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July 30, 2010

Pakatan Rakyat challenged,but BN denied.After 4 years,same facts used to charge!Scorpene,Altantuya,Eurocopter?Oh ya,Taib?


 

Taken from Malaysia Kini

PKFZ: Ling hadapi tuduhan tipu kerajaan M’sia

Bekas menteri pengangkutan, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik hari ini didakwa di Mahkamah Sesyen Putrajaya atas tuduhan menipu kerajaan Malaysia dengan memperdaya Jemaah Menteri berhubung pembelian tanah untuk projek ”Mega Distribution Hub” di Pelabuhan Klang.

 

 

 

Ling, 67, juga adalah bekas presiden MCA.

Beliau tiba di mahkamah pada jam 4.45 petang dengan ditemani isterinya, Toh Puan Ena Ling serta dua anak lelakinya.Ling kemudian mengambil tempatnya di kandang tertuduh.Beliau adalah presiden MCA yang kedua dihadapkan ke mahkamah selepas Tan Koon Swan.

Ling didakwa menipu kerajaan sekitar 25 September 2002 dan 6 November 2002 dengan memperdayakan jemaah menteri untuk memberikan persetujuan pembelian tanah di Pulau Indah untuk projek Mega Distribution Hub di Pelabuhan Kelang.

Dia juga didakwa dengan curang menyembunyikan fakta berhubung penilaian Jabatan Penilaian dan Perkhidmatan Harta, Kementerian Kewangan ke atas tanah seluas 43,538,200 kaki persegi yang dicadangkannya. 

 

 

Ling yang memegang jawatan Menteri Pengangkutan selama 14 tahun dari Januari 1986 hingga Mei 2000, didakwa atas satu pertuduhan utama mengikut Seksyen 418 Kanun Keseksaan dan satu pertuduhan pilihan mengikut Seksyen 417 kanun yang sama.

 Seksyen 418 Kanun Keseksaan yang membawa hukuman penjara sehingga tujuh tahun atau denda atau kedua-duanya sekali jika sabit kesalahan.

 Manakala pertuduhan alternatif mengikut Seksyen 417, Kanun Keseksaan, yang membawa hukuman lebih ringan iaitu penjara sehingga lima tahun atau denda atau kedua-duanya sekali.

 Beliau bagaimanapun mengaku tidak bersalah dan membayar ikat jamin RM1 juta dengan seorang penjamin.Read more here 

Pengayau comment

Reform” during Dollah Badawi Era,Tan Sri Kasitah Gadam,former Land Co-Operative Development Minister of Sabah,charged for cheating and corruption=ACQUITED!!

Tan Sri Eric Chia,former Managing Director of Perwaja Steel and a well known crony of Mahathir charged for Criminal Breach of Trust involving RM74.4 Million=ACQUITED!!!!

“Reform” during Najib Copperfield Era,Linggam Video Clip(Correct3x),Royal Commission has been set up to prove the Authenticity of the Video.It has been proven authentic by the Panel.Apa jadi lepas tue?No further action and no prosecution from Attorney General office.Alasan? “It is morally wrong but legally right”

PKFZ Scandal,RM12.5 Billion PKFZ debacle.Ling Liong Sik has been charged and release on bail of RM1 Million.Apa jadi lepas nie??Well,let us just WAIT and SEE the Drama!!

Scorpene Submarine?Atlantuya?Taib foreign properties?

Read also Pakatan ‘unconvinced’ by charges against Ling

S’wak BN braces for peninsular-style assault


 

Taken from Free Malaysia Today

KUCHING: Sarawak is sizzling with speculations of a snap election and the state Barisan Nasional is not leaving room for a Peninsular-style election campaign to catch them off-guard. “Once is painful enough,” said a Miri-based source alluding to the displeasure voiced by several leaders in relation to the “street-style” campaigning and cyber attacks initiated by peninsular-based opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat during the Sibu by-election.

Yesterday, huddled in Damai Beach Resort, some 200 grassroots state BN party leaders from Kuching, Samarahan and Sri Aman devised ways to counter what they believe will be a potentially explosive campaign by the opposition in the coming state election.

Sarawak BN comprises Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SUPP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).

PBB deputy chief Abang Johari Openg, who was secretive about the content of the meeting, said the meeting was a result of a directive from the national BN.

“All I can say is that members of the state BN must be prepared for the next election. They must know BN’s approach and be aware of the latest election laws and regulations.

“There have been some legal provisions which were successfully amended last year, one in particular is the recounting of votes” said the Satok assemblyman.

Hinting at the by-elections in Batang Ai and Sibu, he said it is important that BN members were aware of these amendments so that they would not be caught unaware.

“We want to prepare ourselves… we don’t want to be caught off-guard. The meeting is also studying campaigning styles which have also now extended into the web.

“We are telling our BN members to be prepared for new styles and modes and are urging them to improvise or modify their strategies,” said Abang Johari, who is also minister of housing and urban development.Read more here

NCR land campaign fodder for Dayaks

Filed under: NCR Land Issues,Politics Of Development — Pengayau @ 10:07 am

 

Taken from Free Malaysia Today

KUCHING: It took 47 years for the government to decide to survey native customary rights (NCR) land, issue titles and return the land to the rightful owners. Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak allocated RM20 million to carry out the survey works.

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud should have made the announcement instead of Najib as land matters come under the purview of the state. So, why did Najib make the announcement? And why did Taib refuse all this while to survey NCR land?

Najib made the decision last week after visiting Long Banga, Baram, an interior seldom visited even by Sarawak state ministers. He must have heard about the Dayaks’ grouses after he took over as prime minister last year. To learn more about their problems, he sent his Sarawakian minister Idris Jala to seek the truth. And based on Jala’s reports, Najib announced the decision.

