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March 8, 2014

Taib: The last king of Borneo

Hazlan Zakaria

One must admit that newly minted Sarawak Governor Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has struck quite a romantic pose. He can be considered the last remaining symbol of Borneo sovereignty, amidst the crashing tide of federal arrogance from the peninsula.

Romance as in the hypnotic draw that surrounds him, not necessarily of the romantic love kind. Nevertheless the “dashing” Taib did dazzle a younger woman to agree to be his current wife.

And dashing too Taib seems to be — to many Sabahans and Sarawakians, even those politically opposed to him, who flock to his banner when he announced that rule over Sarawak is for locals and Umno should stay the hell out, in sentiment if not the same words. (more…)

Half a Billion Ringgit! The Turnover On Taib’s Latest Foreign Property Venture

Half a Billion Ringgit!  The Turnover On Taib’s Latest Foreign Property Venture

Sarawak Report

Sarawak Report can reveal that the turnover on the Taib family’s latest foreign property venture in the UK has been over half a billion ringgit (100 million pounds sterling) so far and it is still rising.

The Ridgeford Properties development in Bolsover Street, Central London, which comprises several flats, has now sold most of the units in its current 2nd stage of development for a price totalling £98,145,182 (RM537,000,000), according to research by the Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund into the UK property register.

Some of the most expensive penthouse flats are yet to have been sold, meaning that the final sum will go well over the hundred million pounds mark. (more…)

March 7, 2014

Taib to relinquish interests in commercial enterprise?

Anna Chidambar

The High Court’s advice to Sarawak Governor Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to relinquish all his commercial interests is seen as an indirect acknowledgement of his involvement in commercial enterprise and thus a small victory for those opposing his appointment.

This advice was made by Sabah High Court judge Chew Soo Ho when dismissing an ex-parte application on Feb 27 by Padungan state assemblyman Wong King Wei for an injunction to stop Taib from accepting his appointment as the governor. (more…)

Low: ‘People-sanctioned’ Taib is rightful governor

Lawrence Yong

Governance and Transparency Minister Paul Low said today that he saw no reason to stop Abdul Taib Mahmud from becoming state governor after 33 years as chief minister, despite allegations against him for corruption and abuse of power.

In the week before he resigned as Sarawak’s chief minister, two NGOs and a news weekly alleged that he had used his position to enrich his family. Taib has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Low also said that he sided with the GE13 voters, who found no fault with Taib. (more…)

March 6, 2014

Wretched Umno, Mustapha and Taib

taib tun mustapha umnoZainnal Ajamain

Never in the history of Malaysia has a head of a state acknowledged that Umno is NOT as good as it advertises itself to be.

Taib Mahmud stepped down as the Chief Minister of Sarawak after holding the reign for 33 long years. He outlasted Mahathir Mohammad, as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, by more than a decade.

His length as CM speaks volumes of the politician who stayed in office longer than any other leaders in Malaysia and his insight into Umno’s character. (more…)

March 5, 2014

Taib’s family in 400 firms worth billions, says The Edge Weekly

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Ho Wah Foon

Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who has just stepped down as Sarawak chief minister and become the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (state governor), had led the state imperiously for 33 years; and during these years, his family members have amassed billions of wealth.Ruling with a tight fist, Taib had allowed his immediate and extended families to control 400 companies in every sector in Malaysia and hold overseas assets worth more than RM800 million in four countries, according to the 8-page special cover story in The Edge Weekly.

Under the state constitution, the Chief Minister shall not hold any office of profit and shall not actively engage in any commercial enterprise, but according to the research findings of The Edge Weekly Taib might have broken this state law while he was ruling Sarawak. (more…)

‘Tahinah’ … “Tahi Nah” in Iban means “shit served.” ……. blunder mars congrats to Taib

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It was meant to be a congratulatory message to Abdul Taib Mahmud on being appointed Sarawak governor on March 1.

