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September 1, 2012

Shame on you Taib!


Taib oh Taib, what is the point of Sarawak having a current average per capita of RM39K but in actual fact, 80-90% of the wealth belongs to only 2-4% of the population which is your cronies and famly members? Shame on you!

Average per capita is just a another way to impress or fool people. Just take out those top 20 earners from the statistic and you will see a more realistic and actual economic condition. Shame on you!

Poor Sarawak! Despite its immense natural resources, it is going to take some time before it can join the ranks of Malaysia’s richest states. Shame on you!

You have been Chief Monster of Sarawak for the past 30 years and maybe 30 years more if you become a Zombie but 60 percent of Sarawakians still live in poverty? Shame on you!

33% of rural Sarawak has no electricity compared to 0.5% in Peninsular Malaysia and 41% has no clean water supply? Shame on you!

But yet, you shamelessly in the most arrogant manner said that Sarawak can be developed into a high-income state by 2015 and probably do not have to wait for 2020. Sarawak is already at the doorstep of (being) a developed state? Shame on you!

How is it possible that after nearly five decades of Malaysia and over four decades of the New Economic Policy (NEP), thousands of Sarawak’s poor continue to rely on rain and river water for their water supply? Shame on you!

How come significant groups of marginalised communities remain mired in crushing poverty, lacking access to the most basic of amenities even as your talks of fabulous incomes far beyond the wildest dreams of poor Sarawakians? Shame on you!

Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang was quoted during DUN sitting in 2011 saying that there were 55,975 poor households in Sarawak.

Their incomes, he said, were less than RM830 per month per household. He said 27, 902 (49%) households were considered to be hardcore poor, earning less than RM520 per month.

The Ibans comprised 13, 349 (47.8%), Malays 5,601 (20%), Orang Ulu 2,925 (10.5%), Bidayuh 2,757 (9.8%), Melanau 1,974 (7%) and Chinese 674 (2.4%).

We should view these figures with grave concern. The majority of the hardcore poor are the natives of Sarawak. Have a heart for these people. Shame on you!

What you had done to eradicate poverty in Sarawak? Shame on you!

After 49 years of BN rule, and 31 years under your rule Sarawak is the 4th poorest state in Malaysia? Shame on you Taib!

How long more will Sarawak’s poor have to wait before receiving clean and secure water supply? 2015? 2020? 2030? 2050? Shame on you!

How difficult is it to solve Sarawak’s water supply woes given the state’s huge annual budget? Why are communities not given secure access to clean piped water when there is no shortage of funds to build hugely expensive mega-dams like Bakun, Murum and Baram along with 50 more planned for the near-future? Shame on you!

What benefit is the poverty-eradicating NEP to the poor if the Sarawak BN cannot even get its act together to supply clean piped water to all poor communities in the state? What benefit is the poverty-eradicating NEP to the poor if both the federal and state governments cannot overcome poverty in Sarawak? Shame on you!

Overall economic growth and standards of living may have risen in Sarawak since the NEP was launched in 1970. Poverty rates, including hardcore poverty levels, reportedly have fallen. But the curse of poverty remains since Sarawak’s development has benefited its population very unequally. Shame on you!

Yet, despite progress, Economic Planning Unit (EPU) figures in 2011 put Sarawak among the bottom five states with the highest poverty and hardcore poverty rates in the country, along with Sabah, Perlis, Kedah and Kelantan. Shame on you!

EPU figures for 2011 note that in 2009, the poverty rates of the other four states were as follows:

Sabah (19.2 per cent)

Perlis (6.0 per cent)

Kedah (5.3 per cent)

Kelantan (4.8 per cent)

Hardcore poverty figures for the same states were:

Sabah (4.7 per cent)

Perlis (0.8 per cent)

Kedah (0.8 per cent)

Kelantan (1.0 per cent)

This would also explain why in 2006, resource-rich Sarawak was officially ranked a mere 11 out of 14 in the country’s overall development composite index.

In 2009, after nearly 40 years of the NEP, the EPU reported that 10.1 per cent of the total number of all households earning less RM2300/month in Malaysia (the bottom 40 per cent distribution of poor households by income class in the country) were in Sarawak! Shame on you!

From these figures, we can surmise that about 242,400 poor households in Sarawak were earning less than RM2300/month in 2009; most of whom only earned an average of RM1400/month

EPU figures for 2010 indicate that the bottom 40 per cent of all households in Malaysia had a total household income level of less than RM2300 per month.

There were a total of 2.4 million households in this category. The mean monthly income of the bottom 40 per cent households in 2009 was RM1440.

But ironically, Chief Monster Abdul Taib Mahmud and his extended family are valued in the billions (yes, billions!) of US dollars, owning real estate, properties and over 400 companies all over the world.

Deputy CM Alfred Jabu and family are millionaires a few times over.  So too former DCM George Chan. As are senior state ministers like James Masing, William Mawan, Adenan Satem, Awang Tengah, Abang Johari, Michael Manyin and Wong Soon Koh. Mind you, many of them come from very humble backgrounds before making it big in political life!

Ps : I better stop here and thats all for now

August 29, 2012

Did Taib ‘surrender’ oil right to BN?


Did Taib ‘surrender’ oil right to BN?

KUCHING: Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s turnaround on the oil royalty issue after 31 years in power and the fact that he preferred “private” and “amicable discussions” with the federal government have raised more questions.

Uppermost on the list is whether Taib and his predecessor and uncle, Abdul Rahman Yakub, had knowingly “surrendered” Sarawak’s rights over oil and gas to the federal government.

Sarawakians who have read Taib’s biography – “A Soul You Can See” – written by Douglas Bullis and who remember their history, would recall that Taib was the federal-level Primary Industries Minister who was in charge of the nation’s oil and gas resources.

This being the case, was Taib responsible for the lopsided oil agreement and the Petroleum Development Act passed in Parliament in 1974?

The Act was passed following a confrontation between Opec (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and oil companies over oil price policies in 1973.

Expounding on the 1973 “crisis”, Taib was quoted by Bullis as saying: “By 1973 I realised Malaysia and the oil companies were headed for a confrontation over their purchase price policies.

“There was too much take and too little give, and Malaysia’s people have an ethic based on balance,” Taib had said in page 88 of the book.

“Eventually I came up with the idea that we should base Malaysia’s oil concession policy on shared production agreements.

