4 Nov 2011

Sean Murray’s Kuching Construction Connection – Expose

Sean Murray’s Kuching Construction Connection – Expose

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Sean Murray and Jamilah Taib (Taib Mahmud's eldest daughter)

We can reveal that the husband of Taib’s eldest daughter, the Canadian, Hisham (Sean) Murray, has grabbed control of one of Kuching’s most lucrative property developments on the so-called Kuching Isthmus, a venture sponsored by the State Government.

The RM380 million luxury hotel and office complex was announced at the end of last year as a key initiative on the site, which has been designated by the State Government as a ’Special Development Area’ and is being touted as the new Central Business District for the capital.

CMS Land Sdn Bhd, a joint subsidiary of the largely Taib family-owned company CMS and the State Government, acquired ownership of the entire 240 acres of development land on the Isthmus, after it was alienated from local title-holders through a series of controversial forced purchases, in the late 1990s.

‘Ripe for development’ – the whole area just outside Kuching has been turned over to the Taib family firm CMS in a ‘joint venture’ with the state

If that was not favouritism enough, the company has now been granted numerous incentives to build through the injection of huge sums of public money into the area. 

CMS Land has officially estimated that the project has a “gross development value of RM2.8 billion“!

However, we can demonstrate that this latest major construction project on the site is actually being driven forward by a mysterious foreign company, run by an inner-circle of Taib’s immediate family.

The controlling share in the Joint Venture, which is situated on 10 acres provided by CMS Land, belongs to a company called Premier Cottage Sdn Bhd.  The Director of that company is Sean Murray, along with Taib’s other daughter Hanifah and his favoured sister-in-law, Gertie Chong.   However, the sole shareholder of Premier Cottage is a foreign company, Pioneer City Enterprises Limited, which supplies no profile or country address, despite having been awarded a significant public project.

The planned Kuching Tower - projected to be the tallest building in Sarawak

This is not the first time that the Murrays have claimed a stake in the Isthmus. Their company City Gate Corporation (part of the Sakto Group based in Ottawa) also snaffled a $110 million dollar contract to design the much talked about Kuching Tower, together with another company called ZW Group.

ZW Group, interestingly, shares the same address as the Ottawa-based Aberdeen Project Facilitators Inc, who were formally awarded the management of the Kuching Tower project back in 2006.

The Director of Aberdeen Project Facilitators and the Project Manager of ZW both happen to be one Thady Murray.

Thady Murray also acts as the President of City Gate Corporation and is one of the many members of Sean Murray’s family, who work out of the Sakto/City Gate Headquarters in their Preston Tower building, Ottawa!

Fat contract – the Kuching Tower project is also being managed by the Murrays in Ottawa

 ’My family don’t do business in Sarawak!’ 

These discoveries make a further mockery of Taib’s claims that his family ‘does no business in Sarawak’.  During the recent State Election campaign the Chief Minister countered critics of his family’s wealth by claiming his children and relatives had earned all their money through business activities outside Sarawak and that he had never exploited his political position!

One of Canada's richest couples - but the Murrays claim it is all self-made !

I don’t want conflict of interest to haunt me all the time. [if] I do business inside the country, people will say I use my influence to enrich myself, so we did it outside the country” [Taib Mahmud]  

Taib went on to claim that the reason why his eldest daughter Jamilah and her husband Sean (Hisham) Murray are amongst the flashiest and richest couples in Ottawa, Canada, likewise owes to their business acumen in that country and not to wealth gained from Sarawak:

“Jamilah’s business in Canada is successful because she is good” [Taib Mahmud]

To the contrary, it is well known that Taib and his children each own scores of companies in Sarawak, all of which prosper owing to key monopolies, state contracts, timber and plantation concessions, which he himself has granted.

Taib & Sons - Chief Minister turns the earth for CMS Land with son Abu Bekir (CMS Chief) at his side

All Taib’s brothers and sisters have equally benefited from the same corruption, so it is small wonder that there is little opportunity left for anyone else.

Indeed, Taib’s statement that his family do no business in Sarawak is no more truthful than his claim that 80% of Sarawak’s jungle has been left untouched.  Clearly, the Chief Minister follows the principle that if you are going to tell a lie, you should make it a big, fat lie!

Murray family business?

It would seem that a similar approach is being taken by the Taib family regarding their explanations for the millions of dollars worth of property investment in Canada and beyond.  The multi-million dollar enterprise Sakto has been consistently portrayed as a ‘Murray family business’, which has expanded into the UK, US and Australia.

A Murray family company? – from Chris Murray’s Wikipedia entries

Numerous members of Sean Murray’s family now work in Sakto and Murray’s cousin, Christopher Murray, who runs the subsidiary Ridgeford Properties in London, told one journalist that the whole enterprise was started by a previous generation of Murrays and was a ‘Murray family company’.  This impression is maintained, for example, in Wikipedia entries like those above.

But, in fact Sakto was started by the Taibs in 1983 with an initial shareholder investment of over $4 million, all before Jamilah met with her future husband Sean.  Those interest-free and unconditional shareholder loans increased every year, amounting to over $9 million dollars by the time Sean gained a foothold in the company as a Director following his marriage to Jamilah in 1987.  By 1993 those shareholders (who can remain anonymous in Canada) had incresed the investment to over $25 million and the company now has properties worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Shareholder loans rose each year in the first 10 years for Sakto, whose first Directors were Jamilah, Mahmud (Abu Bekir) Taib and Onn Mahmud

Likewise, the sister company Sakti was started in 1987 by three of Taib’s children and two of Taib’s brothers in the US.  And Ridgeford Properties in London was established by a company called Astar Properties in 1996, which operated out of the same BVI Trust as the CMS Trust Fund.

Ridgeford still benefits from a multi-million pound interest-free loan provided by a company called TESS Investments, which operates out of that same BVI office, even though formal ownership of the company has been transferred to City Gate International Corporation in Canada, which is directed by Sean Murray and his wife Jamilah Taib.

In fact, despite claims that Sean Murray ‘owns’ Sakto and related companies, available documentation indicates a pattern where he acts as a Director of these companies, while actual ownership remains with the Taib family into which he has married!

Early days – Sean married Jamilah in 1987, becoming Hisham Murry and earning his first Directorship in one of the Sakto Companies, which had been running since 1983

Thus, although he is a Director of Sakti in the US, court records in 2008 demonstrated that the company shares belonged to his wife and other Taib family members. Likewise Sitehost Pty in Australia, where he is a Director, but it is his wife who is the shareholder of the company that owns the Adelaide Hilton and the surrounding city centre shopping complex.

Profiting in Sarawak

Vision for a hotel to overlook the Borneo Convention Centre, whose Chairman is Taib’s sister Raziah Mahmud!

Given the claims about Jamilah and Sean’s ’self-made’ wealth, it is therefore surely surprising that they have taken such opportunities in Kuching’s biggest building project for the next decade.

Surely, to avoid those accusations of conflict of interest, they should be seeking to invest in projects anywhere else in the world, apart from their father in law’s own capital city on a state sponsored development?

Likewise, for a Chief Minister anxious to show that he is not favouring his family or allowing them to do business in Sarawak, is not it extraordinary to have awarded the latest multi-million ringgit project to a company Directed by his Canadian son in law Sean Murray?

