2 Mar 2012

More Very Dirty Datuks – Naroden Majais & Hamden Bin Ahmad  MAJOR EXPOSE!

More Very Dirty Datuks – Naroden Majais & Hamden Bin Ahmad MAJOR EXPOSE!

This post is also available in: Iban, Malay

Dirty Datuk Naroden Majais and his wife Massenah Binti Ahmad are the sole shareholders of Nirwana Muhibbah Sdn Bhd

Our latest revelations come at the moment of another  landmark court victory by a group of Iban villagers against the destruction of their lands by ruthless loggers, licensed by Taib.

Earlier this week 183 residents of Kampong Lebor, Serian, represented once again by the PKR leader and native rights lawyer, Baru Bian, won their epic case against the company Nirwana Muhibbah Sdn Bhd, which has been violating their Native Customary Rights lands, first through logging and then oil palm plantation for over a decade.

Since 1998 Nirwana Muhibbah has bulldozed their territory, polluted their water supply and planted oil palm without any recognition of the people’s rights, even though their communities have lived in the area since before the time of Rajah Brooke!

The judge is now assessing damages for these people against the Company, the Land & Survey Department (which ‘wrongfully’ provided the lease to the company) and the State of Sarawak, which permitted the outrage. Those damages include, according to the judge:

(a)Destruction of the plaintiffs‟ source of livelihood includes food valuable medicines, wildlife and other forest produce which the plaintiffs need and are dependant upon.(b) Extensive erosion and damage to the said native customary land. (c) Extensive pollution and silting of the rivers and streams, which the plaintiffs and the members of their community are dependant on for water supply and for their source of fish. (d)Damage to cultivated padi land. (e) Damage to fruit trees, rubber gardens and other essential trees and crops [Judgement Justice Clement Skinner, 23/02/12]

PKR Leader, Baru Bian brings the sweet news of victory to the people of Kampung Lebor who were waiting at the court

One particularly shocking incident that came to light in the case was that Nirwana Muhibbah had paid out a mere RM700 ringgit to the entire village as compensation for polluting their water supplies!

Licence for oil palm registered with the Land & Survey Department

So, who were the individuals hiding behind this company name and profiting to the tune of millions of ringgit at the expense of the local people?  According to our information, leaked from the secretive Land & Survey Department and to company records, they are none other than yet another of Taib’s Dirty Datuks, the Assistant Minister for Entrepreneur Development, Naroden Majais and his wife!

The Directors and Shareholders of this logging and plantation company are Datuk Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister in Taib's State Government, and his wife!

And, why do we think Taib’s Land & Survey Department (of which the Chief Minister is Chairman) decided to hand 4,500 hectares of valuable timber and plantation land to Nirwana Muhibbah for such a very reasonable sum?

Elected politicians should not receive secret concessions from the state!

Do we think it is because after a process of open tender it was decided that this company was best suited to manage the land and offered a very good price or because Taib wanted to buy the political loyalty of Naroden Majais?

Giant timber concessions – Exclusive!

However, it turns out that Kampung Lebor was merely small beer for Datuk Naroden Majais.  We have obtained new evidence that for the first time exposes the full shocking scale of this Dirty Datuk’s extraordinary land grabs.

Our new information, obtained from Forest Department records, reveals that the politician, who has a reputation for being an ultra-close confidant of Taib Mahmud, is one of the biggest timber concession holders in the state!

He and a fellow political insider Hamden Bin Ahmad are key shareholders in the company Peninsular Rise Sdn Bhd, which has been granted 7 vast tracts of logging territory amounting to an astonishing 840 square kilometres in North East Sarawak!

Peninsular Rise - 840 square kilometres of timber concessions

The revelation raises immediate and serious questions as to how two former civil servants working in two of Taib’s key Departments rose to acquire such enormous wealth in their roles as Ministers?

Datuk Hamden Bin Ahmad - state accountant turned multi-millionaire timber tycoon

Naroden Majais started out as a teacher and then an official at the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation.

Hamden Bin Ahmad was an accountant in the Sarawak Land Development Board, before being parachuted into a state seat by Taib.

