16 Feb 2011

Arrogant Chief Minister Diced With Death!

Arrogant Chief Minister Diced With Death!

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Safely on the ground - the defects in the Chief Minister's HS125 jet's engine could have had fatal results!

Sarawak Report has uncovered astonishing information that the Chief Minister, Taib Mahmud,  unknowingly risked his own death for months by flying in an unsafe plane!   Tellingly, the reason he did not realise his peril was that he thought he knew better than the qualified experts and had put crony politicians in charge of the aircraft. 

We have discovered that over several months in 2004 Taib, along with several family members, ministers and favoured associates were flown about in a jet that pilots and engineers had warned was unsafe.  Memos have been uncovered which show that qualified staff were warning of the problems, but were ignored because of the rivalry and chaos that existed in the company Hornbill Skyways, which supplied the jet. 

It is common knowledge that shortly after no less than 4 Hornbill aircraft crashed in the course of just one year, killing over ten people, including one Minister.  Hornbill had its operating licence removed. 

Personal jet! 

Taib's current jet - a US $19.5 million Cessna 750 Citation Jet, boasted to be the fastest private jet in the world. It has been seen in Europe and Australia where it could only be flown at enormous expense.

The corruption surrounding Taib’s acquistition of his own personal jet service has been widely documented, however the extent to which this put his own safety at risk and that of others has not.  One of the numerous key jobs that the Chief Minister has awarded himself  is Chairman of the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC).  In 2004 this state-controlled organisation owned a 70% share of Hornbill Skyways with the remainder owned by another state organisation, the Sarawak Foundation. 

Insiders say there is no argument that Taib was the ‘effective CEO’ of Hornbill (several of the airline’s Board Members were also found to be his junior Board Members at STIDC) and he has used his authority to provide himself with highly costly jet transport at the expense of the Sarawak taxpayer.  The timber corporation needs helicopters, however the jets belonging to the company are for the sole purpose of providing exclusive travel for the Chief Minister and his family and guests.  Senior executives have confirmed that Taib currently keeps a Cessna Citation Jet and a helicopter expensively on standby for his own exclusive use 24/7 every day of the year.  A monthly cheque is paid by the State to Hornbill cover the cost! 

Risk from ignorance 

However, it would seem that the Chief Minister, who is used to getting his way on so many things, likewise assumed he could call the shots when it came to key management and safety issues in an airline where lives were at risk, including his own!  Airline industry professionals tell us they were horrified to discover that the key top managers at Hornbill are all ignorant politicians and not industry experts. 

“The top management of Hornbill knew nothing about aviation at all” one has confided. 

Another has confirmed “The culture was one of putting deference towards politicians before safety” 

Industry standards demand that the accountable managers in an airline ought to be professionally familiar with aviation.  However Taib and his subservient board have chosen instead to appoint politicially reliable ‘yes men’.  The Chairman of Hornbill Airways is the former banker and Assemblyman Aidan Wing, who knows nothing about the airline business or safety issues.  Taib may like to run his country using cronies, many of them unqualified, however such practices when applied to aeroplanes will soon spell disaster.  The professionals who spoke to Sarawak Report have told us they were not in the least surprised that there were 4 serious crashes in 2004 before Hornbill finally lost its public operating licence! 

Top management of Hornbill Skyways - Aidan Wing (seated centre), the Executive Chairman is also a BN State Assemblyman and extremely close to Taib Mahmud.

Taib’s jet was a disaster waiting to happen at any moment 

We have exclusive information that this incompetence resulted in the Chief Minister flying for several months in a jet that was seriously unsafe.  there is clear evidence that a top engineer had approached Hornbill Management with a written dossier expressing their concerns over the maintenance of the HS125 jet being used by the Chief Minister.  However, the engineer was sidelined and removed from active service, leaving less qualified ground staff taking care of the jet as it started to develop a serious problem. 

Later, It was only a chance service of the aircraft in Singapore, according to our inside information, that picked up the the HS125 was flying with bent blades in one of its jet engines!  The jet had been sent over to check on a separate earlier repair.  Experts have told Sarawak Report that this damage could have caused the engine to stop at any moment and this could well have resulted in the Chief Minister or his guests falling out of the air. 