However, of course there is no shortage of precedent . On the Isthmus, as elsewhere in Sarawak, all the money-making opportunities have been given to Taib’s family, with the full authorisation of his Planning Ministry.

Indeed the only projects that have been started so far have all been funded by the State, including the RM200 million Borneo Convention Centre, the only building so far completed, and the  RM 230 million Sarawak Energy Building.  Both contracts were of course awarded to CMS, whose Managing Directors are Taib’s son and son-in-law and whose largest shareholders are Taib’s children and late wife.

In the case of the Joint Venture Hotel project a CMS announcement last December revealed that the  new hotel project would be carried out by a private company Isthmus Developments Sdn Bhd. CMS Land (49% owned by the state body SEDC) would provide the land, but the controlling 51% shareholding of the Joint Venture would go to the previously unheard of Premier Cottage.

Isthmus Developments is the government-backed joint venture company set up by CMS and SEDC to build the major hotel complex

Premier Cottage is in turn owned by the mysterious Pioneer City Enterprises Limited, which is a non-Malaysian company that offers no details about itself in the Register of Companies!

Who owns Pioneer City, the company which has been given control over the state-backed hotel and apartment project on the Kuching Isthmus? Are they a suitable construction company? - there are many questions, but no answers given Sarawak's lack of transparency

Time for Murray to explain Sakto’s fortune

As one of the three Directors of Premier Cottag, along with Hanifah and Gertie, Sean Murray is one person who IS in a position to tell the people of Sarawak who owns the company that is now about to control one of Kuching’s major investment projects.  After all, it is taking place on land that was alienated by the government, in the name of the public interest and development.

Key man – Sean (Hisham) Murray has become the Director of a growing number of Taib’s foreign property companies

He and the Chief Minister should also surely explain, why they think this example of the Taib family doing business in a Sarawak Special Development zone, should not be considered a conflict of interest or an abuse of power by family members of the Chief Minister?

As this is a publicly backed investment, made possible by the alienation of land from its original owners and assisted by all manner of state support, the public is entitled to know about the suitability and track record of the company that has been entrusted with the job. 

They are also entitled to know who is involved in order to ascertain whether dealings have been above board.

Furthermore, the shareholders of CMS, as well as the taxpayers funding the SEDC (Sarawak Economic Development Corporation), should also be entitled to know who owns Pioneer City Enterprises, because their Directors have provided the valuable building site in return for a joint shareholding with an anonymous venture!

Winners and losers

Taib & Sons – the Chief Minister and son Abu Bekir Taib (Chief of CMS) with a model of their planned CBD

While we wait for answers, it is worth remembering who loses and who gains from Sarawak’s so-called ‘Development’ projects. 

The Kuching Isthmus was first earmarked for possible development back in 1973 and subjected to a notorious Section 47 Order under the Land Law.  However, for the following two decades nothing at all was done with the project and the government issued numerous long leases on the land to unsuspecting purchasers.

Then suddenly in the mid-90s Taib, in his role as Planning Minister, decided to revive the project and move on with alienating the land.  Under any principle of natural justice or good governance the original order should have lapsed, but Taib and his henchmen took the opportunity to demand the land at the original 1973 prices!

In one case a land-owner, who had invested all their savings in the district of Muara Tebas, was kicked off their land for a mere RM 6,628.78 per hectare.  This is land that CMS Land simultaneously evaluated at roughly RM 1 million a hectare, according to the details laid out in the Joint Venture Agreement - over a hundred times as much!

The dreary reality – So far virtually no development has taken place on what is now scrub-land, except for the public funded BCC and SEB building.

The Kuching Isthmus Development, therefore, represents just one more example in Sarawak, where development has meant fabulous wealth and opportunities for Taib’s inner-circle of family and cronies and destitution and disaster for the smaller people he has been willing to exploit.

Time and again DAP and PKR opposition politicians have demanded an explanation for the disgraceful treatment of the Malay and Chinese inhabitants of the Kuching Isthmus, many of them fishermen who have lived there for generations.

Now they have further confirmation that the continuing enrichment of the Taibs is the driving pattern behind this development, and that includes their overseas family members.

End timber corruption

Canada HQ – how many hectares of priceless Borneo jungle were sacrificed to build this?

Campaigners across the world are currently stepping up their campaign to force world governments to implement the UN’s anti-money laundering legislation and investigate the Taib-related multi-million dollar property portfolios in Canada, the US, UK and Australia.

Most of these investments are now directed by Sean Murray from his Ottawa base in Canada, through the companies he runs with his wife, Taib’s daughter Jamilah, and a string of his own family members. 

All of these companies can be traced to original investments by the Taib family, whose entire wealth has been founded on Taib Mahmud’s corrupt exploitation of the State of Sarawak.

  • orang sarawak

    DAMN taib & family! it’s really accrued my anger to know continuously all hell of this greedier family of WORLD wealthiness & power “need” has done to Sarawak Land & Folks!WE’re never stop to know the truth & for that WE will FIGHT & AGAINST you….. taik mahmud!!!!!

  • Money Laundering 101

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    Kuching Isthmus Debolotment – Public Funds Wasted & Looted RM Half Billion Ringgit So Far!

    1) Shin Yang’s RM213 Million Bridge Project Part-Payment Via Contra Deal For Hotel JV Ownership!

    Looks like Taib will not have to pay Shin Yang in full but rather ‘contra’ payment it with the RM380 Million hotel project shares. To do that simply tell JKR to approve the super-inflated tender price for the new Isthmus Bridge that merely saves some 4 minutes drive otherwise 4KM distance if using normal route!

    RM213 Million Bridge To Save 4 Minutes Drive?

    Yes all of you BN voter fools, this is how BN justified and wasted wang rakyat of RM213 Million: a bridge just to save a 4 minutes or 4 KM drive to the same location if alternately using the existing causeway road/ Jalan Keruing after Bintawa industrial area.

    To give you an idea just how wasteful it is, the distance if using the causeway (towards Jalan Keruing / Demak Laut upwards) then taking U-turn at the traffic light near BCCK (Borneo Convention Centre Kuching) and arrive at the junction of the construction site of new Sarawak Energy headquarters tower (the other end of the bridge at Kuching Port/ Sim Kheng Hong Port) is aprroximately 4 KM.

    Perhaps 4 KM is too far for Taib to be Rolls-Royce-chaffeured to his beloved pet project Isthmus City so he ordered his goon Shin Yang group/ Woodville Construction to get this bridge done!

    RM213 Million divided by 4 KM = RM53 Million Per KM.

    That’s how BN justified the wastage out of public fund to reach the private greed. Even more amazing there’s at least another similar size bridge to be built to connect the Bintawa-end/ near Bintawa Marine Police Complex to the Isthmus. How much more public funds looted to connect this private megalomaniac?

    And the greed didn’t end there.

    2) RM232 Sarawak energy Tower at RM11 Million Ali Baba Cost!

    The new Sarawak Energy Berhad/SEB Tower (of which the RM213 Million bridge is purpose-built to connect it!) itself also yet another hallmark of how Sarawak people’s money being bleed milked out.

    While Petra Perdana Construction recorded a RM221 Million agreed contract sum from CMS Land, it is clearly RM11 Million easy money Ali Baba looted when originally Sarawak Energy Berhad/SEB awarded the same tower for RM232 Million!

    These two mega total wastage alone cost Sarawak people’s money nearly HALF A BILLION RINGGIT and looks like the entire Isthmus City project probably would bankrupt our state coffers with even more biblical-scale wastage in the future!

