10 Mar 2012

Tasmanians Target Ta Ann’s Hamed Sepawi

Tasmanians Target Ta Ann’s Hamed Sepawi

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Eco-Lies! Top Tasmania politician is shown up on TV News!

The highly effective campaign to prevent Taib’s family company Ta Ann from destroying Tasmania, like Sarawak, is making Pinocchios out of politicians there!

Last week the state’s Deputy Premier, Bryan Green, was subjected to national humiliation when he became the top story on Australia’s ABC news for supporting the company’s claims that its wood products are ‘eco-friendly’. [Click here for photos    and  here for campaign blog]

The MP, who is one of a lobby supporting Ta Ann, had just come back from a trip to Japan trying to convince buyers that Ta Ann has not been lying over its claims that its wood had been sustainably sourced.

Pinocchio's photographic tour of Ta Ann's devastation in Tasmania will hold no surprises for the people of Sarawak!

This was in the face of a recent devastating report by local environmentalists, who have proved that, to the contrary, Ta Ann has broken its promises to use only plantation wood and has been getting cheaper wood by tearing down Tasmania’s native, high conservation value forests.

Waiting for his luggage Green found himself trapped by a humorous cardboard cut-out of the long nosed Pinocchio, the favourite children’s story character, whose nose grew with each lie he told. Ta Ann was written across the cutout’s chest and TV cameras lined up to film Green’s awkward moment!

Getting the message out! The Green Campaigners have exposed a political tie up with Ta Ann in Tasmania

The animals are getting worried

Hamed Sepawi - Growing questions in Tasmania

Campaigners have been increasingly questioning why local politicians like Green have been so vigorous in supporting Ta Ann’s destructive behaviour?

After all the company, which is largely owned by Taib’s cousin and nominee, multi-millionaire Hamed Sepawi, has produced a series of financial losses in the state.

Remarkably, these politicians have even threatened to destroy a vital Forest Agreement, currently underway with the Australian Federal government, which would pay the state hundreds of millions of dollars to protect its high conservation forest areas.

Ta Ann has been sourcing its wood from these areas and MPs like Bryan Green are demanding that unless the company is allowed to continue then they will pull out of the valuable agreement.

They have even attempted to blackmail Green campaigners, saying that if they don’t stop exposing Ta Ann’s misleading advertising then they will sabotage the Forest Agreement, worth so many millions to their own state!

Tasmanian Devil and Orang Utan - featured in a specially commissioned cartoon by Australian cartoonist Reg Monbassa.

So, as the animals are asking in this cartoon, showing the new comradeship between the endangered species of Borneo and Tasmania, both threatened by Taib, what is going on?

The Green Campaign scalps another ‘Pinocchio’!

Not a holiday after all - the trip WAS paid for by Ta Ann and so was Mr Harriss's full board and extensive entertainment

Sarawak Report has already questioned a number of the links between some Tasmanian politicians and the Taib regime.

One of these was the Independent MP Paul Harriss, who had visited Kuching on three recent occasions, where he was presented as a representative of the Tasmanian Government.

Paul Harriss in turn told questioners back in Tasmania that in fact he had been on a ‘holiday’, despite being accompanied by Ta Ann Tasmania’s Chief Executive, David Ridley, and despite his meetings with key Taib side-kicks Awang Tenggah and Len Talif.

However, this week it was revealed that Harriss did in fact register that the trip was paid for by Ta Ann!  He has also admitted that he has received gifts worth thousands of dollars from the company.

The development has put the pro-Ta Ann politician’s credibility at serious risk, as he attempts to lead the lobby to destroy the Forest Agreement.  A series of newspaper articles reported that he has been forced to consult on whether he can continue to participate in votes and discussions about the Forest Agreement, given this clear conflict of interest, which he had failed to declare in previous debates!

[Harriss denies being bought by Ta Ann, Tasmanian Times, ABC, Greens question MP's Gifts  ]

One more pro-Ta Ann Pinocchio has been outed this week in Tasmania!

