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February 28, 2014

‘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…)

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

DESMOND DAVIDSON

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…)

EU groups warn of ‘consequences’

FMT Staff

If Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak allowed Taib Mahmud to become Governor it would mean he is “personally endorsing rampant corruption in the timber and palm oil sector in Sarawak” said BMF.

Europe-based NGOs want the European Union and the European Free Trade Association to halt trade talks with Malaysia if outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud is made a Governor.

Taib is scheduled to receive his credentials from the Yang DiPertuan Agung on Friday, after he steps down from his post as Sarawak’s CM. (more…)

February 27, 2014

Taib the untouchable

FMT

Can he go on thumbing his nose at his critics as well as the Putrajaya administration?

Environmentalists hate him, champions of native rights see him as an enemy, and advocates of good governance accuse him of corruption at a mind-boggling level. Yet none of these groups has greeted news of Taib Mahmud’s resignation with any measure of jubilation. We may see this as an indirect and perhaps grudging acknowledgment that Taib is a master politician, a recognition that leaving the Chief Minister’s seat, in his case, is not equal to surrendering political power. (more…)

Taib to vacate Balingian seat on Friday

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Aidila Razak

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will vacate his Balingian state legislative assembly seat on Friday, thus resigning as chief minister after more than three decades.

According to Berita Harian, the vacation notice has been submitted to the legislative assembly Speaker Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar.

Abdul Taib will be succeeded as chief minister by Adenan Satem (left), while Taib himself has been nominated by his party PBB to the post of state governor. (more…)

Sarawak Governor should be ‘Yang DiPertuan Negara’

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With Sarawak preparing to receive its seventh governor later this week, the issue of his rightful title has surfaced.

A Sarawak NGO has called for the reinstatement of the original title for the governor which is ‘Tuan Yang Terutama Yang DiPertuan Negara’ as befitting the head of a country.

Sarawak Association for People’s Aspiration (Sapa) president Lina Soo reminded that Sarawak was an independent nation when it signed the Malaysia Agreement together with Sabah and Singapore. (more…)

No dominant policies during Taib’s 33 years as Sarawak CM?

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Hazlan Zakaria

And now, the end is near, and Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud faces the final curtain. The outgoing Sarawak chief minister claimed that while in power, he did it his way, in sync with the famous line of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ most memorable hit, with no race dominant policies in his state.

But how true is his claim and how non-dominant his policies were, are open to question.

In what was touted to be his last speech, Taib shot a barrage at Umno’s Malay supremacy policy, boasting that there is no place for dominant race policies in the multiracial state. (more…)

EU should freeze trade talks with Malaysia if Taib becomes governor, says NGO

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TMi@BMF

A Swiss NGO is calling on European governments to freeze trade talks with Malaysia if Putrajaya continues to support outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s (pic) bid to become the state’s next Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), one of Taib’s fiercest critics over corruption allegations, said Malaysia would have to face stern political consequences if it backed Taib as governor.

“We make it very clear that the Malaysian government will have to face political consequences if it backs Taib Mahmud, one of Southeast Asia’s most corrupt politicians, as governor of Sarawak,” it said in a statement today. (more…)

February 26, 2014

Summons filed to stop Taib becoming governor

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Dukau Papau

Padungan assemblyperson Wong King Wei, who is also Sarawak DAP Youth chief, this afternoon filed a writ of summons in the High Court in Kuching seeking an order to restrain or prohibit Abdul Taib Mahmud from accepting the appointment of Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak.

Wong argues in the writ that Sarawak’s outgoing chief minister would be violating Article 2(2) of the state constitution should Taib assume the post of head of state.

“Alternatively, in the event Taib has accepted the appointment as Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak, a declaration is being sought that he has violated Article 2(2) of the constitution of Sarawak and that he be removed from the office,” Wong said. (more…)

Assemblyman takes legal route to stop Taib becoming Sarawak governor

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V. ANBALAGAN

A court action has been filed to stop outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Taib Mahmud from assuming the post of the governor of the state.

Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei filed a writ of summons in the Kuching High Court today to restrain Taib from accepting the appointment of Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak, the Malaysiakini news portal reported.