Bent Blades also ignored by pilots 

Further worrying evidence of the dangerous culture of subservience before safety that had developed at Hornbill has been pointed out in the attitude of the pilots.  Our sources tell us that the pilots were aware there was a problem with the plane in the months leading up to the discovery of the bent blades, but had got used to doing what they were told. 

“They said they had learnt to compensate while flying the aircraft” explains one of our sources. 

Pilots too subservient to politicians?

All properly trained pilots should know that safety is paramount in flying, however at Hornbill it is alleged that deference to political masters led by the most important person in the company, who was effectively Abdul Taib Mahmud, came first.  However, ATM knows nothing about flying or the aviation business.  “Ministers would come into the helicopters and sit there smoking and the pilots would be too scared to say anything about it, even though these idiots were inches away from the fuel tanks” remarked one qualified observer.  An insider explained that t he culture at Hornbill needed a complete overhaul it was not being run properly.  We were told people were putting careers and rivalries before proper practice and safety.  “Paperwork was not being properly done, there were no proper procedures, no proper governance or safety”.  One engineer we have spoken to insists that 

“This culture really impacted on flight safety and resulted in malpractices that should have been corrected.  If such things happen too often it becomes disastrous” 

Taib was in charge 

It is a damming indictment of Taib and his airline that engineers and managers who were known to be trying to improve the management of Hornbill were removed and sacked instead of being listened to.   As a result, not only his life was put directly at risk but so were the lives of others.  The Chief Minister cannot therefore escape personal implication in the tragic deaths of those who did die in the series of crashes that occurred in Hornbill helicopters in 2004.  Altogether there were four, of which 3 were fatal.  Even one of his own government ministers were killed.  The culpability of Hornbill was made plain by the removal of its operating licence by the civil aviation authorities. 

Hornbill Skyways helicopter - ministers are said to have even been allowed to smoke on board!

 

Hornbill has been taken to court by one former top executive, for unfair dismissal.  He claims it was because he had tried to reform the company.   

 

Taib’s brother Tufail Mahmud, his nephew Yakoub and his Bomoh Ustaz enjoying a free flight on the Citation Jet, paid by the taxpayer

The Chief Minister has cost Sarawak millions by choosing this form of transport.  His latest acquisition for his own use, his Cessna Citation jet, cost US $20 million and is the fastest private jet in the world and is put aside for his personal use.  The passenger list shows that it has been frequently used on non-government business, including flying friends, family and even Taib’s Bomoh (witchdoctor) both around Sarawak and abroad. 

Taib is believed to be looking to buy a new fancier jet at this point of time, also to be funded through Hornbill and the STIDC at the taxpayer’s expense.  However, it would seem his wealth and power have gone to an old man’s head.  In 2004 the ‘Chief Executive of Sarawak’ nearly ended up crashing in flames in his own aircraft.

  • Gaspol

    It is better if he died crash from the plane, the plane bought by rakyat money stolen by him.

    • sarawak voice

      im sure 1 fine day he n the cornies inside the plane will crash n burn….

      • t

        shhhhhhhhhh jaga mulut mu

        • http://grkme.com grkme

          Apa tutup mulut? Hang tutup dubur hang dulu,takda Taib akan sapu itu juga.Jaga be!

    • Babui

      Aiya! SR no need to tell him. You see, very soon you will see him and his "adopted grand daugther" or "pet" in a more sophisticated brand new jet. No wonder I used to see them jumpstarting that poor jet using a car battery!!! Kah! kah! Kah!

  • http://none Watch Dog

    Well done Thief Minister but for how long Thief?/ How long? As long as your erection can last?? Ha ha ha ha

    Yes the Thief Minster does NOT like people who goes against his wishes.People who goes against his wishes are the victims of his political hatred,

    1.Dr Patau Rubis

    2.James Wong

    3.Celestine Ujang

    4.Leonard Linggi

    5.Daniel Tajem

    6.Wan Yusuf

    The rest you van name them.You know who!!

    Is this the type of Chief minster that you all want? We do NOT want thief minister.

    • oA

      .

      the fact his plane didnt blowup showed that he was blessed – no – cos divine intervention only happens to "good" people.

      native sarawakians are so blessed to have this "blessed" CM for so long – what 32 years.

      long live sarawakians esp. the natives for being so generous and magnanimous.

