Hornbill Unleashed

January 21, 2013


Sarawak Report

Tengah is planning to betray his boss – but is he KL’s man?

Sarawak Report has received an explosive dossier from sources close to Taib, detailing a powerful conspiracy to depose the Chief Minister at the next PBB Party Convention, due in May.

The high-level defectors will maintain a pretence of unity during the coming federal election, expected in March, but have collected enough supporters to supplant Taib with the Planning Minister, Awang Tengah, say loyalists, who include members of Taib’s own close family.

They have passed the information to Sarawak Report “in desperation”, it is alleged, to publicise what they call an advanced plot, which the ageing Chief Minister has yet to take seriously:

“Currently, Tengah has control over 14 PBB Aduns (including his own seat), 6 PRS Aduns, 5 Former SPDP Aduns (BN 5 Club) and 5 SUPP Aduns; and until today he still trying to influence other Aduns that are loyal to Taib Mahmud and Abang Jo to join his camp. He controls these Aduns by giving them lands, permits, contracts, cash and promising position in the next Tengah new government.”[inside source]

Betrayal by a key henchman threatens Taib from within

Tengah has ‘promised’ Speaker Mohd Asfia the position of Governor

The leader of the plot is none other than Taib’s own protege Awang Tengah, say the whistleblowers, who claim he has been using his key position of Second Minister for Planning, Resources and Environment (after Taib) to build up a huge war chest and power base.

Tengah, who has held his lucrative ministerial brief for the best part of the last 20 years, is acknowledged to be immensely rich and he has exploited his position to extract concessions and kickbacks as well as to distribute favours, including contracts and concessions.

Through this method it appears he has won over other key Taib loyalists, including the Speaker, Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, to whom he has promised the coveted position of Governor of Sarawak, and the Sarawak State Secretary,

Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani

Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, who is the top civil servant in the state.

Even more alarming is the evidence that Tengah has been disbursing enormous sums to build up a ‘Blue Army’ of PBB Youth, whom he plans to use as a show of strength at the time of his internal coup.

The leader of these growing ranks of thousands of paid male supporters is the thuggish Radin Kadri Radin Budiman, of the PBB Youth Executive Wing, who has allegedly received  RM10million from Tengah to recruit PBB Youth leaders in all levels throughout Sarawak.

“Many people have witnessed Radin entering and exiting Tengah’s office at Wisma Sumber Alam many times. And recently, Tengah has given Radin RM10 Millions to recruit PBB Youth leaders in all levels throughout Sarawak. Radin, who is seen as a mole in Taib group, has been recently behaving so arrogant and boastful, because he has many youth boys in Sarawak behind him. He feels that he is strong in PBB youth movement because he knows Tengah is politically and financially behind him”[inside source]

The writers also express concern at perceived links between this growing strong arm group and Sibu based gangsters, who are known to create widespread fear and intimidation in Sarawak.

New face of BN ? – Radin’s ‘Blue Wave troopers’ marching in Sibu September 2011 (Radin centre front)

The list of defectors

The compilers of the dossier, which has so far been handed exclusively to Sarawak Report, have also provided a comprehensive list of the 30 BN defectors, who they say have entered into the plot with Awang Tengah to vote Taib out at the Party Convention.

Many of them, who were all once considered ultra-loyalists like Tengah himself, are said to be motivated by ambition, greed and the obligation for services rendered. The list includes PRS leader James Masing, who appears to have been promised the position of Deputy CM 1 in return for bringing his 6 PRS Assemblymen over to Tengah; the so-called ‘BN 5 Club’ and Lee Kim Shin, the Senadin YB who has brought with him members from the declining SUPP in return for being DCM 2.

