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February 24, 2011

Stop Sarawak Timber Corruption – Freeze Taib assets now!

 

The Bruno Manser Fund  has launch an international campaign against the blatant corruption and abuse of public funds by Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. A campaign website, http://www.stop-timber-corruption.org/petition, has go online since Friday, 18 February, and will be regularly updated and equipped with features for an interactive campaign with public participation.

Taib, one of South East Asia’s longest-serving politicians, has been in office since 1981 and is planning to celebrate his 30th anniversary in power on 26 March 2011. The 75-year old kleptocrat will stand as an incumbent for another five-year term of office in the upcoming Sarawak state elections, which are due to be held before July.

Taib has abused his public office to a frightening extent and has managed to convert the state of Sarawak into his family’s private estate. He simultaneously holds the offices of Chief Minister, and Finance Minister, as well as that of State Planning and Resources Minister, which gives him enormous political power. In addition, Malaysia’s “Barisan Nasional” coalition, which forms the federal government, is dependent on Taib’s support to remain in power. Sarawak’s largest private company, its electricity supply, large-scale logging interests and the control of log exports are also concentrated in the hands of the Taib family.

Since 1983, Taib and his immediate family members have started to transfer considerable parts of their ill-gotten assets overseas. The Bruno Manser Fund has established a black list with 49 Taib companies in eight countries worth hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars. The list will be published next week, and the authorities of these countries will be asked to freeze all Taib assets and to launch criminal investigations against the Taib family.

In Sarawak, corruption has proved to be one of the main drivers of deforestation. While most of the state’s forests have been logged or converted into plantations over the last three decades, Sarawak’s indigenous communities have seen little, if any, benefit from Taib’s so-called politics of development. Poverty, illiteracy and a lack of basic infrastructure are omnipresent in rural Sarawak.

Sarawak’s numerous indigenous communities, and particularly the Penan, have struggled since the 1980s against destructive logging and have fought for their land rights but, in most cases, they have been outmanoeuvred and cheated by Taib and his cronies.

For 30 years, Abdul Taib Mahmud has been Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Taib has abused his power in a spectacular way and has transferred the massive proceeds of corruption and illegal logging overseas. He and his family members own numerous companies in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the UK, the US and other countries.

Help us to build up international political pressure against the corrupt Taib family and sign the online petition!

Your e-mail will be sent to the authorities in Australia, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Hong Kong, Jersey, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as to the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering.

Sign our online petition nowBookmark this page for more updates – Stop Timber Corruption

3 Comments »

  1. There is no denial that the people in Sarawak who shall be affected by “this old shit” are the Dayaks which may include notably the Ibans, Bidayuhs and Org Ulus. During this time around, they are trying to toe the line to get the support of the Dayaks aforesaid. We hope that we maintain our stand so that we won’t be manipulated by his groups. Agi idup Agi Ngelaban. Don’t b/approach swayed away by their appeal later.

    Comment by Jit — February 25, 2011 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  2. now a lot of blogger blogging just for the sake of allowance. Everyone can blogging but at least blog with fact.PBB, SUPP,PRS,SPDP even PR all have prob now. Cannot hide anymore but use the blog for a good reason. Now a days RAKYAT can surf and look for facts. Do not provide them with bullshit evidence. Do not blogging just to show people you are doing your job or to impress people. Do not just copy and paste. Out there there is a lot of people know the facts or blogging. For Sebanaku2u , Tok Teh have both. So watch out
    Granny are watching you.

    http://sebanaku2u.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-umb-pbb-penipu.html

    Comment by Sebanaku2u — March 5, 2011 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

  3. Adai update agik ka??

    Comment by chuckybride — July 16, 2011 @ 2:34 pm | Reply


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