Since giving up that seat to the Head of Forestry, Len Talif Saleh, at the last state election, he has presided as a Director of the Taib family construction firm Naim Cendera and as the Treasurer of the massive state supported oil palm enterprise Sarawak Plantation Bhd.

The glaring question remains as to how did their civil servant and ministerial salaries enable these two men to acquire a 30% stake in this enormous timber concern, Peninsular Rise?

Because Taib is so secretive about how he hands out his licences the very existence of these concessions and the position of these two Datuks have remained unknown until now!

Datuks Majais and Bin Ahmad own Windynasty Sdn Bhd!

Much of the area of these concessions falls within the deeply controversial region of the Baram Dam. Villages bordering the concessions are Long Liam, Long San, Long Luding, Long Julan, Long Anap, Long Palai, Long Apu, which stand to be flooded if the dam is built.

Official company records for Windynasty show that it is owned by Datuk Naroden Majais and Datuk Hamden Bin Ahmad!

“Land grabbing a myth”! – Naroden Majais

In the light of these revelations it is worth recalling some of the remarks about land grabbing made by Naroden Majais over recent months, especially given the trampling of the rights of the people of Kampung Lebor by a company owned by himself and his wife.

He announced earlier this year for example that the complaints against the government for robbing landowners were “a myth”.

TEBEDU: Every single inch of the people’s land which are acquired by the government for development purposes will be compensated accordingly, assured assistant minister in the chief minister’s department Mohd Naroden Majais.

He said stories about the government robbing the people’s land, as claimed by the opposition during the recent state election, was only a myth.

“The government’s policy is clear. All land acquired for any projects will be compensated. Every single inch will be paid for, even when the projects were implemented for the benefit of the landowners themselves,” he said. [Naroden Majais, May 2011]

In which case, can Datuk Naroden Majais explain the outcome of the court case against him?  Can he also explain how he has been able to complete the recent construction of his new and truly enormous house on the salary of a State Minister of some RM8,000 a month?

New mansion for Datuk Naroden Majais and his wife (and Co-Director of Nirwand Muhibbah Sdn Bhd)

Indeed, can he convincingly refute the widespread rumours that he and his fellow former local civil servant, Hamden Bin Ahmad, are in fact mere proxies, holding lands and concessions for the Chief Minister himself?

After all, a massive house like this is a very nice perk, but it hardly reflects the true value of the enormous concessions that Naroden apparently owns.

Why would Taib have handed such huge concessions to these two former civil servants, when they would surely have been very happy with such a house, a state assembly job and the concession of NCR land belonging to the poor people of Kampung Lebor?

Vast oil palm plantations as well!

The matter does not end here, because readers of Sarawak Report may well recall that Datuk Naroden Majais is also registered as one of the largest beneficiaries of oil palm concessions handed out by Taib, as recorded by the leaked Land & Survey documents that we have already released for all to see!

Datuk Naroden Majais was the registered contact for the concession of an enormous swathe of property that has been handed out to two companies, Hydroflow and Indranika, originally based at Lorong 9, Jalan Rubber, Kuching.

Huge swathes of property handed to these two companies, supposedly a peoples' cooperative

Standard practice? Like Datuk Jacob Sagan, Naroden Majais has made a practice of taking land from his own birthplace of Gedong, Simunjan, within his own constituency

Much play has been made about these two companies providing some form of profit sharing for the local people whose land was taken to supply these vast plantations.

Sounds better than it is! - the local people got just RM200 per annum from Hydroflow and Indranika's plantations. In return they lost their lands.

In fact only 30% of the shares of Hydroflow and Indranika Jaya have been signed over to the thousands of people who have lost lands.

Those shares are held through the companies Sadong Wibawa Bhd and Punggur Wibawa Bhd.

However, both of the companies are run from the offices of the main shareholder, which is a private company, WFM Enterprise Sdn Bhd.

It means none of the local people have any  control over how the enterprise is run.

