7 Dec 2010

Helping himself – Taib Lifts Prime Plots from Pelita [Exclusive!]

Helping himself – Taib Lifts Prime Plots from Pelita [Exclusive!]

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In charge of the land handouts

The Sarawak Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is also the Chairman of the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA), which manages state land under the title of Pelita, has been using his control over the government agency to steer prime bits of land the way of himself and his family!

Sarawak Report has found documentary proof that a huge area of 700 acres of valuable state land at 13th Mile Kuching, which had formed part of the Rajah Brooke Memorial Hospital site next to the Semengok National Park, has now been absorbed into the Taib family property empire.

The Chief Minister himself holds substantial shares in the property.  In his guise as Chief Minister and Chairman of the LCDA, he himself would have approved and overseen the deal from which he has so directly profited.

A deal marked “CONFIDENTIAL”!

We have established that the land was originally ‘alienated’ from the Hospital and placed under the ‘custody’ of the State in in 1984.  Three years later in 1987 the LCDA then saw fit to transfer the custody of this land, which forms an extension of Semengok National Park, to a company called Lanco Plantations.  Semengok is the last remaining sanctuary for Orang Utan in the entire region and as its name indicates, Lanco Plantations tears down natural habitats and plants palms.  The biggest single shareholder in Lanco Plantations is the company Mesti Bersatu sdn bhd, which is owned by Taib Mahmud himself and members of his brother Arip’s family.

The the details of this shameful transaction are stamped ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ in the Land Registry, doubtless in an attempt to conceal the dishonesty of the deal.  Sarawak Report would like to inform readers that a great number of the transactions registered in the Land Registry are likewise marked “Confidential” and we will leave you to draw your own conclusions.

Taken for free

It is local knowledge that the land, which in the past had been given to local people to plant padi and to lepers being treated at the hospital to farm, had been taken from the Hospital and then passed into the hands of Taib’s brother Arip Mahmud.  Villagers in the area bitterly refer to it as ‘Arip’s Land’.  However  they reacted angrily today when they learnt about the full details of the transaction. 

We were able to inform them that the records show that the entire area of 256 hectares (around 700 acres) was transferred to the ownership of Lanco Plantations and their Taib family shareholders for a “NIL” premium.  They were handed it absolutely free.   It is surely for the corruption commissioners at the MACC to enquire on what grounds Taib, as both the Chairman of the LCDA and Chief Minister, gifted such a property to his family?

But nothing for Sarawak

Meanwhile, many of the locals, mainly Bidayu, have suffered considerable hardships, because of the loss of their lands to developments such as the Borneo Highlands Resort and road-building for little if any compensation.  It has now become clear that, since the Mahmuds were getting hold of their lands for free there, will have been no money available for such compensation!

Given that there is no evidence that the LCDA paid the hospital for the land either (which would have at least provided funds to help the sick), it is obvious that the people of Sarawak have got absolutely nothing in return from the from this grabbing by the Chief Minister of land that was originally bestowed on the public by the Rajah Brooke family for the well-being of sick patients. 

Taib’s profit

The profits that have accrued to the Taibs as a result of this secret transfer of land are only too evident.  Research has shown that land in this area is now valued at up to RM 50,000 per acre, meaning that the 700 acres now in their possession are currently worth at least RM 35 million.  The area is presumably now earmarked for palm plantations, despite the destruction that would cause to the National Park.  However, given its proximity to Kuching the general view is that Taib will opt to make bigger profits by building and selling housing.  

Contemplating having to move? Orang Utans of Semengok

Saleh bin Ahmad, one local resident of the Kampong Mambong area today observed that since the Mulu National Park has now been almost completely denuded and logged by the Taib family, despite its World Heritage Status, the same will probably now happen in their area driving away the last of the Orang Utan.

Do BN acknowledge this is corruption?

Earlier this week YB Karim Hamza, a close political ally and friend of the Chief Minister, went on record to say that there is no reason for a politician to refuse cheap land if someone offers it to them. Referring to his boss, he said that if such land then happened to rise in value by thousands of times over the years then why should the politician not profit from doing business of this kind while in office ? 

