22 Feb 2012

Progress and Development?

Progress and Development?

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Floating homes - Is this what Taib means by progress and development for the poor people of Sarawak?

These are the scenes they have been trying to hide, by setting up an exclusion zone to prevent NGOs and journalists from entering the region behind the Bakun Dam.

However, Bruno Manser Fund workers have managed to breech that barrier in order to get exclusive pictures of the devastation behind the dam, which has now filled a lake the size of Singapore in the heart of Sarawak.

For the first time we are able to bring scenes of the conditions under which the Ukit people, who are struggling to stay on their lands, are being forced to live, as the rising waters have flooded their territories.

Taib may be gleeful at the great wealth that Bakun promises to bring to companies owned by him, as he does deals with foreign smelters and factories, eager for dirt cheap electricity.

However, there is little sign here that any of that benefit has spread to the people who owned these lands, which were first logged of their valuable timber by the company Ekran, owned by Taib’s sons and their crony Ting Pek Kiing.

Devastating poverty and squalor for the Ukit people who lost their lands to Taib's self-enriching project

Promises that were never fulfilled

Taib forcibly moved tens of thousands of people off their lands into the squalid re-settlement camp at Sungai Asap, as he set about logging the area and building the second tallest dam in the world.

The promise was that in return they would receive lives of comfort and modernity and that they would ‘progress and develop’ in line with the modern world.  But, of course, the money went elsewhere.

Bakun - yet another environmental disaster for Sarawak's jungle and its people. Taib wants to build 12 more!

Promised free electricity and water did not eventuate and many of the people have no jobs and cannot afford even the bus to send their children to school, thus ensuring the cycle of their poverty remains.

And of course the compensation was laughable and the quick-build housing, devised by Ting Pek Kiing (now bankrupt), has already started to fall apart.

No help from the government

So, little surprise that so many of the local people, after ten years of misery in their ‘resettlement homes’ decided to return to their ancestral lands, come what may, and to defy the rising dam waters.

No one was allowed to come and see this unfolding tragedy behind the dam. We can now see why!  The BMF worker who photographed these scenes has spoken of the tragic circumstances:

“The extent of suffering by the displaced communities is shocking.  Hundreds of displaced people are living in floating homes on the Bakun impoundment. Malaysia’s showcase development project has turned into a disaster dam. An indigenous Ukit community now living in floating homes was forcibly displaced while their village and graveyards were flooded”, [BMF worker Anna Meier].

The headman of the village had explained to her their aim is to build a new longhouse onshore near our former village:

 “But we lack the funds and the government refuses to support us.”

As their traditional farmlands have been flooded, the Ukits live from fishing, hunting and harvesting some of the trees flooded by Bakun dam.  Compare their desperation to the extraordinary gains now being made by the architect of this plan, Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Cheap electricity

Using cheap electricity from the dam, which the BN Government forcibly used the pension funds of civil servants to build, Taib is now lining up foreign smelting companies to build in Sarawak.

End of a jungle

With each of these contracts he makes sure that his company CMS receives huge cuts, in return for his granting of permits and electricity deals.  Sarawak Report will be focusing on this extraordinary corruption in upcoming reports.

Remember, Bakun is just Stage 1 out of 12 proposed dams for Taib’s SCORE corridor of energy, as he makes ready to turn tens of thousands more people from their homes.

These people should consider the fate of the Ukit and decide whether this is the ‘progress and development’ they really need, or just a get very rich quick scheme for Taib Mahmud, who has shown no love of the land and people he as so ruthlessly exploited for money.


 

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  • aborium

    Progress and development? He’s the chief architect of human and environmental destruction in Sarawak on a scale that can only be described as despicable, deserving the people’s contempt and scorn.

  • Money Laundering 101

    RM3 Billion Kuching Centralized Sewerage System project – Winners and Losers!

    (same project exposed by SR earlier)

    WINNERS:

    Total RM441.3 Million worth of Ali Baba easy money difference for BN Taib!

    Main contract sum: RM530 Million

    Subcontract sum: RM452 Million

    Contract sum difference: RM530 Million – RM452 Million = RM78 Million

    Subcontract Ali-Baba rate = RM78 Million / RM530 Million = 14.71 Percent

    That’s only Package 1, so with another few packages worth RM3 Billion total fundings (as revealed by Manyin), then the total cost of Ali-Baba leakage could be RM441.3 Million or 14.71 Percent of RM3 Billion!

