Fun With Pictures!

Fun With Pictures!

30 Mar 2012

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Picture 1 - Ta Ann proudly shows its contribution to preserving the orang utan - by sponsoring one sad animal in a scruffy zoo, not in its habitat, which Ta Ann is cutting and replanting as fast as it can!

Today Sarawak Report has decided to take a respite from investigative activity and to allow some pictures to speak for themselves.

In a recent statement, the Taib-owned timber company, Ta Ann, has sought to refute concerns that it is responsible for environmental degeneration and human exploitation in Sarawak.

It has also accused Radio Free Sarawak of ‘defamation’, because it broadcast the complaints of local people about the exploitation and pollution of their lands by the company.

1. What we have done for the Orang Utan

To promote its own ‘good deeds’ the Ta Ann statement published some pictures, that apparently show its activities in a good light.

However, although these pictures might be cause for self-congratulation by blinkered BN politicians, who control Ta Ann, they have provoked howls of laughter in Australia and beyond, simply because they reveal everything you need to know about Ta Ann and how Sarawak is run.

Look (above) at how the timber and plantation company boasts of its assistance to the beleaguered orang utan – no further comment needed!

2. What we do to help the native people of Sarawak!

Picture 2 - 'Generous' donation of plastic rainwater butts so villagers can have 'fresh water'!

Ta Ann is largely owned by Taib’s own cousin and nominee, Hamid Sepawi, one of the richest men in Asia.

The excuse Taib and his cronies have always used when cutting down the jungle and growing plantations, is that this will bring development and progress and modern comforts to the people of Sarawak.

So, is plastic rainwater butts the best they can come up with?!!  In 2012?!!!

It appears that Ta Ann are seriously expecting to be congratulated for providing these rainwater butts to the villagers, whose lands they have stripped bare and re-planted!

There is a certainly desperate need for water butts in many areas, largely because the ‘development’ of the land has clogged up the rivers with mud and poisoned them with pesticides and fertilisers.  This means they no longer provide the fresh running drinking water they once did.  Neither do these rivers provide food any longer, since the fish have died, depriving the people and animals of their traditional nourishment.

So much for progress and development.  These villagers once lived in a primitive environment, but they now live in a disaster zone.  And out of all the billions that Taib, Sepawi and their henchmen from Ta Ann have made out of destroying these lands, they are willing to spare just enough money for rainwater butts for the people they have robbed!

What about organising wells, pumps and piped water?  Too expensive?

Picture 3 - We make billions out of taking your timber, then more billions planting your land. And in return some noodles!

3. ‘Charitable’ food donations!

Ta Ann next boasts of giving food to the desperate natives.  This is a picture of their Gawai present – a quick dash round the local supermarket has produced some boxes of noodles and some other basic goods.

How sad that the people are so pathetically grateful for such incredibly basic provisions!  Doesn’t it tell you everything you need to know about their desperate poverty and lack of development?

Of course, they are in extreme need and thankful for this food.  Everyone knows that although Sarawak is Malaysia’s richest state in terms of natural resources, it has many of its poorest people.

These people have been made several times poorer and more desperate by the removal of their once rich natural forests and rivers that supplied all the food they needed.. by Taib and Ta Ann.

And, according to Ta Ann’s self-congratulatory statement, such people are now supposed to be grateful for this meagre food handout, in return for surrendering the wealth of their lands to Ta Ann.

4. How we have transformed lives!

Picture 4 - Look how you owe us! We didn't have to do this. We took your lands, but Taib never made us give you compensation for that!

No one could accuse Ta Ann of providing discreet assistance in order to enhance the dignity of the recipients of their ‘charity’.

Every act of giving has to be a public display of the magnanimous favours by the ‘owner’ of the wealth to those who have been reduced to beggars in their own lands.

Here they boast of their ‘large cheque’ (around £20,000/AUS$31,000) to rebuild a village longhouse.  The local people are expected to be hugely grateful and have to be shown thankfully posing for photos in a ceremony to receive it.

But, whose land is this anyway?  How much did  Ta Ann pay for its lucrative concessions for the territory it has destroyed and how much was shared out in compensation to the people?  With all the wealth generated by the unsustainable exploitation of this territory, why is it these people cannot afford their own houses?

5. Our joint ventures with the native landowners!

Picture 5. BN politics and economics - Local MP Steven Rundi takes advantage of a handout by Ta Ann to be featured as the donor of the money. The none-too-subtle message is contrary to all democratic principles as Ta Ann's Australian audience can see, even if BN politicians cannot!

This piece of self-promotion has placed Ta Ann in a bit of a quandary, since they have always sought to imply that they have never taken native lands.

This is despite the fact that they were original joint owners of Grand Perfect, the notorious plantation company that has razed villages to the ground without compensation as it creates the largest acacia plantation in South East Asia.

Yet here Ta Ann is promoting the fact that it has offered ‘an advance dividend’ to a group of native land owners, allegedly in a ‘joint venture’ with the company to ‘develop’ their land.

