Hornbill Unleashed

July 14, 2012

Bian: Is Taib dumb or ill advised?

Joseph Tawie

The Sarawak PKR chief says the CM should read the Land Code properly and realise that there indeed have been land grabs.

Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud publicly revealed his ignorance of the law when he said that there had been no land grabs in Sarawak, according to state PKR chief Baru Bian, a lawyer well known for his advocacy of native customary rights (NCRs).

Commenting on a statement that Taib made last Wednesday, he said the chief minister either was unable to understand the Sarawak Land Code or had been misled by his advisers.

“I advise him and his advisers to study carefully the provisions of the Land Code, especially Section 15 Clause 1,” Bian said today.

According to the clause, NCR land cannot be alienated or used for a public purpose until all NCRs have been surrendered or terminated or after compensations have been made.

Last Wednesday, Taib claimed that all land yet to be granted to the people is state land and the government has never had a reason to grab land belonging to the people.

“As we all know,” the chief minister said, “most development starts from land. Unfortunately, some quarters try to mislead the people so that they will oppose these projects for fear that the government will take away their land.

“Why should the government grab people’s land when all the land that has yet to be granted to the people belongs to the government?”

Bian pointed out that he and other lawyers had won several cases against the alienation of NCR land and the granting of such land to big companies.

“My law firm alone has won more than 10 cases,” he said.

“NCR lands have no titles. A lot of people don’t understand that because they have no title, they are always subject to proof of occupation.

“There is a list of NCR lands being alienated under provisional leases, timber licences, and quarry licences.”

“Taib is wrong, and what he said is not true, because there exist NCR lands within the state land.

“The government can lease only state land. This is the legal concept that people don’t understand.”

He said his court victories were clear proof that NCR lands were alienated by the government and given to those with no right to them.

“This is what we call land grab,” he said.

“Taib is making a sweeping and misleading statement. He is either wrongly advised or he does not know the Land Code.

“I want him to read Section 15 of the Land Code. Like in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, of which Malaysia is a signatory, there must be prior consultation and consent from the natives before their land is taken for a public purpose.”

Asked whether his debate with Taib on the NCR land issue was still on, Bian said: “I don’t think he will accept it. And as far as we are concerned, we will fight the government in court.

“But the fastest and most effective way for us is to change the government.”




  1. Make sure the thief minister nephew, cousin and niece are voted out in GE13

    Comment by Zakaria — July 17, 2012 @ 10:22 PM | Reply

  2. We must not give face to this bastard thief minister. he must be jailed and all his ill gotten wealth must be recovered.

    Comment by Johnathan — July 17, 2012 @ 6:26 PM | Reply

  3. The RM400 million divorce settlement demanded by Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib’s ex-wife Shahnaz A Majid over her matrimonial claims,did not incidentally include all the new land alienation to Taib Mahmud’s eldest son which included the 269 acres of state land at Stutong/BDC.and a few parcels in Kuching and Miri.

    Comment by Effendi Nawawi — July 16, 2012 @ 11:55 AM | Reply

  4. Taib dumb???

    The fox is more like what the Chinese say “kay kay gon”

    If being dumb can make billions of dollars, I quite like to be dumb too!

    Comment by Ah Tu — July 14, 2012 @ 10:10 PM | Reply

    • Not true!

      Taib did not make billions, he STEALS millions!!!

      Comment by Apa ini — July 14, 2012 @ 10:13 PM | Reply

      • Not correct, he robs in broad day light with official power

        Comment by Anak Malaysia 2020 — July 15, 2012 @ 10:43 AM | Reply

    • Taib Mahmud had stolen billions of ringgit since 1981.

      Comment by Rosli Samat — July 15, 2012 @ 2:07 PM | Reply

  5. Taib is a good man. He tell the truth.

    He is good in cheating, lying and robbing.

    If you dont believe him give him a lie detector test!

    He will pass. He will tell the truth to the lie detector!

    What else can a lie detector tell you? But the truth! Or lies !

