Correction and Apology

Correction and Apology

21 Jul 2010

Worth Every Cent?

What is the Chief Minister’s Official Salary?

 Sarawak Report has had its attention drawn to an inaccuracy regarding its reporting of the Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud’s, official salary.  For this we apologise, as we have attempted, despite a conspicuous lack of public information, to stick to accurate and objective reporting.

In this context we have frequently questioned how Mr Mahmud’s reported remuneration of 20,000 ringgit per month could have supported a multi-million dollar property empire across the globe.

We are now advised that the Chief Minister’s official salary is MYR 13,000 per month (excluding allowances or perks, such as the sole, exclusive use of a personal jet courtesy of the Sarawak taxpayer).

Nevertheless it is important not to forget the numerous other salaries that the Chief Minister has simultaneously obtained through awarding himself a number of key top jobs at once.  On top of his Chief Minister’s salary he has enjoyed his Federal Parliamentarian salary of MYR 10,000 per month, his State Assemblyman’s salary of MYR 8,000 per month.  With great energy he also commands the two other key financial offices of Sarawak in his roles as Finance Minister MYR 9,000 per month  and State Planning and Resource Management Minister another MYR 9,000 per month.

This all totals a very attractive MYR 49,000 per month, the sort of salary that any Chief of State would be pleased to receive.  However, Sarawak Report remains baffled as to how such a salary could begin to support the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property across the globe, which we have unveiled as belonging to his family in recent reports.  By contrast, for example, Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister, has been much criticised for  a collection of family properties that now extends to three houses and a couple of flats. Yet, his resources to pay for these relatively modest properties are easy to identify.   His wife is a high-flying UK barrister and he now occupies a number of directorships and positions. The couple have also both been paid for their books and he gets a huge amount for speaking engagements.

But where does Mr Mahmud get his wealth, which is exponential by comparison with Mr Blair?  Perhaps those simultaneous three roles as Chief Minister, Finance Minister and State Planning and Resource Management Minister are part of the answer.  For what can get done in Sarawak without the say-so of this trinity – wrapped up so conveniently in one?

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  • Luntau Sintan Angkap

    Genius of geniuses. Taib should be Malaysia's Finance Minister.

  • ray

    I am naive, Why does anyone need millions or billions?

    RM 10 million after allowing for impending inflation, can sustain an affluent life style in Malaysia.

    The culture in digital era saw Bill Gates and many others doing the pay back. They give back to society their wealth. This makes sense.

  • babeh_kuran_nephew

    To all Dayak@Bidayuh. Taib Mahmud now are in deep trouble. Almost every country where Taib keep his money now are doing their investigation on money laundering. All his children Jamilah Hamidah Taib, Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib, Hanifah Hajar Taib are under investigation too. Many company and other company all over the world start to stop doing business with company associate with Taib’s family and cronies. Most of this company do not want to be investigate by foreign country. All Taib’s cronies are still working have been bribe. Hundred’s of transaction of money worth million’s ringgit have been done in foreign bank. Total amount of transaction near billions of ringgit.

    Note for Taib:-

    “If you can easily bribe anyone, or any cronies. Someone else will easily bribe them. Your money will never enough for them. Do you have enough money to bribe back all your cronies and business involvement when someone willing to pay higher price for it? This bribe worth 10 times of your business value. It start circulating from a business value RM1mill until hundred’s of million.”

    Please take note this.