“Naturally I was snubbed by oil companies who claimed the Malaysian government was moving towards nationalisation.”

Taib’s silence

Bullis said that it was obvious that Malaysia’s post-1974 policy on taking control of Malaysia’s petroleum interests from oil companies was largely Taib’s works.

It is well known in Sabah that its then chief minister Mustapha Harun and his successor Fuad (Donald) Stephens refused to sign the oil agreement giving 5% of oil royalty to Sabah, but Sarawak under Abdul Rahman was said to be “too willing” and signed the agreement.

But the question is: Did the nephew and the uncle “surrender” Sarawak’s rights over oil and gas to the federal government in order to please the then prime minister Abdul Razak in return for political and financial support?

Sarawak was at that time in turmoil following the sacking of its chief minister Stephen Kalong Ningkan in 1966.

At the time there were incessant allegations by the Parti Pesaka anak Sarawak president Temenggong Jugah anak Barieng that the Ibans were shabbily treated by Abdul Rahman and Taib.

Abdul Rahman was also facing an “internal rebellion” against his leadership from within Pesaka, which had by then (in 1973) merged with Parti Bumiputera to form Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).

At the point of signing the oil agreement, Sarawak was said to be politically unstable and needed the support of the federal government.

Could history be the reason why Taib has been silent on the royalty issue during his 31-year tenure as chief minister? And why he has been compliant to Umno in the peninsula, having pumped millions into its coffers?

What off-the-table deal did Taib and Abdul Rahman eventually strike with the federal leadership that allowed them to sustain Sarawak’s “independence” as opposed to Sabah’s “colonialisation” by Kuala Lumpur?

What has now compelled Taib to call for re-negotiations on the oil royalty issue?

It certainly cannot be fear of losing his grip in Sarawak because he has already won the state election held in April last year.

If it is the parliamentary election, Sarawak BN coalition is unlikely to lose more than 10 of the 31 parliamentary seats. And that too the losses will come from Chinese-based Sarawak United People’s Party, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party and Parti Rakyat Sarawak. Less likely will it be from Taib’s own PBB.

So what then is compelling Taib to go to the “private” negotiation table? What cards will he pull and how will he keep “wanting” Umno away from Sarawak?

August 27, 2012

Why re-negotiate oil deal in private?

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Why re-negotiate oil deal in private?

 

KUCHING: Sarawak opposition has questioned the need for secrecy in the re-negotiations of the existing oil agreement with the federal government.

“I am curious to know as to why Chief Minister [Taib Mahmud] should think royalty negotiations are better done in private. Why is that so?” asked Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian.

Bian, who is a senior lawyer and Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said oil and gas issue was of public concern.

“The oil and gas in Sarawak is not the property of the chief minister – it belongs to all the people of Sarawak, hence we have a right to know what is being discussed.

“We want to know what the chief minister intends to do about it… we would like to remind him that he is a servant of the people and is accountable to them,” Bian said.

He pointed out that Sarawak has been lagging behind the Peninsula in every aspect including roads and infrastructure, education, healthcare, jobs, transport, industry and development.

“One could say that Peninsular Malaysia and many individuals have prospered or benefited via Petronas at our expense.

“Sarawakians now say kini masa balas budi to quote a line from the infamous Barisan Nasional Merdeka theme song 2012.

“The former prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad), in a Freudian slip, had referred to the current administration as the ‘devil’ and the opposition as the ‘angel’. That in itself says it all.

“I trust that the rakyat are astute enough to judge for themselves whether to choose more of the same or to give themselves the hope of a better and brighter future with the Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.

Why now Taib?

Bian also questioned the timing of Taib’s decision to re-negotiate the 5% oil royalty, when he knew about the imbalance and unjust agreement these past 30 years.

“Of course, I welcome the announcement by the chief minister that he agrees that the royalty should be increased.

“But why is it only now that the chief minister is agreeing to pursue the matter? Why was he quiet for more than 30 years?”

Bian suggested that the current political climate and “a real possibility that the rakyat will vote them [Taib and BN] out” in the coming general election may have compelled Taib to address the issue.

“One can’t help but think that it is because this is an issue very close to the hearts of the people, an issue which Pakatan has promised to address.

“Obviously there has been no political will on the BN government’s part over the last 30 or so years to seek a fairer share of the royalty until now…,” said Bian.

August 21, 2012

Bleak future for Baram if dam plans goes ahead


 

 

 

Bleak future for Baram if dam plans goes ahead

For Immediate Release

21 August 2012

MIRI: Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) together with Baram Protection Committee (BPAC) totally disagree with the statement made by Sarawak’s Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud which was published in the Borneo Post today (21 August) saying that the “Dam is vital for Baram’s future”. 

“The Chief Minister is right in saying that the Baram Dam is vital for the future of Baram, but the future he is painting looks very bleak as far as the people of Baram is concerned”, said Philip Jau, Chairman of BPAC.

“I can safely say that the reality on the ground is most of the people in Baram do not want the dam as they have seen and heard about the hardships and the unresolved problems that the people of Batang Ai and Bakun faced”, added Philip.

“Even in Murum, the Penans affected by the Murum Dam are not happy with the way the government is treating them. How can Taib say that the people of Murum are okay?” questions Philip.

Chairman of SAVE Rivers, Peter Kallang refutes the statement in which Taib says that Baram is half empty and Baram needs the dam in order to attract people who had migrated to towns to come back.

“Taib should ask himself why Baram is empty”, said Peter.

“Since the 1970s, the timber in Baram has been exploited and many of the timber companies and those connected to the timber industry made money. However, not much of the revenue from the timber industry went back to develop the Baram District.

“Baram still lacks the basic infrastructures for it to progress and most of its natural resources such as timber and land have been exploited without much had been given back to the locals and that is why people in Baram migrated elsewhere to look for a better living”, explained Peter.

Peter went on to explain that in the Sungai Asap Resettlement Scheme, the unemployment rate is quite high.

“Half of the people resettled in Sungai Asap have left to look for better jobs elsewhere.

“For the other half that stayed, half of that have gone back to their original lands or living on jelatongs (floating houses).

“Most of the lands surrounding Sungai Asap are leased out to timber and plantation companies, making it more difficult for the people there to farm and earn a decent living”, said Peter.

SAVE Rivers and BPAC concurred that Taib seems to be out of touch with the feelings and sentiments of the people on the ground, as some community leaders and elected representatives are giving false information that the all the people in Baram agrees to the Baram Dam project.