    More Cronies and Crooks joins the Isthmus Debolotment looting soon with KTS Group is the latest to reinvest their money laundering with UCSI Hotel and Hospitality College right infront of BCCK!

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    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : WOODVILLE CONSTRUCTION SDN BHD

    Address : LOT 515, JALAN DATUK EDWARD JELI PIASAU INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

    Postcode 98100

    Town : LUTONG

    State: SARAWAK

    Telephone: 085-656699

    Fax : 085-653999

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan

    1.DATUK LING CHIONG HO MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN

    2.KONG LEE CHUANG MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN

    3.LING CHIONG PIN MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN

    4.LING CHIONG SIEN MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN

    5.LING CHIONG SIGN MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 100,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Klien

    2. Design & Build Negotiated Contract Prop. Sg. Sarawak Bridge At Isthmus/Kuching Port (Tan Sri Sim Kheng Hong Port), Approach Road & Connecting Road At Isthmus 12-08-2009 RM 213,000,000.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

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    Cahya Mata unit in RM380mil JV to build hotel, apartments

    By M. HAFIDZ MAHPAR, The Star, 2/12/2010

    PETALING JAYA: Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd, through 51%-owned subsidiary CMS Land Sdn Bhd, has signed a joint-venture agreement to build, own and manage a four-star hotel and service apartments at the Kuching Isthmus in Sarawak.

    It told Bursa Malaysia yesterday that it had signed the agreement with Premier Cottage Sdn Bhd (PCSB), Boulevard Jaya Corp Sdn Bhd (BJSB), Hikmat Majusama Sdn Bhd (HMSB) and Isthmus Developments Sdn Bhd (IDSB).

    The building, comprising 381 hotel rooms and 96 service apartments, will cost about RM380mil, including outfitting, furniture, fittings and equipment, but excluding financing costs and contingencies.

    IDSB, which will undertake the development, will finance it via a combination of share issuance, borrowings from banks or financial institutions, as well as advances from the joint-venture partners, except CMS Land, totalling up to RM50mil.

    CMS Land will inject two parcels of vacant land in Kuching, totalling 4.25ha with a lease period of 99 years expiring in 2109 to IDSB for a total consideration of RM10mil to be satisfied via the issuance of 10 million new shares in IDSB, which will undertake the hotel development, at their par value.

    Based on the audited financial statements as at Dec 31, 2009, the net book value of the land was approximately RM5.106mil. The land has not been income generating and thus no profit is attributable to the land, it said.

    CMS Land will eventually own 10.3% in IDSB, while PCSB, BJSB and HSMB will hold 50.5%, 19.6% and 19.6% respectively.

    CMS Land will subscribe for 300,000 new RM1 shares in IDSB, while PCSB, BJSB and HSMB will subscribe for 5.05 million new shares, 1.96 million new shares and 1.96 million shares respectively.

    Building works for the hotel is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2011 and completed by December 2013.

    CMS Land is the land owner and property developer for the Kuching Isthmus development project, which is intended to become Kuching’s new central business district.

    It is a proposed mixed commercial and residential development project that includes convention and exhibition centre, transport hub, tertiary educational institutions, marina and other housing/commercial developments.

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    Sarawak Energy Berhad Awards MYR 232.0 Million Contract to CMS Land Sdn. Bhd.

    Business Week, 04/15/2009

    Sarawak Energy Berhad has awarded the contract for the development and construction of the Proposed Headquarters Building for SEB at Isthmus, Kuching to CMS Land Sdn. Bhd. for a contract sum of MYR 232.0 million.

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    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : PUTRA PERDANA CONSTRUCTION SDN. BHD.

    Address : 3RD FLOOR, NO. 5 JALAN P16 PRECINT 16

    Postcode 62150

    Town : PUTRAJAYA

    State: WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN

    Telephone: 03-88868888

    Fax : 03-88868886

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan

    1.CHAN KOK LEONG MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    2.DATO’ THAM KA HON MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    3.KAMIL AHMAD MERICAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    4.KRISHNAN A/L C K MENON MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    5.NIK MOHD NASIR BIN NIK SALLEH MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    6.ONG AUN KUNG MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    7.WIE HOCK KIONG MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 20,000,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Klien

    10. Proposed Design, Development, Construction, Completion And Transfer Of Headquarters Building For Sarawak Energy Berhad (“SEB”) At Isthmus, Lot 2833 (Part of Parent Lot 2342) Block 7,Muara Tebas L.D 15-04-2009 RM 221,000,000.00 CMS LAND SDN BHD

  • Money Laundering 101

    Bengoh Dam is basically crooked job done deal but the Taib pirates don’t stop there . While YB Jerip and YB Dawos taking the usual potshots regarding the resettlement housing issues, actually behind the scene and the actual culprits are the PBB goons. From cheating the nearby Bengoh landowners to surrender their lands for the Bengoh Quarry site and access road (for easy looting), harvesting the timber around the quarry site-clearings down to the Naim site office monthly rentals it’s all done by the Bidayuh traitors themselves led by ex-YB Sora Rusah.

    Undoubtly the Bengoh Quarry/Naim Cendera Lapan is one of the biggest stone quarry ever that’ll make Ang Cheng Ho group a joke and possibly will take another 50 years to finish off the entire mountain range worth minimum RM250 million. So far the Bidayuhs happily get peanuts while Taib Cronies well, way much money keep on paying peanuts to Bidayuh fools !

    Bengoh Quarry initially only allowed to supply raw materials for the dam construction but somehow crooked to supply to most of Naim other road projects. With the same crook controlling and securing road projects, JKR should enjoy lower contruction cost from Naim but sadly it’s the opposite !

    No wonder Naim happy to pay peanuts ex-YB Sora Rusah and his Bengoh-Danu goons to sell out their entire Bengoh rocky mountain range. And it’s dirt cheap to bribe and buy these donkey Bidayuhs! Every Christmas and Gawai Naim happy to give few thousands of cash donations to the village heads (ends up in their pocket, not given to the village funds). Taib didn’t do much except letting the Bidayuh crooks to kill their own kind thus made his Debeloment conjobs easier and faster!

    Anyway it’s proven once again how cheap Dayak donkeys everywhere in Sarawak are always the same fools that cheated and swindled their own folks!

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    S’wak Bengoh Dam: RM 58mil cost overflow

    by Aidila Razak, Malaysia Kini, Oct 30, 2011

    Ill-conceived plans over the resettlement of natives living around the Bengoh Dam in Sarawak are causing massive delays to the RM310.65 million project.

    Although the cabinet is still deliberating its options, the Auditor General in his 2010 report estimated that the delays could cost up to RM58.37 million.

    According to the report, the delay is because some of the 1595 natives affected do not accept the compensation offered by the government.

    The dam, which is 97.3 percent ready and is due for completion in May 2011, cannot be impounded on schedule until the natives have been resettled.

    If it is not impounded, mechanical and electronic equipment cannot be tested on schedule.

    A total RM30.87 million was allocated for compensation and land acquisition but 26 people have rejected the offer of RM1.44 million each.

    As of May 2011, RM800,000 have been paid out of the total RM11.78 million allocated for compensation for buildings.

    “The Bengoh natives resettlement scheme should have been sorted out earlier in line with the construction and impoundment schedule….so the government doesn’t have to bear additional costs of storage.