Unfortunately, a typo in the full-page advertisement in Sarawak daily Utusan Sarawak has put paid to that notion.

Instead of saying ‘Tahniah’ (congratulations), the advertisement had the word ‘Tahinah’ alongside a photo of Taib being sworn into his new post. (more…)

Is return of the prodigal son coincidental?

Winston Way

First public appearance of Taib’s son, Sulaiman, has spawned rumours of him standing in Balingian.

Prodigal son, Sulaiman ‘s unexpected presence on Friday to welcome his father Taib Mahmud’s return from Kuala Lumpur as Sarawak’s new Governor has fired up the rumour mill here.

Speculations are divided over whether his return is linked to Balingian or the Taib business empire.

Of the two sons – the other is Mahmud Bekir – Sulaiman was his father’s ‘chosen one’ until he went AWOL in 2010 following his mother’s death. (more…)

March 4, 2014

Taib: When the Devil wins

James Chai

There was a slight pause called by Najib between Taib Mahmud’s resignation as Chief Minister of Sarawak and his accession as the Governor (Yang di-Pertua Negeri) of Sarawak.

The delay gave us some hope. Would Najib take this opportunity to cut off the “untouchable” Taib Mahmud once and for all and take this benefiting political token, or will he concede (yet again)?

This was not much of a surprise. Najib never dared anyway.

I’ve got things in proper sequence” – Taib (more…)

How Taib’s family could have hidden their wealth

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The Edge

The family of Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud may have used a number of exempt private companies (EPCs) to hide their wealth from public scrutiny, according to the financial weekly The Edge Malaysia.

This is because EPCs are exempted from submitting its balance sheet when filing its annual returns to the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM).

Typically, according to the report, these EPCs linked to Taib’s family would invest in other companies, numbering at over 400 involving a wide range of industries.

“When the EPC receives dividends from its subsidiaries… the money trail disappears because EPCs are not required to file their financials. (more…)

March 3, 2014

Balingian: Who’s the secret Melanau graduate?

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Alan Ting

Political observers believe that PBB will likely field a Melanau-Christian as part of the traditional arrangement inherited by the party from its predecessor Barjasa.

Following Taib Mahmud’s retirement from active politics, the predominantly Melanau based Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold of Balingian has become the focus of political pundits.

With the dust settled on who will be replacing Abdul Taib as the Chief Minister, all eyes are now on Balingian that could serve as the proving ground for the new chief minister and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Adenan Satem. (more…)

‘Taib must answer for sins of corruption’

Cynthia Gabriel


It is bewildering for the MACC to claim that there is no evidence of corruption and abuse of power by the former Sarawak CM, says C4 director Cynthia Gabriel.

Former Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud should be cleared of his sins of corruption by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) before being appointed as Sarawak’s Governor.

Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) director Cynthia Gabriel quoted several ‘sordid tales of corruption’ such as the Japan transport scandal in 2007 and the Gunung Munung Park scandal. (more…)

March 2, 2014

Taib Plans To Commission A Better Reputation

Taib Plans To Commission A Better Reputation

Sarawak Report

Taib has grabbed the Governorship, but now he is worrying about his reputation.

In his outgoing speech as Chief Minister he chose to focus on the international bad publicity over his destruction of the rainforest; his rolling out of oil palm plantations and his self-enrichment in the process.

Clearly, this matter has spoiled his promotion party and it is preoccupying his mind.

As usual, he blamed “malicious attacks” by NGOs and he called on Malaysia’s “envoys” to repair his reputation across the globe.

Then he came out with some claims that have produced gasps and astonished laughter. (more…)

Taib sworn in as Sarawak’s seventh governor


After signing the instrument of appointment, Taib took his oath before chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum at the state legislative assembly

Abdul Taib Mahmud, who stepped down as chief minister of Sarawak after almost 33 years in office yesterday, was sworn in as the new Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak today, marking another historical milestone for the state.