It not only caught state government leaders by surprise, it also embarrassed them. But Najib does not seem to care; his federal government’s survival depends on solving the problem. To continue to occupy Putrajaya, he must win over the Dayak-majority parliamentary constituencies. There are 23 Dayak majority and Dayak-mixed constituencies.

The decision puts great pressure on the state government to survey the NCR land. It must show support and react immediately.Thus, the state government issued a press statement not only to concur with the prime minister’s announcement but also to say that Taib’s government has approved a new NCR land initiative.

“The initiative has been approved by the government in order to come up with a faster approach to provide security to NCR land and enhance the economic well-being of landowners,” Taib said in a statement.

“NCR land is an issue that is close to the hearts of our people. As such, this joint initiative between the state and the federal governments is to help the people create value to their idle land while at the same time addressing their concerns about the long-term security of their NCR land,” he added.

Up till that point, the state government not only ignored the cries of the Dayaks for their NCR land to be surveyed and given titles, but it also went ahead and grabbed the land and leased them to family members and crony plantation companies.

The government legitimised its actions by amending the Sarawak Land Code several times, and each time it made it very difficult for the natives to claim their customary rights over their ancestral land.

And the most devastating amendment to the Land Code was made in May 2000, especially to Section 5. Section 5 (a) (2) (i) was amended by substituting the word “acquired” wherever it appears in the subsection with the word “created”.

On the surface of it, the amendment looks innocent. But if you analyse it carefully, it is very destructive to the NCR landowners. Prior to the amendment, NCR land can be passed from one generation to the next — from father to son and his children’s children, and so on. The land that has been acquired by any other means by the family always belongs to the family and its generation.Read more here

July 28, 2010

Gerombolan Perang Panglima Pemuda Alam Maya PBB

Filed under: CyberWar — Pengayau @ 9:15 am
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Sebulan sudah berlalu,Di manakah dia Gerombolan Pemuda Panglima Alam Maya PBB yang di janji kan itu?Adakah ianya di dalam bentuk kelibat Panglima yg bernama Sahrein Maloh dan Laksamana Rafique Hafeedzy Muhammad?

Saya dan rakan-rakan serta teman-teman seperjuangan sentiasa menanti-nanti kan kehadiran Gerombolan-gerombolan sekalian di sini Perdebatan yang berserta dengan Hujah yang bernas berasakan Fakta dan Angka amat lah di alu-alu kan.Saya dengan ini mencabar mana-mana jua hulubalang-hulubalang,Panglima-panglima Pemuda PBB untuk berdebat dan berhujah secara berFakta dan bukan nya Auta,secara Berilmiah dan Berhemah untuk membuktikan apa jua yang di dakwa sebagai Dakyah-dakyah dan Propaganda-propaganda jahat Pakatan Rakyat.

Di perslilakan terjun dan memberikan Hujah dan komen.Kita bukan cari Kemenangan tetapi hanya sekadar mencari KEBENARAN yang BENAR Sebenar-benar nya,yang HAKIKI…..

Mari lah kita bersama-sama membuka wacana yang Bebas,sebebasnya untuk berbicara tentang masa depan Bumi Sarawak kita yang tercinta ini.Dengan itu,saya sudahi dengan sebuah pantun 4 kerat:

Dari Kuching hendak ke Miri,
Singgah sebentar di Pasar Sibu,
Apa nak jadi dengan Budak PBB ni?
Isu Taib,kenapa diam,kenapa memBISU?

Salam Reformasi.Lawan Tetap Lawan!!! 🙂

Politics Primary 1 Lesson for Pemuda PBB Information Chief

But what of BN’s Youth leaders?

What about the two young leaders – the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Fadillah Yusuf and the Asajaya assemblyman Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah – who are said to be the rising stars in Sarawak?Where are they in defending Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in the cyber world?

YB Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who as the Chief Political Secretary to the Chief Minister should know that it is his job to defend the Chief Minister.He used the internet blogs and facebook to great effect in his attempt to replace YB Fadilah Bin Yusof as the PBB Youth Chief but has not lift a finger to defend Pehin Sri in the cyber world. Is he still angry or resentful that he was asked by the top leadership to not the contest against YB Fadilah Yusuf?

And what about the PBB Youth Chief YB Fadilah Yusuf who is the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in Putrajaya?

With all the federal government power and expertise in cyber world why didn’t he initiate and spearhead a major cyber campaign against the attackers of Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud?Apparently both are intelligent enough to know that the Canada issue is a dangerous issue to tackle and therefore they are smart enough not to put their necks out in the cyber world for Pehin Sri.

Taib’s billions are almost impossible to defend and both YB Fadilah Yusuf and YB Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah are showing their political dexterity by being silent.Read more here

PBB tubuh unit siber tangkis pembangkang,blog

“Pergerakan Pemuda Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) telah mengambil inisiatif menubuhkan unit siber di bawah Biro Penerangan dan Teknologi Maklumat parti itu bagi menjelaskan isu berkaitan dasar kerajaan, kata Ketua Penerangannya Abdul Aziz Adenan.

Beliau berkata unit itu dikenali Unit Media Baru, akan menangkis dakwaan pembangkang di samping memantau blog dan laman web dengan memberikan penjelasan terhadap isu yang dibangkitkan yang menjejaskan rakyat.

“Kami tidak akan melakukan serangan peribadi tetapi mahu memberikan gambaran lebih jelas mengenai dasar-dasar kerajaan untuk menangkis tuduhan pembangkang,” katanya kepada Bernama.” Read more here

July 27, 2010

This is another LIE that came out from a LIAR!!!!