SAVE Rivers and BPAC suggest that Taib to go and make a surprise visit to Sungai Asap as well as the Penans living in Murum and the communities that are going to be affected by Baram Dam in order to get a first hand feel of the real situation on the ground instead of making statements saying that everything is alright and people are happy with the dam projects.

– END –
Press Statement issued by:
Mark Bujang
Secretary, SAVE Rivers

For more information, please contact Peter Kallang at +60138331104, Philip Jau +608597738 and Mark Bujang +60148776685.

Via SAVE Rivers

August 16, 2012

’99.7% of projects benefit Taib’s family’


’99.7% of projects benefit Taib’s family’

KUCHING: Some 99.7% of the bridges built in Sarawak were undertaken by Titanium Project Management Sdn Bhd, a company owned by Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s son Mahmud Abu Bekir.

The bridges which were designed and built by Titanium were collectively worth RM1.395 billion and funded by the state government, according to Sarawak DAP. Titanium is owned by Abu Bekir who holds 51% of the shares.

The other shareholders are Chung Soon Nam (41%) and Michael Ting Kuok Ngie (8%). Pointing this out, Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen said that for the past five years from 2007 to 2011, the state government had only awarded three contracts for bridges.

The design and construction of bridges and culverts to replace temporary and semi-permanent council and PWD structures worth RM1,178,410,000.00 was awarded to Titanium with no open tender.

The other two contracts which were awarded to Woodville were the construction of Sungai Sarawak Bridge at Isthmus Kuching worth RM213 million and the construction of Sungai Miri Bridge and associated works at Piasau worth RM4.5 million.

Chong, who is the Kota Sentosa assemblyman and Bandar Kuching MP, said the contract awarded to Titanium ought to have been broken down by individual bridges and shared with other contractors. “If you look at the value of the contracts given out in the five years, 99.7% goes to Titanium.

“It benefits the chief minister’s son only. The three contracts alone were worth RM1.395 billion

“The construction of Sungai Sarawak Bridge linking the Isthmus with Kuching also indirectly benefits the chief minister’s family as the whole of Isthmus of 275 acres is owned by CMS, which is owned by his family,” Chong said.

 

TITANIUM PROJECT MANAGEMENT SDN. BHD

A. Maklumat Syarikat: :
Company Name : TITANIUM PROJECT MANAGEMENT SDN. BHD.
Address : LEVEL 9, TITANIUM TOWER
  LOT 1, BRIGHTON SQUARE
  JALAN SONG
Postcode 93350
Town : KUCHING
State: SARAWAK
Telephone: 082-285 999
Fax : 082-285 888
Email : ti@titanium.com.my
B. Maklumat Pendaftaran :
CIDB :
i) No Pendafataran : 0120090616-SR124134
ii) Bumiputra : Tiada Maklumat
iii) Tarikh Luput Pendaftaran : 15-06-2013
iv) Gred : G7
v) Pengkhususan :
B04 KERJA AM BANGUNAN
CE21 KERJA-KERJA AM KEJURUTERAAN AWAM