Such ‘joint ventures’  are the instrument which have been used to disguise a great many of Sarawak’s exploitative land grabs.

Do we think the natives got a look in on this government-backed deal?  Do we think they had a choice over the joint venture?  Do we think they get a seat on the company board? Do we think they get fair compensation for their lands?  Do we think they get a fair share of the dividends?  Of course, we don’t!

Even so, the natives do get to have to thank nicely and publicly for a payment from Ta Ann.  A payment which Ta Ann has decided upon itself, based on a decision about how much Ta Ann is prepared to pay!

Not in the statement - village destroyed by Grand Perfect, originally owned by Ta Ann, then slipped directly into the portfolio of Chairman Hamid Sepawi in an undisclosed deal!

And, of course, local MP Steven Rundi gets to put himself in the middle of the picture to remind the natives they need to vote BN again if Ta Ann is to consider giving them a little bit more later on.

With regard to Grand Perfect, the company’s Chairman and main shareholder, Taib’s nominee Hamed Sepawi, subsequently slipped Ta Ann’s shares in Grand Perfect right into his own pocket.

Ta Ann has chosen to take the view that this exonerates it from that company’s destruction of native villages.

Of course, Ta Ann should instead be pursuing a criminal case against their Chairman for stealing an asset worth billions from the other public shareholders.

6. Looking after our employees!

Picture 6. A picnic!

One of the gripes of natives in Sarawak against the logging and plantation companies is that they employ so many foreign workers and pay wages that are way below a living rate for Sarawakian families.

So, Ta Ann choses to présent this picture showing how many workers it is employing and how well they look after them!

A barbecue picnic for a handful of people in the desolated wasteland of this former forest area? Where can they hunt for their wild boar now?

Such generosity from the Chinese management staff, who will of course travel home in their luxury 4-wheel drives. Will they offer the locals a lift home too?  If so, will it be in the normal style – an open air lift in the crowded and dangerous luggage area on the back?  Or will they leave them to walk?

7. Our international recognition from environment NGOs

Picture 7. Cheap at the price - Sepawi signs a deal with Malaysia's arm of WWF. The international body has been riven by concerns about greenwash voiced by other NGOs.

WWF has received widespread condemnation for this deal with Ta Ann, something the company fails to mention in the statement!

The respected environment NGO, Global Witness produced a highly critical report, proving the conflict of interest involved in Ta Ann’s dealings with WWF.

Indeed, WWF has come under increasing pressure over its willingness to do deals that are seen as ‘greenwashing’ bad companies, like Ta Ann, in return for funds.

Global Witness has demanded that WWF publish the full text of this controversial memorandum of understanding published between Ta Ann and WWF’s local Malaysian franchise.

Meanwhile, Ta Ann is of course, attempting to use the event to promote its supposed eco-credentials!

Picture 8. Gosh £5,000 (AUS$9,000) - the line up for this 'generous' gift from Ta Ann sums up the real interests behind the company - Taib, Jabu and the BN timber gangsters who run Sarawak!

8. Who are we?

In perhaps the most revealing picture of all (above) Ta Ann choses to provide a line up of the powers that be who are really behind the company.

Taib Mahmud is handling a cheque from Ta Ann for a characteristically miserly RM30,000.  Ta Ann has made billions out of Sarawak, as the largest recipient of plantations lands, along with logging licences.

Taib’s recognised nominee, cousin Hamed Sepawi, is the Chairman and largest shareholder of Ta Ann.  He also dominates one of Sarawak’s major state-backed construction companies, the state electricity provider, one of the biggest oil palm plantation companies (which has benefitted hugely from the State’s ‘land bank’) and numerous private concerns that benefit from public contracts.  Sepawi has also been the treasurer of Taib’s political party PBB.

But on this occasion Taib takes centre stage, along with his main political Henchmen.  After all Ta Ann is ultimately his company, like every other concern in Sarawak.

Vampire economics

Let me buy your vote. The picture of BN Federal leader Najib Razak that says it all. I give you peanuts so I can rob you for the next five years.

In return for the wealth they have sucked out of Sarawak, through the system aptly described as “vampire economics”, BNs politicians are now running round the state and indeed the rest of Malaysia waving ringgit notes at the country’s poorest voters.

With an election looming, they are hoping that with a few ringgit they can continue to buy the authority that allows them to rob these people of their rightful inheritance that is worth billions.

Taib’s henchman, James Masing, has summed up BN’s political philosophy by explaining that democracy means you get a chance to vote once every 5 years for someone who will then be your ‘towkay’, who will be able to order you to do what they like and take what they like (never mind they cheated).

What happened to the law and to equality under it?  The answer is in these pictures.




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  • Politik of Debolotment

    Sarawak Energy got some bad habit in awarding big projek to its own same directors

    But for state councel JC Fong (also Sarawak Energy director) it is big ‘reward’ for defending, appealing, helping Taib to grab even more NCR lands

    While UMNO reward its judge counsel goons with KIDEX highway project, here it is similar via Sarawak Energy mega projek awarded to counsel directors of proxy companies, cable suppliers etc.

