2 Feb 2012

Hii Family Connection to Asia Plywood And Taib Family

Hii Family Connection to Asia Plywood And Taib Family

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Happy to sign the plaque for the Kingwood Hotel - after all I have a major shareholding!

Industry insiders have revealed that the main suppliers of timber to the cheating Asia Plywood Company, are the well-known Sarawak tycoons, the Miri-based Hii family.

Asia Plywood, which rents the major saw mill ‘Tegas Kesuma’, based in Tanjung Manis, is Malaysia’s largest plywood company.

Earlier this week it was caught out deceiving regulators and customers in the UK and elsewhere by pretending that hardwood chopped out of Sarawak’s dwindling forests was sustainable pinewood. [see our investigation]

Tegas Kesuma - saw mill chewing up Sarawak's precious Meranti to make plywood.

We can now disclose that a major provider to Tegas Kesuma is the company Fonsen Timber Sdn Bhd, owned by the Hii family concern Fonsen Holdings.

The Hiis have been granted licences by their close associate, Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, to strip the remaining forests from areas around Bintulu, earmarked for further oil palm plantations.

Another major supplier to the mill was the now dissolved Excellent Future, which was registered at the same address in Jalan Masjid in Miri as Fonsen Holdings and likewise controlled by the Hiis.

Hii King Chiong, key crony and Taib funder

Insiders have confirmed that the main director of the companies is Hii King Chiong, who is the son of Hii Yii Peng, the tycoon who is best known as the owner of Kingwood Hotel group.

Top Taib cronies

Taib, who issues all concessions in the state, is personally responsible for the relentless and unrestrained plunder of timber over the past 30 years.  Before him it was his uncle, whom at the time Taib saw fit to criticise for his greedy destruction of Sarawak’s irreplaceable jungle!

It is worth pointing out that no wood from Sarawak has ever achieved certification from the internationally recognised Forest Stewardship Council, simply because Taib’s logging has been so unsustainable.

Mr Charitable Gesture - Hii is back by Taib's side

So, it is particularly revealing to investigate the business interests that link the Hiis, who are such key beneficiaries of timber and plantation concessions, with the Chief Minister himself and his family.

Take, for example, one of the largest plantation enterprises in Sarawak, Delta Padi, which is currently blessed with concessions handed out at rock bottom rates by the Chief Minister.  Delta Padi has lucratively logged thousands of hectares of wild forest in Pulau Bruit and in other areas around Mukah, before setting about planting oil palm.  Local people were offered nothing for the destruction of their livelihoods.

Again, charitably at the CM's side..... Mr Hii supports Mukah Chinese Benevolent Board Building

So, who owns Delta Padi?  It turns out to be a joint venture between the Hii family and a company Mesti Bersatu.

We have mentioned Mesti Bersatu before.  It turns out to be owned by Abdul Taib Mahmud himself and members of his own family!

As numerous insiders have testified, the corrupt system favoured by the Chief Minister is for the money for such joint ventures to be put up by favoured tycoons.  His own contribution to the venture is his willingness to abuse his position of political power.

Thus he can be seen handing his own family companies great chunks of state owned territory (or more often Native Customary Land) as part of a series of joint ventures funded by others!

Key major shareholder of Fonsen - the Hii family

Kingwood Hotels

Taib has a stake in Sarawak's top hotel chain

Delta Padi is just one example of blatant corruption by the Chief Minister to enrich himself, using joint ventures with the crony Hii family.  Another is the Kingwood group.

Kingwood Inns are one of the best known hotel chains in Sarawak.   The group also owns a major travel company called Kingwood Travel Services Sdn Bhd.

So, it perhaps comes as little surprise to learn that Taib also has a major stake in this profitable group of concerns.  A substantial shareholder of Kingwood Inn Sdn Bhd, is again Mesti Bersatu!

At this point Sarawak Report is forced to ask, yet again, that the Chief Minister publicly defend his extraordinary claim that he and his family do no business in Sarawak!

Look who has a fat stake in Kingwood Inns Sdn Bhd - Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, through his company Mesti Bersatu!

More kickbacks from the Hiis

There are plenty of other Taib family members who are also blatantly taking advantage of the Hii family’s ‘obligations’ as a top receiver of favours and concessions from ‘Uncle Taib’.  These include daughters and sisters.

How it works is, since Uncle Taib has long since ditched the conventional practice of open tendering, in favour of corruptly handing out licences behind closed doors, his family members are able to crowd in and demand kickbacks from the lucky cronies he chooses.

Back at Hiis side! This time they were funding the Islamic Fashion Show in Monaco!

Taib is also able to squeeze these same businessmen into funding his political expenses (such as bribing voters in the coming Federal Election and supporting proteges in the SUPP) and also other events such as the ludicrous Islamic Fashion Show in Monaco, which Taib supposedly sponsored in 2010.

In fact it was the Hii family who put up a large chunk of the money that Taib flashed around in Monaco on that occasion, as he attempted to ingratiate himself with the plainly naive Prince Albert.  The Prince gratefully accepted a 100,000 euro cheque for his Foundation handed to him by PM Najib’s wife Rosmah, but the money was actually funded by the Hiis and funnelled through Taib!

A chance to pay off Prince and PM at the same time, thanks to money put up by the Hiis!

