Sarawak’s ‘Super Datins’ – Datin Daud

Sarawak’s ‘Super Datins’ – Datin Daud

20 Mar 2012

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Super Datin, Noraini Binti Hussin is Director of the Billion Ringgit company Eastbourne Corporation Bhd - such an achievement for the wife of the Infrastructure Development Minister!

Women in the West are given to grumbling about the ‘glass ceiling’ that prevents even the most qualified and hard-working females from getting top management jobs and directorships.

However, their Sarawak sisters seem to have no such difficulties – as long as they are Datins that is.

The ‘Super Datins’ of Sarawak seem to achieve the most enviable positions at the helm of timber companies, plantation companies and major construction companies, even without qualifications or, indeed, working hard!

Construction, timber extraction and plantation - along with cleaning services. This Super Datin has also reared a family - enough to make mere 'Super-Mums' feel humbled!

Datin Noraini Hussin, wife of the Sarawak Minister for Infrastructure Development, Daud bin Abdul Rahman, is one such shining example.

She is a Director of Eastbourne Corporation Bhd, which has just celebrated it 20th year as one of the most successful construction companies in Sarawak.

Eastbourne has also has had interests in timber, including Belian, and oil palm.

At the time of the celebrations of Eastbourne’s success last year, fellow Director Gani Matahir, announced that it had received a stunning RM1.12 billion in contracts, mostly from the government sector.

Another grand project is handed from the State Government of Sarawak to local enterprising construction company Eastbourne Corporation Bhd

Such contracts include the Kuching Waterfront;  the PBB headquarters in Kuching; the Tanjung Manis reclamation project in Mukah; Bintulu General Hospital; and the Police Training Centre in Penrissen.

“Currently we are working on various projects costing about RM291mil. Among them are the Miri sewer project, roads in Mukah, and infrastructure developments in Bintulu and Tebedu,” Matahir was quoted as saying.

Apparently leading this success has been Sarawak Super Datin, Director Datin Noraini Hussin, who by coincidence is married to the Civil Engineer and long term BN/PBB Assemblyman for Tupong, the Minister for Infrastructure Development, Daud Abdul Rahman.

In charge - Mrs Daud is one of the team of three Directors registered with the CIDB as responsible for Eastbourne Corporation Bhd.


Or is it, actually, a coincidence that Datin Noraini Hussin is married to the Minister for Infrastructure Development?

We question whether Mrs Daud Abdul Rahman isn’t, actually, a rather obvious nominee for her husband, who is clumsily seeking to disguise the fact that he has been corruptly pushing around 3/4 of a BILLION RINGGIT worth of Infrastructure and Development projects through a company owned by himself?!

This is the quite staggering list of public projects registered by the CIDB as having been handed to Eastbourne over the years to the company – the value of these contracts total over RM750MILLION!