    Perhaps JC Fong’s book “Law on Native Customary Land in Sarawak” should be retitled as “Cashing on the Law on Native Customary Land in Sarawak” instead…


    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :



    Postcode 93600

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan








    F. Taraf Bumiputera:

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 4,900,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen

    1. Tender For The Upgrading Of 33/11kV Transformer At Serian 33/11KV Substation, Serian (WR 13/11) 14-11-2011 RM 3,420,537.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    2. Establishment Of 2nd Transformer & Overhead Line Termination Works At PMU 132/11KV Chukai, Terengganu & ITC Works At PMU 132/11KV Jengka 01-04-2011 RM 12,255,675.70 TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD (PRECUMENT & CONTRACT)

    3. Supply, Erection And Commissioning Of Biawak 11kV Substation (PLS-090137) 21-01-2011 RM 5,051,393.00 SARAWAK ENERGY SERVICES SDN BHD

    4. Proposed 132KV Double Circuit Underground Cable (150MVA) Bulk Supply To KLIA 2 16-12-2010 RM 21,841,881.00 TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD (PRECUMENT & CONTRACT)

    5. Supply Erction And Commisionning Of Lawas 33kV substation (PLS-060094) 06-09-2010 RM 1,652,627.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    6. Supply, Erection and Commissioning of 33kV and 11kV Reactive, Capacitive Compensators and Ancillary for Substations in Kuching (KUC-080039) 15-07-2010 RM 16,105,580.00 SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD

    7. Supply, Installation & Commissioning Of 275KV/132KV,240MVA Auto Transformer Replacement For PMU Kuala Lumpur (East) 25-05-2010 RM 4,405,934.00 TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD

    8. Supply, Erection & Commissioning Of Tg. Batu 33/11KV Substation Bintulu (PLS 050008) 01-04-2010 RM 7,143,479.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    9. Tender For Supply, Erection & Commissioning Of Pahlawan 33/11KV Substation 03-09-2009 RM 1,372,825.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    10. Tender For The Extension Ogf 33KV & 11KV ABB Switchgears At Sri Arjuna 33/11KV Substation 31-07-2009 RM 1,077,231.00 SARAWAK SESCO BERHAD

    11. Similajau 275/33kV Substation for Switchgear, Transformers, Cables, Ancillaries and Civil Works 13-03-2009 RM 98,015,604.68 SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD

    12. Supply, Erection And Commissioning of Rantau Panjang 33 / 11 KV Substation 10-12-2008 RM 5,035,402.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    13. Transformer Uprating At Bandong And Upper Lanang 33 / 11 KV Substation (PLS-080124) 10-12-2008 RM 8,896,808.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    14. Tender For The Upgrading Of 33/11KV Transformers At Matang 275KV Substation, 15-10-2008 RM 4,134,575.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    15. Supply, Erection & Commissioning Of 33KV & 11KV Switchgear, Transformer & Ancillary Equipment For Astana 33/11KV Substation 15-09-2008 RM 12,053,387.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    16. Engkilili-Entinggan-Muara Tabuan 275kV / 132kV Transmission System 10-09-2008 RM 113,143,867.06 SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD

    17. Supply, Erection And Commssioning Of Salim 33/11Kv Substation (PLS-060200) 03-06-2008 RM 5,307,760.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    18. TNB 755/2007 Supply, Erect And Comm. Of 90MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers And 300KVA Earthing Transformers With Asso.Ancil. Equip. TNB Transmission Substations – PMU Taiping Ind. And PMU Pengkalan (RIMA) 02-01-2008 RM 11,001,000.00 TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD (BAHAGIAN PEMBAHAGIAN)

    19. TNB.754/2007 Supply, Erect And Commissioning Of 90MVS 132/33KV Power Transformers And 300KVA 33/0.145KV Earthing Transoformers With Associated Anicillary Equipment For TNB Transmission Substations – PMU Kajang Estate And PMU Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi 02-01-2008 RM 10,523,500.00 TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD (BAHAGIAN PEMBAHAGIAN)

    20. The Supply, Erection & Commissioning Of 11kV Swithgears & Ancilliary Equipments For New Dewan Undangan Negeri Complex Intake Substation 21-12-2007 RM 849,489.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    21. Mukah Coal-Fired Power Plant-Aluminium Smelter Plant Transmission Line Project. 30-08-2007 RM 6,772,500.00

    22. Survey, Design, Supply, Delivery, Erection & Commissioning Of Approximately 7km Of Proposed Mukah Coal-Fired Power Plant – Aluminium Smelter Plant Transmission Line Project 30-08-2007 RM 6,772,500.00 SARAWAK ENERGY SERVICES SDN.BHD