    LOSERS:

    The public local Kuching council rate payers for the MAINTENANCE cost (after Taib scooped the lootings and leaving the shits for the Kuching folks to pay later HA HA HA!)

    “…However, he said, as the system had to be maintained at all costs at high standard, the people might have to share the cost in the future. When asked about the rate to be paid, he said a proper study would be carried out. “We have not decided yet, but in future all have to share the cost of maintenance,” he added…” – Borneo Post 11 November 2009

    SO THIS IS HOW BN TAIB CHEATED OWN FOLKS: CREATE NONSENSE ALI BABA PROJECT IN THE NAME OF CLEANING RIVERS BUT ONLY TO CROOKED IT UP EASY MONEY RM441 MILLION STOLEN, GIVE IT BACK TO PEOPLE TO MAINTAIN IT FOR WHATEVER COST LATER!

    HA HA HA LET SEE WHAT IS MBKS STUPID EXCUSES LATER ON TO CHARGE HIGHER COUNCIL RATES HA HA HA!

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    Bursa Malaysia – General Announcement

    Reference No HS-081018-37847

    Company Name : HOCK SENG LEE BERHAD

    Stock Name : HSL

    Date Announced : 21/10/2008

    Type : Announcement

    Subject : AWARD OF SUBCONTRACT

    Contents:

    The Board of Directors of Hock Seng Lee Berhad (“HSL”) is pleased to announce that HSL has been awarded a subcontract by Nishimatsu Construction Co. Ltd, worth Ringgit Malaysia Four Hundred Fifty Two Million Fifty One Thousand and Twenty Eight Only (RM452,051,028) for the Kuching City Central Wastewater Management System: Centralized Sewerage For Kuching City Centre (Package 1))(“the Project”).

    The scope of works for HSL includes construction and commissioning of the wastewater treatment plant, main, secondary and tertiary lines, property connections, provision of process plant and equipment, related building works, mechanical and electrical works.

    The contract period for the completion and commissioning of the wastewater treatment plant and the sewer networks is forty-eight (48) months commencing 15 October 2008. The Contract is expected to contribute positively to the earnings and net assets of HSL Group as the Project progresses during the contract period. However, the transaction will not have any effect on the share capital and substantial shareholdings of HSL.

    None of the directors and/or major shareholders of HSL or persons connected to them have any interest, direct or indirect, in the above contract.

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    From Nishimatsu Japan website:

    “…Centralized Sewerage for kuching City Centre Package 1 with Japanese Yen 15,200 Million project value…”

    Convert that 15,200 Million Yen to Ringgit Malaysia:

    Estimated 15,200 Million Yen = RM531 Million

    (Japanese Yen 15,200,000,000 = RM531,922,398.4491)

    Conversion date reference = 21st October 2008 (as per HSL annoucement)

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    Sarawak Requests More Funds To Complete RM3 Billion Centralized Sewerage System

    Bernama News, 18 September 2009

    KUCHING, September 18 (Bernama) – Sarawak is requesting additional funds from the federal government to complete the RM3 billion Centralized Sewerage System for Kuching City to treat household wastewater in the city.

    Sarawak Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Michael Manyin said the project with three major components namely the wastewater treatment plant, sewer network and property connection would cover areas which are fully developed and densely populated.

    “The Centralized Sewerage System for Kuching City project is divided into four packages and it costs RM3 billion.

    “I hope the project could be completed soon. However, it all depends on the availability of the money. Therefore, I’m going to fight for additional funds to implement the other three packages,” he told reporters after visiting the Sg. Padungan flood mitigation project here Friday.

    Sarawak Sewerage Service Department (SSD), responsible for implementing all sewerage-related projects in the state, has been entrusted by the government to implement the centralized sewerage system for Kuching City.

    Kumpulan-Nishimatsu-Hock Seng Lee Consortium is the turnkey contractor while the consultants involved are Jurutera Jasa (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and CH2M Hill, a US-based company with a branch in Singapore.

    Manyin said Package One of the project, costing RM530 million and covering five major areas in the city, had started in October last year and was scheduled for completion in 2012.

    The Package One is 9.35 per cent completed as of August this year.

    Presently, wastewater from all individual houses and major institutions in and around the city is discharged directly into drains and eventually the Sarawak River, resulting in environmental pollution.

