12 Dec 2010

Taib’s Bribes – Surely too late?

Taib’s Bribes – Surely too late?

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Progress and Development? - 6 years after Taib took their land and stripped their forest these locals are left destitute.

According to the Borneo Post, Taib and his BN party have made a belated attempt to curry favour with the voters of Pulau Bruit by promising plans for investment!  It was just a week ago that we exposed how the Chief Minister and his family have made millions of ringgit out of robbing his fellow Melanau people of their Native Customary Lands on the island, so this must be their attempt to limit the damage!

In our investigation we revealed how the Chief Minister used his control of land distribution and licences to hand palm oil concessions over half the island to his two brothers for a very cheap price.  Just 12 days after they were awarded the concession by the government (thanks to Taib) they sold on the concessions for a RM 40 million profit

Even worse, we later exposed how the Chief Minister then handed out the other half of the island to a company, Delta Padi, in which he himself has a big shareholding!  He and his brothers continue to have big shareholdings in the profitable companies which are now covering the island in oil palm and causing big problems to the natives by cutting down their trees and killing the local fish with pollution.  And to ensure his own family gets even more money out of the project Taib has also been pouring big government grants into his own company to grow rice!

Damage limitation

So, now that his theft and greed has been exposed, Taib is coming to the islanders to promise them investment.  Is is not rather late for that?   In an acknowledgement of their scandalous treatment in the transactions which happened six years ago, the Borneo Post details the islanders’ poverty. 

“The people of Pulau Bruit are living in dire stratights” explains the paper.  “They are categorised in the hardcore poor group and they have to continue working hard and find ways to bring home earnings.  Fishermen can only sail out to the sea for four months in a year and earn around RM350 per month whilst farmers who rely on paddy planting get around RM300 per month”.

Carving up Pulau Bruit - the map is wrongly labelled as Delta Padi does not belong to Jaya Tiasa, it belongs to Taib

Yet, as we exposed so clearly, the Taib family are meanwhile enjoying the millions in profit they made from grabbing these people’s land and selling it.  Why did the locals get nothing at the time and why has nothing been offered to them before this day when the theft has been exposed?

If the Taib family cared anything about their fellow Melanau they would have shared some of their RM 40 million profit and all the extra money they have gained and compensated them for the loss of their lands and livelihoods.  Better still, they would have left their beautiful island intact and helped them improve their traditional way of life.

But, of course, they did nothing of the sort until they were found out!  Even now the Chief Minister is only making “plans” to help.  And those “plans” only consist in getting government investment in projects.  How much out of that investment in projects do you think will help the lives of the natives and how much will go to make companies owned by the Taib family even richer?

Taib could help if he cared – he is rich enough!

If Taib cared about the natives he would use some of his OWN family money now to help them get generators and fresh water supplies.  At least some of his multi-billionnaire fortune has been gained by exploiting the people of Pulau Bruit, so why not gift some back?   In fact, just the other day Taib was recorded boasting that “I have more money than I could ever spend“.  So Sarawak Report suggests that one way he could spend some of it would be in repaying the poor people of Pulau Bruit whom he robbed and who now have to live in such poverty?  Did any of these ideas occur to him when he piously went on his Haj last month?  Dream on, he cares no more for his fellow Muslims than for the other natives he cheats and mistreats in Sarawak!

Always told to “wait”

Instead, the government-controlled Borneo Post explains that, as usual, the locals have been told to “be patient”.  As usual, they are being asked “to wait” for basic amenities and development. Since they have so far been waiting 30 years under Taibs government, what is a few more years to them?  A local headman told the newspaper that the impoverished people’s priority was for clean water supply but:

 “they understood that the government could only provide the supply only by 2012. Mean time, they relied on rain water for drinking, washing, sanitation and carrying out other chores”.

Likewise, the Borneo Post explains, the only good tar road on the island is the 7 to 8 kilometre road from Kampung Bruit to Kampung Tekajong and a quarter of the population has to find a living outside of the island these days.

Election talk

All Sarawakians should of course by now be wary of talk of “planned projects” at pre-election time, since experience confirms that pre-election “plans” eventually disappear until the next election period, at which point they are brought out and discussed again.  So Taib is actually not offering much to try and win back the votes in Pulau Bruit is he?  He must think they are so poor they must be stupid!  After all, what worth are promises from a proven thief?