 

Taken from The Borneo Post

KUCHING: In an immediate move to realise the new native customary rights (NCR) land initiative as announced by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on Friday, the state government will carry out block perimeter survey of “matured areas”.

CONGRATULATIONS: Jabu (centre) congratulating the newly-appointed political secretaries to the Chief Minister. From left are Sih Hua Tong, Kijan Toynbee, Angeline Umih and Tengku Gruna.
CONGRATULATIONS: Jabu (centre) congratulating the newly-appointed political secretaries to the Chief Minister. From left are Sih Hua Tong, Kijan Toynbee, Angeline Umih and Tengku Gruna.

 New initiative to begin in NCR land with capacity to generate higher income among participants

 In disclosing this yesterday, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang said block perimeter survey of matured areas could benefit both the state and land owners.

 He said the exercise involved identifying areas considered “matured for development” and then giving priority to these areas to be block-surveyed along their perimeters.

 “Priority will be on areas which are matured for development. This is because we want to see that the surveying of NCR land is related to income and economic generation which will be good for the state and the land owners themselves.”

 Jabu said this to reporters after witnessing the swearing-in of four new political secretaries at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday.Read more here 

This press release was distributed by the Information Department on July 23, 2010.

 

Pengayau Comment

The REAL ISSUE is,Sarawak Land Code only recognizes NCR land prior to 1958. In other words, land settled and cultivated by natives after 1958 is NOT recognized as NCR land and Natives settling and cultivating those lands AFTER 1958 are regarded as squatters and trespassers on State land!!!!Since the amendment of the Land Code in 2000, the NCR lands have become thorny issues as the amendment not only declares all untitled lands including NCR lands as “State Lands” but criminalizes the land owners for defending their rights. Many have landed in jails!!

In Sarawak,the 1958 Statutory Sarawak Land Code defines Native Customary Land as, “land in which native customary rights, whether communal or otherwise, have lawfully been created prior to the 1st day of January 1958, and still subsist as such.”
The keyword “lawfully” is further defined under Section 5, specifying methods in which Native Customary Rights may be created as:

•· The felling of virgin jungle and the occupation of the land thereby cleared;
•· The planting of land with fruit trees;
•· The occupation or cultivation of land;
•· The use of land for burial ground or shrine; or
•· The use of land of any class for rights of way.

In 2000, wide-ranging amendments were introduced and passed by the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly, among which, an existing mode for the creation and acquisition of native customary land rights by “any other lawful method” was deleted. This particular amendment has yet to be gazetted, but it remains only one administrative act away to remove the enabling sub-provision most directly associated with the use of adat to create and acquire native customary rights over land.

The Malaysian Courts have ruled and expressly affirmed that the native customary land rights of the indigenous peoples in Sarawak have survived all the Land Orders,Ordinances and Land Code for Tr Nor Ak Nyawai,but the Sarawak State Government has chosen and continues to ignore this judicial enunciation!!!

NCR land campaign fodder for Dayaks

The government legitimised its actions by amending the Sarawak Land Code several times, and each time it made it very difficult for the natives to claim their customary rights over their ancestral land.And the most devastating amendment to the Land Code was made in May 2000, especially to Section 5. Section 5 (a) (2) (i) was amended by substituting the word “acquired” wherever it appears in the subsection with the word “created”.

On the surface of it, the amendment looks innocent. But if you analyse it carefully, it is very destructive to the NCR landowners. Prior to the amendment, NCR land can be passed from one generation to the next — from father to son and his children’s children, and so on. The land that has been acquired by any other means by the family always belongs to the family and its generation.

NCR land could be acquired through the following methods:

  • felling virgin jungle and occupying the cleared land;
  • planting land with fruit trees; and occupying it;
  • using the land for a burial ground or shrines;
  • using land of any class for right of way; and/or
  • using any other lawful means.
Delaying tactics
Emphasis is on the word “acquired” which was substituted with the word “created”. This can result in the termination of customary rights over such land, as only the “creator” shall have such rights over the land. And after his death, the land shall be reverted to the government if the descendents are unable to provide proof for such a claim. Such a land will be known as “state land”.No doubt you can claim the land, provided you can prove that your great-great forefathers created the rights over the land. The onus is therefore on the claimants. And very few people can prove it. They can depend only on “tuai rumah” (longhouse headman) or penghulus to be their witnesses. But the headmen and penghulus have been warned by the government not to simply endorse such land as NCR land or else they will be in trouble – their appointment can be terminated or they can even go to jail.

 

  “DAPATKAH MASYARAKAT DAYAK MEMPEROLEHI TANAH HAK ADAT BUMIPUTRA SELEPAS TAHUN 1958 ?

Dapat,dengan kebenaran diberi oleh Kerajaan. Hanya selepas 1hb Januari 1958, masyarakat Dayak tidak dibenarkan menduduki atau membuka kawasan tanah yang baru selain daripada tanah yang terdapat dalam kawasan ‘menoa’ mereka. Kerajaan Negeri hanya membenarkan masyarakat Dayak membuka dan menduduki Tanah Kerajaan (State Land) jika kebenaran atau permit telah diberi.

Contohnya: Pada tahun 1960’an, komuniti Iban di Sungai Sebatu, dalam kawasan Suai-Niah telah dibenarkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri untuk menduduki tanah kerajaan dan mereka mempunyai bukti seperti dokumen-dokumen dan peta tanah mereka yang diberi oleh Jabatan Tanah dan Survei, Bahagian Miri. Dengan cara sebegini, hak tanah adat mereka adalah sah.”

“Selain daripada Kanun Tanah Sarawak, undang-undang lain yang melindungi tanah NCR ialah:

Perkara 13 Perlembagaan Persekutuan menyatakan:

(1)Tiada sesiapa pun boleh dilucutkan hartanya kecuali mengikut
undang-undang.