Thus, last year a grand ceremony was reported by the Sarawak Tribune (edited by Taib’s own daughter, Hanifah) at which supposed ‘interim dividends’  totaling RM575,400 for the year was paid to some 2,877 oil palm ‘shareholders’ from Simunjan and Gedong in the two concerns.

That represents a payment of RM200 per annum per person for the loss of their timber, lands and heritage!

WFM Enterprise

So where is the real profit being made?  It will come as no surprise that the main shareholder of these vast concerns is now a private company which owns 70% of the enterprise and has a few key major shareholders.

Both Hydroflow and Indranika are 70% owned by WFM Enterprise Sdn Bhd.  WFM is largely owned by one Kiong Goon Siong and a relative, Kiong Goon King.  Kiong registered with the Land & Survey Department the same office address in Jalang Rubber as Naroden Majais, whom he replaced as the main contact for these companies, as well as assuming ownership.

The Siongs are associates of Naroden Majais and were registered at the same office by the Land & Survey Department

Under Sarawak’s secretive system run by Taib Mahmud, where timber and oil palm concessions are quietly given out to political and business cronies, it is hard to know who really owns what.

Main shareholders at Hydroflow and Indranika took over the same contact address as Naroden Majais

But, again the questions arise. How is it that Naroden Majais and Hamden Bin Ahmad have acquired so many timber concessions and oil palm concessions after their quiet careers working as civil servants in two of Taib’s key land departments?

How is that concession after concession has been handed out by the Forest Department and Land & Survey Department to wealthy YB Datuks Naroden and Ahmad?

Kuraya - another concession for Hamden Bin Ahmad

Why is it that even a forest reserve in Balingian is not protected from this pair?

Another vast concession in Baram region for Naroden!

More plantation land in Naroden's own birth region and constituency! Have his people put their trust in a wolf from their own community who is working for Taib?

Will Taib and BN start to answer these questions about how such vast lands have found their way into the hands of his own party men, BN’s Dirty Datuks?

 

Sign up to receive regular updates from Sarawak Report

Your views are valuable to us, but Sarawak Report kindly requests that comments be deposited in suitable language and do not support racism or violence or we will be forced to withdraw them from the site.

  • Politik of Debolotment

    Don’t forget that Naroden son also got big multi-million BN projek debolotment over RM85m total so far!

    _______________________

    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : EMBUN PELANGI SDN. BHD.

    Address : P3-2-8 (A), CHONGLIN PARK, LOTS 58 AND 124, SECTION 55, JALAN TABUAN

    Postcode: 93100

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan

    1.KAMARUZAMAN BIN NARODEN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    2.MASSENAH BT. AHMAD @ MASNAH MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    3.WAN MUHAMAD HATTA BIN WAN MOS MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

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

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Klien

    1. MLNG Dua Debottlenecking (MDD) Project – C08MDD 144 Miscellaneous Civil Work For Modular and Non Modular Area 02-03-2009 RM 2,908,045.00 MALAYSIA LNG DUA SDN BHD

    2. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 250 Feet 3 Legged Telecommunication Tower (Expansion) At Lot 303, Block 2, Simanggang Town LD- Quality (T3250094) 29-11-2007 RM 591,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    3. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing & Commissioning Of 250 Ft 3 Legged Telecommunication (Expansion) At USL At Rumah Abi, Along Sibu Bintulu Road – Rumah Abi (T3250079) 25-09-2007 RM 556,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    4. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 250 Feet 3 Legged Telecommunication Tower ( Expansion) At USL, Block 9, Salak Land District – PP Junction (T3250091) 25-09-2007 RM 625,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    5. Provision Of Design, Construction, Erection, Completion, Testing And Commissioning Of 250Ft 3 Legged Angular Steel Telecommunication Tower At Lot 426, Block 5, Muara Tebas Land District 10-04-2007 RM 590,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    6. Provision Of Design, Construction, Erection, Completion, Testing And Commissioning Of 250Ft 3 Legged Angular Steel Telecommunication Tower At Lot 104, Block 13, Niah Land District 21-03-2007 RM 553,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    7. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 100Ft Height Heavy Duty Steel Telecommunication Monopole At Lot 9552, Section 64, Kuching Town Land District, (Tabuan Apong) 26-07-2006 RM 228,616.20 SACOFA SDN BHD