Wong, who is also Sarawak DAP Youth chief, said the writ stated Taib would be violating Article 2(2) of the State constitution should Taib accept the post of head of state. (more…)

Defer naming Sarawak governor, Rafizi tells Najib

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Ram Anand

PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli has cautioned that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud – if appointed governor – would exert influence similar to Dr Mahathir Mohamad as premier.

“Najib (Abdul Razak) already (faces) the trouble of Mahathir hassling him. He should pity whoever comes after Taib (as CM). He would not want another Mahathir,” Rafizi said today.

Since retiring in 2003, Mahathir has maintained a presence in government events and spoken out about the administration of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib. (more…)

If can’t nail Taib Mahmud, get his family for graft, PKR tells MACC

LEE SHI-IAN

If Malaysia’s anti-corruption watchdog cannot nail Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, then they should investigate his family members further, a PKR lawmaker said today.

PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli (pic) said today the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should probe the financial background of Taib’s family members, in particular, Taib’s brother, Onn Mahmud. (more…)

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. (more…)

Who will Adenan appoint as deputy CM?

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Dukau Papau

Now that outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has personally picked Adenan Satem as his successor, the next question being asked by the public is who Adenan will pick as deputy chief minister (DCM).

Could it be Abang Johari Openg (left), deputy PBB president and tourism and housing minister, or Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) President James Masing who is a senior minister and minister of Land Development? Or could it be both of them?

Currently there is a vacancy for the DCM post after former Sarawak United People’s Party President George Chan lost his seat of Piasau in the 2011 state election. Taib did not appoint anyone from SUPP as it had lost all the Chinese-majority seats except two. (more…)

So WHO Is The MACC Going To Arrest?

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So WHO Is The MACC Going To Arrest?

Sarawak Report

Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission has made some key acknowledgements according to a recent interview with the Malaysian Insider.

The investigators have confirmed that huge tracts of land and concessions were handed to the family members of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, making clear that a crime has been committed against the state.

They have gone further and informed the world that the signatories on the documents that illegally ceded these lands at a fraction of market price were two of Taib’s closest ministers and colleagues, Alfred Jabu and Awang Tengah. (more…)

Re-open Taib family timber bribery probe, Japan urged

Mkini

Whistleblower website Sarawak Report has urged Japanese tax authorities to re-open an investigation into alleged bribery involving a Japanese shipping cartel and a company linked to Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s family.

An investigation by Tokyo tax authorities in 2007 found that Japanese shipping companies had paid RM32 million in “kickbacks” to Hong Kong-based Regent Star, which owned by outgoing CM Taib’s brother, Onn Mahmud.

The payments were allegedly made in return for permits to ship timber from Sarawak to Japan. (more…)

Outgoing Taib assures ‘worried’ Chinese

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Masyarakat CinaBernama

He urged the community not to worry and that all projects under his administration would be continued.

Outgoing Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has given his assurance that the state leadership transition will be smooth as his successor Adenan Satem understands and is familiar with all the government’s policies and its vision.

He said Sarawakians should not be worried as Adenan would be able to further develop all the policies in the interest of the people. (more…)

No dominant race policy in S’wak, says Taib

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Taib NajibFMT Staff

Chief Minister Taib Mahmud said his successor will continue this spirit of equality among the races.

Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has reitereated the need for the incoming Adenan Satem administration to uphold the policy where all race are treated equally.

He said this fundamental policy and thinking must be preservered to ensure genuine and better understanding among people.

Alluding to the goings on in Peninsular Malaysia, he said the majority or dominant race policy would not work. (more…)

Taib to get papers as head of state on Friday

Bernama

Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is expected to have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Shah Mu’adzam on Friday to receive his credentials as the seventh Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

Bernama has learned that the audience will be held at Istana Negara at 3pm and Taib will return to Kuching on the same day.

In a statement today, the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Department said the new Yang di-Pertua Negeri would be given a rousing reception at the Kuching International Airport at 8pm on his return from Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

February 24, 2014

Clean Governor? – New Revelations Over Japanese Kickback Scandal Confront Taib

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Clean Governor? – New Revelations Over Japanese Kickback Scandal Confront Taib

Sarawak Report

Official documents on Regent Star

The out-going Chief Minister, Taib Mahmud, has worked hard to keep at bay revelations about his family’s involvement in the Japanese timber export kickback scandal, which erupted in 2007.