(2)Tiada sesuatu undang-undang pun boleh membuat peruntukan bagi
mengambil atau menggunakan harta-harta dengan paksa dengan tiada pampasan yang mencukupi.

Perkara 47 Perlembagaan Sarawak menyatakan:

(1)Tertakluk kepada peruntukkan di dalam Perkara ini, semua harta-benda dan aset di mana sebelum berkuat-kuasanya Perlembagaan ini, adalah dibawah kuasa Baginda untuk tujuan Koloni Sarawak, akan beralih ke Negeri berkuat-kuasanya Perlembagaan ini.

(2)Mana-mana tanah di dalam Negeri di mana sebelum berkuat-kuasanya Perlembagaan ini, adalah dibawah kuasa Baginda akan beralih ke Negeri berkuat-kuasanya Perlembagaan ini.

(3)Mana-mana harta-benda di mana sebelum berkuat-kuasanya Perlembagaan ini telah pun diambil-milik oleh Baginda akan diambil milik oleh Negeri berkuat-kuasanya Perlembagaan “

To the Private Companies,they dont give a damn and they dont care because to them,its their land.Its all about Political Will of the present State Government which happen to be BN to recognize our Rights over our NCR Land..We can negotiate,we have no problems with that but what is the results?Taib blames Dayaks shifting cultivators fro creating NCR Lands.To make thing even worse,the State Government identified certain areas based on aerial photograph after 1.1.1958, once the photo shows there are jungles, the area is identified as Stateland.

The L&S will issue PL for that area and give (sale) them to certain companies or individual n tht individual ill sell to big companies or certain timber concession areas given to companies/individual earlier,given PL(Provisional Lease) n sold to big companies to develop oil palm.

The gov’t will get the money frm the land premium.This is what that has always been a conflict between the Private Companies and the NCR Land Owners.Ulu Niah,Tr Nor Ak Nyawai and many other cases with more than hundred of cases still pending for Trial in court.Sarawak NCR Land Dispute Cases Involving Logging and Other Issues

Its all about Political Will of the present State Government which happen to be BN to recognize our Rights over our NCR Land..We can negotiate,we have no problems with that but what is the results?

Why there is Federal interference in land which fall under state jurisdiction?Why only now the State Government finally agree to do a Perimeter Survey on NCR Land?In other aspects,it seems to prove that BN in Sarawak is USELESS and HOPELESS!!Why do they need Najib to interfere?Land is a state matter!!This has further proven that BN Politics of Developments is FAILURE and the biggest SCAM!!

 

 Pakatan Rakyat Offers Better Land Code Affecting Their NCR Lands If Given Mandate To Rule Sarawak

Iban has better choice in Pakatan Rakyat especially Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). PKR in its Convention held on 28 July 2009 at Crown Tower Kuching, adopted the resolution on Land as follows :-
 
(1) To ensure that alienation of land shall be fair and just and that landless and needy Sarawakian families shall be entitled to apply for and be granted alienation of lands.
 
(2) To make it a fundamental policy that in Sarawak land belongs to the people and government only holds and administers land in trust for the people as opposed to the policy that all lands are state land.
 
(3) To make residential land to be issued with grants in perpetuity. All lands currently held with 60 or 90 years lease periods are to be automatically converted to land with such lease with no further payment  or premium except for nominal administrative charges.
 
(4) To review, amend or repeal any legislation or provisions in any land statutes that are unjust, oppressive and burdensome to landowners.
 
(5) To introduce amendments to the Sarawak Land Code with a view to upgrade NCR land owners from mere licenses to proprietors of land issued with documents of titles and therefore for such right to lawfully acquired through purchase, inheritance, as gifts and by other lawful means.
 
(6) To establish a Native Land Commissioned to identify, determine and settle all NCR lands issues with powers to investigate, review and give back NCR land ownership by issuing titles to lands which have been ascertained to have been illegally alienated and acquired.
 
(7) To introduce smart partnership policy to ensure all land-based development be participated by and are for the maximum  benefit of both the landowners and financiers  or the developers.
(8)  To ensure that companies alienated land for oil palm plantations truly develop the said land instead of selling them for quick profit.
(9) To recognise the cultural and customary practices of the natives relating to land use in particular “Pulau Galau” and “Pemakai Menoa” and to accord the lands involved in such practices due status.
(10) To ensure that NCR land Policy conforms to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indegenous people. This means to respect the inherent rights of the indegenous peoples especially their rights to their lands, territories and resources and their rights not to be subjected to any action which dispossess them of  the same and from any form of forced population transfer which violates or undermines any of their rights (Article 8 and Article 26).
(11) To introduce a Land Acquisition Ordinance to provide that land shall be acquired for a truly public purposes and be properly and fairly compensated by the government and that no person should be deprived of his land without fair compensation. That land acquisition process ought to be carried out in a fair, just and transparent manner and that Section 47 Land Code Procedure ought to be reviewed or even abolished.
(12) To recognise all forests on NCR lands as Native Forests.
(13) To restore NCR lands in Batang Ai and Bakun (HEP) and future HEPs that are not inundated and that they to be given back to the former NCR owners.

(14) To ensure that all developments affecting NCR lands shall be based on free, prior and informed consented.

Sarawak’s Chief Minister faces UK protesters over Penan

Filed under: Human Rights — Pengayau @ 6:08 am

 

Taken from Survival International

 
 

Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud faced protests by supporters of the Penan in the UK today, while British MPs have written to him expressing concern over the newly documented cases of sexual abuse of Penan women.

