Hornbill Unleashed

February 25, 2014

Disbelief over MACC’s inability to find proof of Taib power abuse

DESMOND DAVIDSON

Opposition lawmakers in Sarawak reacted with disbelief over a report that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) could not find any proof against outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud for alleged abuse of power in the giving of large tracts of land and logging licences to his relatives.

“This is outrageous!” PKR Sarawak vice-chairman and its Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How (pic) said.

“Is MACC clearing Taib of any wrongdoing?” See asked, adding that he will meet with the anti-graft watchdog’s chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

In a posting on his Facebook page, See asked: “What about the new evidence that surfaced linking the alleged timber shipping kickback from Japan to the family?

“The MACC owes the Malaysian public a clear explanation and statement on the investigations.”

See, a senior lawyer in the state, said it is hard to believe that the commission which started its investigation five years ago, scrutinised over 500 files and opened 10 investigation papers, still could not find any evidence against the 78-year-old Taib who steps down as chief minister on February 28.

Taib, the country’s longest serving chief minister who had helmed the state for 33 years, could possibly be sworn in as the next head of state to succeed Tun Abang Mohammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng on March 1.

State PKR chief Baru Bian rubbished the commission’s finding as a “very lame excuse” to cover up a poor investigation.

“They should know who is the boss, who is the person in charge and who at the end of the day calls the shot,” Baru said, adding “Taib cannot be excused just like that.”

Baru said based on the principle of accountability, the final say at the end of the day rests with Taib.

Checks by The Malaysian Insider found the MACC failed to nail Taib for alleged abuse of power in giving land concessions and logging licences as the approvals were made by two senior ministers – Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Datuk Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, who is the Minister of Resource Planning and Environment.

A source told The Malaysian Insider that a task force of about 30 was set up in 2009 to investigate information received and obtained from blogs on Taib’s alleged misuse of power.

Reaction in the social media ranged from the expected to anger.

“No surprise there,” according to Denniz Wee in his Facebook posting while “Jac Hammer” lambasted MACC as a bunch of “cowards”.

David Wong posted “there is no such word as corruption inside the dictionary of BN, as long as you are one of them”.

“Perfect timing to clear Taib of his wrongdoings – paving way for him to take the throne as King of Sarawak,” Derrick Lee posted.

“Now all critics are silenced from questioning his capability of taking over. In Malaysia, apa-apa pun boleh!”

On the speculation that Taib would be the next Yang DiPertua Negeri, See had earlier last week suggested that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Conference of Rulers extend Salahuddin’s term until the MACC make their graft investigations on Taib public.

State DAP chairman Chong Chien Jen on the other hand had said the appointment would put Sarawak in disrepute and shame, and therefore it was absolutely improper for the King and other rulers to accept it even though the post is largely ceremonial in nature.

Taib’s fiercest foreign critic, the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) claimed Taib is estimated to be worth US$15 billion (RM46 billion) while 20 of his family members are worth a collective US$21 billion (RM64 billion).

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13 Comments »

  1. If, as alleged, he has accumulate so much wealth, he must have paid billions in tax. Does the Income Tax department confirm he has paid so much in taxes?

    Kaypohchee

    Comment by Pohchee Kay — February 27, 2014 @ 11:05 AM | Reply

  2. more chest thumping, kassim?
    why shld i be surprised its all thunder but no rain from subservient MACC.
    u resign per your swear?
    fat chance. the paycheck and perks associated with the position are too good to give up.
    CARMA eh?

    Comment by abb — February 26, 2014 @ 11:28 PM | Reply

  3. taib covered his stinking arse hole with the stinking hands of jabu and awg tanah. Now its their turn to clean taib’s shit from their dirty fingers!!

    Comment by brian — February 26, 2014 @ 10:45 AM | Reply

  4. MACC, you stink, your stench is all over the universe. Sarawak and Malaysia have gone to the drains and gone the dogs, long ago. There is no law and order. Say what you like MACC. But the outside world say: You stink! Shame on you, on UMNO, BN, your PM & Ex PM MM. You murdered Teoh Beng Hock over an alleged few thousand dollars, here is a case of RM50,000 million in plunder. The curse will come, it’s a matter of time. We’ll make sure Taib cannot sit in that TYT seat for too many days. Just wait and see!!!

    Comment by Alan Newman — February 25, 2014 @ 6:51 PM | Reply

  5. Sarawak and Malaysia have gone to the drains and gone the dogs, long ago. There is no law and order. Say what you like MACC. But the outside world say: You stink to the whole universe! Shame on you, on UMNO, BN, your PM & Ex PM MM. The curse will come, it’s a matter of time.

    Comment by Alan Newman — February 25, 2014 @ 6:47 PM | Reply

  6. Are there people out there who still believe in the MACC? You guys must be nuts.

    Comment by apai — February 25, 2014 @ 2:53 PM | Reply

  7. What disbeliet? If they can find the proof and proceed with their prosecution, then it’s unbelievable….

    Comment by timchoo — February 25, 2014 @ 1:56 PM | Reply

    • if, I say “IF”,… Msia Cow Coy dare to find proof of corruptions on these corrupt leaders, then the whole Kangkungland akan jadi bankrupt lah.

      Comment by tiuniamah — February 25, 2014 @ 2:08 PM | Reply

  8. This MACC is to serve their political masters. Don’t expect them to bother what the general public feel. These are all corrupted and shameless umno BN goons!

    Comment by Sharpshooter — February 25, 2014 @ 12:59 PM | Reply

    • Friend, are you trying to say in old term that Anjings jaga Tuan kah ? LOL…

      Comment by tiuniamah — February 25, 2014 @ 2:05 PM | Reply

  9. Why aren’t there any comment so far? Where are all the TM-bashers?

    Comment by al capone — February 25, 2014 @ 10:25 AM | Reply

    • Where are all the TM-cocksuckers?

      Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — February 26, 2014 @ 12:29 PM | Reply

      • Busy sucking perhaps?

        Comment by brian — February 26, 2014 @ 5:23 PM | Reply


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