    Comment by Tony bin Liar — July 14, 2012 @ 8:29 PM | Reply

  6. Still want to believe him kah??????????

    Taib: I am too old to get new wife
    By Peter Sibon, New Straits Times, 30 May 2010

    KUCHING: At 74, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has no plans to remarry after his wife, Puan Sri Laila Taib, 68, passed away on April 29 last year due to lung cancer.

    He jovially replied Semariang assemblywoman Sharifah Hashidah Syed Aman Ghazali’s pantun urging him to get married again.

    “I am already 74. It’s too old for me to get a new partner now,” Taib said in jest when launching the Kejiranan Mesra (Friendly Neighbourhood) programme at Kampung Malaysia Jaya in Petra Jaya here yesterday.

    He said he still missed his wife and described her as his “accountant” because she would carry some money whenever she went with him for functions.

    “Now, if I need money, I have to ask my bodyguards,” he said jokingly.

    Taib said he would leave the running of his household to his children – Jamilah Hamidah, Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir, Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman and Datin Hanifah Hajar Taib.

    On another note, he encouraged urban dwellers to get to know their neighbours well as this would encourage a friendlier atmosphere in their housing estate.

    Citing various mega cities around the world where he had been, he said the vast majority of residents there were scared to venture out at night as the streets were controlled by thugs.

    “We have to be different and maintain our tradition for loving peace and harmony. I can only advise.

    “I cannot enforce this programme if the people are not receptive to it,” he said.

    The programme, a brainchild of Taib, was first launched on Nov 3 2001.

    Currently, 20 neighbourhoods under the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) have adopted the programme.

    The main objectives were to promote a friendly neighbourhood, to encourage sharing of ideas and preservation of culture and tradition.

    Later, when asked to comment on Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala’s statement that the Federal Government should gradually cut subsidies, Taib said it was premature to comment as it has not reached the cabinet level.

    A truly glittering wedding reception
    By Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, The Borneo Post, Sunday 16 January 2011

    KUCHING: Amidst slight drizzle and an army of security personnel, the mood inside the new State Legislative Assembly complex last night was thoroughly festive with lavish decorations as Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Puan Sri Ragad Waleed Alkurdi held their wedding reception.

    It was indeed a ceremony full of pomp and pageantry as some 500 dignified VVIPs, along with an impressive list of ‘who’s who’ in Sarawak, rub shoulders with the nation’s key public and corporate figures in attendance at the reception which was held at the DUN’s Dewan Santapan.

    The guest list included Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhamad Salahuddin, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and federal and state Ministers.

    Arriving at 8.15pm, Taib was handsomely clad in a black tuxedo while his bride Ragad looked radiant in a stunning white wedding gown. The newly-wed couple was welcomed by deputy chief ministers Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan and Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, along with Taib’s daughters Jamilah Hamidah and Datin Hanifah Hajar.

    Najib and his wife Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor were the next to arrive at 9pm, followed by Salahuddin and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah about 10 minutes later.

    Although not on the same scale as the fairy tale wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer back in 1981, the Chief Minister’s wedding was certainly a class on its own.

    Taib’s eldest son Dato Sri Mahmud Abu Bekir, in his appreciation speech, started off by wishing Ragad a ‘Happy Birthday’ as yesterday also marked Puan Sri’s 29th birthday.

    “This unification would not have happened if not for Datuk Raziah Mahmud (Taib’s sister) and husband Datuk Robert Geneid. It was Robert’s cousin Iqbal who introduced Puan Sri to my father.

    “About five months ago, Puan Sri dreamt that she married King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and he took her away in a Rolls Royce. Coincidentally, a year ago Robert’s niece Rasya also dreamt to have met King Abdullah.

    “In her dream, Puan Sri had asked Robert to help Rasya. He gave her (Ragad) a piece of paper and a pen to write her wishes down. Then Puan Sri saw her late father smiling at her,” said Mahmud, adding that now Ragad had moved to Kuching to be with the family and the people of Sarawak.

