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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 21, 2012

A Hari Raya Message For Taib Mahmud

Filed under: Yang Di Kasihi — Pengayau @ 5:52 am

Dear Taib,

Time flies fast. I sent a Raya message last year to you. It’s Raya again. You well?

It is a little malu (shameful) to see a great man hanging in the air like a monkey – can’t go up to become Governor and can’t come down to enjoy your…er… the rakyat’s (people’s) money.

For the remaining days on earth, you should follow this wise advice, Taib!

1. Pray 20 times a day, 5 to do your duty as a good Muslim, 15 times as repentance to pay for the sins you have committed and all the wrongs and bad deeds you did in the past 30 years to the people of Sarawak . This is your first step to your eternal redemption.

2. Do not consult or even talk to your bomohs any more. Your bomohs, such as Ahmad Suut…Remember, these bomohs are the ones who prevented you from becoming Governor (because as a TRUE Muslim, it is very, very wrong to consult bomohs). By consulting and taking advice from bomohs everyday, you have not been a good and true Muslim, and therefore, you can’t be Sarawak ’s Governor, because the Governor is also the Head of Muslims of Sarawak. If not for the bomohs, you could have been appointed Governor by now and be known as Tun Pehin…already. And, that poor Abang Louis at 92 is still working!!! Remember, remember this, very carefully.

3. In a few weeks or a few months time, it will be State Elections again and you will be 30 years in Sarawak politics (god willing!). As orang tua, you must always smile, be gentle and talk softly.

4. Plan your strategy carefully. Win your election and then bring Suleiman to live in Canada , the place you love so much (nice clean cool air) and or the US where you bought a mansion for US$1.00 only from Samling. Remember the time when we had haze in Kuching, it was Canada which cured your asthma, it was the clean air of Canada which saved you. Leave Sarawak to the Sarawakians. Just give the Chief Ministership to anyone of the many other capable young people in Sarawak (contrary to your belief, there are actually aplenty!). Afterall, we are living in a democratic country, are we not? The minority follows the majority. Furthermore, do you really think Suleiman is a good Chief Minister material? What happens if he start slapping our YB Fatimah (the one and only lady Minister)?

5. Dissolve CMS, Zecon, Naim, Titanium, etc etc, and start giving projects, big and small, to other companies in Sarawak . Make every body happy, not just some people around you happy. Let every contract be open tender allowing people to compete.

6. Remember the saying? Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. That means you have to give back the wealth of the people of Sarawak to the people of Sarawak . Return all your ill-gotten money to the people of Sarawak immediately. You can start by giving back people’s money and not just have open house at the BCCK, giving free makan to people but paid by using people’s money (worst still, giving the catering amounting to millions to your sister).

7. From now on, eat slowly and in very small quantity. Remember the pipework in your body is not that clean and healthy anymore. According to my doctor friend, Stage 1, 2, 3… Colon cancer finishes at Stage 4 – game over!!

8. From now on until election, do not get angry with Georgie. He is not serious in leading SUPP to pull out from BN Sarawak. As someone sharing the same grandson, you should know that! He is just play-acting, sort of wayang kulit.You know, Georgie being Georgie, as soon as he has female companionship, he is like a poodle. In fact, don’t get angry with anybody. When you get angry, your blood pressure shoots up. That’s not good for an orang tua, who has had heart bypass some more in the past.

9. Always use your car whenever you go, especially during election. Don’t travel by copters. You know the records of Hornbil Airways… Oh, before I forget, don’t travel to Switzerland so much, the last time I heard, Kuching now has very good dentists, though there are also a lot of foot-massage parlours. You know frequent travel by air at your age is not very good.

10. Finally when you talk, don’t shout. People heard you shouting again recently. But I know that Najib is bothering you nowadays and giving you stress, and you shout every day. … Shouting will bring up your blood pressure. Remember that Najib is just a joker. He wants to find a girl friend for you, he wants you to enjoy life, he wants you to retire…What a joker! Does he not know you still have a lot of “preparations” to do before retirement? Who is he to ask an orang tua like you to retire, huh? Kurang ajar punya budak! Haiya, just ignore him. Look after your own health. Take good care of yourself. Enjoy your remaining days and be a very good orang tua!!