PKK :
i) No Pendafataran :
ii) Kelas :
Nombor Pendaftaran Perniagaan/Syarikat/Lain-Lain:
ROB :
ROC : 485503
No Pendaftaran Lain:
No Lesen Berniaga Sabah:
Trading License: 431277
Status*: Aktif
C.Rekod Log Pendaftaran :
Bil Mula Tamat Catatan
1. 15-04-2010 15-06-2013 R4
2. 08-06-2009 15-06-2010 R1
D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:
Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan
1. CHUNG SOON NAM MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN
2. MICHAEL TING KUOK NGIE @TING KOK KGIE MALAYSIA PENGARAH
E.Maklumat Pemegang Saham:
Bil Nama Warganegara Syer / Ekuiti
F. Taraf Bumiputera:
G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :
  a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):
b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 9,000,000.00
H.Maklumat Projek:
Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen
1. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridge And Some JKR Bridges 30-05-2012 RM 3,018,659.67 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
2. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.11BKH.CB.62 (TPMSB Ref: 04B/14/PMC) 04-05-2011 RM 8,770,780.88 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
3. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.05BSM.CB61. (TPMSB Ref:01B/09/SMJDC) 23-03-2011 RM 1,843,175.33 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
4. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.04BSM. CB60. (TPMSb Ref:02B/04/ASJDC) 18-01-2011 RM 2,585,232.94 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
5. The Design, C & C of Bridges & Culverts to replace Temp.& Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Swk. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.06SK.CB66. (TPMSB Ref: 03/03/MJDC) Sg. Sebatu 1& Sg. Sebatu 2;Sg. Lemayong, Sg. Strass in Meradong/Julau Dist., Sarikei Division 18-01-2011 RM 10,572,830.67 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
6. The Design, C & C of Bridges and Culvets to replace Temp. and Sem-Permenant Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.04SK.CB64, (TPMSB Ref: -01/03/MJDC) Bridge over Sg. Uu Mador, Sg Mador & Sg Mador Melayu; in Meradong/Julau Dist. Sarikei Division 18-01-2011 RM 7,248,000.08 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
7. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temp. & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.13KH.CB96. (TPMSB Ref:03/04/LDC) Jambatan Belian No. 1/Kpg. Keranji, Sematan 18-01-2011 RM 1,582,103.77 JKR SARAWAK
8. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temp. & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.05BMK.CB56. (TPMSB Ref:02B/05/DLDC) Sg Pangin At Jalan Kpg. Baru Cina, Dalat 18-01-2011 RM 2,384,527.53 JKR SARAWAK
9. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.18KH.CB87 18-01-2011 RM 4,731,409.61 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
10. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges and Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.05SK.CB65 18-01-2011 RM 6,775,056.24 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
11. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.21KH.CB89 18-01-2011 RM 6,335,353.44 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
12. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.24KH.CB92 18-01-2011 RM 2,317,096.86 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
13. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.11SM.CB98 – (TPMSB Ref:06/10/SDC) “The Design, Construction & Completion Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak.” 18-01-2011 RM 1,843,175.33 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
14. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.12SM.CB74. – (TPMSB Ref: 07/10/SDC) – “The Design, Construction & Completion Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. 18-01-2011 RM 4,419,136.11 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
15. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.05BET.CB81. a) Bridge Over Sg. Malupa Along Jln. SRK Ng. Assam/Ng. Malupa b) Bridge Over Sg. Kara Along Jln. SRK Ng. Assam/Ng. Malupa 18-01-2011 RM 7,022,487.62 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
16. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.03BMK.CB55. a) Bridge Over Sg. Ud Muara Along Jalan Kpg. Hilir/Kpg. Tengah Dalat In Dalat District, Mukah Division 18-01-2011 RM 9,198,741.83 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
17. The Design, Construction & Completion Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008. 04BET. CB80 (TPMSB Ref:03/03/BETDC) : Sg. Geraji & Sg. Bran, Jalan Berbangai In Betong District, Betong Division 18-01-2011 RM 4,400,781.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
18. The Design, Construction & Completion Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.14SB.CB72 (TPMSB Ref:12/14/SRDC) : Sg. Latap, Sg. Naman 1 & Sg. Naman 2 In Sibu Division 18-01-2011 RM 5,765,997.94 JKR SARAWAK
19. The Design, Construction & Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008. 03BET. CB79 (TPMSB Ref:02/03 BETDC) : Sg Pasa In Betong Division 18-01-2011 RM 1,843,175.33 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
20. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. 18-01-2011 RM 4,515,137.77 JKR SARAWAK
21. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.01SA.CB99 18-01-2011 RM 23,563,600.93 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
22. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.06BET.CB.82 (TPMSB Ref: 03/03/SRTDC) Sarawak. 18-01-2011 RM 4,223,568.96 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
23. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.22KH.CB.90.(TPMSB Ref: 11/14/PMC). (TPMSB Ref: 04B/14/PMC) Sarawak 18-01-2011 RM 12,047,642.15 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
24. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.18SM.CB78 a) Bridge At Jalan Sekedu Along Jln. Sekedu b) Bridge At Kpg. Sg. Lingkau No. 1 Along Jln. Kpg. Sg. Lingkau c) Bridge At Kpg. Sg. Lingkau No. 2 Along Jln. Kpg. Sg. Lingkau 18-01-2011 RM 10,939,696.45 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
25. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.20KH.CB88 (TPMSB Ref:09/14/PMC) (a) Bridge over Sg. Tengah 1 along Jln. Taman Maliha/Kpg. Kolong 1 (b) Bridge over Sg. Tengah 2 along Jln. Taman Maliha/Kpg. Kolong 1 18-01-2011 RM 6,506,794.02 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
26. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.12BKH.CB63 (TPMSB Ref: 05B/14/PMC) (a) Bridge over Sg. Abang along Jalan Benguh/Danu (b) Jamabatan Kpg. Stabut along Jalan Kpg. Stabut 18-01-2011 RM 9,489,074.60 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
27. The Design & Completion of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges in Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008. 16KH. CB86 (Jamb. Kpg Begu No. 1 & Kpg Begu No.2) Padawan, Kuching Division 18-01-2011 RM 4,072,848.86 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
28. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.28KH.CB94 (a) Bridge over Sg. Stenggang 2 along Jln. Kpg. Stenggang (b) Jambatan at Sibulung along Jln. Kpg. Sibulung 18-01-2011 RM 3,412,474.68 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
29. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.16SM.CB77 (a) Bridge at Kpg. Moyan Laut No. 2 along Jalan Kpg. Moyan Laut 18-01-2011 RM 2,214,204.14 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
30. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.04MR.CB67 (a) Bridge Over Sg. Tapan Kecil along Access Road to Tapan (b) Bridge Over Sg. Sebato along Access to SRK Sebato (c) Bridge Over Sg. Satap 1 along Access to Rh. Muking 18-01-2011 RM 6,748,296.26 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
31. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.23KH.CB91 18-01-2011 RM 1,506,002.58 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
32. Contract No: PWD/HO/B039/2008 02MR.CB30 The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culvert To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridge In Sarawak – Padang Kerbau Bridge No.2 Along Jln Kampung Padang Kerbau 28-10-2010 RM 1,731,593.89 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
33. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.08SM.CB37 01-10-2009 RM 4,515,137.77 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
34. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Coucil Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.02BET.CB47 01-10-2009 RM 3,164,207.54 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
35. The Design ,Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culvert To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges in Sarawak -Package Ref.PWD/HQ/B039/2008.05LG.CB26 (TPSMB Ref: 03/04/LGDC) 01-10-2009 RM 2,701,156.92 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
36. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.10KH.CB42 01-10-2009 RM 7,563,537.78 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
37. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.05SM.CB45 TPMSB Ref: 01/09/SMJDC 01-10-2009 RM 4,832,441.58 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
38. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008. 03BSM. CB43. (TPMSB Ref:01B/04/ASJDC) 01-10-2009 RM 1,582,103.77 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
39. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.04MK.CB27 a) Jambatan Sg. Lintang Along Jalan Kpg. Lintang, Balingan 01-10-2009 RM 2,784,097.01 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
40. The Design, Const.& Comp. Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges in Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/039/2008.05MK.CB.28 (TPMSB Ref:02/05/DLDC) Jln.Kpg.Baru Cina, Dalat 01-10-2009 RM 10,105,240.99 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
41. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.12KH.CB53 (TPMSB Ref:05/14/PMC) 01-10-2009 RM 1,755,752.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
42. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.11KH.CB52 01-10-2009 RM 6,870,600.61 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
43. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.04SM.CB44 01-10-2009 RM 4,057,379.47 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
44. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.07SM.CB36 TPMSB Ref: 02/02/SMDC 01-10-2009 RM 1,843,175.33 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
45. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.02BT.CB24 01-10-2009 RM 3,646,802.02 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
46. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culvert To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak – PWD/HO/B039/2008.04LG.CB25 01-10-2009 RM 5,929,095.48 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
47. The Design Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.03MR.CB33 28-09-2009 RM 4,093,285.49 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
48. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges in Swk-PWD/HQ/B039/2008.08KH.CB40 14-05-2009 RM 1,506,002.58 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
49. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temp. & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.02SB.CB31 (TPMSB Ref:01/14/SRDC) Sg. Rongan & Sg. Naman at Sg.Assan Road, Durin 14-05-2009 RM 8,324,597.02 JKR SARAWAK
50. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.07SB.CB48 14-05-2009 RM 7,839,479.50 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
51. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.09SB.CB50 14-05-2009 RM 7,205,139.96 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
52. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.08SB.CB49 14-05-2009 RM 8,080,587.53 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
53. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.11SB.CB23 14-05-2009 RM 14,301,347.66 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
54. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.10SB.CB51 14-05-2009 RM 8,849,531.27 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
55. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.06SB.CB35 14-05-2009 RM 6,738,361.78 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
56. The Design, Const. And Comp. Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges in Swk- PWD/HQ/B039/2008.09KH.CB41 14-05-2009 RM 1,506,002.58 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
57. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.03SB.CB22 07-05-2009 RM 4,489,769.09 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
58. Pakage Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.01LG.CB14 (TPMSB Ref: 01/04/LGDC) Comfirmation Of Pakage Contract Price The Design Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culvert To Replace Temporary and Semi-Permanent Council Bridges and Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak 23-12-2008 RM 14,208,548.28 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
59. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culvets To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.03LG.CB18 (TPMSB Ref: 02/04LGDC) 20-11-2008 RM 5,269,660.16 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
60. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-PermanentCouncil Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak (Pakage Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.01MR.CB09) 20-11-2008 RM 6,739,780.99 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
61. The Design,Construction & Completion Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Briges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak-Package Ref. PWD/HQ/B039/2008.01 BET.CB20 20-11-2008 RM 4,045,410.80 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
62. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.01SK.CB02 20-11-2008 RM 13,755,420.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
63. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.01BT.CB08 20-11-2008 RM 12,852,292.98 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
64. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.03MK.CB21 (TPMSB Ref: 01B/05/DLDC) 20-11-2008 RM 1,703,804.06 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
65. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.01SB.CB05 20-11-2008 RM 19,871,501.85 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
66. The Design, Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.03KH.CB07 20-11-2008 RM 6,502,583.69 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
67. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.02MK.CB16 20-11-2008 RM 14,794,718.41 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
68. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culvets To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.02KH.CB06 (TPMSB Ref: 01/04/LDC) 20-11-2008 RM 4,938,235.81 JKR SARAWAK
69. The Design,Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak. Package Ref. PWD/HQ/B039/2008.02SM.CB19 20-11-2008 RM 5,724,367.78 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
70. The Design,Construction And Completion Of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges In Swk. Package Ref. PWD/HQ/B039/2008.01SM.CB10 20-11-2008 RM 5,087,930.94 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
71. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culvets To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039.2008.02SK.CBB03 & Package Sarawak. Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.03SK.CBB04, Sarawak. 20-11-2008 RM 31,454,526.19 TITANIUM MANAGEMENT SENDIRIAN BERHAD
72. The Design, Construction And Completion of Bridges And Culverts To Replace Temporary And Semi-Permanent Council Bridges And Some JKR Bridges in Swk- Package Ref. PWD/HO/B039/2008.01KH.CB01 20-11-2008 RM 17,396,486.95 KTA (SARAWAK) SDN BHD
73. The Design, Const. & Comp. Of Bridges & Culverts To Replace Temporary & Semi-Permanent Council Bridges & Some JKR Bridges In Sarawak Package Ref.PWD/HO/B039/2008.01MK.CB15 20-11-2008 RM 9,415,568.01 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