Therefore, Sarawak Report would like to ask YB Karim Hamza and all Taib’s other BN supporters, whether Taib’s offering of state land to himself by himself for free falls into this category of “business opportunity” to which he was referring?  We would like to know if this what he means by politicians accepting cheap land ?

On the other hand Hamza did acknowledge that if a politician were to abuse his political power to enrich himself  that would be corruption.  So was Taib’s use of his position as Chairman of the LCDA to grant himself a huge area of land for free therefore corrupt in Mr Hamza’s eyes, or does he think he can come up with some further excuses for his boss?

We would also like the BN advocates of the concept of mixing politics with business to consider whether other decisions by the Chief Minister might also have enhanced his profit from the land?  For example, his decision to remove the land from the hospital in the first place and then to make it available for development ?   Was it not this decision, rather than the years which have passed, that has so exponentially increased the value of the land that he has given to himself and his family!

Pelita Goldmine

Wisma Pelita in Kuching - The Chairman (Taib) occupies a fancy office in the top but looks out on few remaining trees

The avowed intention of Pelita, according to the philosophy laid down by its founder the Chief Minister in 1981, is to develop Sarawak’s land for the ‘benefit of the State Sarawak’.  That development has certainly gone ahead. There is scarcely an inch remaining of the country’s once breathtaking jungles.

But onlookers have observed that given the huge swathes of land that have been handed out, generating hundreds of billions of ringgit in timber and oil palm, the premiums that Pelilta has managed to obtain on behalf of the people of Sarawak have been astonishingly minute.  Just a few hundred million in all that time.  We can now see why, since the Chief Minister has clearly been handing out great chunks of land either for free or for a fraction of its worth to his family and himself.

Is it not time for a reforming White Paper to make all those transactions marked “CONFIDENTIAL” in the Land Registry public?  Instead YB Karim Hamza and his BN cronies have been demanding a very different sort of White Paper to allow them to try to shut up the critics such as Sarawak Report.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

A deal marked “CON” for confidential

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  • kllee

    MACC, go after Taib or you can never deny that you are worse than rubbish. Remember that rubbish can still recycle!

    • shookdev

      MACC is a use impotent agency with no powers to go after the sharks!

  • Rashid

    AND AGONG WALKS AROUND SHOWING OFF HIS REGAL CLOTHES, LOOKING AT HIMSELF AT THE TIME, does not want to know as long as he gets a share of the sickening swindling.

  • Rashid

    WHAT HOPE IS THERE FOR RAKYAT SLAVES WHEN THOSE AT THE TOP DO SUCH TERRIBLE THINGS??????????????????????

    ONLY HOPE IS THAT OPPOSITION BOYCOTT ALL FEDERAL AND STATE ELECTIONS…..

    I AM NOT VOTING, BOYCOTT FROM NOW ON.

    • http://sarahosting.com Sara

      Wow.. Thanks for the brighter day you (SR) have brought over.

      Every year we have few celebrations. Maybe this coming 2011 we will make a sacrifice using body of a person (only if he/she is corrupt)to put over the BBQ fire.

      • shookdev

        The Dayaks are a simple people who do not have the power to think for themselevs. They will forever be enslaved for the next seven generations in their own land. They will vote for anyone for a few dollars and chicken rice.

        • Christina S. Suntai

          I tend to agree here. I live with this sort of mentality everyday regarding our NCR lands and forests.

          There are of course many of us Dayaks that are intelligent who strive to do better in life, but we are by far, outnumbered! Again, Sebangan Forests issue is a perfect example. Even though 7 people were jailed, the locals continue to work for Quality Concrete Holdings and therefore help to destroy their own lands and forests. They are on the sides of the illegal loggers rather than doing the right thing to help their relatives with their efforts to protect their heritage and farmland.

          I am so very sad and frustrated with so many of my Dayaks relatives.

    • skumang

      Bro Rashid, Don't get mad, get even by voting out BN.

    • Tiarama

      Rashid,

      You are helping the thiefs if you don't votes. You should show your folks what SR exposes.