The ceremony began at 11.00am with Adenan Satem, who succeeded him as the new chief minister, reading the instrument of appointment, which was presented to Taib by Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. (more…)

Taib sworn in as Sarawak governor in Kuching


Abdul Taib Mahmud, who stepped down as Sarawak chief minister after almost 33 years in office yesterday, was sworn in as the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak today in Kuching.

The ceremony began at 11am with Adenan Satem, who succeeded him as the new chief minister, reading the instrument of appointment, which was presented to Taib by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

After signing the instrument of appointment, Taib took his oath of office before Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum at the State Legislative Assembly building here in the presence of Adenan. (more…)

March 1, 2014

Taib is new Sarawak Governor


He succeeds Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng whose term of office ended yesterday.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, today presented Taib Mahmud with the instrument of appointment as the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak, at the Istana Negara here.

The ceremony took place at the Small Throne Hall and was witnessed by Prime Minister  Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister  Muhyiddin Yassin and the new Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem. (more…)

Ex-CM Taib is now Sarawak governor


Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah today presented Abdul Taib Mahmud with the instrument of appointment as the new Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

The ceremony took place at the Small Throne Hall and was witnessed by Prime Minister Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the new Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem.

Abdul Taib – who stepped down as the Sarawak CM effective today after almost 33 years in office – takes office tomorrow as the seventh Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak, succeeding Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng whose term of office ended today. (more…)

All eyes on Taib’s possible successor in PBB stronghold Balingian

Anna Chidambar

Will Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud exert his influence over the choice of the PBB candidate to contest the Balingian state seat he is expected to vacate tomorrow?

Academicians well versed in Sarawak’s political scene think so. They believe that the PBB candidate would likely be a blood relation or at least, favoured by the outgoing Sarawak chief minister in order to ensure continuation of his legacy.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) historian Dr Suffian Mansor said: “Balingian has been a BN-PBB stronghold for over 40 years and has never fallen into the hands of the opposition. When Taib took over the seat in 2001, his popularity vote was over 90%.” (more…)

Sarawak Speaker accepts Taib’s resignation

Datuk-Amar-Mohd-Asfia-Awang-NassarWinston Way

Incoming CM Adenan Satem will be deciding whether or not to have a by-election in Balingian constituency.

Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has resigned as assemblyman for Balingian.

This was confirmed today by  Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Speaker Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar during a press coneference.

Asfia said the letter was dated Feb 26 and is effective from tomorrow. (more…)

Najib urged to delay Taib’s appoinment


New corruption questions have emerged over the role of Taib Mahmud and son in a waste disposal deal with German firm

The evidence is piling up against soon-to-be governor, Taib Mahmud.

In a last ditch attempt to thwart Taib’s ascent to the ‘throne’, UK-based Global Witness, which was responsible for an incriminating covert video on business dealings by the Taib family, has released documents of more corrupt practices. (more…)

Will defiant Taib ‘conform’ and kiss Agong’s hand?

Taib Istana NegaraZainal Ajamain

The author says the act of Sabah and Sarawak Governors kissing the Agong’s hand is strictly taboo and the highest insult to the people of these states.

The Barisan Nasional-Umno government has been involved in mind control experiments since Malaysia was formed.

Aside from distorting history and imposing this version via schools, they are also using other less obvious ways such as  the “subliminal stimuli” technique.

The scientifcally proven technique  uses any sensory stimuli below individual threshold for conscious perception. (more…)

Did Taib hold Najib to ransom with Sarawak seats

Taib NajibAwang Abdillah

Sarawak with its 25 parliament seats helped BN get a simple majority in the last election and there are fears that Taib may withdraw the seats

Under the federal constitution the appointment of the Sarawak Yang DiPertua Negeri is vested in the Yang DiPertuan Agong.

As Prime Minister, the coveted post then is Najib Tun Razak’s trump card when dealing with the state government of Sarawak. (more…)

February 28, 2014

New graft allegations surface against Taib


Fresh allegations of corruption against Abdul Taib Mahmud have surfaced, a day before he is slated to resign as chief minister of Sarawak.