Selamat Hari Raya.

Your true friend,

Kuching Kia

August 20, 2012

Gangster State!

Latest exposure by Sarawak Report

Yesterday we featured Sarawak’s Action Heroes, who have been standing up for their land rights against ruthless plantation companies.

The five campaigners from Melikin in Balai Ringen were arrested last week after false accusations were made against them relating to arson and assault. They were later released without charge.

The reason behind this harassment was that they have been protesting against the plantation company that has been snatching and bulldozing their ancestral Native Customary Rights (NCR) lands.

We can now bring more details of the gangster-style harassment that these folk have endured over the past year and we can also reveal that the owners of the companies that are grabbing their land are two of Taib Mahmud’s top Ministers!

What more do we need to know to understand how the Chief Minister has robbed his people and pillaged the State of Sarawak?

Grabbed and then bulldozed – what Awang Tengah and Naroden Majais’s company United Teamtrade Sdn Bhd is doing to NCR land in Melikin!

Gangster tactics – “Either you take our money or we take your land for free”!

Reporters for Sarawak Report have been interviewing the inhabitants of Melikin over the past days to learn of their problems with one of the major companies that has been operating in their area, United Teamtrade.  United Teamtrade has been granted a provisional licence for 7,300 hectares.

However, as so often is the case, it has treated this provisional licence from the Land & Survey Department as a right to take Native Customary Rights Land, instead of a right to negotiate with the real landowners.

Land right? United Teamtrade’s juicy provisional permit on NCR land in Melikin, Balai Ringen

According to the villagers, who live about 60 miles from Kuching and not far from the Indonesian border, the company has been attempting to bully them into selling the land for a laughable RM300 (£60) a hectare!

When the locals refused to give up their ancestral lands and their livelihoods and timber for less than a month’s wages they say the Company Manager bullied them with the threat:

 “Either you take the money or we’ll take it (your land) for free”

He then produced the provisional lease from the Land & Survey Department, claiming this over-ruled their ancestral rights to the land, which includes their graveyards, fruit trees and Tembawai (the former longhouse).

Up-front profit – the companies have been grabbing the valuable timber as a prelude to turning the land to profitable oil palm, destroying the jungle in the process

However, the people of Melikin have refused to be bowed and they turned to PKR’s native land rights lawyers instead.  With the help of YB See Chee How (now a member of the State Assembly) they have taken the company to court.


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


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.


November 18, 2011

Senator Lihan Jok. Senator or a Joker?

Filed under: Sarawak Politics,Yang Di Kasihi — Pengayau @ 7:26 am

Senator Lihan Jok? Yes, Lihan Joke to be exact. He is the one who said that Baram Dam is a Gift from God, I bet he’s refering to Taib as his one and only god

“I am not ashamed to say that the mega project is a gift from God because as a result of the project the government will build a 60-km road from Long Lama to the dam site at Long Keseh, benefitting about 12,000 Kayans from nine longhouses along the river,”

Taken from Borneo Post

Lihan Jok dilantik senator

Posted on November 16, 2011, Wednesday

KUCHING: Lihan Jok, 54, dilantik sebagai senator selepas pencalonannya mendapat persetujuan majoriti ahli dewan pada Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Ke-17, semalam.

Pencalonan beliau dicadang oleh Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Alfred Jabu Numpang dan disokong oleh Menteri Kanan Tan Sri James Masing.

Dalam pemilihan semalam, Lihan berdepan saingan daripada calon dikemukakan barisan pembangkang, Dr John Brian Anthony yang dicadangkan oleh Pengerusi Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) Negeri Wong Ho Leng dan disokong oleh ADUN Kidurong Chiew Chiu Sing.

Pelantikan Lihan sebagai senator menggantikan Datuk Idris Buang dimaklumkan oleh Speaker Dun Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar.

“Dr John Brian mendapat 15 undi, Lihan Jok pula mendapat 50 undi… dengan ini saya mengumumkan Lihan Jok dengan sah sebagai senator… tahniah,” katanya.