      .

      • http://none Watch Dog

        I didn't say that the plane is going to blow up you,oA block head and pea brain.

        Just keep what the Thief Minister paid you to protect him..

        May ylou all repent or go to hell all of you as that is where you all belong.

        • oA

          .

          would be glad though if CM could contact me so that he can start paying me for the service rendered.

          looks like you are not very much a WATCH DOG are you?

          .

        • J

          Watch Dog, Watch Dog…pls pls pls…dont condemn people to hell. Sabar my bro. Reply with grace, in a tacful manner. This is very unchristian of you.

      • pen4

        oA

        God doesn't want Taib so devil give power and protect him. So scary lol.

        • oA

          .

          pen4,

          you mean the devils in Sarawak are stronger than god … what use is god then though if he cant beat the devil????

          .

    • Tiarama

      Not all the 6 people named here are victims of Taibs. Actually most of them helped putting Taib into his current dictatorial position.

      Recall when SNAP won 18 seats and PBB 18 seats and SUPP 12 in the sevenites state election. SNAP was in oppostion and was getting stronger each day, it was Daniel Tajam and Leo Moggie both chose to split SNAP into two parties to give PBB the upper edge. Both were happy to become a state and federal minister respectively. This was how PBB became more and more powerful and is a fact that cannot be denial.

      • Ayam Jantan

        U r right! That's facts.What can we say, there is no permanent enemies in politic. To day we can be enemies, tomor we can be friend. To day,all the Dayak parties is friend of PBB,would they become enemies during the coming state election. Let hope….money talks nowadays. For the business cronies , a good time for investment as the state election is soon to be. The more you invest, the more you get. ha ha… doremi

      • http://none Watch Dog

        Tiarama it is a conspiracy theory.Taib knows that SNAP is getting stringer,he used plan B to split SNAP and PBDS was formed and admitted a Chinese to the party.He was given hefty sums and contracts to break SNAP..

        When PBDS is also getting stringer..the same man used the same technique to break PBDS and form two factions SPDP and PRS..the former was given funds and eventually admitted the latter.That's why even ADUN member becomes partyless,Taib still offers him 3 assistant ministerial posts.He has NO degree at all ,all lies saying he has a degree.Taib is indebted to the man he has asked to break string dayak base party but no one realises.Please wake up bro from deep slumber and think forward,jokes aside PRS is far more educated than the former..I know that some may disagree with me and some will agree.

        So you see bro it is all a CONSPIRACY theory here.

      • http://none Watch Dog

        Tiarama it is a conspiracy theory.Taib knows that SNAP is getting stringer,he used plan B to split SNAP and PBDS was formed and admitted a Chinese to the party.He was given hefty sums and contracts to break SNAP..

        When PBDS is also getting stringer..the same man used the same technique to break PBDS and form two factions SPDP and PRS..the former was given funds and eventually admitted the latter.That's why even ADUN member becomes partyless,Taib still offers him 3 assistant ministerial posts.He has NO degree at all ,all lies saying he has a degree.Taib is indebted to the man he has asked to break strong dayak base party but no one realizes.Please wake up bro from deep slumber and think forward,jokes aside PRS is far more educated than the former..I know that some may disagree with me and some will agree.

        So you see bro it is all a CONSPIRACY theory here.

  • http://[email protected] anaksaribas

    mampus lagi bagus….habiskan duit rakyat saja.

  • imam frustrated

    .hanya satu cara dia mati atau sarawak bunuh dia atau jawatan dia…ini hak org2 sarawak….nyawa dia bukan lagi kuasa tuhan…kerna sudah murtat dan kafir…dalam islam dia sudah mati…kerana harus direjam batu…sampai mati…biar dia di tangan org2 dayak…bagi islam dia sudah mati…kalau hidup pun bukan islam….

    • pen4

      imam frustrated,

      kalau taib macam itu, jabu pun serupa. dua-dua lanun darat (bukan lanun laut ya, ini versi milinium punya lanun, lebih teruk lagi).

  • http://n/a Peninsular Malaysia

    The people of sarawak must be made aware of all the abuses and corruption of this CM…then vote for the Opposition in the Sarawak state election coming in April 2011. May God arise!