Protestors from Survival and other organizations greeted the Chief Minister in Oxford this morning, where he had travelled with cabinet colleagues to give the keynote speech at the Inaugural Oxford Global Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum. The protestors held placards reading ‘Penan tribe say NO to logging’ and ‘Malaysia: Stop destroying the Penan tribe’. The protest forced the Chief Minister to enter the building through a side entrance.

The chairman of the British parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Tribal peoples, MP Martin Horwood, has written to Taib Mahmud on the occasion of the Chief Minister’s visit to the UK. ‘The Penan have frequently been subject to violence and intimidation at the hands of loggers operating on their land… Without recognition of their land rights, the Penan are struggling to provide for themselves, and are left vulnerable to violence and exploitation’.

Mr Horwood urged the Chief Minister to ‘halt logging and other developments on the Penan’s land without their free, prior and informed consent, according to international law’ and to ‘ensure that Penan women and girls are protected from sexual violence and the perpetrators of such abuse brought to justice’.

Download a copy of the All Party Parliamentary Group’s letter to the Chief Minister

 

Protest against one of Asia’s greatest kleptocrats

 One of Asia’s greatest kleptocrats and single-handedly one of the most destructive forces against the environment, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, East Malaysia, Abdul Taib Mahmud, has been invited to present the opening address at the Said Business School’s inaugural Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum, July 26 (Monday).

During his 30 years of iron grip over Sarawak, Taib Mahmud has systematically plundered a country once rich in natural resources, oil and timber. He and his family are now multi-billionaires, while indigenous tribes resort to the law courts to reclaim their ancestral lands.

The Penan are struggling to keep his loggers out of the last corners of their jungle, one of the most precious remaining areas of biodiversity left on earth. A recent report has revealed shocking evidence of their treatment, including the systematic rape and abuse of their women by logging workers, an outrage that Taib has refused to acknowledge or investigate.

Taib has destroyed all but 3% of the Borneo jungle in the state, which had been handed all but intact into the care of his uncle, his predecessor. Habitats which are home to the Orang Utan, proboscis monkey, a plethora of unique plant and animal life have been destroyed due to his rapacious and unsustainable plunder of the jungle. Oil palm plantations span for miles and miles where ancient trees once stood before they were cut down. One would think that proceeds from exports would have been ploughed back into the state but the people of Sarawak remain some of the poorest in Malaysia.

Taib’s “business interests” are notorious. The whole state of Sarawak has been illegally absorbed into the possession of his cronies and family members through “privatisation” and the handing out of palm oil and timber concessions, via arbitrary state acquisitions of native lands. He now runs the state as a family business, maintained through systematic electoral intimidation and fraud.

Taib has laughably advertised his UK visit as a promotion of “green development” in Sarawak and will be focusing on the promotion of Islamic and halal products, his latest venture, during his visit to Oxford. But, we ask – just how “halal” are products produced under the auspices of this man ?

It is a standing disgrace that Oxford University should be extending a hand of welcome and supporting the status of such a man. His wealth and ability to endow is not in doubt; however, there is no possible basis of legitimacy for such wealth, as can only be plainly apparent to all his hosts.

The people of Sarawak are struggling to rid themselves of this man and his parasitical family and to preserve their unique environmental heritage from his further “business ventures”.

Please lend your support to their struggle and to the campaign to preserve what is left of the Book of Life and the Borneo Jungle’s natural wealth. Defend the rights of the indigenous tribes that rely on the rainforest for their livelihoods. Demand that Taib explain the source of money that has enabled him to purchase multi-million pound properties in Canada, US and the UK.

Be there to receive him and protest at the disgraceful invitation that has been extended to him by Oxford University and the Said Business School.

The writer is from Survival International

Oxford Demonstration Against Taib


 

Taken from Sarawak Report

Monday, July 26th, 2010 GMT

Welcoming Party for Taib Mahmud

 If the people of Oxford had not heard of Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister of Sarawak, until today, they certainly know all about him now.  His visit, tied to Sarawak’s heavy sponsorship of the Said Business School’s ‘Inaugural Global Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum’, was supposed to buy him credibility.  In the event it ended up as a public relations disaster, as his reputation preceded him and was stuck up on banner headlines by protesters outside.

 Even though it is the sleepy summer holiday period, a colourful crowd of demonstrators descended on the School to express their outrage that the University should have welcomed such a man and accepted such dubious sponsorship from the Timber Industry of Sarawak.  The local press was soon on the scene, followed by Malaysian news teams, who had clearly been brought along to puff up the Chief Minister’s profile.  Even the flunkies could not ignore a demo like this and they were soon filming, taking notes and conducting interviews. 

 

Panic Reaction

 

A Malay team joins the UK Press in asking about the problems in Sarawak

Panic and concern was soon evident amongst the organisers, who called the police and sent an army of Special Branch officers to photograph the protesters, who were banned from entering the building by anxious bouncers.  The School, clearly taking no risks, had hired a phalanx of extra personnel to protect their awkward guest and to block entry to the clearly highly-respectable gathering of locals and some Malaysians who had come to explain to Oxford exactly what they were dealing with.  Many reminded the organisers that the criminals were the ones inside, while the people outside were lawfully making a very valid protest.

 The forest of banners said it all.  “Taib Mahmud Declare The Source Of Your Wealth”, “How Much Forest Is Left?”, “Respect Native Customary Rights”, ”Stop Sexual Harassment and Rape of Penan Women and Children”, “Save Sarawak”, “The EU banned illegal timber, Why won’t you sign the VPA?” and much more.  Passers-by were handed leaflets and a string of civil society groups meanwhile coordinated across Britain to produce and sign a declaration of protest that is now being handed to Oxford University.  One organisation, Forests Monitor, stated: 

“For decades Taib has headed a regime which has ridden rough shod over the rights of indigenous and local peoples in Sarawak, treating the province like a personal fiefdom, worse even than his colonial predecessors. He has overseen the abuse of Sarawak’s own laws and profited enormously from it. By taking his money the Oxford Said School for Business is setting the worst possible example for its alumni. They too should be demanding answers from the Dean, who apparently considers himself an expert in corporate governance”.