    “The Works Department (JKR) needs to ensure that this delay does not cause technical damage to mechanical and electronic equipment which cannot be installed,” the report said.

    A warehouse costing RM136,000 had been built to store the equipment. It would cost an additional RM5.2 million to extend the warranty on the equipment which is to be installed at the draw-off tower.

    It noted that the JKR had explored four options in order to keep costs down, while waiting for resettlement to be completed.

    The first option, to terminate the present contractor and re-tender the remaining works once the natives have shipped out, was rejected as “unsuitable”.

    The second option is for the same contractor to stop work once the contract period lapses. It will resume work once resettlement is out of the way. The cost of this option was estimated by JKR as RM31.51 million, but the contractor quoted RM56.81 million.

    The third option is to give an extension to the current contractor. JKR estimates that it will cost RM33.69 million while the contractor wants RM58.37 million.

    Temporary resettlement

    JKR also mooted a fourth option – pay RM39.81 million in rental of temporary housing and allowances for the natives, while the compensation disputes are sorted out and construction resumes.

    “As of May 2011, (the department) is still awaiting a response from the cabinet,” it said.

    The AG was also unhappy with the condition of roads leading to Bengoh from Kuching. The only access road was found to be full of potholes, and RM236,000 of an allocated RM295,000 was paid for repairs.

    “But as of May 2011, the condition is still the same,” the report said, adding that the state said it is in the process of upgrading the Bengoh Denu road.

    Other additional work also added to the cost overruns:

    * Additional culvert to avoid flooding to neighbouring villages (RM1.65 million)

    * Work on Bengoh River banks for flood mitigation (RM550,000).

    The freshwater dam, which is expected to be fully operational by Oct 2013, is meant to cater to the water needs of Kuching until 2030.

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    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : BORNEO PEGARY SDN. BHD.

    Address : LOT 386, SUBLOT 15, SECTION 5 KTLD, 2ND. FLOOR, WISMA POLARWOOD JALAN SATOK

    Postcode 93400

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    Telephone: 082-256735

    Fax : 082-256614

    Email : -

    B. Maklumat Pendaftaran :

    CIDB :

    i) No Pendafataran : 0120070305-SR112554

    ii) Tarikh Luput Pendaftaran : 04-03-2012

    ii) Gred : G5

    iii) Pengkhususan :

    B04 – KERJA AM BANGUNAN

    CE21 – KERJA-KERJA AM KEJURUTERAAN AWAM

    PKK :

    i) No Pendafataran : 750974-K

    ii) Kelas : C

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan

    1.BONIFACE LEMBANG ANAK JINGAI MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN

    2.ZAHARAH BINTI ZAINUDDIN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 260,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen

    4. PROPOSED BENGOH DAM, KUCHING – THE CONSTRUCTION AND COMPLETION OG BENGOH DAM SITE OFFICE 08-07-2008 RM

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    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : NCSB ENGINEERING SDN. BHD.

    Address : 9TH FLOOR, WISMA NAIM 2 1/2 MILES ROCK ROAD

    Postcode 93200

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    Telephone: 082-411667

    Fax : 082-429869

    Email : -

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan

    1.ABANG HASNI BIN ABANG HASNAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    2.ABDUL HAMED BIN SEPAWI MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    3.ABET BIN ABANG MATAIM MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    4.AHMAD BIN ABU BAKAR MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    5.HASMI BIN HASNAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN

    6.RADZALI BIN ALISION MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    7.RADZALI BIN ALISSION MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    8.SHARIFUDDIN BIN ABDUL WAHAB MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    9.SULAIHAH BINTI MAIMUNNI MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    10.SUYANTO BIN OSMAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 1,000,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen

    4. Design & Build Bengoh Dam Resettlement Scheme – Infrastructure Works, Kuching 19-10-2010 RM 168,800,000.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

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    NAIM CENDERA HOLDINGS BHD

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan

    1.ABANG HASNI BIN ABANG HASNAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    2.ADBUL HAMED BIN SEPAWI MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    3.AHMAD BIN ABU BAKAR MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    4.GORDON KAB @ GUDAN BIN KAB MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    5.HASMI BIN HASNAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    6.RADZALI BIN ALISION MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    7.SHARIFUDDIN BIN ABDUL WAHAB MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    8.SUYANTO BIN OSMAN MALAYSIA PENGAR

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 80,000,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen

    2. Direct Negotiation The Construction And Completion Of The Proposed Jalan Kampung Semadang/ 15-07-2009

    RM 73,482,142.86JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    6. Design And Build Negotiated Contract – Construction And Completion Of Proposed Bengoh Dam 18-07-2007 RM 310,650,000.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA

    April 17, 2011 4:41 PM

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    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : NAIM LAND SDN BHD

    Address : 9TH FLOOR, WISMA NAIM, 2 1/2 MILE, ROCK ROAD

    Postcode 93200

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Klien

    2. Direct Negotiation The Construction And Completion Of The Proposed Jalan Kampung Semadang/ 15-07-2009 RM 73,482,142.86 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    6. Design And Build Negotiated Contract – Construction And Completion Of Proposed Bengoh Dam 18-07-2007 RM 310,650,000.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA

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    Naim Holdings – additional jobs at Bengoh Dam

    By Am Research Sdn Bhd

    The Edge Property News, Thursday, 28 October 2010

    • Naim Holdings Bhd announced on Bursa Malaysia yesterday evening that the group has received an award from the Kuching Works Department for an infrastructure contract at Bengoh Dam in Kuching, Sarawak.

    • The contract is worth about RM168mil, involving the designing and building of a resettlement scheme following the near completion of the dam.

    • Naim is currently the main contractor for the Bengoh Dam, which measures about 63 metres high and 237 metres long. The dam has an estimated capacity of 144 million cubic metres. Works started in August 2007 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

    • More importantly, the latest announcement indicates Naim’s increasing job visibility amid a re-acceleration of newsflow in Sarawak. This comes on the heels of the RM2.4bil Sabah Oil & Gas Terminal (SOGT) project that the group secured in a 30:70 partnership with South Korea’s Samsung early last month. We make no changes to our earnings assumptions – as this new win forms part of our RM1bil new orderbook assumption for FY10F.

    • We continue to like Naim as an excellent proxy to Sarawak’s SCORE – where contract flows are intensifying ahead of the impending state elections (due by July 2011).

    • We draw comfort from five new hydro dams (capacity: 5,000MW) worth RM20bil that would form part of the 131 Entry Point Projects (EPPs) under the Malaysian government’s Economic Transformation Programme announced last Monday.

    • Given its entrenched position as one of Sarawak’s leading contractors, we believe Naim should be in a strong position to bid for supporting infrastructure works – including access roads leading to the proposed dams. This is on top of additional work packages that the group is trying to crystallise under the Kuching Flood Mitigation Scheme (balance: ~RM1.1bil).

    • Maintain BUY on Naim with an unchanged fair value of RM5.09/share – based on a 20% discount to its net asset value (NAV). The stock trades at an alluring FY10F-12F PEs of only 6x-9x against a robust EPS CAGR of 20% and FY10F net gearing ratio of only 5%.

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    Naim Cendera gets RM550m construction jobs

    Tuesday, April 12, 2005

    NAIM Cendera Holdings Bhd has secured two construction contracts, said to be worth RM550mil, in Kuching.