Setiausaha DUN selepas itu memberitahu pihaknya ada menerima surat rasmi daripada Lihan pada 2 November lalu yang menyatakan kesanggupan beliau berkhidmat sebagai senator sekiranya dipilih.

Sementara itu Jabu ketika mengemukakan usul mencadangkan pencalonan Lihan berkata tempoh pelantikan Idris yang dilantik menerusi DUN sebagai Ahli Dewan Negara enam tahun lalu iaitu selama dua penggal tamat pada 28 November ini.

“Atas sebab itu saya hari ini mewakili ahli dewan merekodkan terima kasih kepada YB Senator Datuk Idris Buang atas sumbangan dan khidmatnya yang begitu dedikasi.

“Atas alasan ini juga bagi mengisi kekosongan ini, saya dengan besar hati melaksanakan tugas saya dan penuh penghormatan, saya menamakan calon untuk mengisi kekosongan sebagai senator,” katanya.

Lihan, berbangsa Kayan dari Long Bedian, Ulu Sungai Apoh, Baram Sarawak bekas Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Telang Usan selama dua penggal dari 2001 hingga 2010. Read more here

December 23, 2010

Billion Ringgit Bride

Filed under: Taib Must Go,Yang Di Kasihi — Pengayau @ 4:00 am
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Taken from Sarawak Report
Did she marry for his money or his morals? All we know of the bride is she is around 29 and from Lebanon

We have an exclusive picture of Sarawak Chief Minister, Taib Mahmud’s, new young bride.  Kuching has been aflame with interest and amusement at the leaked information that the 74 year old has found himself a second wife who is apparently still in her 20s.

However, the government has refused to issue official confirmation of the wedding ceremony, which was celebrated at the weekend in the Chief Minister’s vast mansion (the financing of which remains a mystery, like the rest of his properties).  Even senior Government Ministers have been scouring the web for details of the new “Thief Lady”, who has yet even to be announced by name. In desperation calls were even going out to Sarawak Report.  We feel honoured to oblige.

Sarawak’s wealth around her neck

Sarawakians will not fail to notice that several thousand hectares of irreplaceable jungle must have been felled and turned to oil palm to adorn this lady’s neck.

Addiction to gaudy baubles is a notable foible of Taib’s female family members – Jamilah his daughter shows off these diamonds

One top London jeweller today gave the opinion that the rubies in her diamond tiara, necklace, ring and broach are “likely to be fake glass”.  His reason was that if they were genuine cabochon rubies, like they appear to be, then they would be “priceless at such a size as that”.  When pressed the jeweller hazarded that they would be worth at least RM150 million.

Since the Chief Minister has yet to release details about his bride we will leave Sarawakians to decide amongst themselves whether the Chief Minister has adorned his new wife in glass or cabochon ruby.

Christmas is a time for sharing

As they depart for their Christmas honeymoon, doubtless utilising one of the Hornbill jets funded by Sarawak’s hard-pressed taxpayers, we hope the happy couple spare a thought for the many hungry children in the longhouses who are hoping for a nice present this year.

However, times are hard because more and more land has been snatched away from these communities by the Chief Minister’s BN government, so their parents will have already told them not to expect too much.

Showing off daughter Jamilah, nieice Anita and pals

As ever, these parents will have to remind their children that the Chief Minister’s favourite advice to the rural folks is that they “must learn to wait”.  Apparently, Taib is promising that at some stage he will begin to share his wealth with the people he took it from!

Low cut – sister and daughters

Exposure earlier on by Antu Beduru


December 1, 2010

Taib Share Shock ! – Exclusive

Filed under: Corruptions,Taib Must Go,Yang Di Kasihi — Pengayau @ 6:13 pm

Taken from Sarawak Report

Royal Mulu Hotel – Chief Minister owns shares in this state-funded enterprise


Sarawak Report can reveal that the Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, has a major personal shareholding in Sarawak’s highly controversial  Royal Mulu Resort,  a project that has received huge injections of cash from the State.  This means that, as both Chief Minister and Finance Minister, Taib has authorised the diversion of large sums of public money straight into his own pocket.