H.Maklumat Projek:
Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen
1. “Cadangan Pengubahsuaian Pejabat LAKMNS Di Tingkat 9, Baitul Makmur, Lot 4565, Medan Raya, Petra Jaya, Kuching”. 10-01-2012 RM 9,750,000.00 LEMBAGA AMANAH KEBAJIKAN MASJID NEGERI SARAWAK
2. Prop. Infrastructural Works At Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu Division, Sarawak – Proposed Section A Road & Asso. Works (Phase 2 – Stage 1), Bintulu 01-04-2010 RM 135,454,440.40 BINTULU DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
3. Projek Naiktaraf Jalan Kg. Sisok – Kpg Sau, 17-07-2009 RM 39,556,810.10 RISDA DAERAH SEGAMAT
4. Proposed Septic Sludge Treatment Plant in 30-04-2009 RM 15,777,000.00 JABATAN PERKHIDMATAN PEMBENTUNGAN SARAWAK
5. Cdgn Program Pembinaan, Penaiktarafan & Pembaikpulihan Sekolah2 & Asrama Di Ngri Swk Pakej Eastbourne Corp. Bhd Bagi 7 Buah Sekolah 14-05-2008 RM 48,500,000.00 KEMENTERIAN PELAJARAN MALAYSIA (BAHAGIAN PEMBANGUNAN)
6. Proposed Site Clearing, Earthworks And Infrastructure Works For Tebedu Industrial Estate Phase 1 (Stage IIA) 30-10-2007 RM 49,800,000.00 KEMENTERIAN PEMBANGUNAN INDUSTRI
7. The Construction & Completion Of Kedup II Estate Village Site & Associated Works, Serian, 14-07-2005 RM 6,282,546.00 LEMBAGA PENYATUAN & PEMULIHAN TANAH
8. Proposed Renovation Works To The Existing Johor Specialist Hospital, Jalan Abdul Samad, Johor Bahru, Johor 28-01-2004 RM 1,995,000.00 JOHOR SPECIALIST HOSPITAL SDN. BHD.
9. Prop. Drainage Improvement Works In Sg. Bintangor 07-03-2003 RM 19,848,533.07 JABATAN PENGAIRAN DAN SALIRAN MALAYSIA
10. Earthworks For Effluent Treatment Ponds & Raw Water Ponds For PPNJ Kahang Palm Oil Mill 23-12-2002 RM 1,199,960.00 BOUSTEAD ESTATES AGENCY SDN. BHD.
11. Membina & Menyiapkan Projek Jalan Kampung Secara Konsep Bersepadu Negeri Sarawak 2002 30-08-2002 RM 6,200,000.00 KEMENTERIAN PEMBANGUNAN LUAR BANDAR MALAYSIA
12. The Exec. & Comp. Of The Main Building Work At The Prop. Kuching Specialist Hospital, Blk 11, MLTD, Jln. Raja Setia 01-07-2002 RM 2,531,538.27 PUTERI HEALTHCARE SDN.BHD
13. Cadangan Merekabentuk, Membina Dan Menyiapkan SMK Kapit No. 2, Kapit, 13-05-2002 RM 47,500,000.00 KEMENTERIAN PELAJARAN MALAYSIA (BAHAGIAN PEMBANGUNAN)
14. Membina & Menyiapakan Projek Jalan Kampung Secara Konsep Bersepadu Negeri 09-03-2002 RM 5,000,000.00 KEMENTERIAN PEMBANGUNAN LUAR BANDAR MALAYSIA
15. Projek Membina Dan Menyiapkan Jalan Kampung Secara Konsep Bersepadu, 23-09-2001 RM 10,000,000.00 KEMENTERIAN PEMBANGUNAN LUAR BANDAR MALAYSIA
16. Pembinaan Pejabat Dan Perumahan Kastam, Tebedu 01-11-2000 RM 5,968,240.00 JABATAN KASTAM DAN EKSIAS DIRAJA MALAYSIA
17. 1 Buah Pusat Pakar Perubatan 6 Tkt & 1 Tkt Tempat Letak Kereta Di Lot PT 6219 & 6220, Jln Sg. Ujong, S’ban, N. Sembilan 02-08-2000 RM 10,761,822.74 SEREMBAN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL SDN.BHD.
18. The Construction And Completion Of Extension To SRK Nanga Babai, Julau 25-07-2000 RM 3,495,000.00 JKR SARAWAK
19. The Design,Construction & Completion Of Additional Two Numbers Of Rugby Fields At The Multimedia University Campus,Cyberjaya 25-01-2000 RM 950,000.00
20. Membina Dan Menyiapkan Kompleks Pejabat ATM Di Kem Sri Miri, Miri, Sarawak. 23-12-1999 RM 1,160,000.00
21. Prop. Petronas Service Station On Lot 251, Jalan Setia Raja, Muara Tebas Land District, Kuching, Sarawak. 18-10-1999 RM 1,001,112.00
22. Prop. Development On Provisional Lease Lot 920 (Lot 1220), Block 3, Muara Tebas Land District Jln. Bako, Kuching, S’wk. 28-09-1999 RM 15,670,000.00
23. Merekabentuk, Membina & Menyiapkan Sek.Rend.Keb. Rampangi, Santubong, Sarawak. 02-08-1999 RM 13,635,000.00
24. Kerja Merekabentuk, Membina, Menguji & Naiktaraf `Slipway’ & `Cradle’ Di Pangkalan Marin Polis, Sandakan, Sabah. 06-07-1999 RM 5,860,000.00
25. M&M Bgn. Tambahan Di Lot 18225, 5216 & 5220 At Puteri Specialist Hospital, Jln. Tun Abdul Razak (Susur 5) J/Bahru, Johor 12-02-1999 RM 5,759,000.00
26. T/986/07/1998 :- Const. & Comp. Of Extension To S.R.K Kpg. Bungan, Sibu Division, Sarawak. 12-11-1998 RM 3,791,824.20
27. Membina & Menyiapkan Balai Bomba & Kuarters Di Kapit, Lot 2146,2148 & 2151, Jln. Beleteh, Blok 13, Kapit, Sarawak. 18-09-1998 RM 6,726,200.00
28. Universiti Multi Media, Cyberjaya, Putrajaya, Selangor 10-02-1998 RM 41,160,375.00
29. Const. Of National Registration Office & 1 Block 2 Unit Class ‘F’ Quarters At Nanga Budu, Ulu Krian, Sri Aman, Sarawak 23-12-1997 RM 940,000.00
30. Const. Of National Registration Office & 1 Blok 2 Unit Class ‘F’ Quarters At Sadong Jaya, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. 23-12-1997 RM 950,000.00
31. Const. Of National Registration Office & 1 Block 2 Units Class ‘F’ Quarters At Dalat, Sibu Division, Sarawak. 23-12-1997 RM 990,000.00
32. Laluan Jalan Masuk Ke Tapak Kolej Pelajar Di Kampus Tetap Unimas, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. 22-12-1997 RM 2,084,900.00
33. Const. Of National Registration Office & 1 Blok 2 Unit Class ‘F’ Quarters At Balingian, Sibu, Sarawak. 23-10-1997 RM 1,020,000.00
34. Proposed Construction Work Of Harwood’s Sawmill At Sematan, Sarawak. 11-04-1997 RM 2,417,258.00
35. Upgrading Of Jalan Tanjung Batu, Bintulu, Sarawak. 11-07-1996 RM 13,490,915.00
36. Const. & Comp. Of The Bintulu New Hospital, Bintulu, Serawak. 30-04-1996 RM
37. Membina & Menyiapkan Hospital Baru. 30-04-1996 RM 99,500,000.00
38. Merekabentuk,Membina & Menyiapkan SRK Bintulu,SRK Kidurung No.2 & SMK Tg. Kidurung. 09-04-1996 RM 24,800,000.00
39. Cad. Membina Pusat Latihan Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM),Batu 15,Jln Penrisen. 29-07-1995 RM 49,800,000.00
40. The Construction & Completion Of S.M.K. Bintawa,Kuching Division. 19-07-1995 RM 8,246,972.20
41. Membina & Menyiapkan ‘Slipway’,Jeti,Worksyop Kejuruteraan Marin & Kerja-Kerja Berkaitan. 22-05-1995 RM 28,596,186.57


