Baram’s ‘Dirty Dato’ Has More Fingers In The Pie!

Baram’s ‘Dirty Dato’ Has More Fingers In The Pie!

27 Feb 2012

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Dirty Dato! - Not content with his Belian timber concessions Sagan has also picked up millions in state construction contracts!

More information has been coming to light about the corrupted business ventures of Dato Jacob Sagan, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister for International Trade and Industry.

At the weekend we exposed how he, together with his wife and daughter, secretly hold a series of valuable Belian timber concessions in his own Baram constituency.

Now, thanks to comments from our readers, we have further identified that he, together with his wife, brother and sister-in-law, have also been raking in millions from government construction contracts!

RM 63.4 million in construction contracts!

We received the tip off from our comments page that Sagan is also involved with a construction company called Dema Tega Sdn Bhd, registered in Kuching.

Keeping it in the family!

Sure enough Dema Tega is Directed by Sagan’s wife Winnie, his brother Peter and his sister in law Roseline, married to another brother, Dominic.

Power couple - Winnie Jolly's business activities are sensational!

So, Winnie Jolly certainly makes an impressive political wife.  Imagine being able to combine all those constituency duties, international ministerial trips and rearing a family with the Directorships of not only a string of timber companies, but also a series of multi-million ringgit federal construction projects!

The problem is that people in ministerial positions should not be involved in publicly funded contracts for obvious reasons. To do so is a clear conflict of interest and therefore corrupt.

Yet, according to the CIDB register, which records the companies who get government contracts, Dema Tega has received no less than a staggering RM63million in contracts over the past 5 years!

It must surely be asked, where did Winnie get her experience in construction and how did she and her in-laws get the money to invest in such mega building-ventures, which include a healthy chunk of an upcoming rural water project, funded by the Federal Government to the tune of RM2.5billion?

Contracts which add up to over RM63 million have been handed to Sagan's wife, brother and sister in law by the government!

Time to be frank.  Do we think that Dema Tega is likely to have been the very best value for money firm, that was selected out of a tough and open competition to take on this project, or do we think that Dema Tega will merely sub-contract the work and take a fat commission in the process?

In case there is any confusion as to where the profits from these public projects are going, take a look at who the shareholders of Dema Tega Sdn Bhd are.

Shareholders are all in the family - Jacob's brother and sister in law act as his proxies according to insiders

Meanwhile, our comment column is beginning to throw up yet more information about the wide and varied government sponsored business activities of the pro-Baram Dam MP. According to readers, Jacob Sagan also has a lucrative licence to run one of Kuching’s top Petronas petrol stations!

What more can SR readers bring to light about Sarawak’s Dirty Datos and Wealthy YBs?!

Do keep the information flowing.  Those wishing to be even more discreet can email us at [email protected]!

Questions for Najib

Jacob Sagan may be a local boy from Baram, but he is also a Federal Government Minister, who will be standing again for BN in the coming election.  Sagan also represents the Malaysian Government abroad as one of its most high profile ministers internationally.

Look who gets the construction contract for the water supply to his own constituency villages

From now on he will be facing foreign delegations and touring foreign countries with the stain of proven corruption against his name.

So what does the PM propose to do about such a scandalous and embarrassing situation?

Probably nothing.  After all, given the record of so many of BN’s politicians, it is probably fair to conclude that Jacob Sagan is merely a fitting representative for his government!

So, Sarawak Report asks whether the Prime Minister or Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission plans to take action over this case of high level corruption, without much hope that either of them will.

Up to the people

Enjoy the view while you can - Jacob Sagan is willing to allow the destruction of his lands in return for concessions and contracts from his BN bosses

Sagan’s own constituents will, despite BN’s rampant cheating, perhaps get one last opportunity to take some action in the up-coming Federal elections.

It is unlikely they will get another chance, because Jacob Sagan is currently supporting Taib’s plans to flood most of his local area, turning tens of thousands of his people from their homes, with the construction of the Baram Dam.

Then their lands will be no more.

For months there has been confusion as to why Sagan is supporting this terrible plan. But, now we know.

Sagan’s loyalties plainly lie with Taib’s BN government, which has issued him millions in contracts.  And it plainly no longer lies with his constituents, whose lands he has raped and is now in the process of helping to destroy.



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  • Alison

    We should vote such politician out the next 24 hours!!!

  • Money Laundering 101

    Everything must hide with Wife’s name, eh!! Very funny but creative how BN Crony Capitalism works lah!!!

    Same goes to James Masing another Dayak Traitor follow that Yakub Dungu style, also use wife name CORINNE BUA NYIPA as director enjoy get big Debolotment projeks lah

    UMNO, Taib must be very proud that these Dayak BN goons very clever learning new tricks huh! Keep on feeding bribing them easy money!

    Looks like BN Dayak goons common slogan is: “Behind every Dayak YB, check their wife big fat accounts!”


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    Masing believes Taib clean

    Borneo Post, June 23, 2011, Thursday

    CENTRE OF MEDIA ATTENTION: Reporters crowd around a speaker in the Media Room as Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud delivers his personal statement regarding the investigation by the Swiss Federation into his alleged assets in Switzerland.

    KUCHING: Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said he believed Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is innocent of all the corruption allegations hurled at him.

    The Baleh assemblyman also lauded Taib for being brave enough to tackle the issue head on yesterday.

