1 Aug 2011

Taib Paid Out $5 Million To Attack Sarawak Report! – International Expose

Taib Paid Out $5 Million To Attack Sarawak Report! – International Expose

Taib is paying a crooked, British-based PR company $5 million (RM15 million) a year to conduct an illegal global media campaign against Sarawak Report.

We expose FBC Media, a UK-based TV production company, which doubles as a “strategic communications” firm, for conducting an illicit media scam over the past decade.  The outfit is secretly selling slots across a number of supposedly impartial TV news programmes to promote its international PR clients, who include Najib Razak and Taib Mahmud.

The practice, which is designed to deceive hundreds of millions of TV viewers, has netted the company tens of millions of dollars, providing characters like Taib Mahmud with positive publicity on prime international TV news shows.  It is all paid for, of course, by the Malaysian taxpayers, whom they are seeking to dupe and impress.

Our evidence further shows that FBC Media are also linked to the vicious online blogging campaigns in the US which have defamed both Anwar Ibrahim and Sarawak Report over the past months [see Sarawak Reports Dirty Tricks Coverage].

Top global TV stations in trouble             

BBC World’s ‘Develop or Die’ series, made by FBC Media. It concentrates on Malaysian palm oil and the peculiar claim that “sustainable development is being used increasingly as a convenient argument by those in the richer world to protect their global economic dominance”! The programme does not declare FBC Media’s financial payments from Malaysia and its oil palm industry.

Our in-depth investigation into the scandal implicates some of the world’s most prestigious broadcasting networks, including CNBC, CNN and even BBC World, which is supported by the British government.

All these stations have carried programmes made by FBC Media, containing items promoting their multi-million dollar PR clients.

Allowing characters like Taib Mahmud to buy positive coverage on editorial news shows is rightly banned under broadcasting laws and it is those broadcasting companies themselves that hold ultimate legal responsibility for all the content they put out.

As our story hits the headlines CNCB, CNN, BBC World and other carriers of FBC-made programmes will face some serious investigations by their licencing authorities, both in the UK (Ofcom) and in the United States (the Federal Communications Commission).

“Are the natives eco-friendly?” – making fun of environmental critics of deforestation. But BBC World’s “Develop or Die” series fails to mention that the natives are also protesting against deforestation!

A recommendation from Najib!

Sarawak Report has learnt that it was the Malaysian PM Najib Razak who recommended FBC media’s multi-million dollar PR services to Taib Mahmud.  Our research has revealed that Najib, former PM Badawi and a number of Malaysian companies,

including the palm oil giant Sime Darby are also clients of FBC, pouring tens of millions of ringgit of taxpayers’ money into corrupt PR campaigns in recent years.

‘This should go down well!’ – FBC Chairman, Alan Friedman and Abdullah Badawi contemplate a bottle of wine in one of their interview slots on Italian TV

It was the General Secretary of the PKR opposition party, Saifuddin Nasutian, who revealed last year that Malaysian budget records show that between 2008-2009 alone a massive RM57.68 million was paid by the Prime Minister’s office to FBC Media to conduct a “Global Strategic Communications Campaign” for the Malaysian government.   RM29,337,650 was paid out in 2008 and RM28,350,000 in 2009.

The Malaysian Government’s Supplementary Budget 2010. It speicifies “an amount of RM28,350,000 to pay the cost of agreement to implement the project Global Strategic Communications Campaign between the Malaysian Government and FBC Media (UK) Limited for the year 2009″.

Saifuddin Nasutian raised the matter in the Malaysian Parliament, referring to the engagement of FBC Media UK several times and questioning the services that the company was providing in its Global Strategic Communications Campaign.

PKR’s Saifuddin Nasution raises the matter of the FBC Media (UK) contract in the Malaysian Parliament last year

No denial has been made by FBC Media or the Malaysian government about the contract.  Neither have they attempted to deny the sums that are officially registered in the government budget.

A further RM42 million was spent in 2010 on “Public Affairs and Government Services and Strategic Communication, Public Relations and Press Outreach”, according to the latest supplementary budget.

APCO Connection proves FBC contract with Malaysia

FBC Media’s ties with the controversial American PR company APCO are also clearly proven.  Official disclosure documents to the United States Government show that FBC Media has paid a total of $70,000 to APCO over the past two years to conduct a lobbying campaign in the United States on behalf of the Malaysian Government.

Such lobbying is clearly just part of the services commissioned from FBC Media by BN’s political leaders. The production/PR company cannot deny that the Malaysian government is also frequently featured across all its programmes.

Disclosure document to the US Senate and House of Representatives by APCO, which has been paid 70,000 dollars to lobby for the Malaysian Government by FBC Media

According to our inside information, Najib suggested that Taib engage FBC Media for a similar campaign after the Chief Minister was seen to have suffered a publicity crisis, following revelations in Sarawak Report about his extensive corruption.

Sources close to the Chief Minister have told us that the flamboyant American Chairman of FBC Media, Alan Friedman, personally visited Taib in Kuching at least twice at the start of the year and a contract was agreed that promised to transform the international image of the hitherto secretive Sarawak dictator.