      • Hugh C Mawar

        Remember to vote all Corrupted leaders and all their cronies…Vote BN out.We need to change our government.BN has been in power too long.They should be made history.

    • clement

      Please DO NOT boycott the elections. If you do, you will hand over the state or the nation to the same Party for FREE. Every single vote counts. Vote for change, vote for Alternative parties. They are not good or great. But it is still a better choice than choosing the worst who has been robbing from the sarawak people for the past 30 years

  • Smith Joh

    IDEAS FOR ALL OPPOSITION MEMBERS:

    1. They should ask all BN YB & MP whether they agree to what TAIB is doing by grabbing the land for his family/

    2. Should ask GeoRGE Chan whether SUPP supports the land grabbing polcy by TAIB.

    3. Should ask PM whether he agrees to the land grabbing policy byTAIB

  • peter chin

    Fuck off thief minister

  • S'wakftw

    29 years from this day, everyone had hopes that the newly appointed chief minister could bring about change and development for the people of sarawak. 29 years people had high hopes that there would be a chief minister who was selfless, uncorrupted and chief minister who cared for the people from all ends of sarawak..

    Those who still remembered the day taib was filled in as chief minister 29 years ago, could you please share your thoughts?

  • Francis

    It has been proven time and again that MACC is a Barking Dog. It cannot and will not bite the thief who enters a hose to rob. It cannot identify a thief and its master. It will readily give reasons that there is not enough evidence to prosecute and it has not been informed (reported) for it to move against the culprit. Wait and see how Khir Toyols case goes; it is now the prosection that must prove guilty. Can MACC prove it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/SPRM/247689136935 Luke Siaw

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/SPRM/247689136935.

    Please engage with MACC here. Get 10,000 Sarawakians to post.

  • kayau anak

    MACC is DOG of BN party…

    • http://none Crying without tears

      DON'T YOU ALL KNOW THAT. MACC STANDS FOR 'MALAYSIAN ALWAYS CORRUPT COMMISSION".

      LCDA-LET'S CHASE DAYAKS AWAY.WHO CONTROLS MACC,LHDN,D7 POLICE,MOF,BNM..ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE SLEEPING OR THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED AT ALL TO SIT THERE.

      MONEY LAUNDERING

      FUNDS ORIGIN-HAVE TO PROVIDE PROOF..BUT WHERE?

      TAX EVASION- FAILURE TO PROVIDE CORRECT INCOME TAX OR INCOME EARNED.

    • Saralara

      MACC is MAC-Chicken

  • Confuse

    May someone explain what is the different between LCDA and Land and Survey? What are their purposes?

    • John

      Land and survey works hand in glove with LCDA. LCDA was given land at Stutong behind Kuching specialist centre and later transferred it to Land and survey officers for a token of premium. after that those officers sold the land at RM20,000 per point. These officers are making profit from their official position. i made a report to MACC and the officers said this is difficult because land is state matters. I was speechless. what about the Ensenggei Forest Reserve 30,000 acres given to Taib's sister. The 13 mile land has been approved for new township approved by SPA, with a secondary school and is for sale by Lanco at rm150,000 per acre at one time.

      • Christina S. Suntai

        Absolutely frustrating, isn't it?

  • miaowkia

    Go tell the world that you are the brightest businessman in the world Mr.Demon. Instead you robbed the State land to enrich yourself and cronies. Why not compete fairly and competitively in an open market . Put any vacant the State prime for bidding in Public Sales. Damn Hell since you are in full control of the land resources ministry you hawk every inches of our State prime land to enrich your bank. Define your approach to becoming rich…. STEALING or years of toiling! Is this what you have had preached in your recent Oxford University Trip? White Lies!

  • dayak

    someone should lodgeS report to MACC.Must be stop.

  • Vigilante

    Simply outrageous!!! Lands seized and grabbed by the white haired thief for FREE everywhere in Sarawak. Land in Pulau Bruit and land in 13th Mile,

    Penrissen Road. What will be unearthed next by SR? Looks like there is no limit in the sky for him

    I bet he is now going on a rampage for more land grabs somewhere and nobody seems to know about it.