According to the dossier handed to us by supporters of Taib, which include members of his family

The widespread feeling in BN is clearly that the ageing Chief Minister’s time is over, hence the jostling for places in the new order.  There seems sparse sentiment from these former Taib lackeys for their original paymaster. The list provided in the dossier is as follows:

  • PBB
  • 1. Awang Tengah – Bukit Sari (his own seat)
  • 2. Aidel Lariwoo – Sadong Jaya
  • 3. Naroden Majais – Simunjan
  • 4. Julaihi Narawi – Sebuyau
  • 5. Razaili Gapor – Beting Maro
  • 6. Abdullah Saidol – Semop (Taib Mahmud Chief Political Secretary)
  • 7. Ripin Lamat – Lambir
  • 8. Dr. Abdul Rahman Ismail – Bukit Kota
  • 9. Martin Ben – Kedup
  • 10. Roland Sagah – Tarat
  • 11. Simoi Peri – Lingga
  • 12. Mohamad Razi Sitam – Saribas
  • 13. Dennis Ngau – Telang Usan
  • 14. Ambrose Blikau Enturan – Katibas
  • PRS
  • 1. James Masing – Baleh
  • 2. Snowdan Lawan – Balai Ringin
  • 3. Mong Dagang – Bukit Begunan
  • 4. Alexander Vincent – Ngemah
  • 5. Joseph Mauh Ikeh – Tamin
  • 6. John Sikie Tayai – Kakus
  • Former SPDP (BN 5 Club)
  • 1. Sylvester Entrie Muran – Marudi
  • 2. Peter Nansian – Tasik Biru
  • 3. Wong Judat – Meluan
  • 4. Rosey Yunus – Bekenu
  • 5. Paulus Gumbang – Batu Danau
  • SUPP
  • 1. Ranum Mina – Opar
  • 2. Dr. Jerip Susil – Bengoh
  • 3. Francis Harden – Simanggang
  • 4. Dr. Johnichal Rayong Ngipa – Engkilili
  • 5. Lee Kim Shin – Senadin

The dossier also details those who are believed to still be loyal to Taib, however it points out that they are now perilously outnumbered.

“Malcolm Mussen Lamoh (Batang Ai) and Liwan Lagang (Belaga) from PRS, William Mawan (Pakan) from SPDP, Wong Soon Koh (Bawang Assan) from SUPP, George Lagong (Pelagus) from Independence and all PBB Aduns that are not mentioned above are loyal to Taib. And therefore, Taib only has 26 Aduns that are loyal to him”[inside dossier]

Betrayal from within? Tengah lines up with the inner family and DCM Jabu as a trusted insider on the old man’s birthday

The report argues that Tengah’s bid is based on his perceived appeal as a ‘local boy’ compared to the other main rival to succeed Taib, the State Housing Minister, Abang Johari.

Johari is believed to be supported by KL and is considered a more attractive figure by many in BN, in that he is not tainted with such blatant corruption as the likes of Awang Tengah.

However, at the bottom of the plot is straight bribery it is alleged.

The key bankroller behind the operation is supposed to be the man described as Tengah’s “closed business partner”, Lau Boon Soon.  It is alleged that Lau is Tengah’s ‘Chief Broker’ in selling lands acquired through his ministry from the state and that it is he that is paying up to 5 million ringgit to every Assemblyman who deserts Taib!

“Tengah’s closed business partner; Lau Boon Soon is acting on behalf of Tengah (Chief Broker) to sell all the state lands; he boasts around that he is the kingpin and he can get approval from Tengah. He uses Tengah companies to sell all the state lands and close the deals for Tengah. He is also owed 25 Million Ringgit from Casinos in Macau, Singapore and Genting, Malaysia. Lau Boon Soon is also responsible for paying between 3 to 5 Million Ringgit to the Former SPDP Aduns (BN 5 Club) to leave William Mawan and SPDP; and join Tengah camp (Source: Taib Close Inner Circle).”[from the dossier]

The writers of the report point out that the other main rival to Tengah, Adenan Satem is gravely ill and that many of those who would once have supported him have now defected to Tengah.

A carefully constructed noose around Taib

Abdullah Saidol – Taib’s Chief Political Secretary

The danger of this alleged plot against Taib is indicated by the the number of key members of the Chief Minister’s inner circle who appear to have deserted him.

Not only has his once trusted henchman Tengah become chief enemy, it appears, along with his ever-obedient Speaker, but his own Political Secretary Abdullah Saidol is also listed amongst the leading plotters.

Saidol replaced Asfia in his Semop seat after Taib dropped him as a YB at the last state election, but is in fact said to remain very close to Asfia and to Tengah, who had both nominated him for the seat.

The dossier claims that Tengah is funding Saidol to forward his campaign and develop a cyber unit to counter critics!