Stages of development

The Borneo Post article again promotes that very old Taib excuse “be patient, because development will come in stages”.  So, Sarawak Report would like to evaluate these stages from the evidence we have looked at. 

- Stage one, Taib takes your native land and gives it to himself and his family.

-  Stage two, Taib sells the land on for a massive profit of millions of ringgit to a big towkey who offers him shares in his company so he can continue to profit.

- Stage Three, the company strips your land of its timber and destroys your food sources.

-  Stage Four, the company plants palm and pollutes your water, killing the fish.

- Then Stage Five, a “development and infrastruction programme” is announced.  Let us look at Stage Five, because it sounds like at last there may be some help or compensation from the government.

Stage Five

Pulau Bruit has now reached Stage Five with the announcement of RM 400 million to be spent on improving the lives of the locals!  Now what does Taib’s record suggest that he will do with that huge sum of money, which he will control?  Surely, after 30 years of his government people now know it will not be spent on benefiting them?  

The first thing to consider is, if ever such money were to be allocated, then to which brother or sister or child or cousin of Taib will he offer the contract this time?  The next thing to consider is how much of the money will be left after the job has been immediately ‘sub-contracted’ to a real construction company?  Will the Taibs take a 50% cut? a 75% cut or more?

Finally, after the construction company then gets to work how much will be spent locally after all the further bribes and thefts?  In the end something will be built in the area (if the money is ever allocated) but it is unlikely any of it will benefit the natives.  Maybe we might see the construction of a road from the palm oil mill to the port?  Or a new office for the palm oil company ? or perhaps homes and water purification plants for imported Indonesian workers?

Save yourselves before it is too late!

Honest government and compensation in the courts is what the people of Pulau Bruit really need and deserve – they would do better to trust the leader of PKR, the native land rights lawyer Baru Bian, who has been supporting their case and that of hundreds of other cheated communities across Sarawak, than the monster thief Abdul Taib Mahmud.

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  • http://none Raja Manggeng says..

    IT'S OK AS TM IS MELANAU'S GOD FATHER. HE HAS MAD A LOT OF MELANAU MILLIONAIRES. WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL FOR MELANAU?WHAT WE ARE MORE CONCERNED IS ABOUT US DAYAKS,BEING PLAYED BY MELANAU'S GODFATHER. REMEMBER DURING 3RD SARAWAK THIEF MINSTER'S OFFICE,HE SENT MELANAUS OVERSEAS AS LONG AS THEY REACH FORM 5 LEVEL UNDER YAYASAN SARAWAK SCHOLARSHIP.YOU MAY CHECK THE RECORDS.PULAU BRUIT IS TM'S LAND.

    • Teleskop Hidup

      Quoting Raja Manggeng:

      "T’S OK AS TM IS MELANAU’S GOD FATHER. HE HAS MAD A LOT OF MELANAU MILLIONAIRES. WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL FOR MELANAU?WHAT WE ARE MORE CONCERNED IS ABOUT US DAYAKS,BEING PLAYED BY MELANAU’S GODFATHER. REMEMBER DURING 3RD SARAWAK THIEF MINSTER’S OFFICE,HE SENT MELANAUS OVERSEAS AS LONG AS THEY REACH FORM 5 LEVEL UNDER YAYASAN SARAWAK SCHOLARSHIP.YOU MAY CHECK THE RECORDS.PULAU BRUIT IS TM’S LAND."

      I sense someone's having racial issues here. Not all Melanaus are filthy rich. What about those living in Mukah/Balingian/Dalat division, there so many issues they have to struggle with, yeah, thanks to Taib's "people".

      I was in Miri for an event and sat next to a large group of melanaus, and Taib was there to officiate the event. Funny thing is that, these group kinda "jeered" at him during the speech.

      Taib doesn't seem to care what race will he take into account now, all he cares is his 'ka-ching' in his pocket.

      • http://none Raja Manggeng says..

        NO BRO,NOT RACIST AT ALL BUT JUST THE WAY THINGS ARE GIVEN AND NOT FAIR AT ALL.

        NOW WE MUST UNITE AND PENSION THE THIEF MINISTER AND HIS CRONIES.WE BELIEVE IN SHARING..YOU GOT THE MONEY AND WE GOT THE LAND SO WHY NOT SHARE THE DEVELOPMENT AND GIVE US A SEAT IN THE BOARD TOO.