FBC’s Alan Friedman interviews Najib Razak – one of ten set-piece features on the Malaysian PM over the past 2 years on CNBC’s World Business programme.

Details of the crooked contract with Taib Mahmud

Sarawak Report now has detailed information about the exact proposals within Taib’s FBC contract and the costs involved.  Following meetings in January, Friedman promised Taib assistance in “countering negative and false perceptions that have been spread at home and abroad” and assured the Chief Minister that he has the “tools and international experience” to do just that.

It would appear that by “tools” the PR man was referring to his company’s existing contracts to produce editorial news programmes such as CNBC’s World Business, which is viewed by a purported 300 million people across the world every week, as well as a number of other productions for BBC World and also outlet opportunities on CNN.

Taib would have been well aware that such tools are illegal.  Click here for FBC’s original website, which was pulled down straight after questions were asked of FBC last weekk by a UK newspaper.  Or

[CLICK HEREfor a downloadable version.  

Website boasting “placement options” for FBC Media’s communications clients

The crooked contract advocated that the campaign should last for 3 years in total, but for the first year alone FBC´s services have amounted to an enormous USD$ 5 million (RM 15 million), plus expenses.  For this Friedman has offered a campaign across prime TV, online and print news media platforms designed to convince international viewers that the Chief Minister’s government of Sarawak has been beneficial in bringing development to the people of Sarawak.

FBC Camerman, Simon Yip, poses by the Chief Minister’s Rolls Royce in Kuching along with other members of the film crew. Could they have been interviewing Taib Mahmud?

The FBC Media Chief also promised that the rampant logging and palm oil programmes, which the Chief Minister has carried out largely for his own enrichment, would be portrayed as ‘sustainable development’ in this artificial news coverage!

Within this contract Friedman is charging $270,000 (RM 800,000) for each set-piece TV documentary about Taib or Sarawak on one of his ‘prime TV shows’.  He is also charging to show the Chief Minister off at various world conferences at a cost of $193,000 (RM 570,000) per conference.  Strangely, he also charges $110,000 a month (RM 320,000 a month) to provide “Airline inflight sponsorship”, whereas it is in fact airlines that are supposed to buy programmes, not get paid for them!

Blogging

For a further charge of $55,000 a month (RM 162,000 a month) the FBC Media contract also offers a separate campaign using online sites and “special blogging” in order to “provide a blanket of positive coverage” about Taib and Sarawak in the Western media.

The contract explains that this manufactured “international recognition” would then be “bounced back” into the local press for people in Sarawak to see!

So, could the American-based attacks on Sarawak Report to be found in Josh Trevino’s ‘New Ledger’ blog, which are then be found reproduced in the look-alike site Sarawak Report(s), started in March 2011, be linked to this $55,000 a month contract?  The evidence is there for all to see!

$55,000 a month for this stuff?

By this method Taib and Friedman have attempted to take the taxpayers of Sarawak’s own money to pull the wool over their eyes and to gull foreign news viewers into a false impression of his management of Sarawak!

Proof is in the output -  “Deforestation in Sarawak on CNBC’s World Business

Proof of the commitments in the Taib contract can be seen in the TV shows that have been broadcast about Sarawak in subsequent months – on programmes made for supposedly reputable broadcasters by FBC Media.

CNBC’s ‘Deforestation in Sarawak’ claims that 80% of Sarawak’s jungle has been kept untouched by Taib !

On March 25th, just a few weeks after the contract was signed, a major item appeared on CNBC’s World Business programme called “Deforestation in Sarawak”!  By any standards it is an outrageous and biased apology for Taib Mahmud’s wrecking of the Borneo Jungle and a major exercise in Greenwash.

Taib himself is featured in a coached interview claiming that over 80% of the Borneo jungle is pristine and untouched!   This contradicts the general consensus that only about 5% of the more inaccessible jungle areas remain untouched. It also Taib Mahmud’s own remarks to the Sarawak Tribune 3rd April 2001, when he said it was vital for the Sarawak timber industry to adapt to a new situation as 90 percent of the trees had been cut!

As Sarawakians know, Taib’s crony timber companies are still doing their best to force the indigenous people out of the areas that are left.

The FBC reporter on “Deforestation in Sarawak” nevertheless further alleges that many tourists flock to Sarawak to see the wonderful protected jungle and claims that the only oil palm plantation that has taken place has been on land already cleared for rubber plantations or other crops!

Anyone who knows anything about Sarawak knows that such claims are lies and that a million hectares have been cleared for oil palm, a figure due to double over the next ten years.   Taib himself has achieved vast wealth out of destroying the precious hardwood jungles of the state.

CNBC features this happy ‘modern’ Penan. No mention of his tribespeople manning blockades against Taib’s loggers!

“Happy Penan”

To add insult to injury “Deforestation in Sarawak” also features a ‘happy Penan tribesman’ who now enjoys a ‘modern life’ in a city job.  The programme makes no mention however of the fact that thousands of his fellow tribes-people have been desperately manning blockades against the loggers since the 1980s till this day, as they attempt to keep Taib’s men from destroying their lands.