    SR said "Research has shown that land in this area is now valued at up to RM 50,000 per acre, meaning that the 700 acres now in their possession are currently worth at least RM 35 million"

    From my experience dealing with lands nearby this area and from 10th Mile up,along Kuching/Serian Road, assuming it is native area land, the value is at least 3 times RM50,000 per acre. That means RM150,000 per acre. So 700 acres is RM150,000 x 700 = RM105 millions [if I am not wrong]

    There you are! So our thief friend is kind of fifthy rich. Am I kidding you?

  • Sick n Tired

    Najib dares not to touch him, the aboriginals keep voting him back despite the exploitation. Blame nobody else but the Sarawakian, you deserve who you vote!

  • Vono

    As a Sarawakian I do not mind his politics of development but profits made should go back to the people of Sarawak like what Singapore does with Tamesek?

  • http://http free sarawak

    salam sejasta,,, Dalam malaysiakini yb karim selaku setusaha politik kepada cm taib,, berkata tidak ada salah taib dan keluarga mengumul kekayaan ??? Beginilah seorang yb yg kita undi dan harap untuk menjaga kepentingan terbanyak ??? Sungguh sedih dan pilu bilaman seorang yb yg sepatut memenjaga kepentingan rakyat khas sarawak,,, lebih mementingkan ketua yg terbokti di mata rakyat seorang cm yg sangat menyalah gunakan kuasa ??? Yb jangan lah sebagai yb yg hanya mementingkan kedukan yg semantara, jgn lah takut dgn kuasa yg ada pada taib,,, yb yg ada akauntabiliti yg rakayt mahu , bukan seorang yb yg menjadi pengampu sepanjang kerjaya sebagai yb??? Rakyat tidak bisa lagi melihat perkara yg sangat tidak bertangung jawab dan tidak amanah kepada rakyat??? Segala yb yg ada dalam bn lansung tidak berjuang untuk rakyat,,,melainkan memperkayakan diri,,,jangan bimbang yb karim, rakyat tahu apa yg patut di buat dalam state election yg sering menjadi tarihk yg kalian semua takut dan berdepan dgn rakyat…rakyat yg cerdik dan pintar tidak akan terpengayh dgn canangan bn ali ini??? Sudah cukup lama rakyat telah di kuarantin pemikiran oleh bn taib ??? Hingga terlalu ramai yg tak bisa keluar dari kuarantin yg di bena sekian lama oleh regim taib dan kuncu2… rakyat tidak akan memberi jalan mudah kali ini,, yg pasti pendokong pembaharuan dan kalian akan berlaku kali ini…tq

  • Saralara

    WAH LAU EH, EVERYTHING CONTROL BY HIM KAH, THIS IS NO MORE A DEMOCRATIC,THIS IS A DICTATORSHIP. MACC SHOULD ACT NOW OR PEOPLE OF SARAWAK WILL PROVOKE.

  • Sakit Hati

    Taib@Firaun Sarawak….its enough old man. Berapa besar lagik tanah yang kau maok ambik??? Mati kau kelak d hempit tanah juak. Karim…udah gik kau ngampu firaun sarawak ya. Mudahan kau kalah piliharaya tok. Biar kau balit jadi lawyer buruk.

  • ulat mulong

    usah dengar lagi pujuk rayu orang politik taib.GE akan datang apa nak takut undikan pembangkang,kerana di Selangor telah terbukti PR berkuasa cukup berkesan dan menunaikan janji kpd rakyat.Taib sudah melampau dan tidak sedar diri.Dia fikir sarawak ini hak milik dia dan keluarga dia. kita mesti ajar dia melalui peti undi, using people power.Taib will never give up his power, remember the MAXIM power corrupts,absolute power corrupts absolutely.to taib,30 years is not enough to swindle the peoples right and sarawaks resources.this is a blantant abuse of power.or are we to be blamed for giving him the power every years.therefore,we should use our right wisely so that we dont regret.30 years is enough this gulible monster to suck our blood.apa takut,demi maruah dan jangan mahu jadi kuda tunggangan politik taib yang tamak,rasuah, pembohong dan pengkhianat bangsa bumiputera.Ayoh bersatulah kita rakyat sarawak kerana kuasa ada pada kita dan gunakan sebijak bijaknya.inilah perjuangan.kalau Taib tidak diserahkan kpd mahkhamah jangan undi BN.what excuse is MACC going to use to defend taib.taib should be investigated ASAP.