        RIGHT NOW SALCRA HOLDS 70% AND NCR LAND OWNERS HOLD 30% BUT NO SEAT IN THE BOARD, SO THERE IS NO 'WATCH DOG' GROUP TO TAKE CARE OF THE INTERESTS OF THE LAND OWNERS AND CANNOT MONITOR ON THE SPENDING..SO VERY LITTLE DIVIDENDS WHILE ALL THESE 'PEOPLE' ARE PAID HEFTY SUM INCLUDING KICK BACKS.

        UNITED WE STAND NOW AND ALSO PRAY FOR SEBANGAN MAN WHO IS CALLED BY THE POLICE TO SERIAN POLICE STATION FOR QUESTIONING THIS WEDNESDAY,15TH DECEMBER.

        • ulat mulong

          bukankah wakil dayak seperti jabu sudah berakar umbi dalam pemerintah Taib,James dan ramai lagi,kenapa mereka tidak anda sebut sebagai konco yg paling taat dan setia kepada mereka dan mereka ini tidak memperdulikan bangsa mereka sendiri.masalah sedemikian tidak boleh antara rakyat bersalah pendapat,orang melanau tidak ada yang kaya seperti taib family,kroni yg ramai dipercayainya berbangsa cina kerna mereka juga tergolong dibulinya,dan Yb2 yg sudah kena minyak seyoyong,hanya yes man ,sepanjang 30 tahun taib berkuasa.dalam hal sekarang semua bangsa etnik mempunyai keterbiaran masing2 oleh kejahatan taib ini.orang melayu juga tidak kurang sengsaranya seperti yg berada di bako,sambir,bintawa dan banyak lagi.kita tetap kekalkan persatuan spt biasa untuk menentang kuasa kezaliman yg terlalu lama terbiar berkuasa.benarlah bila bomoh dia mampus, sudah past dia juga mengiringinya.lihatlah nanti, tuhan menyebelahi umat yang dianiaya dan dizalimi.sekarang kita tiada pilihan, kerana hanya bersatu utk memula kehidupan baru di bawah kepemimpinan baru,jika sudah tidak ada pilihan.tak mungkin kita dapat hidup seperti sekarang dikotak katik dengan pelabagai strategi apabila malaysia sudah dalam keadaan kacau dan hampir bankrup.pasti duit rakyat telah disalahgunakan dgn perkara yang tidak sedikit pun menguntungkan rakyat pada masa jangka panjang. terlalu banyak berjanji hingga tidak dapat ditunaikan lagi.lihat saja hospital di lawas seperti dicerita dalam radio free sarawak,40 tahun apa kah yang dibuat oleh wakil rakyat di sana, kerna tidak diberi perhatian penting, perkara yang untuk mati hidup rakyat seperti hospital yang tidak ada doktor pakar dan alat canggih untuk menyelamatkan nyawa manusia yang dalam kegentingan.apakah rakyat yang mampus,nyawa mereka hanya berharga Rm100 lebih ribut sahaja.fikir2lah sendiri.

    • Strategist

      I happpened to ask a few ordinary Bidayu [land Dayaks] which party[ies] they would vote in the next election and each one said, "BN" Then I asked them why and they said: "BN very good; they take care of us and our future."

      I asked again how BN careS of them and they said: "They connected water and electricity to our areas." Then I said:"Is that all?" and asked: "Do you know the white haired thief stole billions of our money and took away Ibans' NCR lands and made them them suffer like shit?" Guess what they said? They said: "the CM deserves all these things" Oh, my God! How can these people are so stupid.

      Malays are different. I asked some of them and they said :"the CM is too old and needs to be replaced." They said they would vote PR to make this happen.

      • remaongnyida

        They said: “the CM deserves all these things” Oh, my God! How can these people are so stupid.

        I agree with you Strategist,

        Some people still think that way.

        I recall one argument with my relative few years ago on tait mamot wealth. He said anyone in tait mamot position will do the same thing. I was shocked.

        I would say that kind of people are very selfish.