    Among the highlights of the night, apart from the cake cutting ceremony by the couple, were cultural performances by the Ministry of Social Development and Urbanisation troupe.

    Entertainment for the evening included orchestral music led by Safie Obe Haruni, while Sarawak Imam Besar Jorji Suhaili led the prayers for the couple.

    Held only the second week into the new year, the ‘Wedding of the Year’ was auspiciously marked as the first of many grand events anticipated in 2011. Taib and Ragad’s `akad nikah’ (marriage solemnisation) was held last Dec 18.

    Born in Damascus, Ragad is the youngest of four children to Waleed and Khayami Alkurdi. Along with her brothers Samer and Mohamad, and sister Samar, the family moved to Riyadh when Ragad was still young. Sadly, their father passed away in 2003.

    Tracing her roots, Ragad’s great great grandfather was a ‘Wari’ from Orfa, Turkey. His name was Khalil Orfali but only to change it to Alkurdi upon moving to Syria.

    Having a background in interior design, Ragad loves singing, dancing, fishing and driving.

    Comment by Teddy Gumbang — July 14, 2012 @ 4:22 PM | Reply


    Comment by anon — July 14, 2012 @ 2:28 PM | Reply

  8. No taib was not dumb. He made the Dayaks dumb using scraps from his table. He made use of the Attorney general’s office to rob and wipe out the Dayaks from the map of Sarawak. This is a simple and clear case of deliberate ethnic cleansing. DAYAKS WAKE UP !

    Comment by keluro — July 14, 2012 @ 1:05 PM | Reply

    • How can Bian says, Taib is dumb or mislead….. the DAYAKS are DUMB and and MISLEAD by Taib!

      Klu tak bodoh…tak kan kena tipu right? Klu tak cerdik, macam mana nak tipu orang lain? Ornag bodoh bodoh belaka saja yang kena tipu.

      So Taib is very smart guy…… otherwise he wont be the CM till today..if you accuse him to be greedy and shelfish then your right.

      Comment by rod — July 14, 2012 @ 3:40 PM | Reply

      • Ok Rod, he is not dumb but definitely ill advised…. Now he is being cursed right,left, up, down, front,back and centre so much that his mouth also got cursed and blurted out what he did not mean to say! He meant to say that he allowed the land grabs to make millions but he could not control his cursed mouth. He is boxed in already and he is dumb enough not to know that! Well, he is DUMB and the new wife, she looks dumb too!

        Comment by Brian — July 15, 2012 @ 2:13 PM | Reply

        • wrong again…. his wife is smarter then Taib thou having brain the size of a pea! When her husband final kick the bucket….she be filthy rich! So she made some smart move there…

          Comment by rod — July 17, 2012 @ 8:33 PM | Reply

  9. The thief minister Taib Mahmud always thought Sarawakians, especially those living in coastal and interiors of Sarawak are dumb enough to believe everything he says. His days are numbered and his nightmares will begin the minute Pakatan Rakyat is sworn in as the Federal government after GE13.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — July 14, 2012 @ 12:31 PM | Reply

  10. He is a machiavelian psychopath who cannot see what he did wrong ! He is like Saddam Hussien, Asssad and the like.
    Everyone can be used and manipulated to serve him.

    Comment by rc — July 14, 2012 @ 12:28 PM | Reply

  11. No,he chose to be dumb for reasons of ill-advised by dumb and ill advised advisors! For 30 years in power and he is still doesn’t know what he has done wrong towards natives and their NCR lands? Now that really really dumb!!!

    Comment by Brian — July 14, 2012 @ 11:09 AM | Reply

  12. Taib is not dumb or ill-advised. He is simply just a THIEF!

    Comment by You think we don't know? — July 14, 2012 @ 5:38 AM | Reply

    • Maybe a Dumb, Blind and Deaf Thief…. for 30 long years?

      Comment by Brian — July 14, 2012 @ 12:04 PM | Reply

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