Conflict of interest

Daud in his ceremonial robes of office - but what independence does he have to represent his people when he gets such massive contracts from his political boss Taib Mahmud?

We have demonstrated that there is nothing Chief Minister Taib Mahmud likes better than to tie up his Ministers in concessions and contracts that constitute a corrupt conflict of interest.

This puts them under his control and makes them dependent for more handouts in order to live a life that far exceeds the level of luxury of a normal politician.

Daud Abdul Rahman studied engineering in the UK, where he knows full well that a politician caught running an engineering company that took contracts awarded by his own government would have to resign and would probably be put in jail.

Maybe that is why he puts his unqualified wife’s name as Director of the company?

Meanwhile, Daud likes nothing more than to lecture his people in his capacity as Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Development about the need for the state to first cut down the forests, then move into plantations and then build more and more construction.

Little of this activity has so far benefitted more than a handful of people in Sarawak, beyond people like himself.  The rest of the people have lost their lands and livelihoods and received little in compensation.

However, we can demonstrate that Daud has profited out of every stage of the process that he has been driving as a politician!

Daud's vision of Sarawak from his own presentation. First extract the wood, then grow oil palm, then build factories

Timber and Belian concessions

After all, Eastbourne Corporation Bhd started off with a nice set of timber concessions during Sarawak’s “extractive phase”, under an earlier name as Eastbourne Estate.

Vast timber concession that went to Eastbourne Estate - the bits striped in red are under a special Belian concession B/T9163

Lucky Mrs Daud!  We can see from our map leaked from the Forestry Department’s (right) that she even got a huge Belian concession.

These Belian concessions, as we now know, are the special favour that Taib likes to give out to especially loyal BN YBs.

Big plantation concession too!

We can also see from the map that, once the area had been logged, the BN YB Daud’s family enterprise started to take advantage of Sarawak’s “plantation phase”, with a very large area handed out to the key PBB politician through the company Eastbourne Properties.

We ask, what opportunities for enhanced living did any of this ‘development’ offer to the native people of these areas, whom the non-native Mr Daud was seeking to act as a representative for? As we all know, they are left impoverished and do not even have work on the plantations that pay below subsistence wages.

Eastbourne Properties Sdn Bhd received the oil palm plantation in 2007, registering the very same address as the current registered address of Eastbourne Corporation Bhd

Our leaked Land & Survey Department list of plantation concessions (above) shows that the concession awarded to Eastbourne Properties Sdn Bhd in 2007 was registered under the very same address as the current Eastbourne Corporation HQ in Kuching.

So is it about time to look at who is really in charge at the Eastbourne group of companies?

Eastbourne's staff line up - so look who's boss! Sitting in the middle is BN YB Daud Abdul Rahman with his wife at his side

In fact Daud doesn’t really try very hard to cover up the fact that he is really the boss of the Eastbourne group, maybe because he so pleased with himself about it?

Daud even boasts his private role as MD of Eastbourne Construction on his Sarawak Page outlining his public role as a Minister!

He even mentions it on the government’s official Sarawak Page website CV!