The film also makes no mention of the fact that hundreds of thousands more indigenous people have losts their lands and livelihoods to Taib’s million hectares of oil palm plantations, logging and dams, for which they have received nothing in return.  Nor that most of the interior population continue to be denied their voting rights and 60,000 still do not even have their basic identity cards.

FBC´s film again fails to point out that Taib´s so-called ‘development’ programmes of the past 30 years have benefitted few beyond the members of the Chief Minister’s fabulously wealthy family and business associates.  Although Sarawak is Malaysia’s richest state in terms of natural resources, it is home to many of the poorest people.

Objective endorsement?

Objective spokesman? – FBC Media interviewed BN’s Len Talif Salleh, who combined his role as Head of Forests with a Directorship of the logging company Pusaka KTS, the company which swindled Long Terawan of its land !

Instead,  “Deforestation in Sarawak” features a number of Taib’s own employees, who pose as ‘objective third party endorsers’ of the Chief Minister’s policies.  One of these is his sturdy henchman,Len Taliff Saleh, who spoke as the supposedly neutral Head of Forests in Sarawak, even though he had already at that stage taken up his new role as a BN candidate in the upcoming state election.

Another ‘objective’ endorser of Taib in the movie was the Australain Brian Clarke, who is employed by Taib directly as a park ranger on his family playground, the Mulu Resort.  Mulu is an area that was forcibly snatched from the Berewan tribe and is now owned by Taib and his family members.

UNESCO are currently officially reviewing the region’s status as a World Heritage Site, because of Taib’s appalling environmental record in the region, yet none of this was mentioned by FBC.

Indeed, “Deforestation in Sarawak” is such a blatant PR vehicle for Taib Mahmud that even FBC Media were clearly fearful of it falling into the wrong hands!  Immediately after broadcasting the show across its global outlets the production company took extraordinary steps to attempt to have it removed from the normal You Tube sites, where it generally advertises its World Business programme output.  Other films featuring various other clients have been allowed to remain online, but “Deforestation in Sarawak” has been removed from just about every available portal!

Withdrawn! – like FBC’s website the film ‘Deforestation in Sarawak’ has been taken off the web

Sarawak Report is happy to offer readers an opportunity to view it however by clicking on “Deforestation in Sarawak“.

More dodgy movies on BBC World

Local colour – FBC Media filming ‘One Square Mile’ for BBC World

The same FBC Media production crew that produced “Deforestation in Sarawak” also made a film for the series ‘One Square Mile‘ on BBC World.  This film once again provides a sympathetic portrayal of Taib’s management of Sarawak.

It features the problems of local tribes-people, but gives the impression that the government has been working to help them.  There is no mention of the alienation of their lands, logging or palm oil, which have left the people poor, while enriching Taib Mahmud.

If FBC Media had not received money from Taib, the item might be considered merely a case of weak reporting.  But the existence of the $5 million contract places matters in a very different light!

In the same recent period there has been a whole spate of FBC produced programmes for the BBC that have attempted to subtly promote oil palm as an agent of “development” and to criticise people who raise issues about deforestation, mono-culture and corruption as ignorant, selfish outsiders.

One example is the series “Develop or Die”, presented by the BBC´s Zeinab Badawi, which provides a sympathetic platform for the Malaysian Palm Oil industry and features interviews with palm oil producer. Sime Darby.   

Zeinab Badawi – Presenting “Develop or Die” for BBC World

The series suggests that without the continuing mass expansion of the controversial crop people in countries like Malaysia would not develop and would therefore die. This may be one viewpoint, but FBC Media blatantly fail declare their own financial interest in the matter.  Sarawak Report has received inside information that Sime Darby is one of FBC Media’s Malaysian business clients and the company’s boss, former Deputy PM Musa Hitam, frequently appears in its productions.

With a another series of Develop or Die currently in production, Sarawak Report challenges BBC World to investigate potential secret sponsorship behind their programmes promoting palm oil.

Plenty of positive messaging in BBC World’s Third Eye show this July, thanks to FBC Media

Another recent case in point is the recent July episode of the monthly ‘Third Eye’ programme for BBC World, also made by FBC Media.  It focusses again on palm oil, arguing the case for Malaysia’s increasingly controversial plantation schemes, much of which is destroying Sarawak’s remaining jungle.

Once again the programme implies that millions could die unless palm oil plantations are allowed to expand and raises arguments against environmentalists, who have concerns about deforestation.   Once again there is a failure by FBC to declare its links to the Malaysian government and its pro-palm oil policies.

Also, this same month of July, another pro-Najib/BN show appeared on BBC World, with another edition of One Square Mile, again produced by FBC Media. Yet again it contains the same positive messaging about Malaysia’s government policies.

Thanks to Najib our salary will go up soon! – FBC Media’s Square Mile programme on BBC World

Questions to answer for CNN

CNN is another of the “placement options” that FBC have been promoting for their strategic communications clients on their website, which was pulled down earlier today [Sarawak Report is able to link readers to a live copy of the original site - CLICK HERE].

Former CNN business presenter, John Defterios, who is a shareholder of the parent company FBC Group Limited and the company´s President, also presents the CNN current affairs and business programme Marketplace Middle East.