However, the facts of the case are laid out in Japanese tax tribunal judgements, which are available to public scrutiny.

Sarawak Report has now conducted a special investigation into the case and commissioned translations of the Japanese documents. (more…)

No proof of Taib power abuse as Sarawak ministers had approved land for his kin, say sources

Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (left) deep in conversation with Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang after the PBB supreme council meeting recently. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 24, 2014.TMI

A Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) probe failed to nail Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud for alleged abuse of power over large tracts of land and logging areas which were given to his relatives as the approvals were made by two senior state ministers, sources said.

The two were identified as Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, who is Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Development, while the other is Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan (Minister of Resource Planning and Environment, Public Utilities and Industrial Development). (more…)

February 22, 2014

Can Pakatan survive post Taib era?

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Taib PakatanWinston Way

Increasing distrust of Malayan politics and the internal tussle within Pakatan Rakyat in Sarawak could hurt its chances in the next state election.

Is Pakatan Rakyat’s (Pakatan) dream to win Sarawak in the next state elections achievable, or just a simple delusion?

Earlier this year, PKR national women’s chief Zuraida Kamaruddin was quoted as saying that Pakatan Sarawak could win at least 36 seats in the next state elections expected in 2016 or earlier.

This was the number Pakatan had  targeted  in 2011. They eventually won only 15 seats. (more…)

‘Happy Taib hints he will be Governor’

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Bernama

At a media conference Taib Mahmud said that he must follow the Chief Minister’s advice as head of state.

Often described as a serious leader, outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud today showed a lighter side and also hinted that he may take over as Sarawak’s head of state.

Among the things that drew the media’s attention at the press conference which Taib deemed as “probably his last interaction with the press”, was his avowal that he is retiring with happy feelings.

“I am retiring by the end of this month with a happy feeling and confidence  that the country will be in safe hands and that I will be able to witness continued development. (more…)

Taib: I’ll only advise like the queen does

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Nigel Aw

Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud says he will not interfere in the new state administration, but only advise his successor like how the queen of the United Kingdom would her prime minister.

Abdul Taib – who will take over as state governor – when he resigns on Feb 28 said there can only be one boss in Sarawak and that wil be the new Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem.

“I don’t know if he (Adenan) needs advice from me. If he does, I think the post of governor is like  that of the queen of England. (more…)

February 20, 2014

Taib’s son tightlipped on Balingian seat

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Hafiz Yatim

Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib has refused to comment on speculation that he will contest the Balingian state seat which is to be vacated by his father, outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.Bekir, 51, was met at the Syariah High Court in Kuala Lumpur today, where there is a contempt proceeding against him.

He wore a face-mask and his bodyguard waved off reporters, telling them to stop posing questions.

Bekir is one of two people tipped to contest the state seat. (more…)

‘Adenan needs Abang Johari’

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A local analyst also predicted that current Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Numpang will retire before the next state elections.

Incoming Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem will appoint his rival for the CM’s post – Abang Johari Openg – as the deputy chief minister, as the former needs the latter’s political muscle, claims local analyst Jeniri Amir.

According to Jeniri,  Adenan is “not in the best of health” and Abang Johari will help the new CM “consolidate” his position. (more…)

Bekir: RM900k for child support is too much

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Hafiz Yatim

Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, who was ordered by the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court last year to pay more than RM900,000 in child maintenance, has argued that the amount is “too much”.

Testifying in a contempt proceeding against him brought by his former wife Shahnaz A Majid, he denied that he neglected their 21-year-old son.

“I gave him pocket money and bought him new clothes, and a Mitsubishi car in London,” said Bekir, who had arrived in court wearing a face mask. (more…)

How Forestry Staff Write Their ‘Ground Reports’ From Seaside Hotels in KK!

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How Forestry Staff Write Their ‘Ground Reports’ From Seaside Hotels in KK! EXCLUSIVE EXPOSE

Sarawak report

Forest Department staff, who are supposed to monitor the activities of timber companies, regularly concoct false reports from seaside hotels, instead of conducting genuine ground checks, Sarawak Report has learnt.