As State Resources and Planning Minister, Taib was also responsible for the forced acquisition of a large area of Native Customary Lands from the indigenous Berawan tribe to build the resort, for which the tribespeople received virtually no compensation.  Our evidence therefore further exposes him for having authorised this land-snatch for his own direct benefit.

His shareholding is in a company that was incorporated as recently as November 2007, Mesti Bersatu Sdn Bhd.  This in turn has a 50% shareholding of the Taib/Mahmud family company Kenyalang Cergas, one of the main shareholders of Borsamulu Resorts Bhd (BRSB).  BRSB was handed the ownership and lucrative management contract for what was once a state-owned National Park, thanks to a series of decisions by Taib’s own government starting in 1991.  The management contract is paid for by the taxpayer!

In the money! – a decade ago the Geneids had nothing, now they are the toast of Malaysia’s Tatler Ball 2010! 

The other major beneficiaries and shareholders of the Royal Mulu Resort are members of his family, including his sister Raziah, her third husband Robert Geneid and the family of his late brother Arip Mahmud.  Taib Mahmud has personally  accused the Berawan people of being “greedy” for refusing to hand over their lands for ‘development’.  Their peaceful protests in the 1990s were brutally put down by army and police and their leaders were imprisoned.   Deprived of their territories, these communities are now impoverished and hungry and few people, apart from the Mahmud family, will have difficulty in discerning where the true greed lies.

This time it’s on record

The significance of this official confirmation of the Chief Minister’s own shareholding lies in the fact that Taib has normally sought to disguise his acquisitions and shareholdings in an attempt to avoid widespread allegations of corruption.  He habitually uses members of his own family to hold shares on his behalf.  Thus, the names of his many brothers and sisters, his late wife, his four children, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws are prominent as key shareholders in most of Sarawak’s important businesses.

Insiders have also told Sarawak Report that the elderly Chief  Minister has employed a number of other devious methods to keep control of such companies until he is able to extract his wealth and invest it secretly abroad.  These methods include forcing his nominees to sign undated resignation letters and share transfer forms, which he can use at any time to force their removal and employ somebody else as his front man or ‘nominee’!

Likewise, Sarawak Report has copies of US documents showing that shares which were publicly registered as belonging to family members were in fact secretly ‘held in trust’ for the Chief Minister himself.

Chief Minister’s name is in black and white in the Register of Companies

In black and white – Chief Minister Taib Mahmud declares his interest! 

Mesti Bersatu Sdn Bhd therefore forms a notable exception, in that Taib declares his financial interest in black and white in Malaysia’s Company Register.  It is likely to have been an oversight on his part and a sign of his growing confidence that he can do what he likes in Sarawak and get away with it.

He is registered both as a Director and a Shareholder of Mesti Bersatu and holds 400,000 shares out of the 2,300,000 total shares issued for the company.  The other shareholders are his late brother Arif’s three wives (condoned under the Muslim faith) and two grown up daughters.  At RM 1.00 per share, Taib’s shareholding represents an outlay of 400,000 ringgit.

Cheesy tourist welcome – the local tribespeople put on embarrassing display at the Royal Mulu Hotel (from the Geneid family facebook album) 

The company is registered as having ‘No Operation’ at it’s Kuching address, but in fact owns half the shares in Kenyalang Cergas Bhd, which was set up in 1992 as a direct Shareholder of the Royal Mulu resort.   The other Directors and Shareholders of Kenyalang Cergas are Taib’s sister Raziah and her current husband Robert Geneid, who were behind the original development of the resort and  act as the main directors of the company.  Crony timber tycoons the Yaw family, the owners of Samling, have also put money into the project, along with the architect from Singapore. Crucially the Sarawak State Government has also taken up an interest in the venture and has usefully pumped in large sums of life-saving injections of cash from the taxpayer over the years.  That involvement was of course thanks to Taib Mahmud.Read more here

Read also

BREAKING NEWS: Chief Minister’s name is in black and white in the Register of Companies!

Press statement released by Baru Bian on Friday 26th November, 2010. KUCHING.

State Liaison Chief for PKR Sarawak, Baru Bian, accompanied by his lawyer Desmond Kho and several party members, paid a visit to the MACC state office at the 12th floor of Bangunan Sultan Iskandar at Simpang Tiga here today at 3pm.