Opposition riles Taib with questions on contracts

KUCHING: Sarawak’s Chief Minister Taib Mahmud lost his cool in the State Legislative Assembly yesterday when an opposition assemblyman sought clarification over contracts awarded to his son Abu Bekir Mahmud’s company Titanium Management Project Sdn Bhd.

Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen hit a raw nerve in Taib when he stood up to raise a point of order, interjecting Taib’s winding-up speech during the final day sitting of the state assembly.Chong wanted to know from Taib himself the number of contracts given to Abu Bekir’s company.A visibly angry Taib challenged Chong to repeat the allegation outside the house. Chong, who has been exposing irregularities in the awarding of contracts by the state government, accepted the challenge.At a press conference later, Chong repeated what he said in the state assembly. He said Titanium Project Management had been awarded construction of a few hundred bridges worth RM1,178,410,000 without open tender.

The five-year contract for the bridges was awarded in 2008. In 2001, the government awarded the construction of 384 bridges to Titanium Management Sdn Bhd for RM500 million.

The company managed to complete 332 bridges or 80 percent of the job, but over the years the cost had spiralled. According to Chong, the government now has to pay the company RM948 million.

He reiterated that Titanium Management belonged to Abu Bekir. Chong had submitted questions on the awarding of the government contracts to Titanium Project Management, but Speaker Awang Asfia Nassar had rejected them.

March 28, 2012

BREAKING NEWS!! Victory for Stop Corruption Dams campaign as Rio Tinto scraps Sarawak smelter plans


Taken from Sun Daily

Rio Tinto, CMS scrap US$2b smelter project in Malaysia

Posted on 27 March 2012 – 08:29pm
Last updated on 27 March 2012 – 08:38pm

KUALA LUMPUR (March 27, 2012): Rio Tinto, the world’s third largest miner, and Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) have scrapped plans for a US$2 billion aluminium smelter project in Malaysia’s Borneo island state of Sarawak as power supply terms could not be finalised, CMS said in on Tuesday.

CMS, a financial and construction conglomerate based in Sarawak, said both companies had worked to set up an aluminium smelter for years but could not agree on the commercial power supply terms with Sarawak Energy Bhd.

“As a result, Rio Tinto Aluminium (Malaysia) and CMS have agreed that they would cease to pursue plans to jointly develop an aluminium smelter at Samalaju in Sarawak but remain open to other future possible collaborations,” CMS group managing director Richard Curtis said in a statement.

The aluminium smelter was supposed to have an annual capacity of 1.5 million tonnes to meet surging demand from China and other developing economies.

But the project, which was first announced in 2007, had not gone beyond the planning stage due to delays in constructing Bakun dam — one of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams — that would provide cheap power to energy-guzzling smelter.

Malaysia’s government last year set a lower rate on the power generated from the Bakun dam in Sarawak, selling it to
Sarawak Energy at 6.25 sen per kilowatt hour (KwH) with an expected increase of 1.5% every year.

The new rate is within Sarawak’s offer to buy electricity at 5 sen and 7 sen per KwH in order to secure investments from smelters for whom energy accounts for a third of costs. – Reuters

From Sarawak Report

Backing Out Of Bakun – Rio Tinto Pulls Out!

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Only two out of the eight turbines are working, there is no use for the electricity – and yet Taib and Hydro Tasmania are working flat out to build a string more of these destructive dams across all the rivers of Sarawak

The question marks over Taib’s pet mega-project, the billion dollar Bakun Dam, have just multiplied into a full-blown crisis for the so-called ‘CEO of Sarawak’.