    The company told Bursa Malaysia yesterday it received letters of intent to construct a police camp and a dam. In addition, it received a letter of intent to prepare a feasibility study on a privatisation of water supply for Kuching.

    A Bloomberg report quoted Naim Cendera chief financial officer Ricky Kho as saying the police camp project was worth RM300mil and the dam, RM250mil.

    Naim Cendera, an engineering-based company, was collaborating with the local housing commission to build low-cost homes.

    ”But we have yet to ascertain the precise value of the job,” said Kho. In its filing to Bursa, Naim Cendera said the police camp will be undertaken on a design and build turnkey basis for the Internal Security Ministry. The camp will consist of administrative buildings and other facilities and amenities.

    The contract for the Bengoh Dam will be awarded by public works department, Sarawak on a negotiated basis. The feasibility study for the privatisation of raw water supply for the greater Kuching region will be prepared for Sarawak’s Finance and Public Utilities Ministry.

    Trading in Naim Cendera shares, which was suspended at mid-day yesterday, will resume today.

    Meanwhile, Naim Cendera Sdn Bhd (NCSB) has teamed up with Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd and Sarawak Housing Development Corp to develop affordable houses in Sarawak. The three parties signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding on the tie-up.

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    Natives vs quarry: Villagers asked to sign ‘dubious’ documents

    by Erik Wang, Malaysia Kini, Jul 9, 2008

    A group of Sarawak villagers, who successfully took out a temporary against politically well-connected company Naim Cendera Lapan from encroaching their native customary rights (NCR) land, have claimed they were asked by the company to sign dubious documents.

    Naim Cendera Lapan, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Naim Cendera said to be closely linked to powerful state politicians, has sought to extract stones from a mountain range, which is part of NCR land claimed by the villagers.

    Kampung Bengoh, about an hour’s drive south of Kuching, has existed for more than a century, and the villagers depend on shifting cultivation for food crops and the harvesting of birds’ nests for their livelihood.

    It is learnt that the quarry licence has been given to a contractor to extract stones for construction works relating to the RM365 million Bengoh Dam nearby over a period of five years.

    The dam project was awarded to Naim Cendera, which in turn sub-contracted the work out to a Chinese company, Sino Hydro, for half the original contract sum.

    Last week, the villagers won a temporary injunction to stop Naim Cendera Lapan from entering their farmland. The natives argued that the stone quarry would cause damages to fruit trees and other crops in their NCR land, located near the foothills of Gunung Rumbang,

    It the latest development, villagers claimed that they were asked to sign a document purportedly requesting the company to repair the Sungei Abang bridge, build a fence around the primary school as well as a hut (pondok) for the local Rela, the controversial local voluntary security unit.

    The villagers said that the bridge was not in need of repairs.

    Village chief lodges police report

    Bengoh village headman Kayis Genyai said he had refused to sign the document when approached on Monday night, and had yesterday lodged a police report naming the two individuals who had sought signatures from the villagers.

    The two are fellow villagers – Henry Karas, a committee member of the local village security unit and Anyew Sawes, the Bengoh village chairman of the ruling PBB party and who also works for Naim Cendera as a watchman at its dam project site.

    Bengoh villagers had gone to court after the company cleared parts of their NCR land for an access road to the quarry site, and in so doing destroyed their crops.

    The affected landowners and the village head said they had not been consulted by the company in the quarry project.

    Affected villagers had been previously approached on numerous occasions by company representatives to sign various documents.

    In affidavits filed with the Kuching High Court on June 30, two villagers have detailed how they were made to sign documents after their lands and crops had been destroyed and alleging underhanded tactics in getting them to ink the documents.

    When asked why he decided to lodge the police report, village chief Kayis gave three reasons:

    1. As headman, he was not even informed about the bridge repairs and other projects which were supposedly requested by the villagers.

    2. If there were problems later, the villagers would blame him because he is their headman.

    3. There is no information from relevant authorities that such projects would be provided to the community.

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    204 houses for resettlement scheme

    by Jacob Achoi, Borneo Post, June 22, 2011, Wednesday

    COMPLETED: The dam which is now completed awaits impoundment after the resettlement process is completed.

    Housing project at Bengoh Dam will start once unit receives the warrant, says Dawos

    KUCHING: The federal government has approved the construction of 204 units of houses at the Bengoh Dam Resettlement Scheme under the Housing Assistance Programme (Program Bantuan Rumah – PBR).

    In revealing this, Mambong MP Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit said the matter was discussed on Sunday where the government had agreed that the houses be built at RM45,000 each.

    The Deputy Tourism Minister said the construction would start once the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) here had received the warrant.

    “The government has approved the construction of the 204 units of houses at Bengoh Dam Resettlement Scheme at RM45,000 each, and at the moment, we are still waiting for the warrant to be issued,” Dawos, who is the chairman of the Resettlement Committee, said when contacted in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

    Dawos added that he did not know the exact date for the project to start, but assured that it would definitely be this year to allow the impoundment of Bengoh dam.

    According to him, the impoundment of Bengoh dam was a matter of priority in view of the increasing demand for water in Kuching.

    Dawos also assured that the resettlement scheme would be provided with other facilities like schools, clinic, shophouses, water and electricity supply, and other amenities to enable the people enjoy a more decent living standard.

    Meanwhile, five villages – Kampung Pain, Taba Sa’it, Bojong, Rejoi and Semban with a total population of about 1,000 from 394 families- are affected by the project.

    The project to construct the 63-metre high and 267-metre long dam, undertaken by Naim Holdings Berhad, started in 2007 at a cost of RM310 million is now completed and expected to start operating next year.

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    Unresolved resettlement issue stalls impoundment process

    The Star, Friday October 14, 2011

    KUCHING: The Bengoh dam construction is completed, but authorities are unable to begin the impounding process because the resettlement housing scheme is not ready.

    “There is a suggestion that perhaps half of the dam can be impounded first while villagers wait for the housing scheme to be completed. That’s a suggestion we are considering,” Bengoh assemblyman Dr Jerip Susil told reporters here yesterday.

    “But it depends. There will be problems arising from that suggestion and we’re studying the impacts. Nonetheless, the fact is Bengoh will be a big water source that is very important to Kuching. We are already running low on water supply.”

    Dr Jerip, who is Assistant Health Minister, said authorities had set a new target of readying the houses for the affected 1,000 villagers before the end of next year.

    “The end of 2012 is the absolute latest. Our hope is that the houses will be ready by June next year, then the people can move and we can fully impound the dam,” he said.

    According to Dr Jerip the builder of the resettlement village has been told to speed up the building process.

    “The basic infrastructure is mostly there already — the roads, the water supply, electricity, all mostly done, except of the houses.”

    On a related matter, Dr Jerip said the state government had agreed to the villagers’ request to expand an existing perimeter survey in the Bengoh area. “There were some outstanding issues. The perimeter survey is not completed yet, but we’ll also survey land outside the perimeter (last agreed on). We will compensate according to fair rates.”

    Dr Jerip said the state government has agreed to speed up the entire process so that the dam could begin impoundment as soon as possible.

    The flooding of the Bengoh dam will affect four villages of Kampung Pain/Bojong, Kampung Semban, Kampung Rejoi and Kampung Taba Sait.