    23. Membekal, Menghantar, Memasang, Menguji & Menugas semula Peralatan Audio Visual Utk Ruang Pengajaran & Pembelajaran Di Pusat Pembelajaran Gunaan & Multimedia UNIMAS 20-07-2007 RM 1,595,359.30 CONCORD LINK REALTY SDN BHD

    24. Extention To Muara Tabuan 132kV Substation – Balance Of 132kV Works.Contract NO. PLS040061, 24-11-2005 RM 2,540,000.00 PETI SURAT 149

    25. Upgrading of 33/11KV Transformers at Kuching Airport 33KV Substation, 16-08-2005 RM 2,858,375.42 PETI SURAT 149

    26. Notification of Award of Tender For Supply, Delivery, Erection and Commissioning Of Two Units of 3,000 kW-3,000 kW Diesel Engine Generating Sets And Associated Auxiliaries For Lawas New Power Station 19-04-2005 RM 19,031,286.15 PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK

    27. Sibu-Tender For Supply, Install, Testing And Commissioning Of 30V DC Charge, Battery And DC Distribution Switchboard For Race Course 11 kV Substation (Outdoor) And New Hospital 11 kV Substation (Indoor) In Sibu 26-04-2004 RM 120,819.00

    28. Supply, Erection & Comm. Of 33kV & 11kV S/gears, Transformers & Ancillary Equipment For Sejingkat 4 33/11kV Substation 02-07-2003 RM 5,190,094.87 PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK

    29. Construction, Equipping, Commissioning & Maintenance Of The Sarawak International Medical Centre At Kota Samarahan 01-07-2003 RM 372,932,568.40 SARAWAK SPECIALIST HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTRE SDN. BHD.

    30. The Construction And Completion Of The Proposed Double-Storey Semi Detached Houses And Associated Infrastructure Works For Area Block 7 At Lot 3986 And Main Access Road For Area Block 17 (Phase1) At Lot 3996 (Part Of P.L. 847) Block 9, Salak Land District Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching, Sarawak 26-06-2003 RM 467,905.00

    31. Subcon – Cad. Merekabentuk, Membina Dan Menyiapkan Politeknik Mukah, Sarawak 09-06-2003 RM 10,500,000.00

    32. Subcon – Tender For : Cadangan Merekabentuk, Membina, Membina dan Menyiapkan Politeknik Mukah, Sarawak – M & E Package 2H – Design, Construction, Completion And Commissioning Of The Proposed HT/LT Distribution And Substations Installation For The Proposed Mukah Polytechnic, Mukah, Sarawak. 09-06-2003 RM 10,500,000.00

    33. Supply, Delivery, Erection & Commissioning Of 1 U Of 3,000kW – 3,300kW Diesel Engine Generating Set & Associated Auxiliaries For Limbang Power Station Extension 09-04-2003 RM 8,349,547.00 PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK

    34. Notification of Award Of Tender – for Supply, Delivery, Erection And Commisioning Of One Unit Of 3000 Kw – 3,300KW Diesel Engine Generating Set And Associated Auxiliaries For Limbang Power Station Extension. 09-04-2003 RM 8,349,547.00

    35. Bekalan Elektrik Ke Loji Perawatan Air Sg. Ular, Sebuyau 13-03-2003 RM 579,020.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA BAHAGIAN SAMARAHAN

    36. Proposed Bandar Samariang Development HT/LT Infrastructure Works To Area Block 16 13-03-2003 RM 299,580.00

    37. OYA- Bkt. Lima Transmission Project – Contract No.C0029084 For Switchgear, Cable & Ancillaries – Contract No.C0029092 For Transformers 30-03-2002 RM 56,080,764.00 PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK

    38. Kemena EHV Substation Project – Contract No. C0029181 For Switchgear, Cable & Ancillaries – Contract No.C0029190 For Transformers 30-03-2002 RM 49,452,183.00 PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK

    39. Proposed 11KV Electricity Supply To Sesco Outdoor Sub-Station For Student Hostel/Apartment & Common Hall For Curtin Universiti Of Technology, Sarawak 12-11-2001 RM 241,860.00

    40. Subcon – The HT/LV Turnkey Works For The Proposed Curtin University Of Technology, Sarawak 02-11-2001 RM 2,831,909.10


    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : SARWAJA TIMUR SDN. BHD.