The veteran politician, who has been hounded by a slew of allegations throughout his 33-year reign as chief minister, is expected to assume the post of Sarawak governor.

The latest allegations surround a company linked to his son Mahmud Abdul Bekir, that was purportedly used as a conduit to receive up to RM6.6 million in commissions for a waste disposal project involving a state government joint venture with a German firm. (more…)

To Appoint Taib Is To Become Complicit In Corruption – Najib Should Delay

To Appoint Taib Is To Become Complicit In Corruption – Najib Should Delay

Sarawak Report

Taib has made clear that he expects to be appointed Governor tomorrow, with an audience scheduled to meet the Agong at the Istana Negara at 3pm.

He has informed people that he believes that this will elevate him to a similar status to the British Queen, dispensing advice and held in fond regard.

And, of course, he is making it clear he believes the position will offer him total immunity from any kind of prosecution over his 3 decades of kleptocracy in Sarawak. (more…)

Rights groups reveal documents alleging involvement of Taib, son in lucrative waste deal


Two international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) today revealed documents which showed the involvement of outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) and his son in a lucrative waste disposal agreement signed 15 years ago with a German firm.

The revelation, coming just two days before Taib is expected to take over as the Sarawak governor, contains more incriminating evidence of Taib’s alleged corruption and abuse of power, said the NGOs, Global Witness and The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).

They said the documents disclosed that as part of the deal signed in 1998 between Trienekens and the state government, Trienekens engaged a local company – Sarawak Capital – owned by Taib’s eldest son, Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, to provide up to US$2 million (RM6.6 million) worth of “consultancy services”. (more…)

I would have retired in 2007, says Taib


Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) today said he had planned to retire in 2007, but decided to hold back his decision due to two ‘S’ factors.

The two ‘S’ factors were a crisis faced by the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and the formulation of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), a new development corridor in Sarawak which required precision planning to ensure its success, he disclosed.

“I wanted to retire way back. I had planned to retire in 2007 and I had the consensus of the leadership of PBB that I should groom (Tan Sri) Adenan Satem as my successor. (more…)

Taib finally ends 33-year tenure as CM


Abdul Taib Mahmud today ended his 33-year tenure as chief minister of Sarawak at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Kuching, the state’s administrative building, in a sombre mood.

Tomorrow, Taib will have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Shah Mu’adzam at Istana Negara to receive his credentials to be Sarawak’s seventh yang di-pertua negeri.

In the brief but meaningful farewell, Taib and his wife, Ragad Kurdi Taib, who were accompanied by Sarawak deputy chief minister Alfred Jabu, minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Special Functions) Adenan Satem, who is also designated to be Sarawak’s fifth chief minister, and  state land development minister James Masing, were seen shaking hands with about 300 government staff at the building. (more…)

‘Don’t promote Taib till MACC clears him’

Lawrence Yong

Anti-graft watchdog Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) has urged the government to delay making Abdul Taib Mahmud the Sarawak governor until the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) clears him over a questionable deal.
C4’s directors have submitted a complaint to MACC today, based on allegations by NGO Global Witness that a company linked to Taib’s son Mahmud Abdul Bekir has been purportedly used as a conduit to receive up to RM6.6 million in commissions, for a waste disposal project involving a state government joint venture with a German firm. (more…)

DAP assemblyman fails in bid to stop Taib from becoming Sarawak governor


DAP’s last-ditch effort to stop outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) from being appointed as the next head of state failed, after the Kuching High Court today ruled that it had no jurisdiction over the appointment.

Judge Chew Soo Ho dismissed DAP Padungan state assemblyman Wong Kin Wei’s application for an ex parte injunction, saying that the appointment is at the sole discretion of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and the court had no jurisdiction to interfere with the prerogative.