    However, the Centralized Sewerage System for Kuching City will discharge Standard A effluent, which is clean, deemed safe for all water-based activities and meets the Department of Environment (DOE) standards for water discharge into the Sarawak River.

    On the RM20 million Sungai Padungan (Phase II) project, Manyin said the project will be completed in August next year and will alleviate flash flooding faced by city residents in several areas.

    “The Sungai Padungan phase II project will improve the trunk drainage system and alleviate the flash floods in the low-lying areas along Jalan Mendu, Jalan Ellis, Jalan Pinang and Jalan Tan Sri Datuk William Tan.

    “The scope of works involves the construction of around 1,100 metres of concrete drain of six metre to nine metre width, box culverts, reinstatement of carriageway, road kerbs and footpaths,” he said.

    Manyin said the Phase 1 of the flood mitigation project along Jalan Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui and Jalan Central here had been completed in 2001.

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    Dealing with future clean water shortfall in Kuching

    By Rintos Mail, Borneo Post, Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

    KUCHING: The central sewage system is believed to be a promising approach to address clean water shortage here in the years to come.Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said yesterday the government’s greatest challenge ahead was to provide good clean water to the people, especially those in the urban areas.

    He said the Sarawak River could be the last source of clean water for city dwellers in the future.

    Currently, the river has high pollutants and bacteria content that are not safe for the people.

    Taib said the growing rural-urban migration had resulted in more changes in the urban areas.

    “Such changes demand new strategies for development, which attracted more people to urban areas for greater opportunities.

    “As people are dragged into the modern economy, more people move to the towns. The increase in population demand more schools, more residential houses, etc, which in the end challenge our environment,” he said when launching the Kuching City Central Sewage System.

    He said the greatest challenge, even at high costs, was to provide good clean water to the people.

    “And that is why the Kuching City Central Sewage System is of great importance to us,” he added.

    He said the government was constructing the Bengoh Dam to meet the increasing demand for clean water here, but it would not last long as the population continued to grow.

    “The Bengoh Dam is all we have now as our source of clean water. After the Bengah Dam, I can’t think of other sources unless we start to conserve the quality of our rivers,” he added.

    The chief minister said the government had over the years tried to minimise damages to the city’s environment to control the water quality in the river, but all those efforts would no longer be applicable in years to come.

    “We will continue to conserve Sarawak River and improve the water quality. The Kuching Central Sewage System is our most practical approach to address this problem.

    “For Sarawak River to be the main source of clean water, we can’t afford to allow black-water and grey-water to continue flowing directly into the river because it will affect the quality of the water,” he said.

    Taib said the problem of sanitation could not be tackled by the state government alone as it needed huge funds.

    He said while the state government tried its best to handle the problem, the federal government must help in the project funding.

    –>>He said the first phase of the project cost about RM530 million while the whole project would cost more than RM2 billion.“For the start, we can’t afford to pass the cost to the people. The project costs billions of ringgit, and only with the help of the federal government can we afford to implement the project,” he pointed out.

    –>>However, he said, as the system had to be maintained at all costs at high standard, the people might have to share the cost in the future.

    –>>When asked about the rate to be paid, he said a proper study would be carried out.

    –>>“We have not decided yet, but in future all have to share the cost of maintenance,” he added.

    Urban Development and Tourism Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin, Defence Minister of Bosnia Herzegovina Dr Selmo Cikotic and Ambassador of Bosnia Herzegovina to Malaysia Ensar Eminovic were among those present.

  • Money Laundering 101

    Tun Salahuddin Bridge vs. Isthmus Bridge

    Both Tun Salahuddin Bridge and Isthmus Bridge located just stone throw away each other Kuching-Pending area but differ greatly in looting system by JKR Sarawak!

    Tun Salahuddin Bridge:

    -toll bridge system under State Road Ordinance 1994 (Approval on 26 September 2003)

    -toll concession as JKR contra payment to Zecon (bridge contractor)

    -33-year concession, annual toll collection est. RM10million (total RM330m)

    -recorded cost only around RM40m but tolls eventually send RM330m easy money to Zecon

    -26,000 vehicles usage daily

    -connect public transport out of public fund

    Isthmus Bridge:

    -connect private property out of public fund

    -RM213million donated by JKR Sarawak to taib cms land

    -free no toll hadiah to taib cms group

    -highly overpriced so as to fund new hotel construction nearby BCCK

    -causing adjacent army depot to be relocated thus incur additional army cost wasted for nothing

    -daily usage? who cares it’s wasted sunk cost anyway

    Such a double-standard crook jobs by JKR Sarawak, eh!!!