    Postcode 93050

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan







    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 33,284,500.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen

    1. 275KV Samalaju-Press Metal Transmission Project At Samalaju, Bintulu 17-10-2011 RM 8,247,820.00 SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD

    2. Samalaju To Tokuyama 132 kV Transmission Line (Phase 1) – Contract No: PLS-110082, Bintulu 15-06-2011 RM 5,956,681.45 SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD


    4. Kemantan-Kapit 132kV Transmission Line Project 13-03-2009 RM 115,432,757.97 SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD


    6. Proposed 33kV Sg. Merah Substation to Teku Road Junction Transmission Line Project 12-12-2008 RM 3,569,900.00 SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD

    7. Proposed Realignment Of SESCO’S Tower At POIC Site On Lot 120, 122 And 124 Buan Land District, Tanjung Manis, Mukah 10-10-2008 RM 3,366,792.00 PERBADANAN KEMAJUAN PERTANIAN SELANGOR

    8. Proposed Petian-Mukah 33kV Transmission Line Project 03-09-2008 RM 3,500,000.00 SARAWAK ENERGY SERVICES SDN.BHD

    9. Proposed 275KV Engkilili – Entinggan Transmission Line Project 03-07-2008 RM

    10. Prop. 275KV Engkilili-Entinggan Transmission Line Project & 132KV Muara Tabuan-Entinggan Transmission Line Project 03-07-2008 RM 180,270,000.00 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    11. Proposed Sg. Merah – Rantau Panjang 33kV Tranmission Line Project 03-03-2008 RM 4,529,640.15 SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD

    12. Provision of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing and Commissioning of 100 FT Monopole (Relocation) at Lot 1108, Block 10, MCLD – King Centre Miri (T1100028). 11-02-2008 RM

    13. Provision of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing and Commissioning of 250 Feet 3 Legged Telecommunication Tower (Expansion) at Lots 170 & 591, Block 6 Danau Land District-Kampung Batu Danau (T3250107). 21-01-2008 RM

    14. Provision of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing and Commissioning of 250 Feet 3 Legged Telecommunication Tower (Expansion) at USL, Block 3, Bakong Land District – Lambir Miri Trunk Road (T3250050). 14-11-2007 RM

    15. Design, Manufacture, Procurement, Construction And Commissioning Of Lambir-Marudi 33kV Transmission Line Project Ref : PLS-060086 22-08-2006 RM 21,588,800.00 PETI SURAT 149

    16. Mambong – Serian 33kV Transmission Line Project – C01-43745-205 11-04-2002 RM 20,311,158.00 PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK

    17. 132 Matang – Batu Kawa Transmission Line Project Contract No C97-25070-101. 01-03-2000 RM 10,290,684.69 PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK


    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :



    Postcode 93050

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan









    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 15,000,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Klien

    1. RES Project RM

    2. 33KV U/G Cable Linking Sejingkat To Port Senari 01-07-2022 RM 3,701,056.97

    3. 275Kv Murum – Murum Junction Transmission Line Project, Contract No : PLS-100072, Bintulu 01-11-2010 RM 98,683,799.00 SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD

    4. Cable Laying Works from 33KV Astana S/S To Santubong 20-06-2002 RM 1,257,185.40

    5. Double Circuits 48MVA 33KV Cables From Salim 132KV To Alan Road 33KV Sub, Sibu 12-12-2001 RM 3,460,923.38 PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK

    6. Double Circuit 48 MVA 33KV Cables Salim to Alan Road, Sibu 12-12-2001 RM 3,460,923.38

    7. Underground Cable Laying From Matang S/T To Semariang S/S 01-12-2001 RM 2,906,200.00


    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : SESCO-EFACEC SDN. BHD.


    Postcode 93600

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan





    Law on Native Customary Land in Sarawak

    by JC Fong

    ISBN / ISSN: 978-967-5040-62-7
    Published Feb 2011, Hardcover, 370 pp

    List Price: RM 350.00 USD 103.00

    This book examines the rather unique system of land held under native customary rights within the Torrens System which accords protection of proprietary rights to land based upon the registration of titles and of interests in land.

    This book provides a comprehensive account on the development of the law on native rights and ownership over land since the assumption of sovereignty, in the early 1840s, by the first Rajah of Sarawak, Sir James Brooke, over what are now the Kuching and Samarahan Divisions. Sarawak was, then, a sparsely populated country. However, the natives already had their own customs and land ownership tradition, based largely on Indonesian Adat which had been well documented in the Secretariat Circular No 12/1939.

    The author carefully analyses what has received judicial recognition, that is, the common law “respects the pre-existence of rights under native laws or customs though such rights may be taken away by clear and unambiguous words in a legislation” and considers whether the common law or international customary law creates rights for natives over areas which were not occupied by them or their forefathers, at the time when the Rajah assumed sovereignty over the respective regions of what is now modern Sarawak.

    The law relating to creation, acquisition, dealings over, loss and extinguishment of native customary rights over land is set out in detail and with accuracy. The author also addresses the perception gap between what the natives view as practices or customs which enable them to claim rights to land, and the customs which the law recognises or have the force of law, for the purposes of creating or acquiring rights over land. What gave rise to this perception gap is explained, together with the pertinent point as to whether the civil courts have the jurisdiction to modify, discard or change well established native customs which the courts have a duty to take judicial notice of.

    All the recent judgments relating to native customary land are analysed and their effect on native claims to land professionally scrutinised. The efforts by the State to develop native customary land, deemed valuable assets to the natives, to enhance their economic value and potentials, are considered in the last chapter.