 

Bundled in through the back entrance

Taib’s Car Spotted Going Round the Back

 The protest certainly denied Taib his grand entrance.  He had been due to arrive in style, greeted by the University’s Vice Chancellor (the sponsorship must have been huge) to give the opening speech for the two-day conference, but he ended up being sneaked in past the protesters and ushered in through the back of the building.  A break-away group who spotted his entry surrounded his car and waived their banners in disgust.  

 According to one of the protesters the police, who, unlike in Sarawak, do not see it as their duty to interfere with legitimate freedom of expression, remained a good natured and supportive presence throughout.

 “We needed that even-handed support, because the University bouncers were out of order.  I was roughly manhandled out of the building after taking a photograph of the Chief Minister, which was perfectly legitimate as scores of his own people were filming him too”.  

 The protester went on to say: ”I am concerned that the Said Business School, which used Oxford’s tradition of free speech as its excuse for taking Taib Mahmud’s money and receiving him in this way, should deny us our chance to come in an voice the truth about what is happening in Sarawak.  Will the School be willing to receive some speakers from Malaysia’s repressed opposition in the near future? or can we expect the next move to be an Honorary Doctor ship for Taib Mahmud?”

Cheesy Tourist Image – Courtesy of The Chief Minister who destroyed Sarawak’s native culture

 

The image and the reality 

Meanwhile, as the conference got underway, the disadvantages of the School’s modernist architecture were becoming plain to the embarrassed delegates.  The great glass front to the main forum provided an unwelcome ‘Goldfish Bowl’ effect as the people outside were able to look in and photograph the awkward attempts to carry on as normal.  Inside a kitsch display area, of the type favoured by Taib, promoted a ‘tourist image’ of Sarawak with cuddly orang utan toys and a live Dayak music troupe in full ‘national costume’, transported with the Chief Minister’s enormous cavalcade from Sarawak.  

Concern about the Tanjung Manis Project

 Alongside, was a mass of information about the Chief Minister’s new drive to turn Malaysia’s Christian State into the world’s biggest Halal Products Hub, with the help of massive investment, much of it from the Middle East.

 Concern soon developed among the protesters as the information available indicates that the Hub is set to destroy 70,000 more hectares of valuable mangrove area and lowland peat forest – zones, described in Tanjung Manis literature as being uselessly unproductive in their current state.  Information has leaked out that experts from Oxford University have been consulting Sarawak on this so-called ‘Green Development Project’.  The questions and protests against Oxford’s ill-judged event will not end here and the Tanjung Manis Project may discover that instead of finding investors on its UK trip it has acquired unwelcome notoriety instead. 

Taib’s Party Falls Flat 

Taib Spotted – before the photographer is manhandled out by bouncers

As Taib left after his speech the demonstrators’ success in photographing him both from inside the conference hall and the outside, through the glass, created havoc amongst Taibs security men.  Burlesque scenes ensued as they rushed round the building lowering blinds and pulling screens in front of the glass walls to protect their horrified boss from the glare of unwelcome publicity. 

 It was clearly a rare and unwelcome experience for Taib Mahmud, a specialist in managed press and  mass personal protection.  As the laughter grew on the outside, his party on the inside was publicly ruined.  That’s the problem with turning up in a free country Taib and we bet you think twice about doing it again any time soon.

   

Awkward Exit  

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide – Taib spotted through the Goldfish Bowl windows as he is bundled into a side room
Flunkeys bring down the blinds

July 26, 2010

Taib’s Top Gig


 

Taken from Sarawak Report

 The Said Business School, Oxford University

 

Taib’s Big Moment

 As the news about Taib’s top gig in the UK started to break in the astonished host city of Oxford last week, anyone who was anyone in Sarawak was piling into planes (who paid?) to come and applaud the great moment.  If you were not invited on Taib’s big trip, then consider yourself out of the picture as far as he is concerned.

 For tickets costing £1,000 a head, according to a forest group who enquired, the audience will be entertained with an opening speech by Abdul Taib Mahmud at the University’s Said Business School’s ‘Inaugural Global Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum’ on Monday 26th July.  That’s the top slot, courtesy of the University of Oxford.

 Champions of  justice, freedom, democracy, open government, the environment and indigenous rights, all the great causes espoused by this proud university for hundreds of years, will be left to express their indignation outside. No wonder that the Said Business School is no stranger to controversy!

 Why?

 In order to find out why the school has decided to invite and indeed honour such a notorious individual, Sarawak Report delegated a journalist to make enquiries.   The answer would appear to be not unrelated to the hefty sponsorship of the event by the Tanjun Manis Food & Industrial Park, based of course in Sarawak.  Tanjun Manis began life as the ‘brainchild’ of Taib Mahmud back in the 1980s as a massive timber processing plant under the State-owned Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC).  This was where the millions of logs pouring out of Sarawak could be sawn up and processed and then transported to the specially-built deep sea port for loading onto  Japanese ships.  Those ships were the ones that the Japanese Tax authorities exposed just two years back as having paid millions and millions of ringgit in kickbacks (bribes) to companies controlled by Onn Mahmud, Taib’s little brother, who has numerous business tie-ups with Taib (see previous reports on this site).