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    Toll rates at Salahuddin Bridge up from Jan 1

    Borneo Post, December 24, 2011, Saturday

    KUCHING: Effective Jan 1 next year, the toll rates at Tun Salahuddin Bridge will be increased.

    The new rates are as follows: Car/Taxi – RM1.60, Van/Pickup – RM2.20 and Bus/Lorry – RM3.30, while for motorcycles the rate remains unchanged at 50 sen.

    According to a press release, this is the first time that the toll has been increased since 2003.

    The Board of Directors of Zecon Berhad and its wholly owned subsidiary Zecon Toll Concessionaire Sdn Bhd (Zecon Toll) had on Nov 23 resolved and approved to revise the rates and believed that the revision is long overdue after 7 years of operation.

    “We are compelled to revise the rates as the cost of repairs and maintenance has escalated since 2003 and for the coming years major maintenance and upgrading works have been scheduled including the resurfacing of the toll road.

    “All this is to ensure users continue to get the added-value services,” said the release.

    In accordance with the clauses provided in the Concession Agreement signed between Zecon Toll and the State Government, the concessionaire has the right to increase the toll rates every 3 years. However, the Board of Directors of Zecon Berhad and Zecon Toll have not exercise that option for the past 7 years.

    Zecon Toll believes that the slight increase is reasonable and minimal so as not to cause any negative reaction from users.

    It was also notes that motorcyclists who enjoyed free usage of the bridge from October 2003 to September 2004 can continue to enjoy the same low rate of RM0.50.

    The new rates will be applicable after midnight of Dec 31 (Saturday). All cash users will be charged with the new rates accordingly and all toll card users using the Card Lanes will be deducted RM1.60 per usage.

    Card users using the wider lanes (Lane 4, both directions) will be charged according to their individual vehicle class. Meanwhile card users with reloads of RM100 and above will still be enjoying the RM15 FREE ADD-ON values.

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    Zecon earnings likely to go up with revised toll rates next year

    By JACK WONG, Thursday December 29, 2011

    KUCHING: Zecon Bhd’s earnings are expected to increase with the imposition of new toll rates on the privatised Tun Salahuddin Bridge across the Sarawak River here beginning next year.

    From Jan 1, toll rates would be increased by between 7% and 10% for various classes of motor vehicles.

    The new rate for cars/taxis is RM1.60, up 10 sen, RM2.20 for pick-ups/vans and RM3.30 for buses/lorries, an increase of 20 sen and 30 sen respectively. Motorcyclists will continue to pay 50 sen.

    Toll card users with a reload value of RM100 and above would continue to have the RM15 free add-on value.

    The Tun Salahuddin Bridge is used by an average of 26,000 vehicles, including motorcycles, daily.

    This is the first time that wholly-owned subsidiary Zecon Toll Concessionaire Sdn Bhd has revised the toll rates since the bridge was operational in 2003. It was granted a 33-year concession on this first and only toll bridge in Kuching.

    Zecon toll operation general manager Brandon Goh said the new toll rates, coupled with a projected 7% increase in vehicle volume, toll collection was expected to go up by 20% to RM14mil.

    This year’s collection is projected at RM11.7mil compared with RM11mil in 2010.

    Last year’s toll collections contributed 6.5% to Zecon group revenue of RM173mil. Zecon’s core business is in construction and property development.

    “Currently an average of 26,000 vehicles, including motorcycles, use the toll bridge daily,” Goh told StarBiz yesterday.

    He said the revision of the toll rates was long overdue after seven years of operations as the cost of maintenance and repair works had escalated. The concession agreement between the Sarawak government and Zecon Toll gave the rights to the concessionaire to revise the toll rates every three years provided that the increase was not more than 10%.

    “The toll rate for motorbikes is not revised as we take into consideration that most motorcylists are from the lower income group,” he said.

    Goh said more motorists were expected to use the toll bridge with the new residential and commercial developments coming up in the vicinity of the toll plaza on the Petra Jaya side of the Sarawak River.

    The usage of the toll bridge by motorists on Pending side of the river was also expected to increase when the on-going major upgrading work of Jalan Datuk Merican Salleh was completed in eight months.

    Goh said the Tun Salahuddin Bridge offered the best alternative way, especially for those living in Pending, Bintawa Industrial Estate and Tabuan Jaya area, to access Petra Jaya (Sarawak government’s administrative centre) due to the short travelling time.

