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November 14, 2013

Misery in Murum

Alfian ZM Tahir

  • Displaced Penans say they are thirsty, hungry and have no protection from severe weather.

Three hundred Penan families displaced by the ongoing construction of Murum Dam are living in desperate circumstances as they battle for justice.

They have no access to clean water and decent food, and their tents, constructed from tree branches and tarpaulin, are ineffective against heavy rain. (more…)

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October 31, 2013

Swiss group slams RM600 million energy contract, says company chaired by Sarawak CM’s son

Sarawak's Taib Mahmud is back in the limelight after family-linked company awarded RM600 million contract by state-owned company. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 31, 2013.

TMI

Sarawak’s Taib Mahmud is back in the limelight after family-linked company awarded RM600 million contract by state-owned company. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 31, 2013.A company linked to the family of the Sarawak Chief Minister has been awarded a contract worth RM618.6 million by state-owned dam builder Sarawak Energy to develop transmission lines in the state, drawing criticism from a Swiss-based environmental group.

The Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) – a group which has been critical of Sarawak’s policies on its indigenous people – said Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s eldest son, Mahmud Abu Bekir, is the chairman of Sarawak Cable Bhd (SCB), whose subsidiary won the contract. (more…)

September 10, 2013

Open Letter To Najib Razak – Stop Taib’s Abuse Of The Murum Penan

Sarawak Report

Progress? Taib made billions out of their timber and lands and is now making billions from Murum Dam. Yet these Penan have been forced to live in a converted chicken coop at Sungai Asap.

Dear Prime Minister – As you know, Malaysia voted in favour of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights (UNDRIP) and is a signatory to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Malaysia is also a member of the International Finance Corporation (formulator of the World Bank’s sustainability  framework) and Sarawak Energy is a Board Member of the International Hydropower Association, which has produced a protocol governing the building of dams. (more…)

July 1, 2013

‘Taib probe taking time over vast documents, witnesses’

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Nigel Aw

The probe into corruption allegations against Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has been prolonged by the vast number of documents and witnesses that investigators have to go through, said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“There are many documents and many parties are involved as well as witnesses that are all over (the country),” MACC investigation division secretariat assistant commissioner Lim Bee Kean told a press conference at the commission’s headquarters in Putrajaya today.

Lim (left) said to date the MACC has poured through more than 400 files and has recorded statements from more than 20 individuals who are believed to be linked to the matter. (more…)

MACC probe against Taib still going on

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TRINNA LEONG

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has pored through more than 400 files in their probe on corruption allegations against Sarawak’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (picture).

This was revealed by the MACC investigation division secretariat assistant commissioner Lim Bee Kean, who added they had also questioned and recorded statements from 20 individuals believed to be involved in shady land deals and who were mentioned in a Youtube video by international corruption watchdog, Global Witness (GW).

“However, investigations began in June 2011, even before the video was released,” Lim told a press conference at the commission’s headquarters in Putrajaya today. (more…)

June 25, 2013

Join Bob Brown take action for Sarawak Rivers

 Stop the destruction of Sarawak's RiversJenny Weber

Dear supporter,

Last month, former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown visited Sarawak and heard from indigenous people that their “living culture is facing death”.

Resistance shown by the people of Sarawak is historical and the global community are invited to join in efforts to fight all mega dams so that rights, culture, way of life and Sarawak rivers are protected. The first action you can take is sign this petition.

The Sarawak state government of Abdul Taib Mahmud, has spelled destruction of indigenous people’s land and culture with the development of three mega-dams in Sarawak, one under construction and nine more proposed, Taib is under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for corruption after amassing a fortune of billions of dollars while in office. (more…)

June 12, 2013

Top BN Crony Secretly Secures Sarawak Oil Fields!

Sarawak Report

“one of the largest acreages in Malaysia” – the region off Sarawak being explored by Ananda Krishnan’s Pexco

In a shocking departure from normal practice one of BN’s top business cronies, Ananda Krishnan, has secured direct control of a series of Sarawak’s off-shore oil fields.

It makes his private company Pexco “one of the largest acreage holders in Malaysia”, according to its own CEO.

The astonishing development has placed the multi-billionaire (known for his close relationship with the former PM Mahathir Mohamad) in an unprecedented position to sub-contract to major oil companies. (more…)

April 25, 2013

Taib Panics And Offers Headmen A Living Wage!

Sarawak Report

Inside his Rolls Royce – fear is opening Taib’s tight purse….

What better sign of BN’s panic that they may lose this election than the frantic handouts and sudden promises of ‘projects’ that we have been seeing this week?