Bian said serious allegations are reported in an article which is posted at a news portal called http://www.sarawakreport.org under the provocative heading of ‘TAIB SHARE SHOCK!’ at http://www.sarawakreport.org/2010/11/taib-share-shock-exclusive/

According to Bian, the article contains information which is of public interest, especially for Sarawakians. Bian said it is his public duty to alert the MACC and bring the article to the MACC’s attention for further investigations.

“These are very serious allegations. As a responsible citizen of this country, it is my duty to bring this article to the attention of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission. It is up to them to further investigate the allegations,” said Bian.

“Malaysians, Sarawakians in particular, would be interested to know if these allegations are true or not. The MACC has a public responsibility to serve the public interest,” said Bian.

Bian gave a printed copy of the article to Puan Suzita bte Marikan and Encik Omar Mokhtar bin Jahari, the MACC enforcement officers at the Investigations Unit.

November 9, 2010

How David beat Goliath in Iban land rights war

Taken from Hornbill  Unleashed

By Sim Kwang Yangulu niah 5 iban longhouse sarawak 011007 welcomes

Nowhere in the annals of Sarawak’s history has the struggle over land rights been more heated than the battle for Semilajau in the late 1990s.

This fertile stretch of land along the Bintulu-Miri main road had been farmed by Iban farmers for many generations. The land is fertile and has always provided plenty of sustenance for those hardworking people. These Iban relied entirely on their land for all their needs in an independent existence in the jungle.

They claimed the right to till their land as part of their customary heritage. They had cleared the primary jungle and by doing so, had ploughed the way for their farms and orchards. This is how they had established their claim to customary rights to farm and own the land for as long as they can remember.

Those rights were fully-recognised under the native customs oradat, long before the laws of modern Malaysia came into being.

And these rights were entrenched in the Land Code, Sarawak’s set of land laws.

‘Squatters’ on their ancestral land

In the 1990s, the native farmers found, to their great surprise and dismay, that their rights had been snatched away by a public listed company. The state government had awarded this company a licence to log timber on the Iban villagers’ land.

NONEThis company, a giant modern conglomerate, had claimed the land rights for the whole Semilajau area for agricultural purposes.

Pretty soon, the 14 longhouses in the Semalajau area had received eviction notices from the authorities claiming that the villagers were squatting illegally on ‘state land’.

The villages all along the main road became the subjects of intimidation by the plantation company. The company gave them notice to move out, or face the legal consequences of such an act of ‘illegal’ squatting.

Thousands of Iban found themselves squatters on their own land.

On one occasion, the police, assisted by the company’s enforcement personnel, tried to evict the longhouse folk by force. Truckloads of enforcement personnel appeared one fine day, equipped with chainsaws and axes, threatening to cut down all the longhouses.

But the longhouse dwellers had been prepared for these threats of violence. They came out of their longhouses with parangs or machetes and a collection of weapons. They stood their ground in defence of their longhouses.

The young children and women lined up in front, in an attempt to appeal to the company’s sense of humanity. They formed a human chain to deter the enforcement personnel from advancing. The men stood behind, ready to move forward for battle if their families were attacked.

The situation grew tense. In the end, the police and enforcement personnel capitulated , wisely, for their own safety, and to avoid a bloodbath.

A defiant Gawai Sandau Ari

Shortly afterwards, the Tuai Rumah, or chief, of one village received a letter from the court, summoning him to appear to answer a charge of ‘squatting’.

The day before he was to appear in court, the community called a general meeting, to be attended by the Tuai Rumah of surrounding longhouses, and all their village committee representatives, to celebrate a Gawai Sandau Ari.

I was invited to attend the Gawai, to witness the ‘waking of a new dawn’, a traditional Iban celebration. By late morning, as the Tuai Rumah arrived one by one and the mass gathering had the air of celebration and a traditional mass meeting.

gawai dawak 020607 foodAll manner of people, young and old, were wandering up and down the longhouse verandah or ruai, in a celebratory and collectively optimistic mood. A huge gathering like that would have been considered an ‘illegal assembly’ by the police.

But it was natural and traditional for the Iban to celebrate theirGawai in that fashion, and there was nothing that the police could do to stop them.