  • ulat mulong

    power every 5 years.

  • http://none Crying without tears

    L-LET'S

    C-CHASE

    D-DAYAKS

    A-AWAY,

    SO THE BIDAYUH IS KEEPING MUM.IT IS A SAD DAY AND A VERY HEAVY PRICE WILL HAVE TO BE PAID.

    "THERE IS NO PEACE WITHOUT WAR AND NO WAR WITHOUT BLOODSHED".

    WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS BURMA STYLE OF POLITICS. POLITICS OF VENGEANCE,DECEIT,JEALOUSY AND VIOLENCE.

    WHAT'S NEXT? A WHITE PAPER?? AND ANY DAYAK WHO SUP[PORT HIS WHITE PAPER PLAN IS A DISGRACE TO THE DAYAK COMMUNITIES. WHAT A SHAME? A CRYING SHAME.

  • http://none Crying without tears

    CHAIRMAN OF LCDA- THE THIEF MINISTER

    DEPUTY CHAIRMAN- NUMPANG PERAHU ORANG-KANTAUTEN OF SALCRA.PAID RM1 MILLION A YEAR AS A RETAINETR FEES/KANTAUTEN.BIDAYUH LAND?? WHAT'S NEXT?? MAYBE TAKE YOUR WIVES,DAUGHTERS OR GRAND DAUGHTERS??

  • chainletter

    should print this and start a chainletter all over Sarawak !

  • org pendalaman

    Sapa adik-beradik perompak?

    _______________

    jawapannya mesti penyamun. Ha…betul lah ya penyamun dengan perompak…

  • climate

    DONT WORRY GUYS…NEXT ELECTION…WE WILL MAKE SURE B-END TERSUNGKUR FOREVER…GOOD BYE B-END..

  • Iban In Overseas

    That's the problem when people controlled by power,lust,fame and money. Each and everyone of us has a very big responsibilities in educating our next generation especially the young children. This two well educated stooges Jabu and Taib they're graduated from overseas but the knowledge they got only use for manipulating people to enrich themselve and their families instead of using their brain for development of Sarawak. It just like a white colar thief, stealing in the day broadlight. Come Sarawakian.. Use Education as the tool to defeat this people and not only just by vote because the voters especially the kampung people need to be educated. All this while they are BLIND by information plus the gov propaganda.

  • Moin

    Sarawak Report has unearthed the treacherous and clandestine acts of the chief minister of which the bn government had been in cohort all the time, cheating the rakyat-thieves, robbers and pirates!Only through election we can throw out these heartless beasts but then the people of Sarawak must act and he united to topple this devilish regime from operating further-the fate of Sarawak lies with the people and no one else, how could the Sarawak people rise to the occasion is indeed a mind-boggling issue. We must bring in a new regime come this election, a regime that will benefit everyone including the wildlife and the rain forest.

    • http://none Crying without tears

      Can SNAP do it? I doubt. PCM has no impact too,absolutely not..no bite or baby with NO teeth.

      Dayaks need a leader to lead them out of the doldrums.Any aspiring Dayaks leader,please stand up or we just have to rely on BB who needs a number two.

  • KARMA BELIVER

    i can see it is coming to make those thiefs suffer in HELL,THAT IS KARMER

  • LWL

    Whenever i see this kind of report, it makes me not want to read it in a sense that Sarawak has so much resources but its yet to be seen benefiting the natives. I've been to sarawak like Miri and Kuching. I see the natives (Ibans, Dayaks etc) in such a pathetic state wearing cheap clothing and slippers, and their small children roaming the streets. I'm just sick to the stomach when reading all the looting and plundering of sarawaks natural resources just going into one man's pockets!!

  • Saralara

    The fall of BN in Selangor was because their Menteri Besar was corrupted,who else Khir Toyol(UMNO).The fate will also happen in Sarawak.Taib..you'll be next.