So how coincidental was it that earlier this month John Defterios conducted an exclusive interview with FBC Media client Najib Razak during his official visit to London?  The interview was broadcast on CNN and received widespread publicity back in Malaysia.

We invite CNN to examine whether this too formed part of the Prime Minister’s strategic communications contract with FBC, paid for by the Malaysian taxpayer? 

CNN’s exclusive interview this July with FBC Media’s John Defterios ensured good publicity for Najib’s London visit. It was publicised widely back in Malaysia!

Misleadingly, it was the FBC-linked blogger, Josh Trevino, who accused the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of paying for publicity on CNN earlier this year!  The American right-winger made the accusation in the blog New Ledger, which is clearly paid for as part of the communications package commissioned by BN leaders.

This false accusation (denied by CNN) was then picked up and distributed among BN leaning blogs in Malaysia, on the basis that it was news from the US.  We challange New Ledger and those BN leaning blogs to now publicise how it is in fact Najib Razak who has been buying his slots on global TV shows.  

Another appearance for Najib on Defterios’s Marketplace Middle East on CNN

Revenue squeeze that may have opened the door to the corruption of global TV

BBC World is the commercial arm of the BBC.  Like all global TV stations it has been subject to shrinking advertising revenues in a competititve market and it has been looking for ‘innovative’ ways of paying for programming.  The popular concept at the moment is so-called ‘branded’ programmes, in which FBC claims to specialise.

In a recent interview BBC World’s Head of Programmes,  Paul Gibbs, acknowledged that the BBC has been seeking to use its world reputation as a trusted broadcaster to encourage third parties to invest in programmes:

“It’s the platform itself,” explained Gibbs. “Quite often our interest in any project can be enough to allow documentary makers to raise funding. The promise of a slot on BBC World News can be enough in order to realise the project, and because of the BBC traditional editorial values, our input on any project is incredibly valued.” [Encore Magazine]

The rules state however, that such forms of sponsorship should never extend to so-called editorial content, where viewers are led to believe that the journalism is un-influenced by any form of bias.  With FBC Media’s documentaries that line seems to have been crossed and those “traditional editorial values” compromised.

Our “broadcast platforms” – FBC demonstrate how they are prepared to abuse their production role on their own website

Likewise,CNBC has also expressed its interest in expanding branded programming.  In fact their new Head of Branded Programming came straight from FBC Media, where she had been their Business Development Director.

CNBC is owned by America’s NBC and is a global broadcaster.  Its Europe branch comes under Britain’s Ofcom regulator, which specifically prohibits any sponsorship or branding of ‘editorial’ programmes such as FBC’s World Business programme. Sarawak Report is notifying Ofcom of these apparent breaches.

Promoting Najib   

Najib meeting Khazkh Premier Nazarbayev at the World Islamic Economic Forum in June. Both are clients of FBC Media, who covered the conference on CNBC`s World Business programme

We understand that FBC Media have numerous clients both in Malaysia and around the world.  These clients are in many cases of the sort who would normally find it hard to get sympathetic coverage from objective global media shows.  Yet, through FBC they have been able to pay for positive output, albeit at a very high price. .

Certainly FBC’s World Business programme on CNBC has revisited Malaysia considerably more often over the past twelve months than would be expected given the number of its shows and Malaysia’s weight in the world economy.  We have ascertained at least 11 occasions in just the past 18 months alone where PM Najib Razak has been featured positively in films on the show.

By contrast there has been zero political coverage of the neighbouring Philippines over that period, just 2 interviews with the Thai Prime Minister and 4 with the leader of Indonesia.  Meanwhile, there have been a number of further films also been made to boost some of the key projects of Najib Razak in Malaysia.

A country that does feature frequently on World Business however, is far-flung Khazkhstan, which according to our information is another PR client of FBC Media.

We challenge FBC Media’s Alan Friedman to deny that there is no connection between his company’s RM 57.69 million contract with the Prime Minister of Malaysia’s office to provide a “strategic global communications campaign” and this output on the programme he makes for CNBC.

FBC Clients together in Astana this year – Musa Hitam of Sime Darby, Najib and the Khazakhstan PM Karim Massimov

More questionmarks

It goes on.  In March of this year BBC’s World Debate, hosted by Zeinab Badawi again featured Najib Razak in the context of the Global Movement for Justice Peace and Dignity, which promotes Malaysia as a moderate Muslim country.

Once again this show was produced for the BBC by FBC Media. At the same time  FBC’s World Business also ran an item on the conference for CNBC.

The BBC´s World Debate programme hosted by Zainab Badawi and produced by FBC Media at the “Global Movement for Justice, Peace and Dignity” in Instanbul this February!

Some of the many FBC Media programmes featuring Najib Razak on CNBC can be accessed by Clicking Here.

Fitting in the ´First Family´ too!

It is well known that Najib’s wife Rosmah rarely misses out on her own opportunities. Thus,  FBC Media featured two whole films across two weeks dedicated to her First Lady Summit’ last October.It included a lengthy set piece interview with her about her ‘work in education’.  Rosmah is described as Malaysia’s First Lady throughout the programme – in a clear slight towards the wife of the present King of Malaysia. 