The meeting was called to order by three Tuai Rumah, Ayan, Kutau and David Imeh the three grassroots leaders who had been coached by NGOs to organise dissent against the grabbing of their customary land.

The meeting soon began to delve into the serious business of protecting their villages. The 14 longhouse chiefs made their speeches, one by one, pledging to defend their lands with their lives. A pig was killed, and the Tuai Rumah took turns to dip the end of their parangs in the blood, swearing allegiance to the fight for their lands.

This was accompanied by much shouting and a declaration of war by onlookers who gathered in large numbers. The sights and sounds of the huge crowd of agitated Iban, waving their spears and their parang, made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

Presently, one of the old men, who had been reading the lines of the slaughtered pig’s liver, declared that careful reading of the signs had told him that the day’s Gawai would be fruitful.

This announcement was greeted by a loud cheer from the gathering. Then somebody picked up a shotgun and climbed up to the roof of the longhouse. He fired three shots that echoed loud and clear, signaling the start of the joyous Gawai festivities.Read more here

Caught on Video ! Taib Admits Vast Wealth As He Bribes Voters!

Taken from Sarawak Report

Same old boasts and same old bribes – Taib had nothing new to offer in Sibu

Taib has not only been caught out bribing voters, but also admitting to his vast wealth!  The illegal act and the confession were both captured in a video recording of an election speech that has now come into the possession of Sarawak Report.  In the recording he tells his audience:

“I’ve got more money than I can ever spend, so I don’t worry about money.  All my children now look after [my money], so I am giving you something very nice”

Later he makes a direct offer to bribe the audience of longhouse voters, who he was visiting during the Sibu by-election:

“I am prepared to give you 600 ringgit per [longhouse] door, normal thing right, no change.  People have said that’s a lot of money.  I have many friends all over the world. They are in Germany, Japan, China. We can talk, ask them to invest here.”

The Bribe

His boast about wealth

“More money than I can ever spend” –  vindication of Sarawak Report

The footage was taken while Taib was doing the rounds of the longhouses during the recent Sibu by-election, where he in fact suffered a shock defeat.  It shows the aging politician employing his tried and tested method for winning seats, without realising that time and technology has moved on.  He should have known that what you say in public these days gets recorded!  In response, Sarawak Report would like to thank him for his statements, which we regard as a vindication of our accusations over the past weeks and a full confession of his corruption.

His remarks admitting he has accumulated ”more money than I can ever spend” out of abusing his position of power in Sarawak, were recorded on cheap equipment by observers in the audience, who say that he repeated the same claims and offered the same bribe of 600 ringgit per door (longhouse family) numerous times as he visited different communities.

In so doing he has demonstrated that while he officially disguises the fact that he is the real owner of his family’s fortune by using his siblings and children as nominees, he still thinks he can get away with bragging about it in public, especially when he is trying to impress voters he wants to bribe.

However, this time he did not get away with it.  In Sibu the voters knew full well that he was trying to bribe them with their own money, having stripped them of their lands and taken the profits.   Their message to the Chief Minister after this speech in June was that if he has more money than he can ever spend why is he still seeking to stay on in office and make yet more money out of Sarawak?  This message needs to be repeated by all the voters at the State Election and the Federal Election.  The opposition coalition wants to end Taib Mahmud’s illegal plunder of the State of Sarawak!

See for yourself

Sarawak Report has produced a transcript of what the Chief Minister said in the recording, which was spoken partly in Malay and partly in English with some Iban, in a speech to a crowded longhouse.  While the audio is not good, it is perfectly possible to make out his words.Read more here

Read also Taib’s family ‘Cheated’ Japanese Shareholders! Hard Evidence – Sanyan Scandal Exposes Taib! Bomoh Warned Taib To Step Down! – Part Two of our exclusive revelations

September 14, 2010

Another Fatal Blow to Taib!!

Explain your wealth, DAP tells Taib

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: DAP has added more pressure on Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to respond to allegations that his family owned prime pieces of real estate overseas that together are worth billions of ringgit.

DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen, speaking at a press conference here, noted that Taib had not bothered to either confirm or deny reports on the Internet in the last few months that indicated that he and his family were extraordinarily rich.

Many of the allegations originate from the website Sarawak Report

According to the site, the Taibs own properties in Canada, the United States, Britain and Australia.

It said that in Canada, the family’s Sakto Development Corporation owned the twin glass towers and a swanky shopping complex at Preston Square and a multi-story residential building in downtown Ottawa.

On top of that, said Chong, the private residence of Taib’s daughter in Ottawa was rated the second most expensive house in the area, worth about 10 million Canadian Dollars.

He gave these other details: that the family owned an estimated US$80,000,000 worth of office blocks in Seattle and San Francisco, a few blocks of commercial and luxury flats in central London, and the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide.

Chong, who is also the MP for Bandar Kuching, said: “All these reports about Taib’s family owning hundreds of millions or even billions of ringgit’s worth of properties have been circulating in the internet for quite some time, in fact since the Sibu by-election in May 2010. Yet Taib has kept mum.

“As the Chief Minister of Sarawak for the last 30 years, Taib is accountable to the people of Sarawak to clarify the matter,” he said.

Chong posed the following five questions for Taib to answer:

  1. Are the reports on Sarawak Report true?
  2. What is the salary of the Chief Minister of Sarawak? How could Taib’s children have had such huge amounts of money to buy overseas properties?
  3. Other than the properties reported on the Sarawak Report website, are there any other properties owned by Taib’s family members or their companies? How much are those properties worth?
  4. Why is Taib’s family so rich and yet, the state of Sarawak is the fourth least developed state in Malaysia?
  5. If the reports were untrue, what action will Taib take against the makers of the reports?

“It is time for Taib to provide the answers to the above questions because all Sarawakians are interested and have a right to know the answers,” he said.

September 13, 2010

RM 78 million from Sarawak’s Sewers – Taibs’ Shitload of profit!

It has emerged that Abdul Taib Mahmud and his family have conducted a massive raid on the public funding for Kuching’s new sewerage system.

Figures show that out of a total 530 million ringgit handed out from taxpayers’ money to pay for the project, a staggering 78 million ringgit has been siphoned off by the Taib family and a crony company called Nishimatsu Construction (Nishimatsu’s parent company is currently being prosecuted in Japan in connection with a massive bribery and corruption scandal).

The theft is just the latest example of  the so-called ’skimming’ of publicly funded projects by using bogus sub-contracts, which has become a standard form of abuse in Sarawak under Taib.  Critics have condemned it as the crudest possible form of corruption.

”Even a child could understand what is going on”, complained one outraged opposition figure last week, “the only reason Taib gets away with it is because he would sack any newspaper editor who dared to print what is going on.  If the people knew the extent of it, the billions he has stolen in this way, they would be marching in fury!”.

Skimming using bogus sub-contracting is now standard practice in Sarawak

The method of theft is indeed astonishingly simple and the Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, has made it common practice during his thirty years rule over the State of Sarawak.  First he abuses his position of power by placing a project in the hands of a company run by an unqualified member of his own family or a friend.  Then the crony sub-contracts the project to another company that is capable of doing the job, but for far less than the original amount.  This way the Taibs pocket the difference.

‘Businesswoman’ – Raziah Mahmud

In the case of the Kuching Sewerage System, therefore, it came as little surprise to insiders when it was announced on 30th September 2008that the Chief Minister had awarded the 530 million ringgit contract to a consortium of three companies that included Kumpulan Construction, which is run by his sister, Raziah Mahmud. She and Taib’s brother Onn own 87.5% of the shares in the company.

So what does Raziah Mahmud know about building a public sewerage system?

Kumpulan construction reportedly has no construction equipment and Raziah Mahmud is not qualified to build a modern sewerage system.  In fact, her meteoric ‘business career’ developed shortly after Taib Mahmud became Chief Minister, when numerous public contracts started coming the way of companies suddenly started up by herself and other Taib family members.