Taib is scheduled to have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Shah Mu’adzam tomorrow afternoon. (more…)

December 17, 2013

Stop delay tactics, group tells Taib’s man

Winston Way

Has a Sarawak nationalists group’s guidelines for a debate of the state’s sovereignty given BN-lead party member Idris Buang the jitters?

The 916 Occupation Day (916 OD) group over social media facebook has put Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu supreme council member Idris Buang on notice, urging him not to use “delaying tactics” over the much awaited debate on the 18 points, Malaysia Agreement and a suggestion that Sarawak and Sabah should pull out of Malaysia.

Idris, a lawyer, who had earlier accepted 916 OD’s challenge now appears to be suffering from “cold feet.” (more…)

August 21, 2013

Why invite Taib to open St Joseph’s new building?

Francis Paul Siah

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has been invited to officially open the new building of St Joseph’s Private School in Kuching this Saturday.

Whose idea was it to grant such an honour to a heavily tainted politician and Sarawak’s most loathed man at this private Catholic event, a former classmate asked me in an email recently.

The immediate reaction that crossed my mind at that time was why the need to invite the chief minister at all when this was a private project that has nothing to do with the government?

And yes, I also posed then as to whose grand idea it was to suggest inviting Taib in the first place and who was ultimately responsible for approving the invitation? (more…)

August 16, 2013

BN’s Post-Election Priority? Tripling Their Own Salaries Of Course!

Sarawak Report

No shame – Taib Mahmud glories in his unexplained wealth after a lifetime in public office

Just days after an election marred by bribery and ballot rigging, Sarawak’s Chief Minister made his first move to set the tone of his conduct as BN’s ‘kingmaker’.

He tripled the salaries for state YBs and ministers.

The effect was to bump up his own salary as Chief Minister from RM13,000 a month to RM39,000. He doesn’t need the money of course, but obviously he enjoys the symbolism of receiving more than the actual Prime Minister, who is now dependent on East Malaysia’s ‘obedient’ rural seats to remain in office.

But, since this salary rise was clearly planned and decided upon long beforehand, people are entitled to ask why the Chief Minister did not announce his intention to voters in advance?  Why keep the plan secret until right after the election? (more…)

May 29, 2013

The World Wakes Up To Taib – AFP Says It As It Is..

Sarawak Report

Scandal-tainted – a good description of Taib Mahmud

In case readers of Sarawak Report failed to pick up on the assessment of Sarawak by one of the world’s top news agencies, Agence France Press, we reprint (below) how it was presented in the South China Morning Post.

Taib had better accept that the international perception of his regime has finally wised up and that even the top news agencies and international news papers feel little restraint about using the ‘C’ word when they describe his management of Sarawak.

C is for Corrupt (more…)

April 10, 2013

‘Sarawak gov’t should also apologise over video clip’

Dukau Papau

Sarawak PKR today demanded that not only Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s cousins should apologise for their demeaning and insulting remarks against the Dayak community, but also the state government for its cruel and mindless acts against the community.

Norlia and Fatimah, the daughters of former chief minister Abdul Rahman Yakub had insulted the Dayak community with their derogatory descriptions in a covertly recorded video by London-based Global Witness.

The two sisters were alleged to have uttered that the Dayaks are “squatters” living on state land and that they have “low intelligence” which allow them to be easily exploited by businessmen. (more…)

April 3, 2013

From Global Witness to Eco Crime Watch: In The Palm of His Hand

crime watchThe Editor

( Video Link inside ) As the controversial  Global Witness ‘sting’ video continues to gather steam in Sarawak, US online news channel Eco Crime Watch has broadcast a remarkable feature on alleged Taib corruption in the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Borneo.
Watch Episode 2 by US journalist Bill Paul, speaking to the Chief Minister of Sarawak Taib Mahmud, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, founder of Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak Clare Rewcastle and Bruno Manser Fonds Director Dr Lukas Straumann, at Crime Watch

Watch this Video on Hornbill Unleashed: In the Pum of His Hand

March 29, 2013

Defending the corrupt: London law firm paid to lie for Taib


(London, UK / Kuching, Malaysia) In the wake of a Global Witness „sting“ video release exposing the corruption by Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, London law firm Mishcon de Reya is coming into the spotlight over their dodgy role plaid on behalf of the Malaysian Taib family.