 ”Abdullah Saidol is making use of his funds from the minor rural project,Tengah and others to build his own cyberteam … Abdullah Saidol capitalizes on PBB New Social Media Unit’s failures in not paying salary and allowances to the PBB New Social Media Unit Bloggers and Cyber troopers and takes them into his fold. The reason why Abdullah Saidol has his own cyber team is not only to defend BN Sarawak , but also to defend Tengah and his men from any cyber attacks”.[dossier]

Disloyal? Even Taib’s private secretary, Mustapha Han is said to be siding with Awang Tengah

Another person in a position of key trust who is believed to have crossed over to the conspirators is Taib’s own private secretary, described as his gate-keeper and the controller of his diary, Mustapa Han.

The dossier says Taib’s loyal circle are particularly anxious that Han is using the position to disrupt the Chief Minister’s communications with the people who really support him and also his relationship with the Central Government in KL.

“Datu Mustapa Han is noted for being a very close ally to Tengah and Raziah Mahmud, and he is also publicly known as “Chief Clerk” to Taib. Since he was appointed as Senior Private Secretary to Taib, he has always blocked Taib friends, loyalists, relatives and even Taib own siblings from making appointments to see Taib in the office. And most of the time, he is only allowing people who benefit himself, Tengah and Raziah Mahmud. This is because Datu Mustapa is in charge in making all appointments for Taib and organizing Taib diary”[extract from dossier]

Local boy or crocodile?

Taib loyalists, who are flagging up the danger of this alleged plot by Awang Tengah, say their main concern is that the secret traitor is an even greedier and more rapacious individual than Taib himself. Tengah was nurtured by Taib and has adopted all his corrupted methods with a vengeance, they say and if he takes the reins of power he will suck Sarawak dry in his efforts to become as rich and powerful as his mentor:

“If Taib loves Sarawak, loves his people and loves his family, he must wake up from his dream and remove all the parasites from his government. For the sake of Sarawak interest, we are begging him to remove all the parasites like Awang Tengah, Abdullah Saidol, Mustapa Han, Morshidi Ghani, Radin Kadri and others. We admit we mades mistake for the past 32 years, we feel regret and we are sorry. But, we love Sarawak and its people; and we don’t want in the future for Sarawak to be a worse place to live for all the Sarawakian. We the people, concerned citizens of Sarawak don’t want Sarawak in the situation of out from the tiger’s mouth, into the crocodile’s mouth.” (Source: Taib Siblings)”[from the dossier]

The supporters of Taib seem to think that it is better to stick with the old man, who is the “Devil we all know” rather than have power taken by his rapacious protege, who has acted with such betrayal.

However, others in Sarawak are arguing as the election approaches that a better solution would be to get of BN altogether, particularly since Taib must indeed soon depart from office.

What better time could there be to vote for an opposition coalition that has pledged to bring open government; return the native lands to the people and to end corruption, cronyism and the abuse of office?



  1. Heard from the grapevine over the years: Tengah had little education or caibre & couldn’t speak proper English in early years. He is there because he is a Melanau like Taib, which is only 6 % of Sarawak’s population. So much for fairness and democracy!

    Comment by alan newman, new zealand — January 30, 2013 @ 6:09 PM | Reply

  2. Sarawakians will dump all the BN pirates and thieves. All of you, Taib and gang, Awang Tepi, Awang Tengah, Awang Atas and Awang Bawah ans plus all the masing masings. NO HELP ! WE DUMP !

    Comment by keluro — January 22, 2013 @ 10:19 PM | Reply

  3. This is just a ploy – Master tactician Taib and his dirty tactics of powerplay. Lets us remind ourselves of the powerful UMNO dogs of war circling above forever trying to get Taib.

    Comment by Johnnie B Goode — January 22, 2013 @ 1:11 AM | Reply

  4. Isn’t it a total coincidence that audie61 has been hinting on the same story the last few weeks?
    The mention of bloggers cyber warriors are all his imagination.
    See how many Ss the dossier contains in verbs, nouns etc etc
    Truly Audie chua in all his wrotings

    Comment by Toman@tribune.com — January 21, 2013 @ 10:43 PM | Reply

  5. They are just like a pack of vultures fighting over a dead and rotting carcass. I hope the whole bunch of thieves and their families who benefited from stealing us blind rot in hell to pay for their crime against Sarawakians.