Onlookers point out that Raziah Mahmud has only developed one area of evident expertise, which is her ability to rapidly sub-contract projects which have been handed to her by her brother.  Thus, on 21st October 2008, less than a month after the original government contract was awarded to the consortium of Kumpulan Construction, Nishimatsu Construction and Hock Seng Lee Bhd (HSL) it was further announced by HSL that the project had now been sub-contracted to them alone, but at the much reduced sum of 452 Million Ringgit.  This leaves 78 million ringgit unaccounted for in the hands of the other two companies, Kumpulan and Nishimatsu.

Unsavoury business partner?

Ichiro Ozawa – Japanese opposition leader forced to resign over Nishimatsu funding scandal. Who next?

Sarawak Report would therefore like to know how the missing 78 million ringgit was divided between Raziah Mahmud and the Japanese-owned Nishimatsu Construction Co?

Nishimatsu Construction hit the headlines last year when the Japanese authorities arrested its Chairman for operating a I billion Yen slush fund, which he admitted he had used to make bribes to gain foreign contracts and to make illegal political donations.  The scandal forced the resignation of the Japanese opposition leader Ichiro Ozawa.

Therefore, it is only fair to demand a clear explanation of the relationship between Nishimatsu and the Taib family and to ask what work could have been carried out by Kumpulan/Nishamatsu during this three week period that could have merited a payment of what is around US $25 million?

If such enquiries have brought a top political resignation in Japan, what might a proper investigation produce in Sarawak?Read more here

September 8, 2010

Non-renewal of Land tenure in Betong

Filed under: State Election,Yang Di Kasihi — Pengayau @ 10:00 am

There was this unusual dialogue held on the 30th July at SRK Chung Hwa school in Betong (of all places) that had this bold theme that surprised everyone! “RE: Jemputan ke majlis dialog bagi tanah yang terletak di kawasan Betong town District on 30 July at SJK Chung Hua”

Why at the Chung Hua school? Its because the topic will effect the mainly chinese folks. You see, in Betong everything is politics…lock, stock and barrel..! So, to kinda respect and tarik ati the chinese, lets hold this dialogue at a chinese school. For your kind information, the Dewan Rentap is much bigger and more suitable than the Chung Hua.

So, the gist of it all is this…All land that is 3km square radius covering the Betong town areas will NOT BE RENEWED after its expiry. Thats mean, all land in Semumok, Pasar Miskin, Paya Udak, Gernis, Entanak, Lempaong, Bebanggai, Tg Palai, part of Malaban, all that part of areas along Tg Assam Rd and all surrounding areas will not renewed come its expiry date.
This policy or ruling, or whatever you called them, will hit hard the land owners in these areas.

It is very naive of us to rely on the Sarawak Land code to administer all administrative and legal land matters. Nowadays, politicians, especially “older” ones, decide a policy terribly impromptu and at impulse.

Already, this State Government is bogged down by numerous land cases suit served against her, and now this, its baffling. There must be something terribly wrong, either your Land Law is flawed, or your land policy is bad, that there are hundreds of court cases pending against the Government resulting in the aforementioned.

Not forgetting the millions of tax payers money coughed out by the Government to pay for damages awarded. And now this weird decision, almost suicidal in nature.

The dialogue was chaired by Alfred Jabu and surrounded by top civil servants in Betong.Eagerly awaiting the aftermath and retribution comes next election, if any..

By the way,please be reminded that once your lease expires, there is no compensation.You, the landowners will have to decide. Renew now, you have no chance to have the approval. You wait for expiry date, all will be gone..no compensation and no ownership of the land.Original link here

Comment from my source in Betong

Ba pekara tanah ke di-frozen perintah ba kami di Betong ditu, endang amat munyi ke ditusui BB tu dalam blog iya nya. I can say 90% true. The other 10%, aku enda berani ngumbai iya amat, laban iya nadai come up with actual figure. Alasan Jabu ke freezing 3km radius semua tanah ditu laban dikena perintah re-organized ke pengawa pemansang ngaga/ngemanahka sistem tebatan banjir. Nya aja gist dialog iya kemari. Tang bisi 2, 3 minggu ke dialog, nya aku ke ninga Jabu empu bisi tanah dalam payung 3km radius nya, tang enda diserangkung atur tu, which is very100x funny. Funny, because, why his property is exempted, while the other hundred landowners’ don’t?

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