Bye Bye Sarawak Reports!

Bye Bye Sarawak Reports!

13 Oct 2011

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Not so subtle agenda – ‘Sarawak Reports’ has given up the fight

Taib Mahmud’s $5million dollar a year ‘Cyber-war Campaign’ has conceded a humiliating defeat, with the final demise of the site ‘Sarawak Reports’.

Sarawak Reports was part of a vicious network of internet sites, set up by the crooked UK-based production FBC Media, in a hired attempt to undermine this blog and to attack the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

By adopting a virtually identical name to our own, FBC clearly hoped they could confuse web-surfers into reading their pro-Taib propaganda, instead of our research into Taib’s 30 years of corrupt government.

However, there is little evidence that readers were in fact fooled by this costly exercise.  The site never dared to publish the handful of comments it received for its stories, which were little more than dreary ‘puff pieces’ praising Taib’s ‘progress and development’ policies.

The site also carried a permanent section devoted to attacking the Editor of Sarawak Report and family members.

Black propaganda – who did they think they were kidding?

Collapse of Cyber-war campaign follows exposure of FBC Media

After Sarawak Report started to investigate, the whole truth behind the scandal came out.  We showed how FBC Media had commissioned a team of Republican bloggers in the States to write a series of attacking articles in a supposedly non-sponsored website called New Ledger.

First put it on the USA’s New Ledger to give it credibility – then place it in Sarawak Reports!

These articles, by unheard of Americans, were then reproduced in Sarawak Reports as if they represented influential thinking in the US. 

Worse, we discovered a similar campaign was being carried out by the very same people against the opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, and this time the person who commissioned the attacks was the PM himself, Najib Razak!

The scurrilous articles about Anwar, written for New Ledger by non-entities in the States, were being reproduced in a separate blog called Malaysia Watcher.  Just this week the PM was forced to admit that his office has spent RM 84 million on such campaigns with FBC Media in just three years!

We can now report that Malaysia Watcher is likewise no longer accessible. 

Who is Rachel Motte? She stopped writing for New Ledger after we exposed the FBC-lined campaign

Furthermore, since our exposes in late July, New Ledger has ceased publishing any stories about Malaysia, Sarawak Report or Anwar Ibrahim.  In June approximately half of all the articles written for this supposedly US-focused website had consisted of attacks on Anwar and SR, which were then being reproduced in Malaysia Watcher and Sarawak Reports!

Illegal TV programmes commissioned by Taib and Najib

TV lies – Taib bought the slot as advertising!

Of course, the most sensational part of the whole affair has been the revelation that FBC also did deals with both Najib and Taib to place promotional TV films about them and about BN’s policies on some of the world’s most respected news channels, including the BBC and CNBC.

FBC held production contracts for a number of supposedly objective news shows and documentary series and the company was illegally selling the airtime as advertising space for high-spending politicians and companies, including Malaysia and the palm oil industry.

Sarawak Report even gained copies of the contract between FBC’s Chairman, Alan Friedman and Taib, in which the Chief Minister was promised a series of opportunities to improve his bad reputation on human rights and the environment.

"Let's shake hands on it" - Najib has paid Alan Friedman's FBC Media RM 84 million to break broadcasting rules in a series of TV "puff pieces" and interviews.

One of these films, aired on CNBC’s World Business (a show produced by FBC Media), claimed that 80% of Sarawak’s forests have been left  undamaged and untouched by Taib’s logging and oil palm plantations!

After Sarawak Report broke the scandal, both BBC World and CNBC terminated all contracts with FBC Media, pending investigations.  

The UK regulatory authority Ofcom is also conducting a full-scale investigation into how politicians like Taib and Najib were able to spend millions of their own taxpayers’ money on such vanity TV projects, which was against broadcasting laws. 

So, the FBC Media expose has meant a set-back not just for Taib’s ‘Cyber Campaign’, but for his whole ‘Global Media Strategy’, into which he has poured millions of taxpayers’ hard earned money. 

Najib has likewise been exposed for the same misjudgement and complicity in the corruption of respected international TV stations, all at the enormous expense of public funds!

What about CNN?

Back reporting Malaysia for CNN – did John Defterios mention to CNN bosses back in 2010 that he was President of FBC, which had received RM 84 million to promote Malayisa? CNN so far says it isn’t relevant!