    Comment by apai — January 21, 2013 @ 6:05 PM | Reply

  6. Taib is the Enemy of the Sarawak people.

    Whosoever rises up to get rid of him has our support.

    No one should pity a rotten thief like Taib.

    Get rid of him – the sooner the better!!!

    Comment by Sons of Sarawak — January 21, 2013 @ 5:48 PM | Reply


      Comment by Dukun — January 22, 2013 @ 8:50 AM | Reply

  7. oh man, this is just another greedy crook and he has another 30 to 40 years to suck Sarawak dry.

    Comment by RC — January 21, 2013 @ 2:10 PM | Reply

  8. The plot is to confuse PM and to deceive him, so that he will not disturb the choice of candidates.

    Comment by tigeryk — January 21, 2013 @ 1:46 PM | Reply

    • He can, we dont truly know, back either Kutty or Najib.

      Do you want Najib or Kutty or Taib? The Devil by any other name is still the Devil !

      Comment by Lord of the Rings — January 21, 2013 @ 3:01 PM | Reply

  9. Awang Tengah is no match of Taib. If he tries that, he is just trying a fire on himself, but pity those who follow, jump together and let see what happen?

    Best solution is vote them all out, finish, full stop

    Comment by Gadoh Gadoh Swak — January 21, 2013 @ 1:37 PM | Reply

  10. Cerita direka untuk mendapatkan simpati. Coup or Not taib will be a thing of the past. Only time will decide. So no 2 cents value for this story. But Sarawakian must UBAH……………UBAH. Yang didapati bersalah perlu diambil tindakan.

    Comment by tempayanbesar — January 21, 2013 @ 1:21 PM | Reply


    “If Taib loves Sarawak, loves his people and loves his family, he must wake up from his dream and remove all the parasites from his government”

    WHOEVER wrote this remark must still be living in that same fairy land as Taib!

    Yes Taib loves Sarawak and its people so much that he grabbed everything for himself and family?

    Now that the Taib Dynasty is threatened from within, the “siblings” appeal to Sarawakians for help!

    Yes we can help you.

    First, you deal with the plotters. We don’t want them either.

    Then you restore all basic human rights and our rights under the 18 Points Agreement including taking back our oil from UMNO Petronas…

    Then is time for your to resign and let the people take over after a fair election is held to decide on the best party to run and re-construct Sarawak’s damaged.

    We will deal with the rest!

    This is not a PKR message as the local proxies already sold out Sarawak interests to PKR “integration” agenda. What sort of “opposition” are we getting?

    The Sabahans have taken the lead to show us how to do it. None of the Malayan parties have ever spoken out for Sarawak’s interests. This is because they must serve the interests of Malayan parties!

    We need to a strong patriotic Sarawak party to lead us. Not Malayan parties.

    Sarawakians it is time we unite to take back our country.


    Comment by SARAWAKIAN PATRIOTS — January 21, 2013 @ 1:05 PM | Reply

  12. Nostalgic song for Uncle Taib



    I started a joke, which started the whole world crying,
    But I didn’t see that the joke was on me, oh no.

    I started to cry, which started the whole world laughing,
    Oh, if I’d only seen that the joke was on me.

    I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
    And I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that I’d said.

    Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,
    Oh, if I’d only seen that the joke was on me.

    I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
    And I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that I’d said.

    Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,
    Oh, if I’d only seen that the joke was one me.


    Uncle Taib remember Bible classes: Matthew 16:26

    “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”

    Comment by Anon — January 21, 2013 @ 12:38 PM | Reply

  13. Interesting! 😯

    Makes good wayang! 😆

    Comment by Dagang Sdn Bhd — January 21, 2013 @ 12:06 PM | Reply

  14. This SR “a plot to dump Taib” is utter rubbish and baseless. ….and more so is a ploy and a sinister trap.

    Comment by Mandela — January 21, 2013 @ 10:57 AM | Reply

    • The ploy and sinister trap is…DUMP BOTH OF THEM and their supporters to SAVE Sarawak! Wouldn’t you like that ploy and sinister trap?

      Comment by brian — January 21, 2013 @ 3:38 PM | Reply

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