Hornbill Unleashed

March 29, 2013

‘Give MACC absolute powers to probe Taib’

Priscilla Prasena

The Malaysian Citizens Initiative handed over a petition containing 14,000 signatures to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak calling for action against Taib Mahmud.

A coalition of NGOs calling themselves Malaysian Citizens Initiative want an “immediate” response from Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on its call for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to be given an “unambiguous mandate” to investigate Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.

The coalition, which wants an answer from Najib before the 13th general election, also want the prime minister to approve the setting up of an Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into power abuse and land scams in Sarawak linked to Taib and his family.

Spokesman for the coalition, Linus Chung, said Najib’s continuing “silence” on the issue was deafening, especially since he was “prompt” in reacting to allegations against Suaram.

Suaram had come under the spotlight for its foreign source of funds, particularly its alleged links to currency speculator George Soros. Najib had been quick to order the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry to investigate the issue.

“Why is the PM silent on the Sarawak corruption issue when he was quick to act on Suaram’s issue?

“Taib should be investigated thoroughly,” Chung said, alluding the to recent exposé in a covertly recorded 16 minute video by Global Witness, a London-based pressure group.

Speaking to FMT after handing over a petition, comprising 14,000 signatures by Malaysians, to a representative from Najib’s office, Chung said whatever the decision Najib takes now “will reflect on the current administration”.

Alluding to the signatures garnered, Chung said the coalition had posted a call on Facebook for Najib to initiate an RCI into Sarawak and to publicly provide MACC with an “unambiguous mandate” to investigate corruption involving Taib and his family in relation to the video.

In the video, Global Witness had posed as investors seeking to buy land for oil palm plantations. They were directed by the Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA), a government body charged with receiving foreign investment, to Ample Agro. Ample Agro is owned by Taib’s cousins Fatimah and Norlia Rahman Yakub.

Both Fatimah and Norlia, along with lawyers Alvin Chong and Huang Lung Ong, had given their candid views on how the sale process would be handled, how the natives would be dealt with, how taxes could be avoided and how “personal kickbacks” were allegedly to be paid to Taib.

Taib and his family members reportedly sit on 31 companies in Sarawak and have been allotted 200,000 hectares of land – equivalent to the size of Singapore – for oil palm plantations.

He has also come under pressure in recent months from local and global campaigners who have linked him and his family to hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of overseas properties, wealth allegedly derived from plundering the state.



  1. Any Sarawakian can do the job effectively and decisively without demanding for a salary.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — March 30, 2013 @ 7:19 PM | Reply

  2. ‘Give MACC absolute powers to probe Taib’… HOW ABOUT GIVING THAT ABSOLUTE POWER TO WE SARAWAKIANS?!!

    Comment by brian — March 30, 2013 @ 4:46 PM | Reply

  3. MACC ? A big joke, it is all a show They are there to destroy evidence….

    Comment by MA — March 29, 2013 @ 10:17 PM | Reply

  4. MACC? That useless organization whose existence is to provide cover-ups for corrupt BN politicians? Why are people still placing their faith in MACC? I’d rather not have them investigate anything because at the end of the day, it’s just a waste of our money. If we want to see justice, make sure we vote Pakatan as the new government. That’s the only hope we have left.

    Comment by apai — March 29, 2013 @ 7:06 PM | Reply

  5. Do not waste time on MACC, Taib and Najib. Vote for change and all corrupted politicians and ministers shall be investigated within the first 100 days of Pakatan Rakyat rule. We shall have a new MACC, PDRM and AG and a new level playing field for all political parties and all Malaysians.

    Comment by Azlan Hussein — March 29, 2013 @ 3:35 PM | Reply

  6. Is the MACC investigating Taib or they had come to cart away whatever incriminating evidence kept in the lawyer’s office?

    Comment by Irene Kana — March 29, 2013 @ 10:49 AM | Reply

  7. “Unambiguous” does not mean “absolute, you dodol !!!

    MACC now have more than “absolute” powers right now! They have “dark” powers. They have been executioners! The judges are messenger boys and murderers dont need no motives to send anyone to hell.

    OK to be fair there are a scant few who “do” their jobs which are no more important than polishing boots…even if they wanted to do their real jobs.

    The situation lends credibility to what PAS have been saying …these people are “kufur”! As far as justice and truth are concerned they’ve lost their heads and their balls !

    Comment by gandut — March 29, 2013 @ 8:25 AM | Reply

  8. I still remember a certain article mentioning Taib’s response to Najib’s retirement package for Taib to retire after two years in office after the state election 2011. His response then was that who would leave the office first, He(Taib) or Najib? Based on his statement, Najib has to think twice as to whether he should give MACC absolute power to investigate allegations against Taib.

    Remember, the severely wounded dog would not die alone and he would certainly go after his own master?

    Taib has currently enough no. of MPs to shake Putrajaya and Najib will be toothless to act accordingly!!! What would happen if he pulls out just before GE 13??? Wow, it’s a nightmare!

    We have a good option now and that is GE13. Let us vote out UMNO/BN and PR (the next government) will deal with such matter.

    Comment by Justice Lover — March 29, 2013 @ 1:25 AM | Reply

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