Set-piece interview with Rosma Mansour (Najib´s wife) by FBC interviewer Eckart Sager

FBC Media, of course, also covered the controversial Kazakhstan gathering of the World Islamic Economic Forum this June.  There has been much comment in Malaysia that the marriage of Najib and Rosmah’s daughter Nooryana Najwa and the son of the President of Kazakhstan (who is also believed to be a client of FBC Media) took place at the same time as the conference.

 

 
 
 

 

Starring yet again on CNBC’s World Business! Najib at the World Islamic Economic Forum, which was also addressed by FBC’s Chairman Alan Friedman.

Allegedly, Najib and Rosmah spent considerable sums on transporting several Malaysian guests to Astana and entertaining them with their hosts as part of the conference, thereby saving a fortune on their wedding expenses at the expense of the Malaysian taxpayer!

Alan Friedman himself was even a speaker at the conference, which was naturally featured on CNBC’s World Business.

The programme which was aired this July can be viewed on Youtube.

A ‘unique PR company’ that should have been caught out – no excuse for broadcasters

Any of the broadcasters commissioning FBC should have been well-placed to see what just what the company is up to. The company makes no secret of merging two highly incompatible roles within its business model, on the one hand acting as a producer of ‘editorial’ news and business programmes, while at the same time promoting its services as a provider of ‘strategic communications’ services for political and business figures.

On offer to clients like Abdullah Badawi

This blatant conflict of interest is also made clear on its public website (brought down today, but available HERE).  The temptation to combine FBC’s two key income streams by using the editorial news platforms, commissioned by such major companies as CNBC, CNN and the BBC to promote FBC’s top dollar clients is plain to see.

It therefore calls to question the judgement of a number of high-ranking TV executives.  The apparent failure by the broadcasters involved to recognise what has been going on is surely inexcusable.

Also available on the internet is a copy of FBC Media’s own power point presentation for potential new PR clients.  This makes it perfectly clear how the company has been illegally abusing its position.  The company crows that it can provide a “unique service”, unlike any competitors, that “guarantees editorial coverage on television in 100 countries”.

Making clear that FBC “controls blue-chip television editorial time-slots” the company also “guarantees controlled messaging” for its clients and further guarantees that those messages are supported and “endorsed by prestige third party ambassadors”, in order to give the client an added credibiility in the eyes of the audience.

Guaranteed access to ‘blue chip’ media shows! How FBC Media promotes itself to its clients

These services are illegal and such guarantees of editorial news coverage are not available to normal, honest Public Relations firms.  That is of course why multi-millionaire clients like Taib Mahmud and Najib Razak have been prepared to pay millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to FBC!  In the process they have corrupted the integrity of many of the World’s top TV broadcasters.

Other media platforms?

On its websiteFBC Media boasts to clients that its many “platforms” also includes Channel News Asia.  So how about the series Global Investor that has been broadcast once a year for the past three years on either Channel News Asia or CNBC Asia?   Each year it has just featured Malaysia with positive coverage of Najib, Badawi and their pet projects.

Najib Razak Featured on Channel News Asia Global Investor programme, made by FBC Media

FBC Media also boasts links with the International Herald Tribune and Business Week.  Malaysia’s Iskandar project was strangely present and  promoted at this year’s ‘European Leadership Forum’, run by Business Week with FBC’s John Defterios as Chairman.  Meanwhile, who should FBC’s Alan Friedman choose to interview for the International Herald Tribune, but Najib Razak?

Najib meets up with FBC Chairman Alan Friedman for his TV interview with the Herald Tribune

Damning evidence

Musa Hitam is also featured in CNBC’s World Business coverage of the World Islamic Economic Forum in Khazakhstan

Licencing organisations must now question how so many top broadcasters came to turn a blind eye to FBC’s activities.  Without doubt much of the answer lies in the decline of advertising revenue and the increasing pressure to cut budgets.

FBC operates by seducing commissioning editors into ccepting ridiculously cheap shows to help manage their budgets. Having got the slot, FBC secretly finds finance from corrupt sponsorship.

However, in the case of CNBC we have uncovered an even more damning arrangement.  It appears from FBC’s own publicly listed accounts, registered at Companies House in the UK, that the top US broadcaster has been willing to allow FBC to provide the programme entirely for free, on the basis that it will cover its costs and make its profits from sponsorship alone!

FBC’s Annual Report from 2005 explains the remodelling of World Business as a free programme for CNBC, financed by sponsorship!

Such arrangements are surely at the heart of corruption of the global TV news industry and the deception of millions of viewers of allegedly impartial news coverage across the globe.

The FBC in FBC Media stands for ‘Fact Based Communications’.  We question whether facts are as important to this company as the communications contracts they have secured.

TO SEE SOME OF THE FILMS PRODUCED BY FBC MEDIA FOR MALAYSIA CLICK HERE

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  • najibrazak

    We cannot believably deny this expose so we will have to hope that it will be looked at as just another theft of taxpayers money by BN; something they must be used to by now after 55 years of corrupt BN/UMNO governments. PS. My TV pics looked pretty good,no?