  • imam frustrated

    banyaklah kamu….u ingat senangkah…sarawak bukan macam semenangjung…taik kuasa semua…hanya kecuali org2 sarawak bangkit berontak…semua sarawak..ugama diketepikan..hanya sarawak jati dan tulin…hapus kan penyamun dan penyagak…syaitan topeng islam…kafir murtat sampai anak cicit…. ini hanya jalan keluar macam mesir,tunisia dan lain2.

  • pasun_kampung

    Sniff! Sniff!! I can sniff Jabu …

    Jabu is an Iban seasoned multi-millionaire who also OWNS a heli. Since he was elected as a minister in the 70s, he made use of helis to ply between Betong and Kuching. He never travel by raods then, only his children. Thus he never 'feel' travelling the 260 km road (the so-called highway?).

    Besides being provided a heli to fly, Jabu also make use of the govt rest house in Betong (but never mind that, as his a minister in the govt. But during any election, the DUN is dissolved, and the ministers are not ministers, yet Jabu still make full use of the rest house as his campaign headquarters. Isn't that correct? Appropriate? Merely a candidate but has access to govt facilities?). And during ballot counting, Jabu is already in Kuching, getting ready to swear as a minister for another term. See? How confident he has always been with all the ballots which some of the boxes takes hours to ferry from remote Betong. How come he's always confident, if the votes were not tampered with? Remember the major power shortage during Tun Rahman's taking over Tan Sri Kalong? It was a state-wide outage! Concident? or planned? All towns in Sarawak then was power separately, unlike now. And now, nobody remembers the dirtiest ballot counting in Sarawak's history. That's the foundation of BN.

    • pak malau

      sniff sniff…i can smell Dawos & Jerip too, but they're too stinky for Bidayuh people. just look at their beer belly.

      • imam frustrated

        haji johari bin abddulah@JAME DAWOS…BERAPA KAU DAPAT UNTUK MENGATAKAN DIRI WAKIL ORG2 BIDAYUH ISLAM DENGAN RITOM…MANA DANA DARI NEGARA2 ARAB,,DAN ISLAM YANG KAMU DAN TAIK NAJIS MU DAPAT DARI MEREKA…KAMU SONGLAP DUIT ITU,,UNTUK GADIS JELITA MU…JOHARI BIN ABDULLAH…U MENGHINA ISLAM…MENLACUR ISLAM…CHRISTIANITY PUN KAMU LACUR…KAU LEBIH HINA DARI BINATANG NAMA NYA BABI…SEMUA U NAK MAKAN..UGAMA PUN U NAK MAIN…ORG BIDAYUH..JANGAN CAKAP DIA ISLAM…DIA KAFIR,,PELACUR CHRISTIAN DAN SEKARANG ISLAM UNTUK DUIT….DAN PANGKAT DARI NAJIS DAN TAIK…HAPUS KAN SYAITAN BERTOPENG ISLAM DAN CHRISTIAN INI…DUA2 PUN TIDAK UGAMA DIA SYAITAN…DAN PUKIK SAHAJA…DIA TELEH BELI BANGALOW PENTHOUSE N FERRARI UNTUK SI GADIS AYU DIA…HAHAHA..ORG2 SARAWAK TIDAK TAHU…ISTERI TUA SUDAK KERAPOT ISTERI MUDA JADI PERMAISURI DARI REMPASAN ORG2 DAYAK DAN SONGLAP DUIT WAKIL ISLAM KONON…CHEH PUI…

  • Philip Chong

    Sarawkian, Please do needful.

  • retired cop

    The earlier he goes the better. If a minister`s salary is RM30,000 a month including allowances, so his salary for one year is RM360,000. Ten years RM3.6 million, and thirty years RM10.8 million. But then he owns hundreds of millions or even billions of ringgit worth of property.

    How these wealth come? Falling from the sky or he is the most lucky man in this universe – every month strikes jackpot?

    • pen4

      retired cop

      You tak tahu kah? 3x (atau 4x) seminggu dia strike, bukan toto sahaja tapi magnum & sweep, interlink (10% per ticket is his!!). Mungkin kalau bn menang lagi dia naikkan kepada 15 cent/ticket? Now he is not counting million or billion but TRILLION. DASAR TAMAK HALOBA SI PENYAMUN.