Tanjun Manis – Thousands of Hectares of ‘Pristine Land’ have been made availble for ‘Green Development’ Unfortunately for everyone, even Taib, the wood has now run out.  If Sarawak had been sustainably logged and the forests had been less greedily managed there would have course been a valuable timber trade to benefit Sarawak for future generations. So much for Taib’s self-promotion as ‘A Great CEO’.  Grab and run does not add up to great company management.  Needless to say, the Sarawak Stakeholders, the people of the country whose land the Taib’s have logged, have received very poor dividends indeed!  They have been left destitute with floods and droughts to contend with and no amenities, meagre food and rotten roads (no chance of a view of any of the Boy Racer’s Bugatti and Ferrari collection in Central Sarawak any time soon).

 So Taib’s new big idea has been to diversify from being the world’s biggest timber exporter into the world’s biggest Halal Products Hub and he has taken himself off to Oxford University to promote it.  Tanjun Manis is also laughably entitling itself as ‘Green Development’, while promoting its deep sea port as an excellent location for expanding deep sea fishery of the region’s collapsing marine life. 

Norah – keep it in the family However, as long as there is money in it the long-suffering Sarawakians will know that the Taibs will be interested.  So interested in fact that in keeping with all business ventures in Sarawak, one of the Chief Minister’s closest relatives is in charge.  First cousin Norah Binti Abdul Rahman was appointed as the Chief Executive last year, after the end of the decades-long family feud between Taib and his displaced uncle.  Norah is now being touted as the lastest prospect for Taib’s successor.  At least she is family. Perhaps no surprise that she is also the MP for Tanjun Manis as well.  In Sarawak the Taibs always like to make sure that politics and business overlap in this deeply questionable fashion.

 Oxford’s Embarrassment

(more…)

July 25, 2010

Sebangan and Sebuyau Iban hold miring to protect their territory


 

Taken from Borneo Independent News Service

Sebangan, Sarawak- Local indigenous peoples of Sebangan and Sebuyau, initiated a traditional action in the form of Miring ceremony to deploy spilt to any encroachers over native customary land. Performed by local shaman Ason from Kampong Ensika, the ceremony was a warning to encroachers to stay away from their forest.

Despite a letter from a government agency, Sarawak Forest Corporation, loggers again drove 8 tractors in an attempt to build a logging road in the communal forest.

Iban shaman, Ason, performs the ceremony

 

Villagers erect a barrier to their forest

 

Ceremony performed in view of the trespassing loggers and equipment
Taken from Free Malaysia Today
Logging woes:Ibans seek Supernatural help
 
SEBUYAU: The native Ibans of nine longhouses in Sebangan and Sebuyau have resorted to performing a traditional “miring” ceremony which involved summoning their “petara” (gods) and the spirit of their ancestors to help them resolve their dispute with the Quality Concrete logging company over their communal forest. But the company which received its licence from the Sarawak Forest Corporation to log timbers in the area thinks it is a virgin jungle not owned by anyone.

The 3,305 hectares is home to many rare species of timber, flora and fauna. It is also the primary source of drinking water for this native community.

“Today we held a ‘miring’ ceremony and called upon our ‘petara’ and the spirits of our great grandfathers to cast a spell on those who cross the line of blockade.

“We have to do this as a last resort after our meeting with the company and authorities failed to stop them from going into our sacred forest,” said Nicholas Mujah, a leader from the nine longhouses.

“Anyone who dares pass through the line of the blockade will suffer the consequences either by the spirits or by us,” he warned.

‘We can be violent’

The Ibans mounted a blockade yesterday to stop Quality Concrete Holdings’ workers from entering the area.

“It was just like a ‘cat and mouse’ game when the natives chased after the loggers who were using eight tractors to construct roads to the forest.

“Today is the second day running that we have mounted the blockade,” said Mujah who is also the secretary-general of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association.

He said for the past four days the company had been carrying out activities such as making camps and constructing rails or roads into the forested area and in the process many of their rubber and fruit trees have been destroyed.Read more here

 

Read also Sebuyau Iban,in direct action,confiscate logging equipment and Iban demonstrate outside District Office, Sebuyau to protect communal forest, home for orangutan,proboscis monkeys and hornbills

Pengayau comment

Below are subsidiaries wholly owned by Quality Concrete Holdings Berhad.
Click here for their  Annual Report 2010
◦Agrowell Sdn Bhd
◦Hong Wei Holdings Sdn Bhd
◦Kutex Sdn Bhd
◦Lee Ling Timber Products Sdn Bhd
◦Polyflow Pipes Sdn Bhd
◦Polyflow (B) Sdn Bhd
◦Quality Concrete Sdn Bhd
◦Quality Concrete (Mukah) Sdn Bhd
◦Seri Bumijaya Sdn Bhd

Board Of Director

Dato Tiang Ming Sing
(Executive Chairman)

Tiang Ching Kok
(Managing Director)

Edmund Goh Chze Jin
(Executive Director)

Datuk Hajjah Raziah @ Rodiah Binti Mahmud
(Independent Non-Executive Director)

Michael Ong Kee Tuan
(Independent Non-Executive Director)

Robin Lo Bing
(Independent Non-Executive Director)

Henry Law Kah Kwong
(Independent Non-Executive Director)

July 24, 2010

1Malaysia

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As usual,Jabu with his RUBISH


 

Pengayau Comment

“Salcra had paid out dividends totalling some RM330 Million to its participants”

*I believe this is the total figure and not yearly!!!!!

“NCR Land,if not being developed properly,will become useless.It will generate zero income!!”
*Ya rite,the only way to develop it is by robbing away the land from the people!!!
For all this while,Jabu has been shouting here and there,now and then that Salcra has successfully uplift the Socio Economy of their participants.Ya rite,berapa iku Iban udah kaya lbn Salcra??? SALCRA:Such A Low Crappy Revenue Annually?We should ask him to give the breakdown. Salcra has been operating for more than 30 years!!