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    Jerip: Stalled progress due to scheme delay

    by Abang Salfian, New Sarawak Tribune, Friday, 14 October 2011

    KUCHING: Although already completed, the water retention progress in the Bengoh water dam had to be postponed due to the delay in construction of residential resettlement scheme for the people affected.

    Assistant Minister of Public Health and also the Bengoh State Assemblyman Dr Jerip Susil (pic) said the issue of delay in constructing of houses for the 359 families from the four affected villages would be resolved no later than the end of 2012.

    Besides housing for about 1,000 people involved, the area (Bengoh Dam resettlement scheme) will also be developed with various infrastructures for their comfort.

    “We have already instructed the housing project contractor to speed up the construction of houses in the resettlement area and we believe that if all goes well, the project is expected to be completed around June,” he said when speaking to reporters after a briefing on the public health programme in Sarawak at his office at Baitul Makmur Building at Petra Jaya near the City here yesterday.

    “A total of 359 families from four villages namely Kampung Semban, Kampung Rejoi, Kampung Pain Bajong and Kampung Taba Sait are affected,” he added.

    Dr Jerip when explaining the cause of delay in construction works relocation scheme pointed out that the delay was not related to the distribution of the allocation for the project.

    “The payment of compensation to the affected people has been done before, while for those with land outside the perimeter of the project will also receive similar compensations.

    “Among other things we realised there was a necessity for treated water sources, especially for residents in the area and this area general ly and sincerel y hope that the resettlement areas will be completed by middle of next year as scheduled so that the water retention work can be done.” The Bengoh Dam Project, located at Jalan Puncak Borneo would provide 130 million additional millilitres of raw water to Batu Kitang Water Treatment Plant before being directed to consumers around Kuching.

    Construction of the project started in 2007 and operated by Naim Holdings Berhad at the cost of RM310 million.The dam is 63 metres in height and 267 metres long and is expected to meet the capacity of 144 million cubic millilitres and could cover more than 10 square kilometres.

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    Dawos: Let’s wait until Shafie visits

    By RINTOS MAIL, The Star, Wednesday September 7, 2011

    KUCHING: Families from four villages affected by the Bengoh Dam project will not be able to move to their new homes in Radien, about 42km from here, that soon.

    Tourism Deputy Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos said Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal would like to visit the site to evaluate the project first before the fund could be released.

    “The fund for the Bengoh Resettlement Scheme has already been approved, but has yet to be released.

    “The minister wants to visit the site for the purpose of evaluation and probably after that he will release the fund,” he told The Star yesterday.

    He said Shafie was planning to make a visit sometime this month.

    Dawos, who is Mambong MP and Bengoh Resettlment Comittee chairman, said he had proposed free housing for the relocated families in separate meetings with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najip Tun Razak and Shafie in Kuala Lumpur early this year and both were “very positive” to the idea.

    He said every family affected by the project would be getting a house under the Housing Assistance Programme (Program Bantuan Permumahan).

    “How soon will they move in to the new homes, that I’m not so sure. But certainly, it will not be this year,” he said.

    It is understood that a sum of RM10mil had been requested from the Federal Government to implement the project which includes the construction of 204 residential houses.

    Some 155 families from Kampung Taba Sait, Rejoi, Bojong Pain and Semban Teleg are affected by the construction of the RM310-mil Bengoh Dam.

    The proposed new settlement near Kampung Semadang would have electricity and water supply, schools and other basic amenities.

    In addition, the affected families would be provided with sufficient land for farming and other economic activities that would help generate better income.

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    Kpg Rejoi folk in the dark about new homes

    by Samuel Aubrey, Borneo Post, August 9, 2011, Tuesday

    BELOVED HOME: An aerial picture of Kampung Rejoi, one of the affected settlements.

    KUCHING: The soon-to-be displaced people from the Bengoh Dam, although already promised new homes at the resettlement scheme, are still unsure whether these houses would be for free or otherwise.

    Several residents of Kampung Rejoi, which is one of the four affected villages, yesterday voiced their concern on this matter.

    They hope that the houses would be given to them for free so that it would not only ease their financial burden but also as a form of compensation for all the emotional pain they had to endure to part with their present homes.

    Kampung Rejoi’s Youth committee chairman Tim Kawen, 43, said the villagers were holding on to promises made by certain leaders recently that they would be allowed to move in for free.

    “We do not know about the proper arrangements on our resettlement.

    “We still pin our hopes that the promise to give us free houses will be fulfilled…the leaders should think about our welfare too,” he said.

    Fellow villager Genso Ese, 30, said he hoped the government were taking note of the sacrifices they (villagers) had to make by leaving their homes which they had lived for many generations, not counting the customary land they had there.

    He pointed out that many of the people there were low-income farmers who would not have the means to buy new houses.

    “It does not matter as to when our new houses will be completed.

    “What matters now is that we get to move in for free,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Bengoh assemblyman Dr Jerip Susil said the question of whether the government would allow these houses to be given free to the affected villagers had yet to be decided.

    When contacted yesterday, he said there had been numerous enquiries by the people on the matter.

    “One thing for sure, their new homes are being built under the Rumah Mesra Rakyat (RMR) scheme, but we do not know yet if these would be given free to the people,” he said.

    Apart from Rejoi, three other settlements, namely Semban, Taba Sait and Pain Bojong are to be displaced by the construction of the RM315 million Bengoh Dam. The total population is about 1,000 people from 394 families.

    A land between Kampung Semadang in Penrissen and Kampung Skio in Bau had already been cleared to resettle the affected residents but the whole process could not go smoothly as several villagers were still unhappy with certain things, particularly on how they were compensated.

    The Bengoh Dam involves building a reservoir to store about 144.1 million cubic metres of water to meet the rising demands for treated water in the southern part of the state.

    The construction of this dam is said to be completed but its impoundment is pending the completion of the resettlement scheme for the displaced people.

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    Dry taps in the shadows of a dam

    Malaysia Kini, 10 Apr 2011

    Located about 60km southwest of Kuching, Kampung Bengoh is a quiet Bidayuh village with two sundry shops, a small primary school, no restaurants and a close-knit community.

    Often, however, the tranquility of the village is shattered by the roar of lorries and trucks, for the home to about 200 sits squarely in between a RM310 million Bengoh Dam and a quarry opened to supply limestone for the project.

    Work on the dam, meant to supply freshwater to Kuching and its surrounding areas, began in 2007 amidst protests, and is now in its final stages and ahead of schedule.

    Despite having to sacrifice their homes and farms on their native customary lands for the project, the villagers do not have treated running water.

    In Kampung Bengoh, which is en route to luxury resort Borneo Highlands, water is sourced from the mountains through a gravity-fed system with villagers pooling RM10 per person every year and taking turns to maintain the system.

    “It’s okay for houses in low areas but you can’t push the water up to houses on hills. The water is straight from the river so you have to be careful or else you’ll end up with a leech in your stomach,” said a man met during Malaysiakini’s visit there on Friday.

    As proof, his friend turns on the tap to show water barely trickling out.

    “Like rat’s piss,” quipped his friend, who has the Iban battle cry ‘Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban’ (As long as I breathe, I must fight) tattooed on his arm (left).

    The man, who declined to be named for fear of jeopardising his position as a civil servant, grew up in the village but is now living in more urban Bidayuh-majority Tasik Biru in nearby Bau.

    His parents and extended family, however, still live in the village. He is one of many of young Bidayuh who have moved out of their villages but still maintain close ties.