Insiders have confessed to the practice, which they say is orchestrated by the major timber companies, who spend thousands of ringgit a week entertaining the Forest Department officials and paying them ‘pocket money’ to keep them from doing their job of guarding against illegal logging.

One former worker at a major timber company operating in the Baram region told us that the vast majority of the company’s logging in the area is unauthorised and that in order to keep Forest Department staff from viewing the extent of their illegal operations the company would go to extreme lengths to keep them out of the area. (more…)

I cannot afford RM900,000 child maintenance fees, says Taib Mahmud’s son

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TMI

Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, the son of outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, told the Shariah High Court today that child maintenance fees of RM900,000 was too much for him to pay to his ex-wife as he had another family to support.

Mahmud was testifying in a contempt proceeding brought against him by his former wife, Shahnaz A. Majid (pic), where he denied he had neglected the couple’s 21-year-old son.

“I have given him pocket money and bought him new clothes, including a Mitsubishi car in London,” Mahmud was quoted as saying by news portal Malaysiakini. (more…)

February 19, 2014

PKR has identified Melanau candidates

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K Pragalath

Although there is no indication as yet that Chief Minister Taib Mahmud will vacate his Balingian seat, the opposition is taking no chances.

PKR has shortlisted two Melanau Muslim candidates to standby in the event of a by-election in the Balingian state constituency.

“We  started our machinery last month and we have already identified candidates for the by-election.  It has been decided that it would be contested by PKR.

“We have also identified two Melanau Muslim candidates,” said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian who is also Ba’ Kelalan state assemblyman during a press conference at a hotel here. (more…)

High time for clear definition of NCR land in Sarawak Land Code

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Anna Chidambar

The latest decision by the Court of Appeal in Kuching has once again confirmed the existence of Native Customary Rights (NCR) covering areas other than those farmed and felled, bringing to six the total number of cases affirmed and upheld at the state level.

In the battle of court versus state, the tally now stands at 10 cases won in the High Court, six in the Court of Appeal and two at the Federal Court level.

This is a clear indication that the time has come for the Sarawak government to seriously consider proposals to amend the definition of “Native Customary Land” in section 2 of the Sarawak Land Code. (more…)

Grabbing In Anticipation – Samling Strips Out Reserved Forest in Baram!

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Grabbing In Anticipation – Samling Strips Out Reserved Forest in Baram! EXCLUSIVE

Sarawak report

Sarawak Report has learnt that the Taib crony timber company Samling has started stripping bare reserved native timber areas in Baram, in apparent anticipation that the region will be flooded by the proposed Baram Dam.

This is despite the fact that the relevant impact assessments have not been completed and the project has yet to receive any official go-ahead.

The area concerned is around Long Palai in the Long Anap area and is designated as reserved native pulau galau forest. (more…)

Who exactly is Adenan loyal to?

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Adenan SatemLuke Rintod

There is a remote likelihood that PBB would speak out of script unless Taib Mahmud himself is making late changes.

What was next Sarawak chief Minister Adenan Satem implying when he assured  everybody here recently that he would be a CM for Sarawak and “not just Malays”?

Was he implying that sidelined deputy chief minister, Alfred Jabu Numpang, would have been a CM for Ibans only, had the latter been selected?

And why was it necessary for Adenan, to assure Sarawakians so early in the day when he is yet to take his oath? (more…)

Canadian report filed on Taib’s ‘timber kickbacks’

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Mkini

A police report has been lodged in Canada over the transfer of “timber kickbacks” between two companies linked to Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The report, lodged by Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), is linked to evidence of the transfer of Canadian $20 million from Hong Kong company Richfold Investment and Canadian company Sakto Development Corporation.

Richfold is owned by Taib’s brother, Onn Mahmud, while Sakto is owned by Taib’s daughter, Jamilah Taib Murray. (more…)

PKR to contest Balingian, two candidates short-listed

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Nigel Aw

Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat has resolved to allow PKR to contest in the possible Balingian by-election in Sarawak and the party has already short-listed two candidates, revealed state PKR chief Baru Bian.