    • hot

      what?

      native sarawakians gave white hair mandates to do as he wishes to.

      so what is the problem. any problem should be blamed on the native sarawakians. they are the cause of their own miseries no one else.

      long live stupid …. errr…. native sarawakians.

      • "Party Chap Mat

        Yes,the natives gave him the mandates.Sooooo,what wrong with you?

        Are you Idiot? Atau punnnnnn awak ni penyangak BERSIH tepi longkang apee.

        • anak laut

          Natives yg memberi mandate sebab ditipu ! Sogokan wang diberi masa Pilihan raya. Sebab itu bersih 2 ujud. Kalau plihan raya betul bersih kita tengok siapa yuang betul2 menonggeng!

      • lemon

        Yesssss….hot…..we Sarawakians voted and will always vote for them. Sarawak is always for Sarawakians…not for orang Malaya….Whatever your language is we are not that stupid as what you assume. Apa didengki dgn rakyat Sarawak….yang kaya pun orang Sarawak tapi semua tuduhan dalam tok adalah MENYAMPAH…..

  • Blunt Speaker

    If you are popular and attractive, you don't need a tv channel like FBC to promote and uplift your image. It's only those who are rotten, corrupt and ugly who need and render the services of this lousy channel to gain some cheap publicity and political mileage.

    • lemon

      I think you better go back to school and learn more about business study. Cakap pun tidak guna….you will never understand about business and will easily swayed like rumput lallang…

  • Iban Lingga

    Of late, there have been a lot of reports published by Sarawak Report about Taib`s family overseas properties and his corruption scandals. Since Taib has not taken any action against the writer and the publisher of the reports if he feels that the reports are not true, I tend to believe all the reports are true. Do we still need this type of leader? Pathetic, BN Iban leaders still support this man.

    • lemon

      You never know….Of course Taib won't tell you….You suka dengar khabar angin ke…..dalam ruang ni? Check out yourself….Ruangan ini adalah ruangan PENGHASUT dari luar negara…

  • http://n/a Watch Dog

    Yes,that's right only CROOKS used TV channel and paid for by the Tax payers.

    The TV channel has NO moral obligation as all they care for is MONEY..dirty money…Crooks supports crooks.

    May GOD bless you all..sad,sad,sad…

    • lemon

      ….and also using this website…friend

  • Bart Simpson

    Funny that you accuse others of lacking journalistic integrity, but fail to put your accusations to CNN, BBC etc!

    If you were a serious journalist you would have given them the right to put their side of the story BEFORE publishing, but as you don't we have to ask: WHO IS PAYING CLARE REWCASTLE-BROWN?

    • najibrazak

      Bart Simpson is right! Square head with nothing in it! If you like to publish your name and address you ca receive a writ for defamation!

    • lemon

      Waaa BS…..I support you…. These people only know how to make a mountain out of a mole….They talk bad about others but they themselves are worse….Let me support you loud and clear….WHO SUPPORT THIS SARAWAK REPORT FINANCIALLY???????

  • Chin Chai Kong

    The money could have been spent in eredicating of the poor in Sarawak especially the Dayaks and Orang Ulu.

    • SERIGALA BARAM

      GREAT MANY PEOPLE NOW FED-UP READING READING THIS BLOODY HELL SARAWAK REPORT. ALWAYZ SAME SAME COMMENTERS MAKING COMMENTS ON THIS WEBSITE . JUST BUSY AMONG THEMSELVES, BUSY FOR NOTHING ! SUDAH GILA KAH ?

      • lemon

        LIKE LIKE LIKE….Nothing except slandering. Every time I open this site…..nothing just the same news….slandering, slandering, slandering. This website owner is not mad as you say….this is business…FBC Media is his business opponent…they have to outcome each other. SR baru 1 tahun jagung….tapi dengan memfitnah orang, selain imbuhan dia nak naikkan nilai pasaran SR juga….Am I correct Clare Rewcastle-Brown?

      • taibmustgo

        what ever it is Taib must go. Serigala Baram, u ni penyokong si baboon putih tu ya. So sad…

  • http://none Alegna

    In Australia yesterday the oil palm industry took the Melbourne Zoo to task for mistreatment of orang hutans… covered widely by television here… saying that they would be better off in a Malaysian sanctuary… could this possibly be a PR stunt to improve palm oil sales? It's not often that this group will act sympathetically to the biodiversity that it is driving to extinction. I doubt they would dare make such claims in Malaysia! But to counter that the segment highlighted the zoo responding splendidly and quashed the debate… the oil industrialists looked a little foolish!

    Another item on Q&A, a programme that is shown on the Australia Network in Malaysia, mentioned that plans are afoot for the Murdoch group to get control of the Australia Network… again, a network that has earned credibility because of its association with the Australian Broadcasting Commission may be spun off for a good return but to an unscrupulous chain whose true colours have been on full view in the UK in recent weeks. I hope the Australian regulators controlling such sales will think again before they accept Murdoch money…

    Thanks for the insight into how commercial TV works… especially sad to hear that the Herald Tribune may have been compromised… although calling it a television interview doesn't sound right and should be checked. The IHT usually notes on special insertions from Khazakhstan in particular that this is a sponsored page.