    Taxes paid but no land titles

    Young men like him, who had to move away as teenagers to attend secondary school, are unabashed about their views, sharing their dissent with the older folks at home.

    But even some who have lived there all their lives appear not too happy with the government, hinting that their support is not for Bengoh incumbent SUPP candidate Jerip Susil.

    Akiu Nora’s biggest concern is land rights – an awareness brought about by the construction of the massive dam a stone’s throw away.

    There are now two cases pending against subsidiaries of Naim Holdings – a conglomerate building the dam and operating the quarry – by Kampung Bengoh villagers and those displaced by the dam from nearby villages.

    “They took away people’s farm land to build the dam, but the compensation was unsatisfactory. They don’t really tell us how they tally the amount for compensation,” said the 63-year-old farmer.

    Four villages, or 1,600 people, have had to be resettled because of the dam, and the villagers were told to buy houses in the new Kampung Tun Razak – a name Akiu finds amusing – for RM48,000 each.

    “For us, we didn’t have to move, but you never know. What if they want us to relocate after the dam is impounded?” said Akiu (right).

    “The land that this house sits on doesn’t have a title either, but the authorities came to do a survey for assessment fees. We pay the fees every year, but we don’t have land titles.”

    At present Naim Holdings, a company which has links to Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s family, is facing two court battles pertaining to native customary rights claim – one for land where the dam is constructed and the other for the quarry.

    ‘Infinite injury’ over Al-Kitab issue

    In the suit he filed along with six others, village chief Kayis Genyai, 81, said that he can prove the local community’s ties to the parcel of land called Derod Mawah back to the 1930s.

    Kayis, who claimed to be part of Iban leader Temenggung Jugah Bareing’s delegation to Kuala Lumpur in 1962 prior to the formation of Malaysia, added that the caves where the stones are extracted also provide the villagers with income.

    Birds’ nests are collected there at least once a month and are sold for RM500 to RM700 a month.

    According to Naim Holding’s quarterly report published on March 3, the High Court has yet to set a date for the quarry suit (for which a stop-work order application has been dismissed), while the dam suit has been fixed for trial on June 27.

    Land issues also plague Bidayuh communities in Opar and Tasik Biru, and are tipped by pundits to be the straw that could break BN’s back in these constituencies.

    Besides worries about land, the villagers, who are almost exclusively Christian, seem particularly upset at the impoundment and stamping of the Al-Kitab by the federal government.

    The villagers may not have running water or telephone lines, but have electricity supply and subscribe to satellite television Astro, with which they keep abreast with current affairs.

    “We are worried about this Bible issue. They tell us we cannot use the word ‘Allah’. But I have used this word since I was born,” said Akiu.

    The younger folk were more vocal. Said the civil servant: “I had a dream about this. I dreamt that I put up signs that said ‘Those who vote for BN are anti-Christian’ because they are! How can you say 1Malaysia and do this?

    “It was an infinite injury. We can no longer trust BN 100 percent. Nothing hurts more than people saying that your religion has no right,” he said to nods around the table.

  • Money Laundering 101

    Open tender projects: ‘RM404m gone to waste’

    Syed Jaymal Zahiid | November 10, 2011

    The DAP claims that the money was wasted because the government has refused to award 67 open tender projects to the lowest qualified bidders.

    KUALA LUMPUR: As much as RM404 million extra was “wasted” this year because the rural and regional development ministry refused to award 67 open tender projects to the lowest qualified bidders, DAP Perak chief Ngeh Koo Ham said.

    Ngeh, the Beruas MP, claimed that of the 209 projects planned for the year, the ministry had awarded 129, of which only 68 were given via open tender.

    Although open tenders were conducted for the 68 projects, he said they were not given to the lowest-priced bidder apart from one.

    “There are reasons to suspect the existence of rampant corrupt practices,” said Ngeh, the DAP deputy secretary-general.

    He cited one example of a project where the bidding could have been as low as RM7,775,000 but the ministry eventually awarded the tender for RM41,736,809.77.

    He also claimed the Sarawak Rural Water Supply recticulation system worth RM83 million and the Sarawak Special Rural Water Supply 2011/2012 project worth RM555 million were awarded through direct negotiations.

    Ngeh said he estimated that RM500 million of taxpayers’ money were lost through improper awarding of these projects.

    He claimed that Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Joseph Entulu Belaun had refused to answer his questions on the allegations in Parliament on Monday.

    “I stayed up till 10.30pm in Parliament on Monday to debate and to wait for the answer from the ministry on the issues I had raised.

    “I was greatly disappointed when the deputy minister refused to answer my questions,” Ngeh said

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    Black Dog’ no longer a threat

    New Straits Times, Sep 9, 2007

    KUCHING: He is known to have been involved in loan sharking, gambling, prostitution and drugs for more than 30 years.

    In the 1970s, “O Kaw” (Black Dog) was held under the Internal Security Act for passport forgery. In the 1980s, he was detained twice under the Emergency Ordinance and was banished to the penal island of Pulau Jerejak.

    Each time, the gangster picked up where he had left off on his release.

    Because people were afraid of him, it had been impossible till now to make any of the crimes he is said to have committed stick.

    On Friday, the 67-year-old was picked up on another Emergency Ordinance warrant, but this time police are confident they have nailed him.

    State CID chief Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said yesterday: “The allegations against him are strong. It was only in recent months that we could build a case against him. Information on him has been coming in freely now. I believe this is due to public confidence in police acting against gangsters. People felt intimidated by his threats. That’s why we are only acting now.”

    Black Dog, so called because of his penchant for heavily-tinted black cars, is the latest in a string of gang leaders to be arrested under the Ops Cantas Kenyalang crackdown on organised crime. He is believed to have been flown to the peninsula yesterday and will be held at an undisclosed location for 60 days.

    Police have arrested 21 gang leaders and their lieutenants.

    They are hunting for another 10 to 12 leaders.

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    Gang lord’s arrest brings number to 21

    The Star, Sunday September 9, 2007

    KUCHING: Another gang leader has been nabbed bringing the total of gang lords arrested under Ops Cantas Kenyalang to 21.

    State CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said a six-man team nabbed the suspect, in his 60s, at a leading shopping centre here on Friday evening.

    He said the suspect and the others nabbed under the five-month operations statewide were detained under the Emergency Ordinance.

    The man is allegedly linked to illegal activities, including prostitution and gangsterism.

    He is said to have business interests in a car company, and holds key posts in several non-governmental education and community-based organisations.

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    Michael Teo Kim Huat@OKAW

    -Kuching Rotary Club member

    -Kuching Hokkien Association member

    -Kamdar Carpet / Naza Car Dealer Jln Tun Jugah Kch

    -Competitive Supreme Ssangyong Car Dealer formerly along Jln Hui Sing

    -Rasa Sayang pub Jln Sekama Kch

    -Lido Sport pub Jln Ang Cheng Ho Kch

    -Pandan Indah Thai Restaurant RH Commercial Centre Jln Airport Kch

    -Lian Hua Seng group / made the Sarawak state monopoly rice, flour miller by Bernas/UMNO only to smuggle it again to Kalimantan

    -Top DVD pirates dealer in Sarawak

    -Esawin Resources Jln Pending Kch awarded RM200 Million RES/Rural Electrification Scheme projects by UMNO

    -Favoured by Sulaiman Taib for helping ‘settled’ the Avaa Vanja Ramli assault case in KL by Okaw gangs

    -Favoured by UMNO Pahang in smuggling subsidised diesels via Bintawa – Singapore – Thai market using modified fishing trawlers, big tanker vessels and lorry tankers Metro Sedia Group all kept blind eye by Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri & Kepenggunaan

    -Total OKAW gang/associates empire worth easily RM1 Billion

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    Dubious deal by Metro Sedia group/ Chew Chiaw Ann/ Okaw Gang:

    A RM17 million price tag

    Anil Netto blog, Dec 26, 2009

    On 4 December 2009, Sime Darby Bhd, through its plantation arm, Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd, bought the entire issued and paid-up capital (50,000 shares of RM1 each) of an obscure new company, Nature Ambience Sdn Bhd, for RM16.8 million.