Quick profit!

So, once the Land & Survey Department had so generously decided to hand this plantation to Development Minister Daud for the supposed price of RM3.7million in July 2007 what do we think he did with it?

Well, it is perfectly easy to find out that the plantation now belongs largely to WTK’s subsidiary, Biofresh Produce Plantations Sdn Bhd.  Nevertheless, it continues to be registered by the Land & Survey Department under the same address as Eastbourne!

We have established from official Bursa Malaysia announcements and WTK’s Annual Report (below) that just a few months after acquiring the plantation for RM3.7million Daud sold 80% of it to WTK/Biofresh for RM23.4million.

RM20million profit from the immediate sale of just 80% of the company!

Daud was even named as the seller in official announcements at the time.  The money he made out of the quick sale proves the actual value of the plantation that Taib’s government had handed to one of its own Ministers for just RM3.7million.  Because, Daud sold just 80% of it immediately for RM23.4million!

Investment reports even mentioned Daud as the seller by name!

This is all money that should have gone to the State of Sarawak to at least bring some benefit to the people from these destructive plantations.

Flash residence for the multi-multi-millionaire BN YB Daud Abdul Rahman of Tupong

Instead the profit went to the Development Minister himself and top PBB man Mr Daud!

No wonder he manages to live in such extravagant and opulent style with a very showy house that has raised so many eyebrows in Kuching!

If Taib says bark, yes we think that Daud Abdul Rahman will bark!


So, let us deal with the suspicions about Mrs Super-Datin Abdul Rahman and confirm who is the real shareholder of Eastbourne Corporation Berhad.

Eastbourne Corporation Bhd

The shareholders are plain to see and the main shareholder is the BN YB Daud Abdul Rahman, who has received so many contracts for this company!

Main beneficiary is Minister of Infrastructure Development, Daud himself!

So next time Minister for Infrastructure Development lectures the people with one of his speeches about moving forward into an era of construction, remember it is himself he is thinking about enriching and not them!

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  • Rasuah BN Itu Rezeki Halal Kah?

    YB Daud the Islamic Affairs assistant minister? Lets check how Islamic this Islamic Affairs assistant minister shall we:

    Another crony of Eastbourne is Pembinaan Dan Perunding Othman & Aziz S/B, proxy firm to sub-work Ali Baba some projects like Masjid projects etc.

    Yes looting stealing Masjid projek is very un-Islamic but for BN who cares lah

    Eg. Design, Construction, Completion & Maintenance Of SMK Asyakirin, Bintulu , Sarawak

    Main contractor Ali Baba: Pembinaan Dan Perunding Othman & Aziz S/B

    Main contract sum: RM 31,182,348.70

    Sub-contractor Ali Baba: Terbit Ramah S/B

    Sub-contractor sum: RM 13,800,000.00

    Ali Baba easy money: RM17,38,2348.70 ???

    And many, many more Masjid projeks (and other Islamic-related projeks too) ‘controlled’ by YB Daud…such a great Islamic Affairs assistant minister, eh!

    Bagus halalkan saja Rasuah lah! Rasuah BN Itu Rezeki Halal!


    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :



    Postcode 88100


    State: SABAH

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan






    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen

    1. Cadangan Pembinaan Masjid Baru Kampung Rajang, Di Atas Lot 189, Kampung Rajang, Daerah Kecil Belawai, Bahagian 06-02-2006 RM 3,191,535.00 PERBADANAN KEMAJUAN PERTANIAN SELANGOR

    2. Cadangan Membina & Menyiapkan 54 U Rumah Guru Daerah Baram Dibawah Program Pembangunan Pendidikan Luar Bandar 14-09-2002 RM 19,870,000.00 PEJABAT PELAJARAN TERENGGANU

    3. Membina & Menyiapkan Jalan Anyut Paku & Kerja-Kerja Berkaitan Di Bahagian Sri Aman 31-12-1999 RM 19,300,000.00 KEMENTERIAN PEMBANGUNAN LUAR BANDAR MALAYSIA

    4. Blok Bangunan Sek., Makmal Sains, Kantin & Kerja-Kerja Berkaitan Bg. Sek. Men. Tmn. Selesa Jaya, Johor(WSN:1.1397/99) 08-07-1999 RM 4,748,356.34

    5. C & C Of The Prop. Rural Road Linking Kg. Nagar Kecil With Matu-Daro Road. (L) 19-05-1999 RM 2,698,888.00 JKR SARAWAK

    Note: SMK Asyakirin project was not listed for some obvious reasons!


    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : TERBIT RAMAH SDN. BHD.