    The Tun Rahman Yakub Bridge, the traditional link across Sarawak River to Petra Jaya from the busy Satok commercial centre, is more widely used by motorists.

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    Zecon website: Toll Plaza information

    Zecon Toll service or Toll at Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Mohammed Salahuddin Bridge (full name under The State Road Ordinance 1994 Approval on 26 September 2003).

    Tun Salahuddin Bridge is the best alternative route over the Sarawak River which bisects Kuching City (Capital of Sarawak) into halves; Kuching North and Kuching South. This 339-Metre bridge saves its users The Fuels and The Time. It also provides a Safe Trip!

    Tun Salahuddin Bridge (1)

    Tun Salahuddin Bridge is an integral part of the Sarawak State Government’s infrastructure development programme to provide for alternative routes to cater for the increasing numbers of motorised vehicles in the city and to mitigate traffic congestion on existing routes, ie Satok Bridge (Satok) and The Causeway (Sejingkat). It is a dual carriageway toll bridge with a 33 years concession and optional extension of 19 years, under Zecon Toll Concessionaire Sdn Bhd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zecon Berhad). It connects Jalan Kwong Lee Bank/Jalan Utama on the south bank to Jalan Demak on the north bank, of the Sarawak River. The toll bridge has a toll plaza situates on the expressway linked to the bridge, with 10 vehicle lanes and 2 motorcycle lanes. Both the plaza and the bridge are under 24-hour surveillance system and security patrol.

    Toll collection commenced on 1st October 2003, since then there has been no revision on the toll charges classified as (1) Car/Taxi – RM1.50, (2) Van/Pickup – RM2.00 (3) Truck/Buses – RM3.00, and (4) Motorcycle – RM0.50.

    4 of the 10 vehicle lanes have been converted to Card Lanes which are designated for the Toll Card users only!

    Re-loadable Toll Cards are available at RM50 and can be purchased at Toll Booth and Toll Administrative Office at the expressway.

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    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : ZECON BERHAD

    Address : 8TH FLOOR, MENARA ZECON LOT 393, SECTION 5 KTLD, JALAN SATOK

    Postcode 93400

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan

    1.AHMAD TARMIZI BIN SULAIMAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    2.DATO ABDUL MAJIT BIN AHMAD KHAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    3.DATO HAJI HAMZAH BIN HAJI GHAZALI MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    4.DATO’ AZHAR BIN HASHIM MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    5.DATO’ DR. MOHD YAHYA BIN NORDIN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    6.DR. HATTA BIN SOLHI MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    7.HJ. ZAINAL ABIDIN BIN AHMAD MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    8.HUI KOK YUAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    9.JAMIL BIN JAMALUDIN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    10.POH LIK GAN @ POH LI THONG MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    11.TEO KAH FATT MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    12.TEO KAI CHAI MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    13.ZAINAL ABIDIN B. AHMAD MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    14.ZAINURIN BIN AHMAD MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 119,106,150.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Klien

    …12. Second Kuching Bridge Project For Package CP4 – The Road Contract East 20-04-1999 RM 10,800,000.00

    …14. Second Kuching Bridge Project Tanah Puteh, Jalan Pending, Kuching, Sarawak – Package CP3 Road West 31-03-1998 RM 27,965,110.00

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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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    “Woodville Construction was given projects worth RM217,500,000″

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    Taib’s son awarded millions in govt contracts

    by Joseph Tawie, FMT, November 7, 2011

    Most of the contracts were awarded without an open tender being called, claims the DAP.

    KUCHING: For the past five years, Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s son Abu Bekir has been the main beneficiary of millions of ringgit worth of government contracts awarded by the state government.

    Confirming widely speculated rumours here, the state government recently disclosed in its written answer to a DAP assemblyman that most contracts were awarded without an open tender being called.

    The contracts were awarded to two companies – Titanium Project Management Sdn Bhd and Woodville Construction Sdn Bhd.

    Titanium is linked to Abu Bekir.

    The revelations, according to Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen, were “really shocking”.

    “These details which are contained in the answers to my questions (submitted to the State Legislative Assembly) are really shocking,” he said.

    Chong, who is also state DAP secretary, had put in his questions during the assembly’s June sitting.

    He had written to ask the State Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister for a list of all contractors awarded by the state and federal governments for the construction and completion of bridges in Sarawak in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

    He had also asked for the respective contract sums and actual sums of each bridge.