The global mining company, Rio Tinto Alcan, has just announced that it is pulling out of the much-touted aluminium smelter venture, SALCO.

This was the flagship project, that was supposed to form the backbone of Taib’s plans to employ the huge surge of hydro-electricity from this enormous structure.

And it leaves the whole fantasy of the Chief Minister’s SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Energy) concept and his plans to build yet 12 more huge dams hanging in tatters.

Bakun is fast turning into the monstrous white elephant that many had long feared it would.

So much suffering for no use

Floating homes – the Ukip people have returned to their flooded homelands rather than suffer displacement in refugee settlements

Over past weeks and months Sarawak Report has detailed some of the suffering and harm caused by the dam to ordinary people of Sarawak and Malaysia.

Quite apart from the environmental devastation caused by the logging and flooding of a pristine jungle area the size of Singapore and the disruption to the life of Sarawak’s greatest river, the project has brought nothing but misery to the local people.

Ten thousand were forced from their homes, in return for promises of compensation and jobs, which turned into dust once the land had been cleared.

Life is so bleak in the re-settlement zones that many of the native people have chosen to return to their old lands, clinging to the banks of the rising dam waters in their now floating homes.

While people suffered, local MP Billy Abit Joo profited !

And as we have exposed, many of the jobs and contracts presented as opportunities for local communities, were in fact corruptly taken over by hangers on and BN political cronies of the area, like the Federal MP Billy Abit Joo, who has became the main shareholder and beneficiary of the so-called ‘people’s cooperative’ Wargana Consortium.

Sarawak Report and other NGOs have been vigorously drawing attention to these outrages and such information will not have gone un-noticed by a company such as Rio Tinto Alcan, which is sensitive to the views of its western shareholders when it comes to human rights and environmental issues.

Why did Rio Tinto Alcan really pull out of SALCO?

The reason given for Rio Tinto Alcan’s decision to pull out of the planned US$2billion smelter was politely described as a failure to come to an agreement over the price of the electricity being offered from the Bakun Dam.

This is probably indeed a large part of the reason.  The conglomerate was tempted to pull out of its existing operations such as Canada, the UK and Australia as long as it could be guaranteed dirt free electricity.  However, what benefit was that to the people of Sarawak?

Key players in the SALCO project were Taib, Robert Geneid and CMS’s Richard Curtis

The point of the dam was to make money!

In fact there is an urgent need to make money from Bakun, in order to somehow pay back the billions that have been siphoned out of the Employees Provident Fund and other Malaysian government pension schemes to build it.

If Bakun cannot get a decent price for its electricity, then those pensioners will lose out.

With the prospects looking grimmer by the day the ‘CEO of Sarawak’ and his BN buddies in the Federal Government are surely at last beginning to realise why no private investors were prepared to touch the project!

Failure! – Key players like CMS’s Richard Curtis had put their hopes on winning this key project that would have poured money into Taib’s family company!

So, maybe Rio Tinto Alcan’s demands for virtually free electricitywere too much even for Taib and his desperate team lead by brother-in-law, Robert Geneid, and CMS CEO, Richard Curtis, who had invested all their hopes in winning this bid?

Corruption!

We exposed how Australian Commissioner Miles Kupa had worked tirelessly to promote the Rio Tinto bid, despite its corrupt nature and the fact that it would undermine jobs in his own country! Did he think twice?

But, we suspect there was an even more compelling reason for Rio Tinto Alcan to come to the swift conclusion that they shouldn’t be touching Sarawak and its dodgy Chief Minister and his clique of BN cronies and family hangers-on with a barge pole.

That reason was the over-whelming stench of corruption that no amount of sweet talk and cover-up could conceal!

Sarawak Report comprehensively exposed the full scandal behind Taib’s plans to personally make billions out of the SALCO venture just last month.

Australian High Commissioner, Miles Kupa, may have been dragged in to support the bid and Rio Tinto Alcan executives may have flown into Kuching just a fortnight earlier to continue negotiations. However, once the cat was out of the bag that Sarawak’s own Chief Minister was standing to make hundreds of millions, if not billions, out of the carefully crafted deal, how could such supposedly respectable entities continue to be involved?

What use now for all Bakun’s electricity? Maybe free electricity for the people of Sarawak!?

Sarawak Report received no response or comment from Rio Tinto Alcan or the Australian High Commissioner from its exposes into their involvement in the corrupted SALCO project, but sometimes actions speak louder than words.

This was not a project that RTA were going to find easy to explain to their shareholders.

Questions still remain about how it was that RTA were still actively negotiating on this clearly corrupted project as late as January this year?

This was long, long after company executives had realised that this was not a joint venture with the State of Sarawak, but with the family firm of the Chief Minister of Sarawak CMS!

More dams!

Sarawak’s shame – refugees of Bakun. Taib might not care, but could Rio Tinto Alcan put up with this stain on their image as they profited from the dam?

And yet Taib Mahmud and his BN cronies are still forging ahead with all their plans to build a whole new swathe of dams once they have got the next election out of the way!

Another half million people flooded from their lands (once the wood has been conveniently extracted and the profits divided amongst them).  Why, when there is no use for the electricity?  Why, when neither the Bakun Dam nor even the far older Batang Ai dam are turning even half their turbines most of the time?

The reason is of course, as always, the prospect of profit for Taib Mahmud, who plans to borrow billions for these projects and for SCORE.  Billions of dollars that can be poured into his companies as he gets them involved in all the contracts for building the dams and involving foreign companies in cheap electricity projects (like the doomed SALCO venture).

It is the people of Sarawak who will have to find the money to pay all this borrowing back and they are unlikely to have any profit from these useless dams to help them.

So much for BN’s CEO of Sarawak!

March 5, 2012

Al Jazeera investigation confirms Sarawak power glut

Filed under: Dams,Politics Of Development,Taib Must Go — Pengayau @ 10:18 am

Taken from Stop Dam Corruption

(DOHA, QATAR) An investigative report by the Doha-based global news broadcaster Al Jazeera broadcast this morning confirms that the Malaysian state of Sarawak is facing a massive power glut following the completion of the Bakun dam, Asia’s largest hydropower dam outside China.