  • mzz

    Wow!!! respect sama Mat Taib, ambik free aje x cover langsung. memang berani, kepala penyamun

  • http://none Politic of Corruptio

    VERY SAD FOR PENRISSEN BIDAYUH.WHERE ARE YOU FORMER STATE SECRETARY? WHERE ARE YOU LAWYER DS? WHERE ARE YOU YB OR WS(WAKIL SENDIRI)? ALL CHICKEN OUT.

    NOW PEROH BIDAYUH. TM TOOK THE PEROH BIDAYUH LAND ON THE PRETEXT OF BUILDING THE ROAD LINKING SEMEDANG TO SKIO IN BAU,WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS AVAILABLE PIECE OF LAND WITH HEAVY TIMBERS AND BELIAN IN THE AREA. SO TM TOOK THE LAND AND GIVE TO THE CHINESE AGAIN IN THE NAME OF DEVELOPMENT AND THE PEOPLE ARE PAID CHICKEN SUM. PEROH BIDAYUH HAVE NO MORE PLACE TO PLANT RUBBER,PEPPER AND OTHER FOOD CROPS AS THEIR LAND IS BEING TAKEN AWAY BY THE THIEF MINISTER AND CHAIRMAN OF LCDA(LET CHASE DAYAKS AWAY).

  • lawrence sii

    MACC looks like a tiger, sounds like a tiger but is a toothless tiger who attacks only weak and armless victims. As for such a rich, powerful though small iron man, the answernis no no no!

  • tokek

    ooooooohhhhh….looks like Taib mahmud work.

  • http://none Raja Manggeng says..

    WHAT'S NEXT? A WHITE PAPER. WHY? TO SHUT SARAWAK REPORT. WHY? TM HAS READ ALL THESE FACTS AND WANTS TO HIDE THEM FROM THE IGNORANT RURAL FOLKS.

    IF THE DAYAK YBS SUPPORT THIS,IT IS LIKE THE END OF THE WORLD AS CHINESE YBS WILL SURE;LY SUPPORT IT.WHY? BECAUSE OUR SARAWAK IS NOT THEIR COUNTRY BUT THEIR BREAD AND BUTTER COUNTRY ONLY..

    WARNING TO DAYAK YBS.."PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT TM WHITE PAPER.IF YOU DO YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR FELLOW DAYAKS JUST LIKE IN JAIL".

    STAND UP AND DELIVER DAYAK YBS.ANAG NUM PANG PERAHU ORANG

  • http://none Crying without tears

    The land was taken in the pretext of planting cocoa.The Bidayuh are all happy as they thought that they will benefit but it turned out to be the other way around.

    TM & his family control cigarettes via Lanco supplies,shit through Kumpulan,cement monopoly via CMS,cement mixer via Quality concrete,timber,oil and gas,electricity generation,etc,etc roads,bridges,dams(damned)rivers,sands,transportation,etc,etc..

    -abuse of power.

    -tax evasion

    -money laundering

    -violence(their driver squeezed the throat of SR)

    Is this what Wakil rakyat or wakil sendiri that we want??

    Think fellow brothers and sisters.Think hard.

  • http://none Burung Kenyalang say

    Nothing that the Bidayuh did to defend their land being taken away by the Thief Minister. I was made to understand the followings:

    1. The former state secretary is from Penrissen.

    2.Open University professor is from Penrissen.

    3.Former Land and Survey superintendents are from Penrissen.

    4.SHUAKAM lawyer is fro Penrissen.

    5.Former YB from SOUP is from Penrissen mountain.

    6.Present YB from SOUP is from Penrissen

    hill,but instead of defending the land,he too applied for PEROH bidayuh land between Semadang and Skio together with Awang Tanah Ambil Harta's brother,Awg Nizam?

    There are many qualified people too but too scared of TM,maybe because of his AZIMAT?? ha aha ha heh ehe heh ehen..

    Since no one cares,TM gohet saja lah.

    There are many phantom voters registered in Bengoh,mostly in 16th mile area.Gohet saja lah..oi..

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