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November 5, 2014

NGO wants probe on Taib book

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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taib money loggingJoe Fernandez

GASAK believes that Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud was trying to hide something from the public but stopped short of calling on him to step down and clear his name.

The Sarawak People’s Movement or Gerakan Anak Sarawak (GASAK) wants the authorities concerned to probe the contents of a recently released book, Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia, by Swiss author and human rights campaigner Lukas Straumann.

The author, who also heads the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund as Director, claims in his 300-page book that Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud, his four children and his siblings have stakes in 333 companies in Malaysia and in another 418 spread around the globe.

The NGO believes the contents of the book smacks of “alleged corruption and abuse of power on the part of Taib during his tenure as Sarawak Chief Minister and Minister for Resource Planning and Management”.

“Until today, Taib has not issued a formal denial or instituted legal proceedings against the book’s author Dr. Lukas Straumann or its publishers which lends credence to our belief that Taib was trying to hide something from the public,” said GASAK spokesperson Romould Siew who stopped short of calling on Taib to step down as Governor and clear his name.

He was making a statement after leading 12 other members of his NGO to lodge reports on Tues at the Miri branch office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Miri Central Police Station.

The reports call upon the police and the MACC to act immediately on the allegations in, Money Logging, as it involves not only the reputation of the present Governor but also the governments of Sarawak and Malaysia.

“It has always been an open secret that Taib and his family members enriched themselves through Sarawak’s lucrative logging industry when he was in power,” said Siew.

“However, it was very difficult to find concrete evidence to link him and his family members on corruption and abuse of power allegations.”

Following the release of the detailed and meticulously researched book, Money Logging, Siew stressed that “the authorities have no excuses that there was no evidence to persecute Taib”.



  1. Yes, probe the book and leave no stone unturned. If proven guilty, have him pay back every single cent stolen. Pay back time is near!

    Comment by Sharpshooter — March 27, 2015 @ 10:03 PM | Reply

  2. Dayak NGOs who claimed to fight for the interest of the Dayak community must take the que from GASAK to lodge police and MACC reports on Taib Mahmud based on corruption and power abuse allegations entailed in the book

    Comment by Mat Som — November 9, 2014 @ 12:56 PM | Reply

  3. walaupun sudah retire sebagai CM, Pehin ini masih berkuasa. Selalu dalam suratkhabar. Kalau saya sudah banyak duit macam dia, saya tak kisah apa yang berlaku, makan, tidur dan main saja.

    Comment by The Mukah Watcher — November 6, 2014 @ 12:51 PM | Reply

    • Right, with a young wife he has a lot of reasons to just eat, sleep and play only but he is a worried man with a lot of people gunning for his arse so he has to prolong his time in office just to stay safe from the law.

      Comment by brian — November 6, 2014 @ 3:22 PM | Reply

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