    Address : NO. 123, JALAN SABU

    Postcode 95000

    Town : SRI AMAN

    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): 800,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen

    1. Projek Bekalan Air Luar Bandar (BALB) Sistem Retikulasi Secara Konsep Bersepadu Negeri Sarawak (Zon 2) Bagi Tahun 2008/2009 16-06-2009 RM 10,920,645.16 RISDA DAERAH SEGAMAT

    —->>>>2. Cadangan Merekabentuk, Membina & Menyiapkan SMK Asyakirin 20-12-2002 RM 13,800,000.00

    Jeffery Pirah-Ex Employee of Pembinaan Dan Perunding Othman & Aziz SB

    Resume CV-Construction industry

    November 2001 – August 2008 (6 years 10 months)

    Contract Cost: RM 19,300,000.00

    # Design, Construction, Completion & Maintenance Of Anyut Paku Road, Sri Aman Division, Sarawak

    —->>>Contract Cost: RM 31,182,348.70

    # Design, Construction, Completion & Maintenance Of SMK Asyakirin, Bintulu , Sarawak

    Contract Cost: RM 19,870,000.00

    # Construction And Completion Of Proposed 54 Unit Of Teachers Quarters At Baram, Sarawak

    Contract Cost: RM 700,305.00

    #Proposed Renovation To Petronas Service Station On Lot 419, Block 26 Kemena Land District At Jalan Kidurong, Bintulu

    Contract Cost: RM3 Million

    # Pembinaan Masjid baru Kampung Rajang di atas Lot 189, Kampung Rajang, Daerah Kecil Belawai, Bahagian Mukah, Sarawak

    Contract Cost: RM7 Million

    # 34 Lots Renovation for Kastam DiRaja Malaysia with furniture package, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

  • Dayang Rogayah

    Last time in the DUN, opposition raised the issue of KOPODIMS (police Cooperatives)land being taken by YB Daud!!

    That’s not all he has.

  • Mamak Hipokrit

    Very easy for Indian to become Bumiputra according to Dr Mamak tips

    But very difficult for Orang Asli (the orang asal tanah semenanjung) to be recognised as Bumiputra under Constitution defination

    It shows just how hypocrite, ball-licker these pseudo-Indian to become Melayu UMNO to get big projek

    “The constitution defines a Malay as a person who habitually speaks Malay, practises Malay custom and tradition and is a Muslim” – Dr Mamak said

    Heh, what if a Jew did all that above? Any Jew become Malay here? Yahudi Muslim? Since Dr Mamak forgive George Soros maybe he too should become Melayu with name Mohd Soros Abdullah…easily enjoy PKK Class A CIDB G7 kontraktor lesen to get RM1 billion projek from UMNO…



    Malaysia Today, Wednesday, 05 March 2008

    BY Sheikh Moinudeen Chisti Syed Abdul Kadir

    Kurma is an excellent Indian Muslim dish. The diference between a kurma and a curry is in the chilli.

    A curry is reddish because it uses dried red chillies and also dried chilli powder. A kurma does not use dried red chillies or dry chilli powder. Instead a kurma is cooked with fresh green chillies. The taste and the colour are therefore different. Both are excellent methods for cooking poultry, mutton, beef, duck and even fish.

    Kimma is of course the Kongres Indian Muslim Malaysia, which is the ‘mamak’ version of the Kongres India Malaysia or Malaysian Indian Congress or MIC which itself is a namesake of the Congress Party of India. The MIC was founded by Mr John Thivy of Ipoh in the 1940s as the Malaysian chapter of Nehru’s Congress Party of India.

    It is really ignorant of the KIMMA members to claim that they are Malays when their party is still named after the Congress Party of India. This is a case of extremely serious mamak confusion.

    An Indian Muslim can be anyone of Indian ancestry who is a Muslim. Tamils, Keralas, Punjabis, Sindhis, Mahrattas, Hydrabadis etc are all Indian Muslims. But in Malaysia a large majority of Indian Muslims are Tamil speaking. Hence the term Indian Muslim is generally applied to the Tamil speaking Indian Muslims. In Malaysia, Indian Muslims are also known as mamaks, DKK (darah keturunan flying spaghetti monster), Kelings and Jawi Peranakan. The last one Jawi Peranakan is a strange misnomer. There is even a recent book written about the Jawi Peranakan which actually talks about the Indian Muslims.

    In contemporary Malaysia Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari, Zainuddin Mydin, Siti Nurhaliza binti “Thaarudeen”, Justice Haidar Mohd Noor, Ahmad Nawab, Akbar Nawab, P Ramlee, Man Bhai, Tan Sri Elyas Omar, Tan Sri Ali Abul Hassan are all Indian Muslims or descended from Indian Muslims. Malaysia’s first Speaker of Parliament Tan Sri CM Yusuf was a mamak. So was the permanent Chairman of UMNO Tan Sri Sulaiman “Ninam” Shah. ‘Ninam’ is actually truncated Tamil for ‘Naina Mohamed’. Former Sabah Chief Minister Dato Harris Salleh and present Chief Minister Musa Aman are all mamaks. They are not Pushtuns, Pakistanis or Yemenis.