Al Jazeera reporter Harry Fawcett who visited the dam site found that only one out of three turbines is working and that Sarawak engineers could not explain how the massive amount of power produced at Bakun could be used in a sensible way.
The Bakun dam’s construction started in the mid-1990s and has recently been completed. The dam has been labelled a “monument of corruption” by Transparency International due to massive profits made by companies close to the family of Sarawak Chief Minister Abndul Taib Mahmud.

While the dam has an installed capacitiy of 2,400 MW, Sarawak peak electricity demand amounts to less than 1,000 MW. According to official figures, the dam construction costed 2.4 billion US dollars, funded mainly through loans from the Malaysian citizens’ pension funds.
In a live Al Jazeera interview, Bruno Manser Fund director Lukas Straumann slammed the Sarawak authorities for causing an environmental, social and economic disaster with the Bakun and its further dam plans. “Neither the promised industrialization of Sarawak nor an undersea cable to West Malaysia have materialized. The only rationale behind the further dam plans is corruption.”

Even before the completion of Bakun, secret construction works for the 900 MW Murum dam have started. The construction site of Murum, which is being built by Chinese contractors, has been completely sealed off and the funding of the dam remains a state secret. It has to be feared that the Sarawak dams will endebt the state for generations to come and that Malaysian employees will have to pay with lower rents for the lack of economic viability of the Mega-dams.

The Bruno Manser Fund calls for an immediate halt to further dam planning and construction works in Sarawak and for all official documents related to the dams to be released for public examination.

Watch the Al Jazeera report on the Bakun dam row online under:

www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201221512440166727.html

LA COSA NOSTRA!!

Filed under: Taib Must Go — Pengayau @ 9:19 am

Taib the Godfather of Sarawak with his Mafia Family!

March 1, 2012

Baleh Iban community receptive to dam

Filed under: Dams,Indigeneous People,Taib Must Go,Yang Di Kasihi — Pengayau @ 8:58 am

KAPIT: The Iban community from the Baleh River area is receptive to the proposed Baleh hydroelectric dam at Ulu Baleh River.

Iban community leader Temenggong Datuk Kenneth Kanyan said the community hopes the dam would bring economic growth to the area.

“This is one of the ways the state government will bring in physical development to Baleh. The project is to be implemented by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB).

“The locals hope the government will be able to help the people in Baleh economically.

We believe the mega project to take place in Baleh would change the landscape of development and benefit us from a socioeconomic stand point,” he said during a dialogue at Nanga Antawau recently. Read more HERE

 

Temenggong Datuk Kenneth Kanyan is the son of the late Temenggong Koh, Iban Paramount Leader

Extract from thesis: “Why governments fail to capture economic rent: the unofficial appropriation of rain forest rent by rulers in insular Southeast Asia between 1970 and 1999″

Author: David W. Brown
Publisher: University of Washington, 2001
Original from: University of California
Digitized: Jul 26, 2008
Length: 724 pages

http://english.cpiasia.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=103

Chapter 4 : Unofficial Timber Rent Appropriation in Sarawak (Part 5 – Ibans, divide and conquer)

Chief Minister Taib also uses his timber concessions to buy the loyalty of the leaders of the largest ethnic group in Sarawak, the Iban, who comprise about 30 percent of the population. Taib and his predecessor both belong to the Melanau, a small coastal group.

The Melanau, to ensure their political ascendancy, bind themselves to the state’s Malay population, and play a delicate game of divide and rule with the rest of the state’s large group

Taib must buy the support of the sons of two famous Iban leaders. Their fathers, now dead, led the Iban during most of the twentieth century. The sons are highly visible board members and shareholders in Taib family timber concessions.

The most important Iban leader during much of the pre- and post-World War II period was Temonggong Koh who died in the 1940s. His son, Kenneth Kanyan, is a senator in the upper house of the Sarawak State Assembly (27 May 1997 interview with a reliable and informed academic).

Table 4.8 Taib family timber concessions in which Iban political leaders are board members or shareholders

Director with 42% shares in

Bumi Hijau, 26,000 hectares

Garu, 44,847 hectares

Kerasa, 49,996 hectares

Rajang Wood, 309,575 hectares

Raplex, 72,251 hectares.

Son of Temonggong Koh, the most important Iban leader in the pre- and post-World War II period.

Kenneth Kanyan is now a Senator in the Sarawak State Assembly. He was a strong loyalist to Taib in the 1987 Ming Court affair.

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November 8, 2011

BREAKING NEWS! Taib under investigation in the UK! – British government to monitor MACC


 

“We will monitor the MACC investigation”: British Minister of State, Jeremy Browne

(LONDON, UK). The British government will be monitoring the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation into Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud (“Taib”) and will use its findings “to support a UK investigation”. This has been confirmed in a letter to the Bruno Manser Fund from British Minister of State, Jeremy Browne, the Minister who holds responsibility for Britain’s relations with Malaysia.

Browne confirms that the UK government has started looking into alleged Taib family money-laundering in the UK and British offshore financial centres. According to the Minister, a complaint by the Bruno Manser Fund has been “forwarded to the relevant UK authorities”. “We are also aware, as your letter states, that the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has announced the opening of its own investigation into Taib earlier this year.”

“The UK attaches considerable importance to the integrity and supervision of its financial services industry and property sector, so concrete allegations of money laundering are taken very seriously.” The Minister also stated that the British and Malaysian Governments had signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Transnational Crime, “which foresees close cooperation on money laundering and other illegal activities.”

The Bruno Manser Fund had alerted British Prime Minister David Cameron about suspected money-laundering by the Taib family and called on the British government to freeze illicit Taib assets in the UK. The Taibs’ business flagship in the UK is Ridgeford Properties, a property company controlled by Taib’s daughter Jamilah Taib Murray and his Canadian son-in-law, Sean Murray. Ridgeford Properties holds luxury properties in Central London estimated to be worth several hundred million pounds.

Prior to the British government, the Swiss and German bank regulators had announced that they would look into potential Taib-related dealings in their countries. Australia’s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Canada’s Finance Minister James Flaherty had also assured the Bruno Manser Fund that their governments were taking money-laundering allegations against the Taib family very seriously and would look into the matter. http://www.stop-timber-corruption.org/campaign_update?show=34

October 6, 2011

Radio Free Sarawak is BACK!!

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MEDIA RELEASE

After its recent break Radio Free Sarawak is re-launching this week with an expanded team and greater ambitions.