“The state Pakatan held a meeting on Saturday and decided that the seat will be given to PKR and we have at least two names at the moment,” he told a press conference in Kajang today after a central PKR leadership meeting.

Baru said the state PKR has began mobilisation since rumours that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud would resign surfaced. (more…)

‘Adenan should be brave enough to reverse course’

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak PKR has urged incoming chief minister of Sarawak Adenan Satem to reverse the position of Abdul Taib Mahmud’s government.

“With the authority in his hands, we hope that he is brave enough to reverse or change the (Taib) government’s position by recognising ‘pemakai menua’ (communal land) and ‘pulau galau’ (reserved forest) as Native Customary Land (NCR) land,” said its chief Baru Bian.

“Adenan should also amend the definition of ‘native customary land’ appearing in Section 2 of the Sarawak Land Code to include ‘pemakai menua’ and ‘pulau galau’ to ensure that no more argument should be wasted on this issue any more,” said Baru. (more…)

With Taib’s exit, SUPP eyes return of Chinese vote

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s impending exit at the end of this month, after helming the state government for 33 years, has been received with mixed reactions within the BN.

While members of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) appear to be sad, those in the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) are silently relieved as they look for a return of the Chinese vote to the state BN.

Many in SUPP attribute the party’s poor showing in two past elections to Taib’s unpopular policies on land, dam construction, forest management, and government contracts in the construction industry and a horde of other businesses – from rubbish collection to monopoly of steel and cement supply – which have affected the Chinese business community in particular. (more…)

Jabu snubbed in CM list raises questions

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Dukau Papau

The exclusion of Deputy President 1  of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang, from the shortlist of candidates to replace Abdul Taib Mahmud as Sarawak Chief Minister has raised not only many questions, but  has also mostly negative response  from the Dayak community.

Dayaks comprising all the non-Muslim native communities (Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Penan, Melanau, Lun Bawang, and etc) form over two-thirds of the state’s population of 2.6 million.

There was no mention of Jabu’s name (who is also deputy chief minister) let alone considered for the post even though the most senior in the party hierarchy and even in the state administration. (more…)

Umno-PBB mutual dependency could help Taib build ruling dynasty

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Khoo Kay Peng

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is finally “stepping down” but his “retirement” is not a solution for Umno to help stem the erosion of support from urban voters who are facing an overdose of excesses from the Taib clan.

With Taib at the helm in the last two state elections, both DAP and PKR of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition had doubled their representation in the state assembly to 15 seats. In the 2013 general election, Pakatan gained an additional four seats, mainly contributed by DAP. (more…)

February 18, 2014

Civil society group launches petition against Taib Mahmud becoming next Sarawak governor

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LEE SHI-IAN

More than 50 NGOs, including Bersih Sibu and Suaram, and the youth wings of DAP, PAS and PKR are firmly against Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) being appointed as the next Yang Di-Pertua of Sarawak, saying it would be a “national disaster” if the current chief minister becomes the next governor.

This civil society group, launching an online petition to show thumbs down against the purported appointment, said Taib was guilty of corruption and exploitation during his 33 years in office.

“He had exploited the natural resources of Sarawak excessively for his personal gain,” the NGOs said. (more…)

NGOs to petition Agong to halt Taib’s ascent

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Mkini

A group of human rights NGOs will ask the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to block outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud from becoming state governor and appoint his relative as the next chief minister.

Claiming that Taib is securing his clan’s rule and may dodge claims of exploiting the state, the group seeks 10,000 signatories for a letter to the King to object Taib being appointed the Yang DiPertua Negeri.

They said that Taib has had an iron grip over Sarawak for 33 years, a reign marked by deforestation, allegations of corruption, people’s suffering and trampling on indigenous people’s rights. (more…)

February 17, 2014

Taib can be Sarawak governor for life

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Ram Anand

While Abdul Taib Mahmud’s reign over Sarawak as the chief minister for 33 years will finally come to an end later this month, his political influence could very well continue for years to come.

If Taib is appointed as the state governor, there are no limitations on how long he could hold the post – as long as his four-year tenure is repeatedly renewed by the Sarawak chief minister, with the consent of the Agong.