    This book will be of great interest to lawyers, owners and developers of native customary land and those who are keen to acquire more knowledge of the land system of the State of Sarawak or to understand how the laws passed by the Rajahs and later by the Legislature of Sarawak have restricted or set conditions for the creation and recognition of native customary rights over land.

    Readership:Lawyers, owners and developers of native customary land



    Bids to reclaim NCR land rejected

    by Churchill Edward, Borneo Post, September 9, 2011, Friday

    Federal Court dismisses appeals as claimants had been paid compensation for their land

    KUCHING: Two groups of natives in the state failed in their bid to nullify the extinguishment of their Native Customary Right over land at Bakun reservoir area in Belaga district and a pulpwood mill in Tatau, Bintulu at the Federal Court in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

    The appeal against the extinguishment of NCR over land which was needed for Bakun hydro electric project was filed by five persons led by Bagi Bato (who passed away in July).

    The second appeal was filed by Jalang Parang who challenged the extinguishment of NCR over land needed for a pulp and paper mill in Tatau, Bintulu.

    Two separate High Courts in the state had already dismissed their claims, meaning they could not reclaim their former NCR land because they have received compensation from the government.

    The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya subsequently also dismissed their appeals on the ruling and upheld the High Court decisions.

    The NCR claimants then appealed to the Federal Court on the ground that Section 5 (3) and Section 5 (4) of the Sarawak Land Code are unconstitutional.

    In fact all of the appellants have been compensated for the land.

    In the case of Bakun land, the government paid RM243.5 million for residents of 15 longhouses. Whilst 10 longhouses agreed with the compensation sum, another five took the matter to court.

    The residents of the five longhouses however has been paid compensation of RM65 million (which is part of the total RM243.5 million).

    In the other case Jalang has been paid a compensation of around RM3.6 million but later on, arbitrators increased the compensation sum to almost RM7 million.

    Jalang’s land in Ulu Batang Tatau was acquired to build a pulp and paper mill.

    Based on the facts of the cases, the three Federal Court Judges presiding over the cases dismissed the appeals ruling that because they had been paid compensation, they should not be allowed to challenge the decision.

    On the issue whether Section 5 (3) and Section 5 (4) are constitutional, one of the Federal Court Judges, Tan Sri Rauf Mohd Sharif held that the two sections are valid and did not infringe the constitution.

    The sections stated that NCR can be extinguished by a direction of the Minister of Planning and Resource Management and that adequate compensation will be paid to the rightful NCR land owners.

    Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum however said that the sections conferred too much power on the minister.

    But he refrained from deciding whether the two sections were constitutional.

    Judge Tun Zaki Azmi also said he refrained from making any decision on the constitutionality of the sections.

    The points over them should be further argued in future, he added.

    The judgement also meant that the ministerial direction gazetted as the Land (Extinguishment of Native Customary Rights) (Kawasan Kebanjiran Bakun II) (No. 26) Direction 1997, which came into force on June 23 1997, was valid and effective.

    The land in question formerly belonged to a group of Orang Ulus led by their headman, Bato Bagi, residing on land along Batang Balui and its tributaries in Belaga District, Kapit Division.

    They however challenged the extinguishment of their NCR over land which is now flooded to create a reservoir for the Bakun hydro-electric project.

    They decided to challenge the extinguishment of their NCR on constitutional grounds in that they had cultural attachment to what they considered to be their “ancestral” land and their livelihood depended on their continued occupation of their native customary land.

    The government took the stand that their land was required for a public purpose, namely, the implementation of a national project.

    And even though the common law respects the pre-existence of rights under native laws and customs over land, such rights may be taken away by clear and unambiguous words in a legislation.

    The High Court had ruled that in the context of Sarawak, Section 5 (3) of the Sarawak Land Code is clear enough to permit the extinguishment of NCR with provision for compensation.

    Yesterday at the Federal Court, the State was represented by state legal counsel Datuk JC Fong and legal officer Marjanah Adenan while the appellants, by Counsels Sulaiman Abdullah and Baru Bian.


    Sarawak natives lose NCR case

    By REENA RAJ, The Star, Friday September 9, 2011

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Court has dismissed an appeal by two groups of indigenous people who had challenged a directive by the Sarawak government over the use of native customary rights (NCR) land for the construction of the Bakun dam and a pulpwood mill.

    A three-man panel, led by Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi, unanimously dismissed their appeal for reinstatement of their civil suit.

    Presiding together with Zaki were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Md Raus Sharif.

    The panel upheld the decision by the High Court in Sarawak in April 2008 which dismissed the natives’ claim and was subsequently affirmed by the Court of Appeal last year.

    On March 1, the Federal Court allowed for the appeal to be heard, which led to the decision.

    “In my opinion, there seems possibly other grounds for challenging the Section 5(3) and (4) of the Land Code but they were not raised or properly canvassed before us,” Zaki said.

    The first group was Bato Bagi and five others who represented five longhouses along the Batang Balui river in Belaga District, Kapit, which were affected by the construction of the dam.