In 2008 the average election bribe that BN paid to poor rural folk per vote was a mere RM10.  Yet this week the timber tycoon MP Tiong Thai King was going round offering a fat RM1,000 each!

So, now people are starting to learn what these politicians can really afford and why it pays to stand up to the bullies in BN. (more…)

Taib not keen to talk about retirement

Kow Gah Chie

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud was non-committal over a retirement date, despite promising in April 2011 to step down in two years.

Met at a function in Sibu today, Taib was asked about his retirement plans, to which he replied with another question.

“You want me to retire? When are you going to retire? You tell me,” he said. “I decide when is the best time to leave.”

Throughout the Sarawak state legislative assembly election campaign in 2011, Taib was dogged with the question of when he would step down which was a major campaign issue for Pakatan Rakyat. (more…)

April 7, 2013

Sack Taib or abolish MACC, Pakatan tells Najib

SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID AND MOHD FARHAN DARWIS 

Datuk Seri Najib Razak must force Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to resign for refusing to cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) or dissolve the agency, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers said today. 

The leaders pointed out that the MACC would be rendered pointless if politicians accused of graft could enjoy legal immunity and refuse to cooperate with the anti-graft authority at their whim.

“Caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should show his commitment towards fighting corruption by either demanding the resignation of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud or else abolish the MACC. (more…)

February 27, 2013

‘Threat’ to Taib detained at airport

Joseph Tawie 

Lawyer Harrison Ngau, who is also a PKR local leader, is detained for 30 minutes at the Kuching airport.

Lawyer Harrison Ngau, who is considered a “threat” to Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and his government for the past 32 years for exposing corruption, abuse of power and for his anti-logging stand, was detained by the police and immigration officers upon arrival from Kuala Lumpur last night.

“Soon after my arrival from Kuala Lumpur where I attended the Pakatan Rakyat convention and the launching of Pakatan Rakyat’s manifesto, I was ushered to a police special room by an immigration officer. (more…)

October 13, 2012

Uphill battle for Kujat?

Joseph Tawie

For CM Taib, it does not matter whether businessman Donald Lawan or incumbent Masir Kujat win the Sri Aman because it was still a BN win.

KUCHING: In the coming general election, the Sri Aman parliamentary constituency is one to watch as incumbent Masir Kujat is battling for his political life.

Kujat, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) vice-president, is likely to be up against Donald Lawan, a senior member of Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB). Lawan has expressed his intention to contest as an independent but BN friendly candidate.

Other names touted are William Pilo of Sarawak Workers Party and Pakatan Rakyat’s yet unknown candidate. (more…)

September 22, 2012

SPDP’s Mawan battles for his political life

Dukau Papau

Social Development Minister William Mawan Ikom, who is also Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president, is in the biggest ‘dilemma’ of his political life, after Meluan assemblyperson Wong Judat and his followers abandoned the party in early September this year.

Judat and his group’s departure was the third stage of mass resignations.

The first was when its secretary-general Sylvester Entri, who is the Marudi assemblyperson was sacked from the party in October last year for gross indiscipline. Several hundreds of Entri’s supporters in Marudi also subsquently resigned.

And the third stage was when three other assemblypersons namely Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Gumbang (Batu Danau) and their supporter left the party one month later as a result of Entri’s expulsion. (more…)

March 13, 2012

Taib’s son offers out-of-court settlement

Aidila Razak

Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, the son of the Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, today offered an out-of-court settlement to his ex-wife Shahnaz A Majid over her matrimonial claims.

This comes a day after the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court instructed Mahmud Abu Bekir, who is Cahaya Mata Sarawak deputy chairperson, to declare his assets.

“We have come to an agreement with the other party to make on offer within 14 days for all cases pending,” Mahmud Abu Bekir’s counsel Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar said. (more…)

December 11, 2011

Najib tells SUPP to close ranks ahead of polls

 

Bernama

It is imperative the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) re-establish the people’s trust and confidence in the embattled party through strategic changes to face the coming general election, said the prime minister.

Najib Razak, who is also BN chairman, said the oldest Sarawak BN component party needed to revamp its party machinery by re-thinking winning strategies and taking a re-look of its current image.

“You must realise that if you do not adapt to the wishes of the people, and if you do not change, then you will be changed… in short, change what needs to be changed to make SUPP the choice of the people again,” he said when opening the SUPP’s 22nd triennial delegates conference (TDC) in Kuching today.

Also present were outgoing SUPP president Dr George Chan and state housing and tourism minister Abang Johari Abang Openg, who represented Chief Minister and state BN chairman Abdul Taib Mahmud. (more…)

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