    Among our Prime Ministers Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the son of an Indian Muslim. Abdullah Badawi has mamak blood from his father’s side. Toh Puan Sharifah Radziah Syed Alwi Barakbah, the wife of our first PM Tunku Abdul Rahman, had mamak ancestry. The Tunku himself was of mixed Thai and mamak parentage. Ex DPM Dato Sri Anwar Ibrahim’s father is a mamak. The intellectuals Kassim Ahmad and Farish Noor have Indian Muslim fathers while the late Tan Sri Muhammad Noordin Sopiee had a mamak grandfather. Munir Majid is a Tamil speaking mamak and Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor is a mamak too.

    Here it is pertinent to note the “Syed” and “Sheikh” name. Among Indian Muslims the name Syed or Sheikh is common, its no big deal. The names “Shah” and “Khan” are also very common mamak names. Other ‘Malay’ names like ‘Chik’, ‘Tamby Chik’ and ‘flying spaghetti monster’ are definitely of mamak origins too.

    The name ‘Shah’ is not common among the Malays but strangely enough it is very common among the Malay sultans, for example Sultan Azlan Shah and Raja Nazrin Shah. Shah is NOT an Arabic name. It originates from Persia and comes to Malaysia from India through the Indian Muslim influence. This is just more indication of the mamak ancestry of our Malay rulers.

    But among kampong Malays the name Syed and Sheikh are supposed to indicate Arab ancestry, the name Syed being associated with ‘keturunan nabi’ or lineage from the Prophet. To the kampong Malays these names are a really big deal. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Another common mamak name is ‘Maricar’. Actually it is ‘Marikiyaar’. This has evolved into ‘Merican’. Hence the thousands of Malays who bear the ‘Merican’ name today are also of mamak ancestry. They call themselves Jawi Peranakan. They are actually mamak.

    Many smart Indian Muslims realized very early on this Malay liking for Arabic names and Arab ancestry. So they started passing themselves off, (or did not object if they were referred to) as Arabs, usually of Yemeni descent. In Malaysia too many Syeds and Sheikhs from among the Malays today are actually recycled mamaks. One good example is Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari. Among the Malay elite Tan Sri Syed Mukhtar Bukhari passes of as being of Yemeni descent. His family actually comes from India. The former mayor of KL Tan Sri Elyas Omar is also of Tamil mamak origins from Penang.

    Among the Malays it is also ‘ok’ if a mamak is from Pakistani descent. Perhaps Pakistan is closer to Bollywood. So some clever mamaks claim to be from Pakistan. The former Sabah Chief Minister Harris Salleh and present Chief Minister Musa Aman are said to be ‘of Pakistan origins’ but in actual fact they are of Indian mamak ancestry, and usually Tamil speaking.

    Mamaks come in all colours and complexions from the dark skinned to the light skinned, green eyed and brown eyed types. A visit to the Masjid Kapitan flying spaghetti monster in Pitt Street in Penang or Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur on a Friday will witness all varieties of mamak.

    The Indian Muslims in Malaysia today can be classified as follows :

    -Those mamaks who have inter married with Malays for generations and have actually become Malays. You can only know their mamak ancestry by their mamak sounding names like Merican, Shah, Syed, Sheikh etc, by their ‘Indian’ appearances – prominent nose, rounder eyes etc.

    -Those mamaks who have not inter married with Malays but who have assimilated closely into the Malay culture. They can only speak Malay and have cut off almost all their links with India. These would include thousands of mamaks in Penang, Kedah, Melaka and other parts of the country. Only their DNA remains Indian. But practically, for all intents and purposes they are Malay.

    -Those mamaks who are still very much Tamil and who can only speak pasar Malay. They may not have links with India but they watch Tamil movies and do not read the Malay papers or know much about the Malays. Despite being born in Malaysia they still would not know a ‘kuih talam’ from an ‘otak-otak’. Many KIMMA members fall in this category. That is why they still call themselves Kongres Indian Muslim Malaysia after the Indian Congress Party of Panditji Jawaharlal Nehru.

    -Those mamaks who are still very much Tamil and who cannot even speak pasar Malay despite being born in Malaysia. They will not know ‘nasi lemak’ from a hole in the ground. They will have strong family ties to India. They watch Tamil movies and know more about Tamil Nadu politics than Malaysia politics. They read Tamil Nesan and Malaysian Nanban religiously everyday to find out what is happening in Tamil Nadu and India. Again many KIMMA members also fall into this category.