In this case, it seems imperative that the CM be someone who would still be favoured by Taib personally, and the choice of Adenan Satem, his former brother-in-law, as the new CM could guarantee Taib’s post as governor for life. (more…)

February 15, 2014

In complete control of exit plan

Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (left) and Tan Sri Adenan Satem sharing a moment at a Sarawak Foundation function last year. - FilepicJOCELINE TAN

The choice of Tan Sri Adenan Satem as Sarawak’s next Chief Minister reflects Tan Sri Taib Mahmud’s instinct for survival as he prepares to ride into the sunset.

Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud has named his successor sooner than expected.

The Kuching media community was only informed that Taib was meeting the Governor two hours before the event. (more…)

Where’s your dignity, Jabu?

William Mangor

Upset Dayak netizens are calling for Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu, who has been waiting in the wings for decades, to pull out from BN.

While Sarawak Barisan National Dayak leaders and elected representatives ‘praised’ outgoing Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s choice of successor, netizens from the community are bitter and angry.

Majority of Sarawak’s voters are Dayaks and if their spewings on social media is any measure then Taib has made a wrong move by sidelining his loyalist, longstanding Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu. (more…)

No point to be CM if party becomes weak, says Abang Jo

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.YU JI

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, one of the two unpicked potential candidates to be Sarawak’s next Chief Minister, spoke at length during a press conference on Thursday but he revealed very little insight.
The typically wisecracking Johari began the press conference at 10.15am by reading out from a statement.

The long-serving politician pledged full support to the incoming Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

His statement ended with a Malay poem: “Struggle is about sacrifice. Positions and ranks are not priority. The rakyat’s well being is our dream”. (more…)

It’s a sacrifice, says Abang Johari

Abang JohariWinston Way

Widely speculated Abang Johari Openg who lost the race to become Sarawak’s fifth chief minister said the final decision took into consideration Sarawak’s sovereignty and stability.

Sarawak’s Tourism and Housing Minister Abang Johari Openg, who was widely speculated to succeed Taib Mahmud, said today that the decision to appoint Adenan Satem  was in view of the 2016 state and 2018 general elections.

He said the party – Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) – had given Chief Minister Taib the “full authority” to choose his successor and that the sovereignty and stability of Sarawak and Malaysia were given top consideration. (more…)

February 14, 2014

Rafizi: MACC must clear Taib first

P Ramani

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli will lodge a complaint at the MACC office today against Taib Mahmud on new evidence linking the Sarawak Chief Minister to timber business deals.

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to clear investigations pending against outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud before he become the next state governor.
Rafizi claimed Taib wanted to become the governor to get better protection and immunity from the law against his pending cases. (more…)

Taib’s early naming of Adenan raises questions

Dukau Papau

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s unexpected announcement yesterday of Special Functions Minister Adenan Satem as the next chief minister, instead of on Saturday as he promised earlier, is seen as a pre-emptive strike to forestall any pressure from Umno.

Taib met Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri Abang Muhamad Salahuddin Abang Barieng  at 3pm yesterday and handed over his letter of resignation, effective Feb 28, and informed Abang Muhamad that Adenan would replace him as chief minister.

Adenan (left) will be sworn on March 1, 2014. (more…)

BMF: Taib’s US property sold for over RM55 mil

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TaibBMF @ FMT

The Swiss NGO wants the Malaysian and US authorities to confiscate the proceeds of the sale.

As Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud prepares to step down from his post and then take on the ceremonial post of governor of the state, there are no signs that the criticisms he has received for years over his alleged power abuse will taper off.

In fact it’s coming in thick and fast with more exposés of questionable dealings said to be linked to the long-serving 77-year-old Taib who is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. (more…)

‘Taib will be powerful for as long as he lives’

Nigel Aw

With the looming departure of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, BN partners in Sarawak will likely look for a glimmer of hope in reviving its political fortunes in urban centres which largely comprise of the Chinese community.

Taib’s unpopularity among the Chinese community, which describes the 77-year-old as “Pek Moh” (white hair), has been a lightning rod for Sarawak BN and helped hardened anti-establishment sentiment against the ruling coalition. (more…)

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