  • Bart

    HA! Clare Rewcastle-Brown CENSORS comments that don't agree with her! So much for democracy!

    • najibrazak

      If you knew anything about democracy, or anythnig else for that matter, you would know that it allows disagreement. Back to Taib for your daily payment

    • Wetsemenet

      Yup. It's quite clear that she does practice this. Simple way to look at it, is comparing her statement, 'Your views are valuable to us, but Sarawak Report kindly requests that comments be deposited in suitable language and do not support racism or violence or we will be forced to withdraw them from the site,'

      and the amount of curses, verbal abuses, bullying and religious and ethnic insults that she allows as long as these commenters either agree with her, or at least manage to agitate the audience further.

      Contradictors are consigned to remain polite and tread carefully. I won't be surprised if she goes on a witch hunt digging on the identities of dissenting commenters who disagree with her propaganda.

      Examples of lewd and unacceptable comments throughout this site:

      'Rashid R says:

      April 20, 2011 at 3:37 am

      I told you all that TAIB will win.

      …THE ONLY WAY IS FOR RAKYAT TO DEMONSTRATE LIKE IN eGYPT, TUNISIA, LIBYA, YEMEN AND SYRIA AND FIGHT VIOLENCE WITH VIOLENCE FOR WEEKS-TO DEMAND THE CAPTURE OF TAIB AND HIS FAMILY………THEN CHOP OFF THEIR HANDS AND HANG IN PUBLIC.

      …NO WAY WILL TAIB OR NAJIB BE VOTED OUT BECAUSE OF SICKENING ELECTION FRAUDS. I WILL EAT THE SHIT OF ALL OF TAIB, NAJIB AND THEIR FAMILIES, YES SHIT, ALL AT LUNCH IF SARAWAK OR NAJIB LOSES.' – 'Thief Minister Stole the Election'.

      'orang sarawak says:

      June 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      again..LMOA!… Rachel Motte don’t be silly by keeping yourself into HELL OF FIRE!… You’re too desperated to collect a single forbidden penny! NO MATTER WHAT WE, SARAWAKIAN + THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD KNOWING IT PRETTY WELL & HAD ENOUGH OF hj taik mahmud + his cronies! WE, SARAWAKIAN GET RID OF hj taik mahmud.' – 'Gordon Brown Made Victim of Taib's Malicious Internet Campaign'.

      'Watch Dog says:

      July 17, 2011 at 1:58 am

      …CAN THE FOOLISH OPS..POLICE TELL THE PUBLIC UNDER WHAT BLOODY SECTION IS THE PEOPLE CHARGE FOR WEARING THE YELLOW T SHIT WITH THE WORD BERSIH? WHO BLOODY FUCKING INVENTED THE LAW?' – 'Royal Blunder'.

      'Sakai Asal says:

      July 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      Myself..Berapa golong kertas tandas nuan ka? Nya pakai nyuci burit tuan nuan mieh nya.' – 'Shame on You, Malaysia'.

      There are hundreds more…not to mention the amount of libel and defamation that are let to slip through.

      Is this integrity? Only fools can't see it.

  • chuckybride

    the reason why I hates Taib like I hate filthy worms. This old fuker must go down before he die.

  • jojo

    We have been a target of a biased media for decades now. I hope Malaysians are able to tell when the truth is being told and when lies are being spin by unscrupulous parties. There was a time I thought this was not the case but more and more Malaysians are waking up to the lies and knowing the difference. More and more Malaysians are asking the right questions and seeking the truth. I have faith in us! And thank God for alternative media that is conducting amazing investigative journalism and bringing us the truth we so badly need.

    • Wetsemenet

      THIS is one of those 'biased media' that you've been disgruntled about for decades. Notice how 100% of the supplements here are utterly 'damning' and unforgivingly 'truthful'? It's speaking about itself here.

      Bottom line is, all these media are controlled by lobby groups. And no media agencies will survive without at least some support of one Israeli lobby group or another. The only way small, insignificant governments like Malaysia can do to level up the playing field is to present its own version of things. They are of course biased to themselves, and media corporations really do GO FOR THE HIGHEST BIDDER, despite whatever laws are out there.

      It is up to us to decipher between the two and never accept anything from a single side of the debate wholesale.

      In order to stop yourself from being all worked up for no reason, you should truly take everything the media tells you with a pinch of salt.

  • siyoknyoma

    This is trully MALAYSIA BOLEH. Not only corruption at Malaysia level but World level….no wonder RTM always said Di kenali di Pesada Dunia.

    This World No.1 status overshadow the capable Datuk Lee Chong Wai and Datuk Nicole status

    1Malaysia Boleh!!!!!!!

    May God have mercy.

  • aborium

    What can one say on a fasting month?

    Cheque-book journalism, willing actors and politicians, and PR consulting firm all colluding to create 'realities' conducive to their clients' public image and personas, smooth the rough edges, and put a gloss over prickly issues. Like the touch up on your face before appearing in a TV show. It's all about changing perception, so the media theory goes.

    Looks like the same media-created realities are bouncing back in ways, quite unexpected, by SR's expose on the media agency in question and with its alleged links to the Gov't.