  • bunuh taib

    enti orang baka taib mahmod tu mati nanti,orang islam jadi kafir ia jadi babi..pia ko jako sida akie aku suba.. aram kitai ngasu ia, tembak… tunu nyamai kasam mimit enggai ka habis…

    • pen4

      bunuh taib ,

      Enti udah nemu nya taib mahmud, kapa agi ka makai iya deh. Apu, enti pia udu meh penyayau kitai tu ka taib mahmud nya neh. Sampai daging iya (leboh iya bebali nyadi jani) ka diempa. Do you know what i mean? Why do you take multivitamin or healthy food everyday? Because you want to be healthy. Yet daging jani nya sigi udah "kamah" nama agi ka makai iya deh? As simple as that.

      • imam frustrated

        pen4..kamu dan org iban lain pangang taib…dia kafir…dalam islam jadi babi….jadi pangang lah dia…jangan dengan pilihanraya besar ini tapi dengan api kayu babi que…pagang dia dan enjoy…babi sikafir ini…kalau atok i tak islam..saya pun pangang dia…babi kafir bintang kurang ajar…

  • Lily

    Hey this is good news! Given the faults of the plane could spell an early grave (Well, I wouldn't define it as early as he's overstayed his welcome one too many) for Taib.

    I am not cursing. Merely letting karma takes its course, and mostly due to his neglection in regards to plane's safety.

  • Joyce

    Too bad the plane didnt crash with him on board!!!!! The Devil seemed to look out for his own!!!!!

  • imam frustrated

    tak org2 sarawak masih sayang dia…satan pun mahu dia mati awal…tapi Allah masih bagi dia perluang untuk bertaubat…bila masa Allah cakap sudah…dia pun akan pergi untuk selamanya dengan satan….kawan karib dia…kalau mahu dia mati cepat org2 sarawak harus bertindak untuk mengolengkan dia…pada ketika ini hanya segelintir sahaja yg ambil kesah teteng pakara taik penyamun ini…doa sarawak belum terkabul….

  • thehiddentribe

    after the thief death in plane crash (hear me lord) it's independent day for sarawakian. we are not going to bekabong..no..no..no..we r not going to feel sad..a'aa..even the orang utan in the forest have their parties to celebrate the death of a culprits..we gonna have a huge celebration…yeaa..that's gonna happen very soon folks

  • God is Good

    Ke mana pun saya pergi,Saya sering betanya kepada generasi sebaya saya dlm lingkungan 26-36 tahun, jika mereka mengundi, siapakah yang akan mereka undi? amazingly..100% atau kesemua mereka berkata bawhawa mereka tidak akan mengundi BN..bayangkan out of 80 orang, non of them will vote for BN..ini merupakan tanda2 bahawa akan berakhirnya era kepimpinan kerajaan BN tidak lama lagi…

    God Blees SARAWAK!!

    • pen4

      God is Good

      Bukan tidak setuju dengan anda, tapi rasuah mengatasi segala-galanya di Sarawak. Lainlah ceritanya kalau 50% daripada 80 orang itu adalah pegawai tertinggi di SPR & petugas piliharanyara.

    • imam frustrated

      GOD IS GOD,ALLAH PUN BAIK..KAN ORG2 SARAAWAK PUN PAKAI ALLAH DI AL KITAB MEREKA DAN ISTILAH YANG SAMA..MEMANGPUN…KITA MANUSIA YG MASALAH..DAN KAWAN SEBAAYA KAMU CAKAP JE…NANTI U TENGOK…KERNA DUIT2 MEREKA AKAN TIDAK DIRECT UNDI TAAIB…TENGOKLAH…LEPAS TU MEREKA KUTUK ISLAM…MENGATA KAN ISLAM JAHAT..TAPI TAIB BUKAN LAGI ISLAM SAMA MACAM JOHARI BIN ABDULLAH…MEREKA SEMUA KAFIR..MACAM BABI…BIAR ORG IBAN DAN DAYAK BUKAN ISLAM PANGANG DIA HABIS HABIS HABISSAN…PANGANG DIA DALAM API…DAN MAAKAN DIA DENGAN CAK LANGAU DAN TUAK…MEREKA NI ADALAH PENIPU BESAR,,,MACAM BAPA DAN ABANG KARIB MEREKA SYAITAN….