    This group has refused to move to the Asap Resettlement Scheme, and continues to stay up river in Batang Balui.

    The second group, Jalang Paran and Kampong Amih were residents of Rumah Munggu, a longhouse in Tatau, Bintulu, Sarawak. Their land in Ulu Batang Tatau was acquired to build a pulpwood mill. They have continued to live on the land.

    Sarawak state legal counsel, Datuk J.C. Fong, was initially not agreeable with the “no cost” as suggested by native groups lawyers Sulaiman Abdullah and Baru Bian.

    However, Zaki suggested that it would be a good gesture by the state government if the cost could be set aside.

    “In my heart, I am looking at them as individuals.

    “It will be a good gesture if the state government could do so,” he said.


    S’wak gov’t defeated in landmark NCR ruling

    Malaysia Kini, 06/05/2009

    The Federal Court has upheld the concept of native customary rights (NCR) to land as including not only one class of such land called temuda (cultivated land), but also pulau (communal forest) and pemakai menua (territorial domain).

    The apex court delivered its ruling today in Kuching, in an application by the Sarawak government in a case initiated by local Malay Madehi Salleh to claim NCR rights over former Shell concession land in Miri.

    Lawyers dealing in NCR cases were quick to point out the implications of the decision for some 200 land cases filed to date against the state government and companies that have obtained leases mainly for plantation and logging activities.

    So long as NCR claimants can provide sufficient evidence to support their claims, logging and plantation companies may now find themselves in a quandary unless they are prepared to negotiate.

    Madehi had taken the state government to court in 2007 over his rights to 6.6 acres of land and won the case.

    However, the state government successfully appealed the decision in the Court of Appeal, following which Madehi turned to the Federal Court and won his case in October 2007.

    The court recognised the pre-existence of NCR before the coming into force of any statue or legislation, in particular the Rajah Order of 1921. It said the reservation of the land under the Rajahs Order for Sarawak Oilfields Ltd (SOL) did not have the effect of extinguishing NCR to the land.

    There was no provision whatsoever in the Rajahs Order that extinguished Madeli’s NCR to his tract of land, the judges said, noting that all it did was to reserve the land for SOL.

    Furthermore, the Federal Court said native rights to occupy untitled land in accordance with customary laws subsisted in an area reserved for operation of SOL. Individual rights of natives were the same as communal rights, it added.

    Application dismissed

    The Sarawak government, unhappy with the decision, then applied to the Federal Court to review its own decision.

    Today, however, the court disagreed that the applicants had met the threshold requirement and dismissed the review application with costs.

    The Federal Court’s quorum comprised the Chief Justice of Sarawak and Sabah Richard Malanjun, Hashim Yusuf and Zulkifli Ahmad Makinudin.

    Appearing for the applicants (Sarawak government) were State Legal Counsel JC Fong and his assistant Safri Ali. Miri-based lawyer Mekanda Singh Sandhu and his son Sathinda represented Madehi.

    Sathinda told Malaysiakini later that the judgment can now be applied to all NCR land cases after this.

    Millions of hectares of land have been leased out over the past 20 years to many companies and state agencies.

    The Federal Court ruling re-affirmed a similar landmark finding in the Nor Nyawai & Others v Borneo Pulp and Plantation case in Bintulu in 2001.


    Sarawak Cable-Sinohidro JV awarded transmission line job

    The Star, Thursday November 4, 2010

    PETALING JAYA: UCS-Sinohydro Joint Venture (JV), an unincorporated JV between power cable and wire manufacturer Sarawak Cable Bhd, which was listed earlier this year, and Sinohydro Corp (M) Sdn Bhd, has been awarded a transmission line job RM98.68 million by Sarawak Energy Bhd.

    Sarawak Cable’s board of directors said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia that this was for the design, supply, delivery, erection and commissioning of 275KV Murum-Murum junction transmission line.


    RM450m in credit for Sarawak Energy

    Business Times 2009/10/27

    SARAWAK Energy Bhd has secured an additional RM450 million in credit facility for the development and construction of the 944-megawatt hydroelectric power plant in Murum, Sarawak.

    The additional facility from Maybank Islamic Bhd will increase the limit of its Syndicated Murabahah Tawarruq Facility to RM1.6 billion and its total syndicated facilities to RM1.9 billion.


    Sarawak Cable Bhd (SACB.KL)

    SACB.KL on Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange

    Board Of Director

    Name Age Since Current Position

    Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib 47 2009 Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

    Chee Ching Toh 49 2009 Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Director

    Joo Chung Fong 61 2009 Non-Independent Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Board

    Bok San H’ng 71 2009 Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

    Siew Liong Yek 50 2009 Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

    Ahmad Redza Bin Abdullah 47 2009 Independent Non-Executive Director

    Erman Bin Radin 33 2009 Independent Non-Executive Director

    Kevin How Kow 62 2009 Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Dayang Rogayah

    Bitter pill for Dr M: Old foe Anwar giving him a run for his money in GE-13

    Filed under: Politics,PRU 13 Election — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM

    Tags: Anak Sarawak Bangsa Malaysia, Human rights, Malaysia Politics, Save Sarawak

    Melissa Lee

    Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has admitted that it would be difficult to predict the results of the 13th general election due to the “confusing” signals received from the ground.