    Before 1970 the last two classes of Indian Muslims above (no.3 & 4) were usually overtly prejudiced against the Malays. Before 1970 many of them were not even citizens of the country. Their slang term for Malays was ‘valayan-katti’. This is a term invented by Tamil estate workers but which became widely used by most Tamils including Indian Muslims to describe Malays.

    A ‘valayan’ means wire. ‘Katti’ means to tie something. So ‘valayan-katti means ‘a person who ties a wire’. What does this mean? In the early days of the rubber industry, the British tried to get the Malays to tap the rubber trees. However the native Malays had problems tapping the rubber tree in the proper manner and ended up injuring the tree, reducing the output of rubber. The British had better luck getting the trees properly tapped with the Tamils from India. Malays were then delegated the simpler job of using wire (valayan) to tie (katti) the little latex cups to the rubber tree. Hence the name ‘valayan-katti’.

    Another Tamil term used for Malays is ‘naattu kaaran’ or ‘naattan’ which means ‘native’.

    Before 1970 the type 3 and 4 mamaks above and everyone else did not see much in the Malays. But post 1970 and the New Economic Policy the mamaks realized that they suddenly depended on the Malay for everything, especially the ever precious ‘Entry Permit’ to get Permanent Resident status in Malaysia. Until then few mamaks got married in Malaysia. They always went back to India to get married. After 1970 and the NEP, the trend disappeared in a hurry. The Malays refused to give Entry Permits for mamak brides and grooms from India. All of a sudden mamaks realized that they were short of wives and husbands. Hence the rate of inter marriage between mamaks and Malays increased tremendously after 1970. After 38 years of the NEP, the mamaks are even more assimilated now through marriage than ever before. Today there is rarely a mamak family which does not have a Malay son or daughter in law.

    Post 1970, the mamaks realized that real political power and with it economic largesse had shifted to the Malays. But many mamaks included in class 1 and 2 above had no problem with this shift in power because often they were the ones holding high office. For example the first Speaker of Parliament CM Yusuf, a mamak, was his own power in his day. It was only the class 3 and 4 mamaks described above who were (and still are) slow in assimilating into becoming Malaysians. The KIMMA represents many of these people.

    Hence the present scramble among them to be recognized as bumiputras, to get Malay classification in the Birth Certificate, BIN in the IC etc.

    But it is a fact that the Indian Muslims are heavily intermarried with Malays. This trend started over 600 years ago and continues until today. They and their offspring have played major roles in the history of this country. Sang Nila Utama, Parameswara, Tun Ali, Hang Kasthuri, Hang Tuah, Mani Purindan, Tun Teja, Abdullah Munshi and ALL the Malay Sultans are descended from Indian Muslims. The Perlis Royal family is almost certainly of mamak/Thai mix.

    It is also true beyond any single doubt that from their earliest history here, the mamaks have had extreme affection which the Indian Muslims have had for the Malays throughout history. This could be attributed to the similarities in religion but there are also other Muslims in the country (including from India) like Pakistanis, Punjabi Muslims, Patans and also others like the Chinese Muslims.

    Although the Indian Muslims are generally friendly with all races there is not as much intermarriage between Indian Muslims and other Muslims compared to the heavy intermixing and intermarriages between Indian Muslims and the Malays.

    And it is an established fact (evidenced by all the names mentioned above) that throughout history the Indian Muslims have always stepped forward to defend the rights of the Malays. In the process many of the Indian Muslims have lost their identity almost completely to the Malays. Who are the descendants of the Tamil educated Munshi Abdullah today? No one knows. A DNA test will reveal Indian DNA among all our Malay rulers but which Sultan can or wants to retrace his Indian ancestry? These are the mamaks who assimilated into the Malay community from generations ago.

    Fast forward to today : in UMNO there are thousands of mamaks fighting for Malay rights. In PAS there are mamaks fighting for Islam (aka Malay) rights. PAS stalwart Hanipa Mydin is a pure mamak while Deputy MB of Kelantan Dato Husam Musa may have mamak blood. In the old Keadilan ‘brother’ Abdul Rahman Othman, another mamak tulen, became party secretary general and then quit later – to join PAS. In the Civil Service and in the Melayu korporat sector there are thousands of mamaks helping the NEP ‘social engineering’ come true.

    In Penang pure Malays are a rarity. As late as the 80s, they could only be found in Sungai Ara, Balik Pulau and other places where there were no roads. In all other places in Penang, mamak blood is almost a certainty. Hence words like ‘chacha’ and ‘nana’ are a part of Penang Malay. In Kedah and Melaka the mamak ‘penetration’ of the Malay populace is much more earlier than in Penang. Which means the mamaks in Kedah and Melaka have diluted their DNA into the Malay population from much earlier (from Portugese, Dutch and British times).