Sarawak Report and other news media in the UK and US are awaiting the final reports of Ofcom, The BBC and CNBC into these scandals. 

Meanwhile, the position of CNN still remains highly questionable.  Because this station was also carrying programmes featuring Najib and other FBC clients at a time when FBC’s President, John Defterios was anchoring the relevant CNN shows and programmes.

CNN has so far claimed that it is not prepared to investigate such placement of FBC clients on their shows or the connection with Mr Defterios, because it says John Defterios had already resigned from FBC when he became a staff presenter in March of this year.

In fact the records show that Mr Defterios did not resign until 4 days AFTER our expose on FBC in Sarawak Report at the end of July!  Indeed, just three weeks previously he had aired a much-criticised interview with Najib Razak for CNN.  Commentators at the time were outraged that he had let the PM off far too lightly over the teargassing and beating up of peaceful protesters during the July 9th Bersih rally. 

Under US broadcasting laws any such conflicts of interest should be openly declared, whether or not the interested members of the production team are on contract or staff.  For this reason Sarawak Reports is reporting CNN to Ofcom for its refusal to examine the potential corruption of its content by a current senior member of its staff.

Lynn Fritz - fellow FBC Board Member and shareholder. FBC President, John Defterios, was happy to promote him on his shows!

Not over yet

The PM and CM’s global strategic media strategies may now be in tatters, and the attack sites Sarawak Reports and Malaysia Watcher may be finished.  New Ledger may also have gone back to attacking US Democrats instead of Malaysian liberals, however there is plenty to go on this story.

Armed with taxpayers cash, it seems more than likely that Taib and Najib will be already going about planning how to come back with a second wave of ‘media warfare’ against those who are seeking to expose corruption in Malaysia.

But, chances are they will be wasting that cash once again, because once the truth is out it is impossible to hide.




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    did i not say so.the end is near.

  • Blunt Speaker

    Everything will be exposed in due time! All the corruption of Taib's ILLGOTTEN gains from the deforestation of Sarawak's virgin jungles, his plunder of lands for himself, family members and cronies, his monopoly of megaprojects, his commissions from big companies and all development projects, murder cases and missing persons linked to him. This man is a monster, a devil in human form. Others to bring to book are Mr. 10%, for his commissions for all megaprojects, enriching his sons by his influence till among top in Forbes richests' list, mr. CleanSupposed to be, for selling a resource rich part of Limbang offshore to Brunei for billions prior to his resignation and awarding big contracts to his son's company, mr, PKFZ scandal and those involved in the fighter aircrafts and scorpene submarines deals, and so on. All these monstrous devils must be brought to justice or God will curse them for their generations to come

  • Pusu, Belachan &

    Talk is cheap & lies are expensive…PM & CM will never get away with this…


  • Realistic

    Great work SR! It is your relentless pursue of the corrupt Taib that is beginning to bear fruit..We support u until he is brought to justice and repay back to the state of Sarawak, all the money gained through corrupt practices…History is also on our side…which showed that dictators like Marcos, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and the likes wont get away with their "crimes".

  • Sweetnoob

    "And the truth will set you free"

    Bravo Sarawak Report for your courageous & perseverance in the fight against corrupt and evil men.

    No amount of money can ever break your spirit or determination when the Lord is on your side.

    God Bless you all!!!

  • Watch Dog

    Well Done SR,Well Done and GOD bless you all.

    My Way..And now the end is near and so Taib faces the final curtain…bla bla and justice will prevail. Not too long we will get back what they have taken from the people of Sarawak.

    One by one and we will eventually win.

  • aborium

    It's been quite a SR journey with like-minded people who ask questions, provoke, stand grounds, dissent, overcome disappointments, encourage one another, and share the sufferings of those less fortunate in society.

    We learnt some hard lessons along the way too – when, for instance, those elected by the people should serve the interests of the people first before party or self-interest. That's the very reason why they were elected. In the case of Sarawak, the politics and self-interests have reached their tipping points.

    If it were just a political gimmick or slogan, then it's shelf-life is limited. Phonies won't last long. It's pretty much the same with phoney websites.

  • Apai Tuai

    GLAD.glad, to hear SR progress, keep it up. Well done.

    At last God is listerning to our prayer.

    GOD bless you all.

  • Liver Treatment

    But will it change the behaviour of the people. Not sure about that.