  • http://sarawakreport nga2

    i wonder weather thief minister ever visited this website.did`t he feel ashamed about what the people scole him everyday. for an old thief like u please stepdown and let other people chance to manage sarawak. u cannot spent ur money when u were sleeping in the soil,

  • anak jati

    i think he won't visit this site,this can make his colon cancer becomes worse…..blood pressure increases…..the best part is, he will suffer of stroke…….and 6 feets underground

  • manang ulak

    SR, saya cadangkan spam-kan semua info ni ke emel seluruh sarawak/ malaysia. penambahan undi anti-taib akan meningkat sekurang2nya 25-50%. bukan apa, rata2 penduduk sarawak masih confident BN menang.. apa kes?

  • Nelson Mandela Janti

    He (Taib) can enjoy himself with the stolen $.He doesn't have long to live.When he leaves for hell ;;unless he repents of his sins..he cannot bury the $$ with him..so when the next Govt.takes over Sarawak we will trace the stolen money through legal means and return the money,lands and properties to the people of Sarawak to whom it rightly belongs…& ..?…all his family members & cronies.

  • imam frustrated

    u ingat org2 sarawak betul berani buat,,,,,saya ingin lihat dgn mata sendiri….saya amin doa kamu dikabulkan…harap semua org2 berdoa macam kamu…ya..Allah kabul kan doa nelson….tidak kira ugama…Allah hanya satu…kabulkanlah….

  • J Wong

    Allah 'kan musnahkan Taib!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • J Wong

    Walaupun perkiraan bahawa BN akan menang, tapi keputusan pilihanraya adalah dijangka tipis! Rakyat berpendidikan tidak akan mudah tunduk. Banyak kes sudah menular di negara2 Arab sekarang ini!

    Apa'an kes kita harus menutup kedua-dua belah mata untuk berpura-pura?!

    Tuhan Allah Maha Adil dan Saksama. Akan tiba waktunya di tika raungan itu tidak akan dipedulikan!!!!!!!!!

    Percaya lah!!!!!!!!!

  • Tamizi TS

    This is an excellent exposure! As an aviation enthusiast,i never knew about this news,until you guys exposing it.Keep up the good work.

  • lanun samolia

    U ALL BERANI HERE AJAK.. UNDI BN JUGAK U ALL …OOI TOL FOR MOTOCYCLE HERE HV TO PAY..AND MAHAL MEH WHY….TOTO/MAGNUM/STEC.. 10% TAX…KAYA SARAWAKIAN MEH…THE ROAD ALSO BAMPING HERE N THERE…MCM ANUAR IBRAHIM SAID MCM NAIK PERAHU PERGI MENGAIL ….ALL ,ROAD IN SWK MAINTAIN BY CMS.. WAH KAYA MEH SARAWAKIAN…

  • Truely Sarawakian

    Hai, why publish this report, let them die in an air crash and then you publish this report, i wish Wong Song Koh was in the plane well… damn bloody shit..

  • Abdullah

    Try to clinch or share link with hornbill unleash or the malaysia kini to let more people know the truth.

  • Sarawak Young Genera

    Next, new elected representative for S'wak need to review the tax policies. Too heavy for us especially in the middle group. I felt very sad that my monies was used by them.>>> I would like to suggest that the Gov. give everyday 4D draw. Then a lot of taxes can be collected. Enjoy it.

  • hancur be end

    "Kita wajib tumbangkan pemimpin dan pemerintah yang zalim'

    "Saya menyeru semua rakyat Malaysia, mari kita tolak parti UMNO dan BN bersama komponen-komponennya diseluruh Malaysia, Sarawak adalah negeri pertama kita tukar pemerintahnya dan seterusnya negeri-negeri yang lain, yang masih dikuasai mereka."

    "Kita hebahkan kepada semua rakyat, tentang penipuan mereka selama ini"

    "Malaysia sekarang dimata dunia, di perintah oleh LANUN"

    "Bertindak sekarang, selamatkan Malaysia"