        • ulat mulong

          fenomena inilah merosakan hidup mereka sendiri.masalah orang kita malas membaca untuk mendapat ilmu terkini.jauh sekalilah untuk menimbah ilmu seperti sejarah bla2 dan current affairs di negara sendiri mahupun di luar utk kita berpandu contoh daripada mereka.hanya orang malaysia tahu dan leka ialah para artis dalam dan luar negeri.entahlah sampai bila keadaan kelalaian rakyat malaysia.setiap kita hendaklah memainkan peranan masing2 untuk mendidik anak dan keluarga supaya peka dgn keadaan semasa.lihatlah saja,anak yang lepasan universiti tak bekerja, apa mereka buat?tak macam kita beiya2 bila cuti sekolah mencari duit sebagai persediaan buka sekolah di awal tahun.so …

      • http://barukabordal.blogspot.com/ Sheikh Sambal

        Remaongnyida,

        You may have met the wrong people. I work in Kuching and have a lot of Bidayuh friends and have not heard such stupid statement from them. All of my friends want that TM gone from the surface of this earth.

        You may be right with the Malays… however, the TM/PBB plays a different tune with the Malays i.e care tactics. If you dont vote BN, the Malays/Muslims political power will vanish… hence Malays must support TM/BN…

        While the Iban in the other hands are too divided that they became too weak to rebel (i.e vote PR) With little money & booze and a scare of no development under PR, they will stick to BN eventhough they live in utter poverty!

      • http://none Raja Manggeng says..

        Mr.Strategist,please let us know where or which part of Bidayuh areas do they come from? It seems that they have cow dung brain.Those Bidayuh need to grow up man,we don't talk about electricity,water,good roads anymore. We are 46 years as a nation already and those things should be done years ago, They should talk about our shares in Bakun,Bengoh dam,oil royalties,gas royalties,shared NCR land and investments.Please bro let those Bidayuh that you talked to grow up.

        • Strategist

          Sorry, Raja Manggeng, I missed your post because I didn't check back.

          To answer your questions, those Bidayuhs were just casual acquaintances

          that I met and talked to in Kuching city. I did not ask them which area they came from.

          You are right that we don't talk about

          electricity,water,good roads as developments anymore. These are just basic and the bare minimum amenities

          We should be talking about really tangible developments such as our shares in Bakun,Bengoh dam,oil royalties,gas royalties,shared NCR land and investments.

          Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  • boa

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    In the Borneo Post dated today [Dec 13] the CM was quoted as saying that the conditions in Pulau Bruit were shocking in term of health facilities. The people are suffering from malnutrition and high blood pressure due to poor food and frequent consumption salted fish. This is the result of his plundering the island of its rich resources to enrich himself.

    Now He got the cheeks to appeal to the heallth industries as well as the medical services for help after robbing the islanders of their Native Customary Lands and he and his family would not even want to share a single cent of the 40 millions they have made with their fellow Melanau folks. Instead they won't even lift a finger to help them

    He is the most evil and wicked kind of the human species that I have ever come across in my entire lifetime. He and all his family members should be thrown into the lake of fire after being judged at the Great White Throne of God.

    • http://none Raja Manggeng says..

      AFTER SO MANY YEARS AS THE THIEF MINISTER YOU DON'T KNOW.WHAT SORT OF MAN ARE YOU? SHOCKING ANSWER..SHOCKING..ALMOST 30 YEARS AND YET DOES NOT KNOW THAT YOUR GOD SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN PULAU BRUIT ARE SUFFERING..

      AFTER TAKING THEIR LAND AND NOW YOU REALISE..AFTER BUILDING 20 HOUSES FOR SWIFTLETS FARMING..REAL S**T

  • boa

    I know that a lot of 'operation' under Swk BN is far from perfect. NCR cases are not that easy especially when it comes to using land for development.

    But setting aside all these, what are the realities for the natives? What do they want? What do they expect?

    Can commentators share their points on my thoughts below:

    Of course as rakyat, we have to support development and civilation for our natives. They cannot forever claim that all the lands above and below are theirs to roam, hunt, fish and live. Is it the case that they are allowed to roam and settle wherever they please? If they see that companies are going to build something on the area, they also barge in and want a big claim and compensation. Are the natives correct or the companies correct? There must be cases whereby both side is wrong?

    I am concerned for the future for our natives. Can the Govt always provide flying doctors so far in land to cater for medical needs? How about schools? Education?

    What do our natives see their future in Malaysia? What does 'future' looks like to them in terms of progression etc?

    The Nation are at the mercy of globalisation. Lands have to be developed for economic benefits to feed our Nation's growth. There are cases of successful cooperation between natives and plantation companies – a win win situation. Of course in the cases highlighted here, there are the 'bad companies'. How about good companies that has helped? Are they ALL bad?