Last week, The Independent quoted Mishcon de Reya’s lawyers as saying that „the government of Sarawak issues licences for land in very controlled circumstances… This is an administrative exercise, not political patronage. Our client never demands or accepts bribes for the grant of licences and leases.“ (more…)

March 22, 2013

Taib main contributor to illicit outflow?

Joseph Tawie

Sarawak PKR calls for an open investigation against lawyers involved in Global Witness’ exposé.

A new concern is emerging in Sarawak over lawyers who aid their clients to circumvent the law and abet in the illicit outflow of billions of ringgit annually ‘through’ Singapore.

According to reports, Malaysia has the third largest illicit outflow of funds. Between 2001 -2010 Malaysia lost RM285 billion and many here have long believed that the bulk of this came from Taib. (more…)

March 19, 2013

Sarawak’s way of evading tax and shareholding rules

Global Withness @Mkini

VIDEO l 16.24 min Not only was the abuse of logging licences by some of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s family members and business associates captured on video, their illegal modus operandi to evade tax and circumvent the government’s requirement of 51 percent local shareholding ownership was also exposed.

An undercover investigation conducted by Global Witness, a London-based NGO that investigates and campaigns against environmental and human rights abuses, last year clandestinely recorded video footage showing two Taib’s cousins and their lawyer explaining the mechanism. (more…)

Explosive video reveals licence abuses by Taib family

Global Withness @Mkini

VIDEO l 16 min  An undercover investigation by an international NGO has revealed video evidence of how Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s family members and business associates abuse logging licences to enrich themselves at the expense of ordinary Sarawakians.

Two of Taib’s first cousins, a family member of Taib’s key business partner and a lawyer who represented the cousins have been caught on video explaining the mechanisms of circumventing existing laws to profit from the scheme. (more…)

March 13, 2013

THE DIRTY 8?: Rafizi challenges Najib to drop 8 senior Umno leaders from GE13 list

THE DIRTY 8?: Rafizi challenges Najib to drop 8 senior Umno leaders from GE13 list

Rafizi Ramli

PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli has unveiled a list of 8 senior Umno leaders whom he challenged Prime Minister Najib Razak to drop as candidates for the 13th general election, saying it was an “acid test” for the public to assess how sincere Najib’s promise of “incorruptibility” was.

“It is up to Najib to prove his word …because these are senior leaders and there are already cases against them or there have been. If the standard that has been placed against the Opposition is that our candidates must be whiter than white, the same should apply to them,” Rafizi told a press conference on Tuesday. (more…)

February 5, 2013

S’wak PKR trashes BN talk on candidates

Dukau Papau

Sarawak PKR has slammed the state BN for spreading rumours in certain constituencies that PKR candidates have either been withdrawn from contesting or have been bought over.

“They have to resort to playing dirty politics because they feel threatened by the presence of Pakatan Rakyat,” Sarawak PKR head Baru Bian (right) said.

“When they feel threatened, they try to confuse the people especially our members and voters by saying that our candidates have withdrawn. (more…)

Taib, BN ‘feeling threatened’ by natives’ views

Joseph Tawie

Sarawak PKR is curious about why Barisan Nasional, which has more that 30 radio and television channels including RTM at its disposal, is against Radio Free Sarawak.

Since the federal government is on a roll ‘fulfilling’ its promises to citizens, the local opposition too now want them to effectuate a pledge made last year.

According to Sarawak PKR, the federal government promised to give the opposition at least 60 minutes of airtime over Radio Television Malaysia to talk about their policies and manifestos but thus far nothing has happened.

