Hornbill Unleashed

June 4, 2014

Filthy rich? I was framed, Taib’s son tells court

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Ahmad Fadli KC

Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud’s son Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib testified in court today that his wealth has been hugely exaggerated through documents forged by a Canadian private investigator.

Testifying in a divorce case, Mahmud Abu Bekir shot down allegations that he had billions of dollars worth of assets.

Abu Bekir was answering questions from lawyer Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar in the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court today.

His former wife Shahnaz Abdul Majid is demanding a RM100 million mutaah (gift) in their matrimonial dispute case.

“Datuk Seri had assets of billions of dollars?” Zainul Rijal asked Abdu Bekir.

“That is a lie. Because this is the work of a criminal from Canada. His name is Cullen Johnson.

“He was an ex-cop from Toronto. After he came out of the police, he was an investigator,” Abu Bekir answered.

Abu Bekir alleged that Cullen was not a credible investigator.

“I’ve sent investigators to the United States and found that the plaintiff had obtained the services of Mr Cullen Johnson in 2012,” he said.

“Since 2009, he has been known to be involved in forgery and as a designer of fake documents.”

The case was presided over by Judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab.

Press statement issued

Abu Bekir later issued a press statement through GRA Communications Sdn Bhd which repeated what he said in court today. Mahmud challenged his wife and her legal team to “produce solid evidence of these bank accounts” and to submit real testimonies from bank managers of these international banks to the court.

“My ex-wife’s claims from crooked investigators should be examined by this court with a sharp eye as it is not credible and based on lies, distortions and misrepresentations. I am absolutely certain and confident that such accounts do not exist,” Abu Bekir was quoted as saying in the statement.

He added that his ex-wife was now seeking credibility by calling on local banks to testify on his wealth through the revelation of his Malaysian banking accounts.

Citing a Canadian broadcaster CBC News report, Abu Bekir alleged that Cullen and his wife Elaine White, a former forensic accountant, had been wanted by Canadian authorities since 2009 on charges of fraud. They fled to the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2010 before their trial.

This was not the first time the court had heard that Abu Bekir was a billionaire.

In February, accountant Andrew Heng, appointed by Shahnaz (right), had estimated that Abu Bekir was worth RM1.334 billion to RM1.395 billion.

Heng said that Abu Bekir had shareholdings in 49 companies said to be worth RM220 million and palm oil-based companies, besides inherited wealth from his mother. Heng claimed that Mahmud also owned a slate of luxury cars  including a Bugatti, Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi and Bentley.

Abu Bekir’s father Abdul Taib Mahmud was the chief minister of Sarawak for 33 years before being appointed the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak in March.

Dubbed by some as one of the richest men in South-East Asia, Taib also had several reports lodged against him to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) during his long reign as chief minister.

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7 Comments »

  1. Even the children of a former thief minister of Sarawak for 33 years could be unemployed multi millionares if they chose not to hold executive post in all the corporations which they owned or registered in their names. All the intellectual Malays or Bumiputra as a whole could not match their wealth. Are the children of Taib Mahmud, Mahathir Mohamad and Najib Razak have very special talents and business skills that no other ordinary Malaysians possess?

    Comment by Irene Kana — June 4, 2014 @ 2:58 PM | Reply

    • Infact statistics showed all the wives and children of UMNO Baru controlled BN law makers and ministers are millionaires if not multi millionaires yet. Is that a coincident? Even the AG, obedient judges, top cops and MACC top men are millionaires. We call that perfect coincident in a highly corrupted system.

      Comment by Mata Kuching — June 4, 2014 @ 6:33 PM | Reply

    • In Malaysia it is not what you know but who you know is the path to accumulate wealth. In addition the one you know have a stong relationship or better still blood relationship with the other who he knows the better.

      Comment by Ali bin Abu — June 4, 2014 @ 9:37 PM | Reply

      • Correction. It is who you choose to your politician father and mother.

        Comment by Mata Kuching — June 4, 2014 @ 11:04 PM | Reply

        • According to one politican, he choose is father and mother before he was born.

          Comment by Ali bin Abu — June 8, 2014 @ 7:13 AM | Reply

    • Tun Abdul Taib is Sarawak’s de facto CM now. He still appears in big state events. He still accumulates gargantuan amount of wealth as TYT.

      Comment by mahadir — June 5, 2014 @ 5:59 AM | Reply

    • like grandfather like grandson – Mahmud bin Taib and Taib bin Mahmud.

      Comment by roobeen — June 6, 2014 @ 11:06 AM | Reply


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