    Contracts to Titanium

    Chong also wanted to know whether the awards of these contracts were carried out pursuant to an open tender process and, if so, what were the criteria and consideration for appointment of these contractors as the main contractors for these bridges.

    “Basically, there are two companies given the state projects to build bridges in Sarawak without open tender.

    “One was Woodville Construction which is owned by Shin Yang group of companies and the other was Titanium Project Management which is owned by Abu Bekir, son of the chief minister,” he said.

    Woodville Construction was given two projects worth RM217,500,000 while Titanium Project Management was awarded one contract.

    In 2008, the Titanium Project Management was awarded a contract to design, construct and complete bridges and culverts to replace temporary and semi-permanent council bridges and some Public Work Department bridges in Sarawak.

    “Under this contract, a few hundred bridges were given to Titanium Project Management to construct, and the value of the contract is RM1,178,410,000,” he said, pointing out that this was “almost a monopoly” in the construction of bridges.

    “What is shocking is that the state projects were awarded to Abu Bekir and Shin Yang companies not through open tenders unlike the federal projects.

    “This is totally against the principle of fairness and transparency in awarding government contracts.

    “If you remember in 2001, the government contract was given to Titanium Management to construct 384 bridges at the cost of RM500 million.

    “In 2006, the company constructed only 332 bridges or about 80 percent of the bridges, but the government has to pay the company RM948 million,” he said.

    Corrupt practices

    According to Chong, in 2008 the government again awarded another contract to Titanium.

    This time the contract was awarded to Titanium Project Management.

    “Although it is a different name, it is the same company with the word ‘Project’ added to its name with the same constitution and the same shareholders.

    “This is an abuse of power and an unfair government practice that is cutting off other contractors from doing government works.

    “I think the State Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister Michael Manyin has a lot of explanation to make to the people of Sarawak,” said Chong.

    He described the whole process of awarding these contracts by the state government as “smacking of corrupt practices”.

    When asked if the opposition would lodge a report on the issue with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Chong said: “Is there any use?

    “There is no point to lodge a report as MACC has made its position very clear that binoculars that could be purchased for RM5,000 each and were charged at RM50,000 apiece is not corruption.”

    Chong was referring to the Auditor-General’s Report 2010 which disclosed that binoculars purchased by the Marine Department was charged RM50,000 each instead of RM5,000 as it should have been.

    “If that is not corruption, I don’t know what corruption is. But the MACC ruled that it is not corruption,” he said, drawing a comparison between this issue and the Teoh Beng Hock case.

    ‘MACC, a BN political tool’

    Chong said Teoh had allegedly spent RM2,000 to buy and distribute Malaysian flags and the MACC interrogated him throughout the night and forced him to commit suicide.

    “If you compare this case with Teoh’s, you can see a stark difference in the treatment,” he said.

    Chong said that although there was a prima facie corruption case, the MACC did not open any file or investigate.

    “They just brushed off the case.

    “Judging by the way it (MACC) conducts itself, it appears that MACC is a political tool of Barisan Nasional to oppress the opposition, while condoning such acts of abuse of public funds by the BN government,” he said.

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    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : WOODVILLE CONSTRUCTION SDN BHD / SHIN YANG GROUP / BOULEVARD MALLS

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

    Postcode 98100

    Town : LUTONG

    State: SARAWAK

    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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    Pending army depot ready for relocation

    The Star, Friday February 17, 2012

    KUCHING: The army Batallion Ordinance Depot in Pending here will move out, once its warehouse in Muara Tuang is ready.

    Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the army had no problem in relocating its depot, seeing that they had settled down at the new camp in Muara Tuang.

    He said it would be moved out as soon as possible, so as to expedite the construction of the Kuching-Isthmus road.

    Better facility: Zahid looking at the project plan while being briefed by Chew Chiaw Han (centre) from Microsite Enterprise Sdn Bhd during the minister’s visit to Pending camp in Kuching yesterday. — ANDRE OLIVEIRO / The Star

    “We have allowed the state government to acquire part of the land for the road. In return, it had allocated us the land to build our ordinance depot, but the warehouse is not ready yet,” he told reporters after being briefed on the project at the Batallion Ordinance Depot yesterday.

    He said the army was supposed to move its depot to Muara Tuang in March but due to some unforseen circumstances, they might only be able to move it out after July.

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