RM330 Million being paid out over a period so many years and over so many participant. How much is the average return per annum per participant? There is one of my frens who suggested that we should dedicated a monument for Jabu,to homopured him for being the Self Proclaim Paramount Chief of the Dayaks.A Monumental Of Lies A.K.A Tugung Pemula in Simpang Layar dedicated specially to Jabu
If you do simple arithmetic,let’s say each participant have the same size of land for Salcra, the dividend supposed to be paid out this year according to the news report is only a mere RM200 per month per participant.50 acres of palm oil can produce more than RM10K gross a month at current price RM500 per ton. Let’s say we take RM8K/month as a profit, then 1 year we can make RM96K, 5 years we can make RM480K.!!

Subsidies:“the time has come”

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Subsidies : “the time has come”

By Syed Akbar Ali

Dato Seri Idris Jala was kind and brave enough to meet the Bloggers on Wednesday June 2nd for over three hours. I say brave because some other Ministers are shying away from talking to the Bloggers. I cant blame them because the Bloggers frequently serve piping hot stuff about their Ministries.

The session with Dato Idris was quite blunt – the Minister held up quite well but the Bloggers did prevail on a few points.

The first thing Idris clarified was his statement that the Government would go bankrupt in 2019 IF it continued borrowing as it has over the past 10 years (12% per annum) and if the GDP also grew at the historical 10 year rate (3% – 4%). And ceteris paribus meaning everything else remaining unchanged. This is a basic ‘economists’ assumption.

The GDP is now at RM600 billion. The Government debt is about half that amount. Growing the debt at 12% per annum would take the Government debt to over RM1.0 trillion by 2019. But growing the GDP by say 3% or 4% may not match the Government debt by 2019.

The danger that Idris is pointing out is that when a Government’s debt exceeds the GDP of the country’s economy, then the taxes generated by a GDP of that size will not be able to pay the interest on the Government debt which exceeds the GDP.

Say you earn RM5000 a month, but you borrow RM8000 a month. You will be in trouble. Firstly you may not even be able to pay the interest on the RM8000 a month debt. Then most certainly you will not be able to pay the principle amount of your debt.

This is what Idris was trying to point out. The problem is that the Government (despite the presence of PR specialists at the briefing by Idris) has a very poor communications team.

Even Ministers have problem understanding other Ministers. Adek Awang – another one of those Deputy Ministers who is shy of meeting Bloggers – made a statement that the Government will not go bankrupt despite what Idris Jala had said.

“KOTA BAHARU: Malaysia will not go bankrupt in 2019 even if a subsidy totalling RM74bil a year is continued, said Deputy Finance Minister, Senator Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein.”

I think here Dato Seri Idris Jala is suffering an over reliance on his consultants. He has to touch base with his fellow Cabinet members first.

There is much rational for removing the subsidies, which according to Idris totals RM74 Billion a year. This figure is also disputed. Some folks say that a more realistic figure is closer to RM30.0 billion a year. But Idris’ main concern is that the Government needs to save its neck because there is not enough money available to the Government to pay for everything.

My view is that we should try to remove all subsidies because they distort the market and make us blind to the real cost of just existing in this world. The distortion created by lifelong subsidies will eventually come home to roost on us all. Firstly they create non competitve behaviour. Subsidies are a ‘silent killer’ like diabetes because until generations pass, we will not know how much initiative and competitive behaviour has been killed off by access to easy subsidies.

But how you remove the subsidies, after over 40 years of their implementation is very important. We cannot have the ‘cold turkey’ treatment. Yet we do need a deliberate but well planned exit mechanism.Read more here

Pengayau comment

Its not that we dont understans the Goverment position with the current economic downturn but this BN Government had somehow WASTE those money for unnecessary spending!!!

Planning to built a new Parliament Building with the cost of 800 Million and yet they can renovate it with only 150 Million.Waste of Public Funds to Corruption such as the PKFZ scandal.To spend hundreds of millions for F1 Team 1Malaysia and many2 more!!Read the Auditor General Report!!

When it comes to this situation,the Governmet would ask the Rakyat to change their lifestyle and spending!!Well,im ok with that but how much Rakyats can spends and change?

How much the Government has WASTED???

Who should change in spending actually?The Rakyats or the Government??

Why always put the burden on the Rakyat while the Government can save a lots more on their spending at the first place?

Bear in mind that this reduction of subsidy is in stages,meaning to say that it will reduced the subsidy from time to time

But then again,the Government has failed to control and monitor those controlled items such as Sugar.

Just a simple question,why non of our past and present Leaders has never ever has the guts to request for an increase for our Oil Royalty?Bear in mind,that 5% is 34 years ago but now it is not relevant.
 
On Government spendings,like i said,look at PKFZ Scandal,look at Auditor General Reports.It is there ,the wastages is there.By reducing the subsidy is some sort of damage control but then again,the damage could be avoided by spending the money wisely.Correct3x say Linggam,Betul3x say Upin&Ipin

But then again,it goes down to Political Will.Once again,PKFZ Scandal,who denied it?60% of Federal Fund which has kenak Tapau by some Contractors in Sarawak,who denied it?Komisen 500 Million for Perimekar Sdn Bhd for Scorpene Submarine(KD Atlantuya and KD Razak Baginda),who denied it?New Parliament Building(Cadangan) to cost 800 Million,who denied it?The scrapped bridge to Singapore,who denied it?

And the Mother of all Corruption,Taib Foreign Properties,who denied it?This is all Wastages and Leakages

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