What irony that Prince Albert’s Foundation is supposed to be dedicated to saving the Environment!  Readers are welcome to calculate how many trees the Hii family would have had to unsustainably log to make that 100,000 euro payment to present to the playboy Prince!

Their reward?  A photo with Taib at the event, to which they had dutifully turned up and the promise of many more perks and concessions, as long as they continue to pay suitable kickbacks!

As the very large baubles worn by the Taib family women at the event and round their newest tax haven playground amply demonstrate, the CM could of course have found the money himself.  However, for Taib wealth has become a sickness and he is famously mean.

Rich venture

Taib family line up in Monaco.

Other close ventures with Taib family members include Bormill Wood (Trengganu) Sdn Bhd, which is owned by Taib’s Canadian daughter Jamilah and the Hii’s and The Sarawak Company Sdn Bhd, which is owned by Taib’s brother Tufail and the Hii’s.

And what about the venture between Taib’s sister Raziah Mahmud and the Hii family over the Miri Airport by-pass road?  As we have previously reported, Taib handed his sister large areas of land in the town through her companies Kumpulan Parabena and Miri Properties (in which Taib himself owns a stake, once again via Mesti Bersatu).

More business togetherness - guess who will have put up the investment and who brought the favoured concession rights!

In the money - brains or just corruption?

She sub-contracted the development of the area and the road contract, all of which had been handed to her for free by brother Taib, to the Hii company Rich Venture!

The ‘clever businesswoman’ Raziah has always remembered to skim off a large cut for her effortless middle-man transactions, made possible by her brother’s toe-curling corruption!

 

 

  • Alison

    Thank you SR for the information. Hii Yii Peng and another Sibu-based businessmen Toh Chiew Hock are very good friend. Toh Chiew Hock owns the Hock Peng Realty Company and is also a good friend of Taib. hock peng built the Kingwood hotel in Sibu fro Hii Yii Peng. It was said that hock Peng and Hii Yii Peng are good friends and their connection with CM has made their business flourish!! Tiab always visited Toh during Chinese New Year in Sibu and even this year was publicise in the newspaper . borneo Post during the CNY visit. Hock peng also developed the Pulau Li Hua, a hosuing project on the bank of Rejang River. Such project impede the flow of Rejang RIver!! Hock Peng also owns the two ‘Li Hua’ Hotel, one in Sibu, the other in Bintulu.

  • Bookkeeper

    Sarawak World Book Of Records :

    world’s richest chief minister – taib

    world’s richest dead housewife – laila taib

    world’s richest bankrupt – tpk

    world’s richest dayak – peter nonsense

    world’s oldest governor – salahudin@louis barieng

    world’s most patient governor candidate (and keep on waiting) – leo mike toyad abdullah

    world’s most amazing fruit to eradicate rural poverty – buah kepayang by jabu

    world’s most misunderstood sex lifestyle – penan according to james masing

    world’s worst political storyteller – james masing

    world’s most ridiculously loyal sidekick no matter what – jabu

    world’s funniest senator name ever appointed – senator lihan joke

    world’s most eccentric foochow ever – hii tiong huat

    world’s most reformed gangster – okaw@michael teo kim huat

    world’s best natural viagra – sarawak gambir

    world’s quickest renewable fossil-fuel formation – sarawak coal (defy 300 million years period) but defined as renewable energy anyway

    world’s strangest halal scare-mongering campaign – kampua mee by supp

    world’s worst bunch of chinese eunuchs – supp members

    world’s most cunning fake-dayak politician – dato sng chee hua

    world’s luckiest godson – larry sng

    world’s most fanatic peter pan impersonator – dato ang lai soon (keep on using his teenage photo for news article publishing)

    world’s smartest dayak to be duped by umno – tun jugah

    world’s loneliest planet – kapit after 4pm

    world’s best imaginary highway – jalan tun jugah as kch-kapit federal highway

    world’s most exorbitantly overcharged airport project – kch airport by tpk global upline

    world’s most expensive bridge for nothing per km cost – isthmus bridge by shinyang

    world’s most wasteful sewerage tunnel project – done by hsl, nishimatsu and ali baba parabena raziah geneid

    world’s smallest road round-about – jln ang cheng ho, kch

    world’s worst captive-breeding technique – ikan terubok using kelambu by jabu

    world’s most wasteful miring ever performed – kapit mega miring by masing

    world’s most effective AIDS vaccine but never was – bintangor tree extract

    world’s most impatient AIDS vaccine human test trial on bintangor extract – solomon taib

    world’s ugliest cardiologist – dr.sim kui hian

    world’s ugliest politician – again, dr.sim kui hian

    world’s first blonde female bomoh – mdm. stella

    world’s first bomoh-turned-capitalist – ahmad suut

    world’s most successful commie-turned-capitalist – bong kee chok

    world’s first gay sailor in borneo – james brooke

    world’s worst failed election petitioner – kho wai piaw

    world’s worst loss-making confectionery failure – kuih tebaloi melanau by sedc

    world’s first foochow elvis impersonator – hii kiing chiong

    world’s richest migrating lebanese – robert geneid

    world’s worst taichi-for-sex performer – late kts boss lau hui kang

    world’s richest christian church outside u.s.a – methodist church

    world’s richest priest – father chua

    world’s longest-stretch private beach-front lands individually owned – adenan satem lands at lundu