    8. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 100Ft Height Heavy Duty Steel Telecommunication Monopole At Lot 2651, Block 195, Kuching North Land District, Green Road Bazaar 26-07-2006 RM 233,458.60 SACOFA SDN BHD

    9. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 250Ft Three Legged Heavy Duty Telecommunication Tower At Kpg Kursen,Tebekang 09-02-2006 RM 578,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    10. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 250FT Three Legged Heavy Duty Telecommunication Tower On Private Land Situated At Lot 1011 Block 003 Trusan Land District (Sundar) 23-11-2005 RM 640,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    11. Provision Of Designing, Constructiong, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 100 Three Legged Heavy Duty Telecommunication Tower On Private Land Situtated At Lot 945 Pandaruan Land District (Limbang Airport) 23-11-2005 RM 345,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    12. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 250FT Three Legged Heavy Duty Telecommunication Tower On Private Land Situated At Lot 197 Block 10 Land District (Long Tuma) 22-11-2005 RM 635,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    13. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 150FT Monopole At Lot 10264 Block 32 Kemena Land District (UPM Bintulu) 22-11-2005 RM 450,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    14. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 250FT Three Legged Heavy Duty Telecommunication Tower On State Land Situated At Block 26 Kemena Land District, (Sg Plan) 14-10-2005 RM 609,887.50 SACOFA SDN BHD

    15. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 250FT Three Legged Heavy Duty Telecommunication Tower On NCR Land Situated AT Block 14 Marup Land District (Simpang Batu Lintang) 14-10-2005 RM 633,356.65 SACOFA SDN BHD

    16. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 250FT Three Legged Heavy Duty Telecommunication Tower On NCR Land Situated At Blok 2 Enteban Land District (Sri Aman 3/Skarang) 14-10-2005 RM 618,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    17. ABFSB/04/2005/0010 – Bagging Warehouse Renovation, Second Guard House And Infrastructure Work 11-10-2005 RM 5,626,000.00 ASEAN BINTULU FERTILIZER SDN BHD

    18. Provision Of Designing, Constructing, Supplying, Erecting, Completing, Testing And Commissioning Of 250FT Three Legged Heavy Duty Telecommunication Tower At Simpang Batang Air 19-08-2005 RM 598,591.35 SACOFA SDN BHD

    19. Contract For Design, Construction, Erection, Completion, Testing And Commissioning Of 200Ft (60 metres) Heavy Duty 3 Legged Telecommunication Tower At 24-05-2005 RM 440,000.00 SACOFA SDN BHD

    20. Restoration Of Existing Pavement Along The Federal Road (Trusan-Lawas-Merapok) in 18-08-2004 RM 10,268,575.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA

    21. Projek Membina Dan Menyiapkan Projek Bekalan Air Luar Bandar Secara Konsep Bersepadu Negeri Sarawak Bagi Tahun 2003/2004. 22-12-2003 RM 10,000,000.00 KEMENTERIAN PEMBANGUNAN LUAR BANDAR MALAYSIA

    22. Construction & Completion Of Proposed Jalan Beluru/Long Teru/Long Lama (Km12 To Km25.8) 24-12-2002 RM 22,819,698.00 JKR SARAWAK

    23. Cad. Merekabentuk, Membina & Menyiapkan SK Kelawit 30-11-2002 RM 29,552,869.47 KEMENTERIAN PELAJARAN MALAYSIA (BAHAGIAN PEMBANGUNAN)

  • rashid

    Please write something about Sabah.

  • navinda

    The thieves get re-elected while the ‘caring’ ones do not have the funds to buy votes, neither do they have the means to stuff ballot boxes. The longer this goes on, the sooner Sarawak might be privatized, if not already by Taib and his band. Time for Sarawakians to kick the whole bunch out and elect a ‘clean’ government.

  • http://cornercabinetfurniture.org Irwin Furniture

    Im thankful for the post.Really thank you!

Comments

comments