    He said this when asked to comment on Taib’s explanations to the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday that he does not own a Swiss bank account or assets and investments in Switzerland.

    “It is very good for him (Taib) to tackle the issue straight on.

    “That is what I expected a leader to do. As a politician you must not hide anything. If you have nothing to hide then go straight on because we are judged by public perception,” Masing said.

    Masing added that he was “impressed and satisfied” with the Chief Minister’s answer and he eagerly awaits the Swiss authorities to respond.

    “The onus of proof is from the other side,” Masing stressed.

    Asked whether the public would be convinced of Taib’s innocence, Masing lamented that members of the public always make judgement based on emotion and not the law.

    That, he added, represented one of the toughest obstacles which all politicians have to endure.

    “We are not judged by the fine lines of the law. We are judged by allegations, half truths and lies.”

    Meanwhile, Second Minister of Finance Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said what Taib did yesterday was to make it known to the whole world that the graft allegations were unfair to him.

    “Of course once the allegation is made and published in the press, not only the image of the Chief Minister but the state government of Sarawak may be tarnished,” he lamented.

    Therefore, he added, it was important for Taib to make the statement in DUN to redeem himself and to clear his name.

    “I think it is the right thing to do,” Soon Koh said.

    Meanwhile, the Chief Minister’s statement failed to impress PKR leaders.

    State PKR liaison chief and Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian said it was “quite unfortunate” that Taib’s statement was not put up for debate.

    He pointed out that there was no mention of whether the Chief Minister’s letter had been replied to and that PKR would be interested to know what Taib wrote and the reply, if any, to it.

    “As it has been reported that this involves MACC, we hope that the whole investigation will continue on in spite of the explanations he (Taib) made in the Dewan…as it is only an explanation. If there is really truth in it, then of course it is of concern to the public at large, especially Sarawakians,” said Baru.

    When asked whether the Chief Minister’s denial would help to assuage public concerns, Baru said he did not think so as there was nothing particularly significant about the statement.

    “You need to have concrete facts and evidence and decisions made either by the Swiss President or authority of Switzerland, or even from MACC. The report we hear is about an ongoing kind of investigation, so as for now, we’ll leave it as it is.

    “Unless they come up with a conclusion, it’s nothing that would wipe out any doubts or anything for that matter.”


    Masing pleads ‘not guilty’ over indigenous displacement

    Malaysia Kini, 21 March 2009

    Sarawak Land Development Minister James Masing told a tv news channel that he has absolutely no guilt over the displacement of indigenous people caused by the construction of hydro-electric dams in the state.

    “I don’t feel guilty. I feel that is the correct way of doing it. I don’t have any guilt feeling for trying to help my people,” said Masing on the Al-Jazeera’s 101 East programme Thursday night.

    Host Fauziah Ibrahim had asked Masing if he felt guilty, as a person of indigenous descent, over indigenous people being displaced to make way for economic development.

    During the programme, Masing defended the construction of dams, such as the massive Bakun hydroelectric dam and the proposal to build 12 new ones, because the state government was preparing for the future.

    “Sarawak has enough energy as it is today. But we must look 20 years down the road. By that time we may not have enough energy. You know very well the cost of fuel (is escalating),” he said.

    Masing defends CM

    Masing also defended the involvement of Cahaya Mata Sarawak (CMS), a company owned by family members of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud in the construction of the dams.

    “The dam constructions are done to legal tenders. The lowest tender gets it. It doesn’t matter if CMS or somebody else. It must be done on tender basis.

    “That is very transparent. The international community can take a look at it… it is an open book for everyone to look,” he said.

    When Fuziah pointed out that there are numerous cases in which projects were given to companies linked to Taib without open tenders, Masing said: “I was not aware of it”.

    Fuziah replied by that the Similajau aluminum smelting plant was given to CMS while the construction of several bridges were awarded to Titanium Management Sdn Bhd, which Taib’s eldest son Mahmud Abu Bekir holds substantial interest in.

    ‘Everything was transparent’

    Even with evidence presented before him, Masing maintained that these awards were given fairly and in accordance with the law.

    “We have rules and laws… If there is a decision made by people who have vested interest, there are laws which does not allow it. It is illegal for people in authority to give authority with vested interest.

    “All these things have been done through open tenders. They are transparent,” he said.

    “In the case of the aluminum smelter, there were a few companies that were asked to bid for it. I know. And the best company gets it.

    “Unfortunately, it was given to a company where the authority has some interest. But it is done legally,” he added.

    ‘I’m a friend of the chief minister’

    Meanwhile, Fuziah also scrutinised Masing over his links to Taib. Masing admitted that he was an “ally” to Taib, but gave a less outright answer when asked if he was Taib’s “crony”.

    “I don’t think (so). Crony means friends. I am a friend of the chief minister,” he said.

    On whether there was “Crony Capitalism” going on in Sarawak, Masing replied in the negative because no one has been brought to book over such matters.

    “I don’t think so. If there is, those who deal in it would be dealt by the law. Until today, there is nothing. One must assume there is no cronyism as such,” he said.

    On who would keep the chief minister and his family accountable, Masing said the electorate would.

    “I believe the voters in Sarawak are a very intelligent group of people,” he added.

  • Alison

    Fellow Sarawakians!!

    Please wake up!!!

    very sad!!!

    We have been conned!!