Said state PKR chiarman Baru Bian: “I remember that the Minister of Information, Communications and Culture (Rais Yatim) last year had promised to give us an air time over RTM for us to broadcast and televise our polices. (more…)

February 4, 2013

Taib’s ‘independent’ incumbents, supporters now stuck

Joseph Tawie

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had said in 2010 that BN would welcome ‘direct’ candidates, but his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin’s recent contradictory stand has left Sarawakians wondering.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin may have returned to his safe room in Putrajaya but he’s left behind a cloud of uncertainty in Sarawak.

Muhyiddin’s statement that there will be “no direct BN candidate” and that no candidates ‘outside’ of the BN coalition would be allowed to contest under its “dacing” symbol in the 13th parliamentary election has struck down diehard supporters of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. (more…)

February 2, 2013

Najib desperate for votes

B Nantha Kumar

But the prime minister seems to be making all the wrong moves because of his advisers and BN component parties.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will attend a national Ponggal festival tomorrow (Feb 2) at Dataran Merdeka, which has come as a surprise to political observers.

It was this same Barisan Nasional government that fired tear gas and water cannons on the Indians who gathered in the streets of Kuala Lumpur in 2007.

The police had come down hard on the protesters despite many of them carrying posters of Mahatma Gandhi to indicate that their gathering was non-violent. (more…)

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. (more…)

January 19, 2013

Take action against ‘naughty’ RFS, says Taib


The Sarawak chief minister also wants the authorities to act against another clandestine private radio station, Radio Kenyalang.

Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud wants the relevant authorities to halt the operations of two clandestine private radio stations for allegedly deriding the government and misleading the people, especially in the rural areas.

The radio stations are Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) and Radio Kenyalang (RK).

Describing RFS as “naughty”, Abdul Taib said the radio station, whose broadcast is mainly in Iban, had no respect for the truth while RK, reportedly linked to the opposition Sarawak Workers Party (SWP), was attempting to bank on its campaigns in the coming general election. (more…)

January 17, 2013

Taib Family Logging Company Kicked Out Of Liberia!

Sarawak Report

Caught! – Sepawi was targetting a million hectares of native lands in Liberia!

Taib’s cousin, the logging tycoon and key political figure Hamed Sepawi, has been booted out of the African country Liberia by a Presidential decree to halt corrupt and illegal logging.

It makes for another blow to the Sarawak potentate’s international reputation, following condemnation this week in the Swiss Parliament.

Sepawi’s company Perkapalan Damai Timar (PDT) is a 60% shareholder of Atlantic Resources Limited, which has been exposed as a major culprit involved in corrupt practices and illegal logging that was set to destroy a quarter of Africa’s most heavily forested country. (more…)

January 16, 2013

What’s the status on Taib, MACC?

Joseph Tawie

With Swiss MPs pushing for their government to freeze Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s assets, eyes are now on MACC’s as yet undisclosed investigations.

Sarawak DAP today demanded to know the progress of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigations into Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s properties allegedly worth billions of ringgit.

State party secretary Chong Chieng Jen said it has been two years since MACC opened a file on Taib.

“But until today, I have not seen any progress of the investigation. MACC should speed up its investigation. (more…)

December 29, 2012

Panel: Review loopholes that hinder probe on Taib


The current loopholes in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 need to be plugged to strengthen the capability of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in fighting graft, said Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad, chairperson of the parliamentary special committee (PSC) on corruption.

The loophole in Section 23 of the Act has been cited by MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Mohd Shukri Abdull as a hindrance to investigating Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, despite his son having allegedly benefited from state contracts. (more…)

December 13, 2012

Top Australian Paper Details Taib’s Greed!

Sarawak Report

Cartoonist Zunar offers his latest take on Taib exclusively for Sarawak Report!

The growing international understanding of Taib’s style of corrupted and kleptocratic (thieving) government is reflected in an opinion piece published this week by Australia’s Canberra Times.

The article criticises the “destruction of the Borneo Rainforests” and Taib’s “Great Leap Forward” plans for 12 mega-dams: (more…)

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