    “What is certain, it won’t be easy for BN to get two-thirds majority this time. The opposition now is not like that of the past, and the current situation is rather confusing,” Bernama reported Mahathir as saying.

    Such an acknowledgement must have been hard for Mahathir to make, given that the Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition is led by Anwar Ibrahim, whom he has tried hard to chop down to size and even oust from the political arena completely.

    In 1998, fearing Anwar’s popularity and growing clout with the Malays, Mahathir threw trumped-up sodomy and corruption charges at his his former deputy and succeeded in jailing Anwar for 6 years. It was only after Mahathir retired that the Federal Court could summon enough courage to overthrow the charges and acquit Awar.

    Now 64, Anwar is poised to lead the Pakatan into its second general election as a coalition. Although denied formal registration by the Registrar of Societies, the Pakatan parties of PKR, PAS and DAP have signed a Common Policy Framework and agreed on a joint manifesto – the Buku Jingga – for GE-13.Meanwhile, GE-13 is expected to be held before the end of this year.

    Gaining strength

    Since the 12th general election in 2008, the Pakatan has been gaining from strength to strength, with two of the four states it governs – Selangor and Penang – praised by the Auditor General as the best managed. Both Penang and Selangor have also drawn most FDI, trouncing the BN-ruled states.

    A resurgent Anwar and Pakatan are now rated as having an even chance on improving on their 2008 electoral performance, with many pundits predicting they might even wrest the federal government from Prime Minister Najib Razak.

    Mahathir apparently shares this view, saying that the various assumptions made about the support for BN were fluid, with some people saying it was increasing and others saying otherwise. Mahathir did not point the finger at anyone, but a day ago, he called on Najib to allow ‘outsiders’ to contest for seats under the Umno ticket.

    Mahathir lamented the shortage of ‘smart’ Malays in Umno, a situation that perhaps he is most to blame for due to his refusal to soften his hardline stance during his 22-year rule from 1981 to 2003. Indeed, during his tenure, Malaysia experience huge ‘brain drain” including from the Malay community, but Mahathir had always dismissed the issue as minor and with a ‘let them leave if they wish’.

    “None of Mahathir policies contributed to building a succession line in Umno, so what is there to say now. And the damage was not only to Umno but extended to the overall economy, where Malaysia lost talent beyond what it could afford. The effects on the economy are being played out now and if not reversed soon by fresh policies and reforms, we can expect further all-encompassing deterioration,” Ramon Navaratnam, the chairman of the Centre for Public Policy Studies, told Malaysia Chronicle.

    Najib failed to deliver

    In recent weeks, former Finance minister Daim Zainuddin had predicted BN would easily win in only three states – Johor, Melaka and Pahang. A large portion of the blame has been directed at Najib for failing to lead Umno-BN out of its quagmire.

    Umno appointed Najib as their president in 2009 after forcing his predecessor Abdullah Badawi into early retirement for losing 5 states out of 13 to the Pakatan as well as the BN’s long-held two-thirds majority in Parliament.

    Mahathir and other Umno leaders had hoped that Najib would reverse the slide and regain the crucial two-thirds majority, which would allow them to amend key laws to stay in power for perhaps a few more decades. But Najib’s clumsy political maneuvers were soon rejected by the people, who now see him as a fraud.

    In his comments, it was telling of Daim to point out that if Najib failed to improve on Badawi’s results, he would have to step down in favor of either his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin or a ‘new challenger’. So far, no dark horse has emerged but bets are on that it could be Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who has lambasted Najib for his haphazard policies and weak leadership.

    During Najib’s tenure which began in April 2009, Malaysia suffered its worst bouts of racial and religious intolerance. Extremist groups such as Perkasa and Jati were fostered and allowed to flourish. At the same time, Najib preached policies of moderation to the West. But it looks like even they have found him out, with the influential Washington Post slamming him as a “champion of double-talk”.

    Nonetheless, even with his mandate to rule expiring in March 2013, Najib has continued with the same strategies of gutter politicking against Anwar, using racism and religious bigotry to scare the Malays into voting for Umno so that it can ‘protect’ them from the non-Malays.

    Meawhile, the economy remains neglected and soft due to Najib’s frequent overseas trips which have been criticized for burning a hole in taxpayers’ pockets.

    Corruption remains at a record high, with Malaysia slipping 4 spots to 60 in the 2011 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index. Malaysia scored 4.3 compared to New Zealand, the least corrupt at 9.5, and Somalia and North Korea who each scored 1.0, making them the two most corrupt nations in the survey. In ASEAN, Singapore scored 9.3 and Brunei 6.3.