    What makes Nature Ambience, which was incorporated only a year ago (on 12 December 2008), so special? Although it will become an oil palm plantation firm, a company search reveals its nature of business to be “general trading”.

    On 2 October 2009, the Ministry of Land Development, Sarawak granted Nature Ambience approval to be the investor/developer for 26,211ha of Native Customary Rights land in Kapit and Julau, Sarawak. This was reportedly in line with the Sarawak state government’s “new concept of development on NCR land”. The Ministry is headed by James Masing, who is also the state assembly member for Balleh, one of the constituencies in Kapit.

    With its purchase of Nature Ambience, Sime Darby will now be allowed to develop oil palm plantations in the Sarawak NCR development scheme.

    A joint venture is expected to be established between:

    Nature Ambience, as the joint venture vehicle, Sime Plantation and

    Pelita Holdings Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Land Custody & Development Authority of Sarawak (Pelita), acting for itself and as trustee for the natives holding the native customary rights in the NCR lands.

    (Under the Sarawak NCR development scheme, the usual joint-venture structure is

    Investor – 60%

    NCR native landowners (with Pelita acting as trustee) – 30%

    Pelita’s own stake in joint venture – 10%

    Under the scheme, leasehold title (usually 60 years) is given to the joint-venture firm with the natives getting a 30 per cent stake in the firm in return.)

    For the purchase of Nature Ambience, Sime Darby paid close to RM17 million to buy the firm from Common Enhance Sdn Bhd. “The total cash consideration for the acquisition was RM16,816,212 which has been paid on even date (4 December) from internally generated funds,” Sime Darby reported to the Bursa on 7 December 2009.

    Company searches reveal an interesting three-tier hierarchy of ownership of Nature Ambience:

    Of Nature Ambience’s 50,000 shares of RM1 each, 49, 998 shares were owned by Common Enhance Sdn Bhd.

    Common Enhance, which was registered on 15 September 2009, in turn has an issued capital of 50,000 shares of which 49,998 are owned by Fuji Perfect Sdn Bhd.

    And surprise, surprise, Fuji Perfect, which was also registered on 15 Sept 2009, also has an issued capital of 50,000 shares, of which 49,998 are owned by Chew Chiaw Ann, who reportedly happens to be CEO of Metro Sedia Group (see report in The Star here.)

    The two remaining shares in each of the three companies are held by a Yap Liee Mee and a Loh Kuan Chween. All three firms have an identical registered address: First floor, Lot 2137 and 2138, Jalan Utama, Pending Industrial Estate, 93450 Kuching.

    Several questions spring to mind:

    Why the three-tier ownership?

    How does the Ministry justify granting an approval letter to Nature Ambience? What is Nature Ambience’s track record, bearing in mind that the company was set up a year ago?

    Why was the approval letter not given directly to Sime Darby?

    What sort of work has Nature Ambience done in two months since getting the approval in Oct 2009?

    Where did the RM17 million that Sime Darby paid actually end up?

    How much have the natives who own the NCR land actually received so far?

    Coincidentally or otherwise, Kapit was chosen as Sime Darby’s first location in Sarawak for a corporate social responsibility project. In January, the firm reportedly donated RM500,000 for repairs to and new facilities for five schools in the division.

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    Firm gives towards improving schools in Kapit

    The Star, Saturday January 17, 2009

    KUCHING: Five rural primary schools in Sarawak can look forward to enjoying better facilities.

    SK Nanga Mujong, SK Lubok Mawang, SK Nanga Meluan, SK Nanga Entuloh and SK Nanga Tiau, all located in Kapit division, will receive RM100,000 each to repair and build classrooms, hostels and other facilities for students and teachers.

    The financial assistance is part of Sime Darby’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) project through its school adoption programme.

    Corporate generosity: (From left) Metro Sedia Group CEO Chew Chiaw Ann, Mohd Ishak, Mohd Ismail, Masing and state deputy education director Mortadza Alop posing after the cheque presentation in Kuching recently.

    “This is our first CSR project in Sarawak as far as education is concerned. We are also assisting schools in Peninsula Malaysia,” Sime Darby’s group human resources executive vice-president Mohamad Ishak Abdul Hamid said after presenting a cheque to State Land Development Minister Datuk Dr James Masing here recently.

    Thanking Sime Darby for the contribution, Dr Masing said it was a move in the right direction for the company to focus on schools.

    “The best way to develop our human capital is by supporting our schools and making sure they have good facilities. I hope other companies will follow suit,” he said.

    He added that the schools would probably start their infrastructure projects next month.

    A total of 340 pupils in the five schools will benefit from the projects.

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    More on Metro Sedia group/ Chew Chiaw Ann/ Okaw Gang/ Esawin Resources rewarded big projects by UMNO (Rural Electrification Scheme RES by Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar & Wilayah/ Datuk Shafie Afdal one of Najib’s close crony ally and UMNO Semporna chief/ MP and big RISDA project Datuk Rahim Thambi Chik):

    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : ESAWIN RESOURCES SDN. BHD.

    Address : 1ST FLOOR, LOT 2137 & 2138 JALAN UTAMA PENDING INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

    Postcode 93450

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    Telephone: -

    Fax : -

    Email : -

    B. Maklumat Pendaftaran :

    CIDB :

    i) No Pendafataran : 0120091109-SR126622

    ii) Bumiputra : Tiada Maklumat

    iii) Tarikh Luput Pendaftaran : 14-12-2011

    iv) Gred : G7

    v) Pengkhususan :

    E05 - PEMASANGAN VOLTAN TINGGI

    E11 - KERJA-KERJA AM ELEKTRIK

    Nombor Pendaftaran Perniagaan/Syarikat/Lain-Lain:

    ROB :

    ROC : 827089M

    No Pendaftaran Lain:

    No Lesen Berniaga Sabah:

    Trading License: 470393

    Status*: Aktif

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 1,000,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen

    1. Pelaksanaan Projek Bekalan Elektrik Luar Bandar (BELB) Talian Grid Negeri Sarawak Tahun 2010-2111 (Bahagian Mukah, Sibu & Sri Aman) 01-08-2010 RM 120,000,000.00 KEMENTERIAN KEMAJUAN LUAR BANDAR DAN WILAYAH

    2. Projek Bekalan Elektrik Luar Bandar (BELB) Talian Grid Negeri Sarawak Zon Satu B (1B), Zon Dua (2) & Zon Tiga (3) Tahun 2009-2010 Secara Rundingan Terus ‘Design & Build’ 23-07-2009 RM 80,000,000.00 RISDA DAERAH SEGAMAT