The show kicks off with a two hour daily timeslot from 6 – 8 pm on the Short Wave band 17560 kHz.  It will also be available free online via the website www.radiofreesarawak.org .

As before, the station will continue to focus on the concerns and interests of the ordinary people of Sarawak, mainly rural folk, who currently have no access to an independent news source.

However, it will also address urban and Malaysia-wide issues in recognition of its popular following among internet users and listeners from other states.

Radio Free Sarawak will provide an alternative platform to the government-controlled brhoadcast and print media, which only exists to praise and promote the Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, and neglects such issues as land-grabs, disenfranchisement and corruption.

The station will reach out and listen to the voices of the people of Sarawak and work on exposing the problems that have resulted in Malaysia’s richest state becoming home to many of its poorest people.

Expect to hear voices also from the opposition parties, who achieved nearly half the votes at the state election (despite BN vote rigging), but who never get adequate recognition from the licenced media.

And, of course there will be plenty of music and entertainment with the return of popular D Jays Papa Orang Utan (who will host the Sunday show), Kakak Burung Tiong, along with a new voice leading day time news coverage Michael Ngau.

For further information please contact The Radio Free Sarawak Website

August 29, 2011

New dam, same old story


Taken from The Star by Stephen Then

 

With folk uprooted for the Bakun and Batang Ai dams yet to benefit from the electricity produced by the projects, one wonders how long the 20,000 people now sacrificing their ancestral land for the Baram dam will get theirs.

I DON’T really relish the thought of seeing another gigantic dam being built after spending the past 15 years watching the Bakun dam develop from start to finish.

It was exactly 15 years ago in August 1996 that the first dynamite hole was drilled into a mountain slope along a bank of Balui River to blast off the construction of three river diversion tunnels through the mountains — the first phase of the Bakun dam project.

I remember the day well. I was in the first batch of media personnel invited by Ekran Bhd (the developer) to visit the site.

Some 30 reporters, photographers and television crew members endured an arduous journey up the Rajang River and through the Balui River to the site earmarked for the 210m main dam wall.

It was a 12-hour boat ride from Sibu via Belaga, Song and Kapit, and we had to shoot up the Pelagus rapids, which at that time was a raging one. In 1996, there was no road from Bintulu to Bakun. The road was completed much later.

I still remember seeing the then Ekran Bhd chairman Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing smashing a bottle of champagne onto the hillslope after the blasting ceremony, an event witnessed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was then the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

During the ceremony, the VVIPs told the press that the project would deliver electricity to the rakyat and solve all their power woes.

They said the project would light up homes in urban and rural Sarawak and channel electricity via submarine cables across the South China Sea to the peninsula.

That was August 1996.

Since then, I have visited the dam eight times, the last in October last year when the flooding of the reservoir started with the damming of the diversion tunnels.

Today, Bakun has been completed, but sadly, the promise that rural folks would benefit from the electricity has not materialised.

The electricity is only for industries in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). The project to cable electricity to the peninsula states was shelved due to high costs.

Power transmission lines from the dam run high over dozens of settlements along a 150km route from Bakun to Bintulu.

These settlements will not benefit from the electricity because they are not connected to the state grid. The dam is connected directly to the main grid and there is no power line connecting Bakun to the settlements.

I saw the same situation at the Batang Ai dam in Sri Aman Division in southern Sarawak where the settlements closest to the site were also without electricity supply.

As in Bakun, the transmission lines bypass them.

The electricity is only for the benefit of industrial users, residential estates, commercial centres and offices located hundreds or thousands of km away from the dams.

Those who were uprooted from their ancestral homes to make way for the dams do not benefit from the electricity.

Unfair, isn’t it?

Senior Iban leader Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing agrees that this should not be the case.

In interviews with The Star and a local newspaper, Masing admitted that locals in Bakun, the Sungai Asap resettlement scheme and Belaga district should also enjoy the 24-hour electricity from Bakun.

“These folk still use generator sets to produce a limited amount of electricity,” he said.

As a matter of social justice, Sarawak Energy Bhd and Sarawak Hidro (the Bakun dam manager) should supply electricity from the dam to these local folk whose lives had been affected by its construction.

Masing said he would try to ensure that the electricity be connected to Sungai Asap, where 15,000 relocated from the Bakun area now live.

He said he would also try to ensure that the rest of the 40,000 population now located in the surrounding settlements and Belaga town were also connected to Bakun to enjoy 24-hour power supply at cheaper rates.

This sounds nice, but in reality, it is easier said than done.

The Star has learnt that to draw electricity from the dam and the Sarawak main grid to the settlements from Bakun to Bintulu would cost more than RM60mil.

A lot of infrastructure work has to be put in place before this can happen. So far, no “volunteers” have come forward to offer the money.

When asked on this, Dr Masing admitted that Sarawak Energy and Sarawak Hidro had said that the move would be extremely costly.

“So far, no decision has been made as to whether the electricity from the Bakun dam will be connected to the settlements near Bakun or Belaga town.

“I hope it will be done for the sake of social justice for the Bakun folk,” he stressed.

I sincerely hope that Dr Masing’s wish will become a reality soon.

As it is, the harsh reality is that the Bakun dam, just like the Batang Ai dam, has not benefited the very people whose lives had been uprooted and ancestral land sacrificed for the dams.

The promise of jobs for locals also did not materialise. Even after 15 years, there is still a lot of unemployment in Sungai Asap and the number of jobs at the Bakun dam is limited.

The latest additions of hydro dams in Sarawak will be in Baram district in the interior of Miri division in northern Sarawak.

Three days ago, Baram MP Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan announced the setting up of a government-appointed committee to handle resettlement and compensation issues of more than 20,000 folks from 25 longhouses who will be uprooted for the 1,000MW Baram dam in Long Kesseh, some 200km inland from Miri city.

It looks like there is no turning back — the Baram dam project is on.

Already, an access road to the dam site is being opened up.

The Baram dam will be half the size of the Bakun dam and cost RM7.3bil — about half the cost of the Bakun dam. But in terms of population of natives affected, it will eclipse the mighty Bakun dam.

In Bakun, an original population of about 10,000 were uprooted. In Baram, however, this will happen to at least 20,000 from 25 settlements.

Sagan, also the committee’s chairman, said that efforts would be made to ensure the local Baram folk benefit from the electricity from the dam.

The mistakes made at the Bakun and Batang Ai dams would not be repeated in Baram, he said.

I hope he is right.

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