    • aborium

      Very interesting question. Change has to come from within oneself as a response or reaction to one's environment, circumstance, or predicament.

      Change can either be positive or negative – the choices or decisions we make everyday affect how we might behave and react to changes in and around us. Knowing the right from wrong is the basis of any change, be it behaviour or mindset. Everything else about positive change is a bonus.

  • Joseph

    2012 will be the year of disclosure of life in the universe to earth politics including this one.

  • mensia baru

    some time the truth taking a long to revealed. now is the the time to reveal the truths: malaysia's government dirty trick. well done sarawak report!

  • aborium

    Sarawak Government's refusal to sign the VPA (Voluntary Partnership Agreement) with EU on timber certification and regulations for exports of timber into EU countries can be construed as:

    (i) a sign of contempt against international efforts to regulate rogue timber trading worldwide; why shouldn't timber go through the same rigorous certification process like food products?

    (ii) a sign of short-sightedness because by doing so, legitimate Malaysian timber products may now find it difficult to enter or lose the EU markets altogether; legitimate downstream timber industries may be most affected; why should the decision by Sarawak affect the legitimate businesses of others?

    (iii) a sign that the current leadership is unwilling to let others interfere with the timber business in the State because it'll affect their pockets – a case where self-interests override everything else;

    Coming up with defensive reasons such as that Sarawak has its own timber policy and regulations and that the industry is well regulated is a slap to everyone's face. It's the very reasons why Sarawakians and the international communities are up against their deceptive practices and policies.

  • Sarawakian

    Great job on investigating and exposing to the whole world. Soon Taib, nazib, pay back time for all you have done. Thank you Sarawak report.

  • bucklynn rimbar

    truth wil always prevail,lies n corruption wil never last.let it b so,the truth shall set the sarawakians free.any lies will be soon reveal its ugliness.

    sarawakians hav enuf of lies n corruption.

  • najibrazak

    Well that's too bad, But it was only public money.

    • Shaking Steven

      Brain dead. You drive me crazy!!

  • Bloody Hell Taib Mah

    Taib Mahmud is a man being highly treasured, favoured and protected by PM Najib Razak and ruling regime UMNO/BN in Malaysia. Thus, Taib Mahmud is laws immune, putting him above all laws in Malaysia.

  • Blunt Speaker

    Yes, it's true that Tahi is protected by Najis and all his group of scums in BN, mamakutty included. So let's remove them soonest and send them to the septic tank where they belong! Don't let these stinking shits and scums pollute and corrupt our land!

  • bucklynn rimbar

    who fil the vacuum….anwar for p.m n who as c.m…????????anwar has been wanting to b p.m since his umno days.

    we nid a gud n clean leader….period.

    prov me other wise.

  • http://[email protected] Ismail

    both definitely will be kicked out of malaysian politic in due time.

  • Denzie

    The site never dared to publish the handful of comments it received for its stories ………….

    It is with greatest pleasure to read that the fake SR is gone. I never let up with my comments, letting the American monkeys know fully well that they were mere mercenaries and very dumb ones too at that. But be sure that more fake ones will spring up to take the dead zombie as Taib has deep, deep pockets. But the rakyat shall not be so easily hookwinked today and a wise Taib should simply join OWC and kahwin a few more for better value…………….

  • Blunt Speaker

    Your mind is just as polluted as OWC and the dirty old man himself! Shame on you!

  • Will Tan


    • Shaking Steven

      Will Tan..What?? One is a hindu rirualist while the other is a Lucifer believing in batu delima merah,pacak bumi,batu rukan,kriss berdiri and jen lot.

      But by the mighty blood of Jesus Christ..all these are useless and go to hell as that's where they belong..In Jesus name Amen!

  • Will Tan




  • Blunt Speaker

    If a religion teaches wives to behave like whores, as in OWC, to satisfy their lustful husbands, I can assure you in the name of God, that such a religion is not of God, but of the devil! God teaches us self-restraint and to control our lust, not to lose control and to satisfy our lust, just like those greedy, lustful and shameless devils!

    • Shaking Steven

      Blunt Speaker..OWC is always a WHORE club.Some maybe married twice and some maybe someone else wife and being bought by giving pangkat or millions.

      Just NO moral value at all,better be known as WHORE CLUB of Malaysia.."WCM".

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