and elderly men, this in front of us, and three of them said let’s go because they were under arrest,” said Paul Pavol, reportedly one of the protest leaders.

PNG’s top police commissioner has ordered an investigation into claims of police harassment, saying officers found guilty of abusing their powers will be dealt with.

But RH has yet to respond to questions about its involvement with the police action or its connection to the oil palm plantation, ABC News said.

In a statement to Australian media, the Malaysian company said its Pomio project is legitimate and has the support of the majority of landowners there.

According to information on its website, RH is a multi-industry company with businesses in Australia, British Guyana, Cambodia, Canada, China, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and the US.

Tiong has been cultivating an image as a philanthropist in Malaysia but has been building a global Chinese publishing group with his Ming Pao Enterprises, which controls Sin Chew Jit Poh and Guang Ming Daily, two of the major Chinese-language papers in Malaysia; The National Daily in PNG and Ming Pao Holdings Ltd in Hong Kong.

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9 Comments »

  1. That’s what money can do. What more to say in a poor country like PNG. Nothing is too heavy a price. Even Australian MP could be blinded by the light… and therefore couldn’t even tell what or where is Shinyang as opposed to a place called Sarawak.
    So please, the International Community must act together and put an end to all these before its too late to stop. And obviously, this dangerous trend is slowly but surely spreading globally.

    Comment by Just as concerned — October 12, 2011 @ 11:33 AM | Reply

    • VIOLENCE CONDONED BY THOSE IN POWER

      The biggest culprit of organised violence to grab wealth is the US/UK imperialist gang.

      The violence has been spread by these colonialists and imperialists for hundreds of years under various pretexts.

      The most recent example are the US/UK Western alliance aggression against Libya. It is OK to invade and bomb this country and call it assisting “democratic forces” when the ruler of the country is your enemy.

      Comment by Even more concerned — October 12, 2011 @ 4:03 PM | Reply

  2. SHOULD THIS OLD GUY BE CALLED A “TERRORIST” FOR USING VIOLENCE TO TERRORISE THE PEOPLE?

    OR IS HE PROTECTED BY THOSE IN POWER? AND THEREFORE NOT A TERRORIST?

    Comment by QUERY — October 12, 2011 @ 8:47 AM | Reply

  3. MEANWHILE THE CLASS STRUGGLE TO END INEQUALITY OF WEALTH OWNERSHIP IS ALSO ON IN NEW YORK, SHANGHAI

    Support Occupy Wall Street Campaign
    支持美国人民的“华尔街革命”

    [http://multipletext.com/2011/10-american-music.htm

    New York Is Playing Music
    Future Is Responding:

    Washington Is Facing the Music
    Occupy Freedom Plaza Is to Stop the Machine of Corporate Corruption and Overseas Occupation

    About 1000 ordinary US citizens who intend to execute an extraordinary task, that is to Stop the Machine built upon money plus war, set off in the direction of the White House, paused at the offices of the US Chamber of Commerce and occupied the Freedom Plaza on Thursday afternoon, 6 October 2011, to express their opposition to corporate power, money politics and overseas occupation.

    Stop the Machine is a movement originated a decade ago in opposition to the October 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and the subsequent Iraq war. ]
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    (From a Chinese news report http://multipletext.com/2011/10-american-music.htm)

    Some Chinese left-wing intellectuals, workers and students have today signed a declaration in support of Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States. Below is the main points in the declaration:

    The 21st century shall become an era when the elite democracy is replaced by the mass democracy, and the material wealth is better shared between 1% of upper class and 99% of working class.

    However, at the present, whether it is in the “democratic” First World or in the “autocratic” Third World, the resources are controlled by the privileged 1%, and the decision is made by the powerful 1%.

    Now it is time for the depressed and deprived 99% to demand their rightful share that are so far stolen by the greedy and domineering 1%, as the 99% can no longer be fooled by phony democratic rights that are bestowed by the ruling 1% once in every four years, and no longer wish to live under corporate dictatorship in daily life and at workplace.

    We see the battle line is drawn, we understand this is the struggle between the 99% and the 1%, and we believe this fight will become an important step towards a new civilization in which the jungle law will be replaced by the universal humanity.

    Thus we solemnly sign this declaration to express our firm support for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    Click on this link to view the declaration at wyzxsx.com.
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    SHOULD ONE 76 YEAR OLD MAN BE A BILLIONAIRE BY ROBBING SARAWAK PEOPLE AND VANDALIZING THE ENVIRONMENT?

    Comment by SAYA Sarawak Advanced Youths Alliance — October 12, 2011 @ 6:44 AM | Reply

  4. The biggest gangsters in Sarawak are the Foochow timber barons. They steal, kill and rape with impunity. And they are now exporting their criminal behavior overseas.

    Comment by KapitCM — October 11, 2011 @ 8:46 PM | Reply

    • WE CAN ONLY DEEPLY REGRET NOT SUPPORTING THE PEOPLE’S ARMY PARAKU WHEN THEY WERE FIGHTING FOR US AGAINST THESE VAMPIRES & CANNIBALS!

      If PARAKU had taken steps to stop timber logging and punish the criminals things would be different. In Peru the Shining Path executed such criminals.

      Comment by OPPRESSED MASSES — October 12, 2011 @ 4:58 AM | Reply

    • THE BIGGEST GANGSTER OF ALL IS TAIB.

      Comment by Aman — October 12, 2011 @ 4:05 PM | Reply

  5. Its the same tactics they use againts the sarawak natives! And Shin Yang is the worst among this Timber company in Sarawak.

    Most placed gengster in all the camps in the interior of Sarawak and the are paid to bash anyone who go againts them….and its a common knowledge!

    Comment by HH2H — October 11, 2011 @ 6:19 PM | Reply

  6. BULLET IN THE HEAD FOR THIS CAPITALIST IS TOO MERCIFUL!

    SORRY PNG FRIENDS THAT THIS EXPLOITER HAS TO USE FORCE AGAINST YOU!

    STAND FIRM AND RESIST HIS COMPANY!

    Comment by Orang2Bangkit — October 11, 2011 @ 1:56 PM | Reply


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