    What more can one say in Ramadan other than remark 'you paid what you got for' and hopefully 'what you got for' does not further threaten the suspicion of the public on the media agency's links to Israel. The outburst against Islam by one its associate writers/bloggers is enough to send a signal to us to protect ourselves against mind twisters, corrupters and polluters, even if they are touted as eco-friendly and working in the interest of so-called public good.

  • Jelivan Bato'

    Most malaysians as a whole are to blame themselves because they have voted for the BN to govern their country for so long. In Sarawak the dayak Ibans are the most stupid. They destroyed their own party and unity because most of their YBs wanted to become the General. They should be the CM of Sarawak because they are the Majority. Actually the answer is in our hands by voting out the BN government during an election. It so simple, but due to self interest and corruption, God is no longer a God. Well, one thing for sure we are all going to face Him upon our death.

  • OlangKampung

    Ahhhah!!! Hot dan Party Chap Mata, U know the meaning of Numbskull kah? U sound like ONE. These people are INNOCENT and HONEST but the GREEDS, the HYPOCRITES, the CRUELS and the LAIRS are the SINNERS, WHO THINK THEY ARE THE LORDS OVER THE NATIVES WITHOUT ANY SYMPATHY in their HEARTS. the BIG BULLIES.

  • Wan Hadiah

    They love Taib mahmud so much.Why we Worried?

    Let them vanish solwly and steady

  • Alex

    Thank you Sarawak Report for exposing the truth and shedding light on Taib Mud and all the dirty deals that are going on. Appreciate it. And Shame on BBC, CNBC and especially FBC Alan Friedman!

  • laughing

    I am disillusioned at this moment. My trusted BBC, the source for independent news and analysis, has sold its soul to the money god. "Pay me well and I will report what you want me to report" seems to be the new BBC programming policy. Such a policy is as disgusting as the Murdoch phone hacking scandal. I really want to know whether BBC has responded or not.

    • miri

      SR reports that CNCB, CNN, BBC World and other carriers of FBC- made programmes will face some serious investigation by their licencing bodies, OFCOM in the UK, and the Federal Communication Commission in the United States in breach of broadcasting laws.

      We shall wait and see.

    • Kathy Teo Shewring

      I agree with you wholeheartedly, laughing, but I'm not laughing. I always thought the BBC was whiter than white compared to the other dodgy news channels.

  • Jason

    Everyone should make a concerted effort to expose this FBC Media which is helping the BN regime to continue oppressing the citizens of Malaysia.

    Spread the word around to your learned friends, make sure not only Malaysians but all foreigners know about the CROOKED MERCENARIES that are helping the dirty crooks in BN.

  • Wetsemenet

    You just want people to agree with your views. In the event that they contradict you, you shriek hysterically. Grow up.

  • kcak

    While i saw a lot of comments condemning the people of Sawarak that they themselves had voted for Taib, so can't blame any party. And well as lamenting Sarawakians are stupids.

    Fren, let me point out one thing to u, and only if u had ever live in sarawak, u will understand this more. Do u know actually many wanted Taib to go! But they were actually threatened, blackmail, scolded and even brainwashed to be on Taib side? More over, many of them were cut off from informations, communications etc. not also to mentioned the dirty tricks played by Taib regime during elections (U can deny this but i won't). many of sarawak people are actually sufferings, yet u… the one who is enjoying the wealth of informations and modern here r actually lamenting and judging people of sarawak are stupids.

    yes, u can choose not to help or stay in silent, nobody will blame u. But u don't judge others when u do not know the whole truths. And please stop calling people stupid…. may god bless u…..

  • Anti-Kleptocrats

    Dah gila dan menjadi Syaitan dah Najib dengan Taib ni…

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  • odi

    The only proof you have is that FBC Media was employed by the government. All other information you have provided is pure speculation. Why don't you start educating the voters rather than playing this type of slanderous games.

    All political parties hire PR consultants. Even celebrities do it. Surely you know this.

    The only thing we can do is demand to know what they did with that money. All the rest is pure baseless accusations.

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  • Kathy Teo Shewring

    Well done, Mrs Rewcastle Brown, for this expose. Please make sure Ofcom looks into this and keep your readers updated. And, please take care of yourself. At the risk of sounding paranoid, we know what big businesses and governments can do when threatened with negative exposure.

  • Urban people

    The rural people of Sarawak do not have electricity and computer. How to know the truth? Truth must be exposed to let rural people see.

    Seeing is believing.

  • nangaTulai

    i dont know what was reported and i dont care..we jungle people had enuf of you meddlers telling us this and that..how to live our life ..living your way..apppuuuuhhhh

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  • http://n/a Watch Dog

    MoCS..RED SATURDAY 13th AUGUST…Come one and come ALL..

    No VIOLENCE please,we are Sarawakians.

    RED,RED,RED…RED..Change for the better and FREE Sarawak from one man,one family,one crony and one RACE..MELANAU..Sarawak is made up of various races and NOT only MELANAU..BE FAIR!!

    WEAR RED!!!!!

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  • poorsarawak

    sarawak need independant

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