    In short mamaks are a permanent feature of the Malay ‘make up’. It is the karma of the mamaks that they have become kurma in Malaysia.


    Dr M: Malay claim to country stronger than Orang Asli’s

    By Shannon Teoh, Malaysian Insider, 11 March 2011

    The Orang Asli’s failure to create an administration cost them their rights to the country, said Dr Mahathir. — file pic

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday said the Orang Asli did not have more rights than the Malays to claim Malaysia as their own, as they did not set up their own states and governments.

    The former prime minister said giving Orang Asli greater rights to claim Malaysia as their own would be like handing back the United States, Australia and New Zealand to the Native American, Maori and aborigine natives of those countries respectively.

    “In Malaysia, the Orang Asli are as much citizens of the country as are the people of other races. They had never set up their own states and governments,” he wrote in his blog yesterday.

    Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister said that when Europeans and even the Japanese occupiers came to Malaysia, they had dealt with and acknowledged the Malay governments.

    Dr Mahathir, who is now patron of right-wing Malay rights group Perkasa, has been vigorously defending the special position of Malays of late, and last week dismissed claims that Malays are immigrants just like Chinese and Indians.

    Although admitting his Indian roots, he argued that Arabs, Indians and Indonesians who adopted the Malay language, practised Malay culture and embraced Islam have become constitutional Malays through assimilation.

    “I would not say I am a Malay or Malaysian of ethnic Indian origin. My mother tongue and home language is Malay, my culture and tradition is Malay and I am a Muslim. The constitution defines a Malay as a person who habitually speaks Malay, practises Malay custom and tradition and is a Muslim,” he had said.

  • Mamak Hipokrit

    He He He look what this fake Indian Mamak said about Malay kopitiam owners:
    “It is not difficult to apply for the halal certification. The only reason for the low application from the Muslims was that they are lazy to do so.”

    Wonder how hardworking this fake Indian Mamak to apply, get all those big projeks timbers…or lazily abused his YB name only to get it all…???

    Only Jakim, Jais can issue halal logo and certification to food operators, says Daud
    The Star, Tuesday February 21, 2012

    KUCHING: All food operators are continuously urged to apply for the halal logo and certification only from the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and Islamic Affairs Department (Jais).

    Those who have the certifications issued or applied either through self-declaration, or issued by any private company, are no longer allowed to use them with effect from Jan 1 this year.

    “Restaurants or cafes must use only halal certification issued by these two agencies,” said Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman.

    “Any use of other forms of certifications are not allowed and unacceptable,” he said before leading the Operasi Bersepadu Halal to inform few coffee shop operators of the ruling.
    Be responsible: Daud and an enforcement officer briefing one of the coffee shop owners during the ‘Operasi Bersepadu Halal‘ at Jalan Rubber.

    Daud reiterated that action would be taken against those who did not comply with the ruling by next year.

    He was also surprised to note that 75% of the halal applications came from Chinese applicants while the remaining 25% came from bumiputra.

    “It is not difficult to apply for the halal certification. The only reason for the low application from the Muslims was that they are lazy to do so.

    “There is nothing to lose in getting the certification; instead, there is everything to gain from it,” he added.

    Under Section 28 of the Trade Description Act 2011, the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry was given the power to define terms and require information to be given.

    With the enforcement of this section, it can prevent consumers from being misled by definitions that contradict with the goods and services supplied, especially those specifically involved with halal certification.

    Any person who is found guilty under the section in supplying or offering goods, or making any representation or any conduct which deceives or confuses the public that the goods or services are halal, can be fined RM5mil for corporate body, and up to RM1mil for individual, or three years imprisonment or both.

    For subsequent offence, a fine of RM10mil will be imposed on corporate body, and up to RM5mil for individual, or five years’ imprisonment or both.

    Under Section 29, the ministry may by order impose requirements for securing that the goods are so certified, marked or accompanied, and regulate or prohibit the supply of the goods, of which the requirements may extend to the form and manner in which the information and or instruction is to be given.

    Any person who is found guilty under this section for supplying or offering any food, goods or services without halal certification can be fined up to RM250,000 for corporate body, and up to RM100,000 for individual or three years’ imprisonment or both.

    For subsequent offence, a RM500,000 can be imposed for corporate body and up to RM250,000 for individual or five years’ imprisonment or both.


    ini balang semua Dayak punya pasal lo.Semua mau nyadi musai,lalu picah,Tai.e mahmuk pung ambi chang jadi ketua kampung sampe sikalang.laykputla,tamitla,apatla pun loksai la lu lang.pikir-pikirlah sendiri.

  • Dayang Rogayah

    I really dislike this Assistant Minister but I cannot share on this website!!

  • Ahsu Raqie


  • Ahsu Raqie