    Do you think the new NCR initiatives (surveying parameters) and ensuring NCR land for Natives will solves the problem?

    Please no harsh comments here. I just want to know your thoughts or opinion about the problems on the land that i love.

  • boa

    Actually i feel very uncomfortable when i read comments here that uses GOD's name and putting our judgement 'condemning people to hell'. You are NOT GOD. Please for the sake of your own blessings, dont condemn people to such extreme. You cannot foretell people's fate neither yours right?

  • http://none Crying without tears

    CALLING ALL SLEEPING DAYAKS.BIDAYUH,IBAN,ORANG ULU,LUN BAWANG,PENANS,PUNAN,BERAWAN,ETC,ETC.. LET US PENSION THE THIEF MINSTER OF SARAWAK.HE WILL RUN AWAY WHEN HIS PARTY LOSE THE ELECTION.WE NEED A GOOD STRONG LEADERSHIP TO LEAD US.OUR SOCIOETY IS A MULTI RACIAL SOCIETY AND 'NO MAN'S AN ISLAND'.

    WE MUST PENSION THE THIEF MINISTER AND HIS CRONIES,ASSOCIATES,FAMILIES AND ALL THOSE ALI BAB COMPANIES LIKE GLOBAL UPLINE,KUMPULAN CONSTRUCTION,CMS,NAIM,SANYAN..JUST TO NAME A FEW.

    NOW A MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE AND RESIDENTS OF PULAU BRUIT,TAKE WHAT ARE OFFERED AND DURING EKECTION,TAKE WHAT IS GIVEN. WE HAVE TO FORM ACTION SQUAD TO FOLLOW ON THE 2ND AND LAST NIGHT OF CAMPAIGN AS THIS IS THE TIME BN WILL DISTRIBUTE THE MONEY.

  • Saralara

    TAIB IS THE WORST CM IN SARAWAK HISTORY.

  • http://yahoo Rahan

    I was in Sabah last week for Holiday. We went to the mountain and I can seen alot of development has been under construction. even sabah was one of top 4 'termiskin' in Malaysia. development for the people still in progress, even some people dislike the Sabah CM. For the Land matter sabah has a good stronghold by the title NT so call Native Title. every land have a NT grand. Not in sarawak, Why? Because the Gov dont want the people to have land that is originally belonging to them. Road in Sabah is very good. Not like in Sarawak. Look at Lapok road…what happen after the 30 years the sarawak CM in office? What is the YB are doing? Busy promoting them self. They wanted to declare them self the 'YB rakyat' Now the fuel hike by 5 cent, sugar and alot. This is the 'BN' Barang Naik…How those people in the ulu going to live? there are depending to the Diesel Generator for the light…The minister who promise not to hike should resign…

  • TKO

    Rahan,

    The NCR is also similar to NT in Sabah. Now Srwk is doing the NCR land surveying for most natives that has customary right based on 1958 aerial photographs.After collecting evidence and the surveys, the title will be issued. Some of the roads in Sabah interior is worst than Swk. Of course, we cannot just judge straight away based one or two roads that are bad in swk and conclude that swk is worse. Many more upgrading roads for inter rural connection is being rolled out. It takes time.

    The price hike is a shame. It will burden the poorer group. Now, bread prices also will go up. This is tough for the golongan miskin.

  • muhammad ridwan

    Of course most of his cronies got rich, that why the're called cronies or barua in Malay commiting evil deeds. No matter what suku/tribe/kaum you are, all of you make up the Sarawakians, right?

    UNITE & FIGHT TAHI MAHMUD @ THIEF Minister!

  • http://kamagong.org Lawrence Jayaraj

    Corruption Kills ….Taib killed a mother of 8 children from Long Semadoh Lawas Sarawak. He and his cronies saw the need for a Hotel Seri Malaysia but fail to take notice of the deplorable standard of health care in Lawas Sarawak…!!! Taib and his cronies will go HELL…!!!

  • CM Baboon

    Nice reporting SR.

    We Sarawakians are hopeful for your efforts to rid the hypocrites, injustices and oppresions. Keep it up.

  • slash

    Im from west malaysia and i hope next election sarawakian all vote PKR to take over the goverment.Stop the corrupted king..

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