Spotlight on Sepawi

Ta Ann supporter Simon Crean MP

And as the credibility of these Ta Ann lobbyists fast fades, more questions are being asked about those other politicians with links to Tasmania Hydro, which is currently chasing contracts in Taib’s deeply controversial and destructive SCORE programme.

Sarawak Report has noted that another key Ta Ann campaigner, MP Simon Crean, is the brother of David Crean, Chairman of Hydro Tasmania.  Hydro Tasmania is leading the construction of Murum and is chasing three of the next of Taib’s dam mega-projects.  The company is also in charge of monitoring the Bakun Dam as it starts to produce electricity.

Doing big business with Taib's Dirty Dam projects - brother David Crean shakes hands with Sepawi and Tenggah!

That electricity is designed to power a new Rio Tinto Alcan factory, which will cause the closure of the current factory in Tasmania, throwing thousands out of work!

So, again, what is the motive driving these politicians to undermine their own country’s prosperity in favour of Taib and Ta Ann?

These questions have prompted a new study of Sepawi and his company Ta Ann, produced this week by environmental researchers in Tasmania.

The report “Ta Ann Destroying Rainforests and Violating Human Rights In Sarawak” provides a compelling insight for foreigners wanting to understand the problems in Sarawak and shows just how Taib manages the state, through a nexus of corruption run by his own family.

Detailed analysis of how Taib has run Sarawak for personal profit, through his key lynchpin Ta Ann's Hamed Sepawi

People in Sarawak should read it too.  It explains how Taib put his cousin and nominee, and a handful of other key players, into all the key roles to create a single hub of political and economic control designed to enrich himself and his family.

Hamid has controlled Sarawak’s key resources, first as Chairman of the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Council (in charge of logging), then as Chairman of the SEB (controlling the electricity and dam programme).

Notorious - Sepawi poses as a tree hugger!

Sepawi is also Chairman and major shareholder of the construction giant Naim Cendara (in receipt of major government contracts), Chairman and major shareholder of Ta Ann one of the largest plantation and logging companies (given huge lands by Taib), Chairman and major shareholder of Sarawak Plantation Bhd (in receipt of vast plantation licences).  Crucially, he is also as Treasurer of PBB (putting him in charge of all the money in the chief political party).  Then there are all the key associations representing people’s interests that Sepawi is also Chairman of, such as the Oil Palm Plantation Owners Association.  He is also Chairman of the Board of Sarawak Enterprise. The list continues.

In short, Sepawi has been one of the main instruments by which Taib Mahmud has grasped total political and economic control of Sarawak and poured it into the bank accounts of his own family.  It has turned Sepawi into one of Asia’s richest men.

Has his influence and control extended so far into Tasmania that Taib will succeed in destroying their forests in the same way as he has destroyed the forests of Borneo, Papua, Congo, Solomon Islands, Guyana and elsewhere?

If certain politicians in Tasmania have their way it would seem yes.  But Pinocchio is watching their every move!

 

  • Alison

    Great news!! Keep it up!!

  • Politic Of Debolotment

    YB Mawan said don’t politicise Dayak poverty hardship except the Dayak politician can politicise the debolotment themselves get easy money hundreds millions of BN big projek lah
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    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :
    Company Name : SEMANGAT PROGRESIF (M) SDN. BHD.
    Address : LOT 286 1ST FLOOR, SECTION 9 JALAN RUBBER
    Postcode 93400
    Town : KUCHING
    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:
    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan
    1. BARBARA ANAK WILLIAM MAWAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    2. EDRUS @ EDRUCE BIN SABRI MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    3. MOHAMAD ROSLI BIN MUSTAPHA MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    4. MOHAMAD ROSLI BIN MUSTAPHA MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN

    H.Maklumat Projek:
    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen
    1. CADANGAN MEREKABENTUK, MEMBINA, MENYIAPKAN DAN MENGUJI TAULIAH PEMBANGUNAN SEMULA KEM BATALION 12, PASUKAN GERAKAN AM (PGA) MIRI DAN BALAI POLIS TRAFIK MIRI, DI ATAS LOT 633, 2363, 141 DAN 314 MIRI CONSESSION LAND,MIRI,SARAWAK 14-08-2008 RM 300,000,000.00 PEMBINAAN BLT SDN. BHD.
    2. Cadangan Program Pembinaan, Penaiktarafan Dan Pembaikpulihan Sekolah-Sekolah Dan Asrama Di Negeri Sarawak – SJK Sg. Menyan, SK Telagos Jerok Dan SK Abang Kadir 04-04-2008 RM 58,000,000.00 KEMENTERIAN PELAJARAN MALAYSIA (BAHAGIAN PEMBANGUNAN)
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    Don’t politicise hardship, Dayaks told
    Borneo Post, October 1, 2010, Friday

    MELUAN: Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Dato Sri William Mawan Ikom yesterday advised Dayaks, particularly Ibans, not to turn their hardship into a political issue.

    Mawan, who is also Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president, said hardship and joy are part of the cycle of life and almost everybody experiences them through the course of his or her life.

    “If hardship is politicised by people, then it would hinder the government’s development plans for their areas,” said the Pakan assemblyman, countering charges by certain quarters that the government was not caring enough.

    Attending a ‘Leaders-Meet-the-People’ session at Rh Japar, Nanga Kemalih in Ulu Entabai near here, Mawan assured that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government would not sideline anyone, even those in the remotest areas like Kemalih.

    However, it is inevitable that areas in the interior would experience slow development and progress as far as infrastructures are concerned, he pointed out.

    “It is not the fault of our government when our forefathers wanted to settle down in the upper reaches of Sarawak for some good reason in their time when they can in fact settle down in coastal and downriver areas,” he said when explaining that some remote areas were easier to develop.

    “You and I will get headaches if we politicise development. There are many factors the government has to consider when distributing development fund,” he added.

    Mawan however conceded that priority should be given to set up schools and clinics and that clean water and environment are crucial for the people.

    Undue delay of such projects is unacceptable and will reflect badly on the government, he said.

    In relation with this, he said a clinic for Nanga Kemalih is under study at divisional (Sarikei) level as there is an allocation for it.

    The 2,000 to 3,000 residents in Kemalih lack a clinic and have to go to Nanga Entaih for medicine, treatment and deliveries (birth).

    The residents also want a road linking Kemalih and Entaih – a distance of 12 to 13km, as they have to travel in their 4WDs for more than two hours on a logging road to get to Pakan town.

    On a more positive note, Mawan said five cabinet members, including Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang were in Kemalih to see for themselves what is lacking and what can be done for the betterment of the residents.

    The others are Assistant Minister of Environment Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie (Tasik Biru assemblyman and SPDP senior vice president); Assistant Minister of Water Supply Sylvester Entri Muran (Marudi assemblyman and SPDP vice president) and Assistant Minister of Public Health Dr Stephen Rundi Utom (Kemena assemblyman and PBB secretary-general.) Meluan assemblyman Wong Judat was also present.

    “They do not come here today for nothing.

    They have brought their cameras and their eyes are sharp,” said Mawan.

    Meanwhile, Jabu, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, urged the Ibans to cooperate with the government to ensure uninterrupted development in their area. Agricultural development in particular would help to boost their income and socio-economic status, said Jabu, who is also Rural Development Minister.

    He also urged the Ibans to change their political mindset, pointing out that Iban politics used to be chaotic but most of the community now treasured cooperation and goodwill.

    For instance, top leaders of SPDP are now sharing information and working closely even though a few months ago they were at odds with each other, Jabu, who is Layar assemblyman and PBB deputy president, said.

    Earlier, he released fish fries, comprising 12,000 lampan jawa, 200 empurau and 1,000 catfish or baong fish, into Sungai Kemalih.

  • Politic Of Debolotment

    Of course YB Stephen Rundi must defend taib as innocent crook or else no more BN big projek debolotment given to himself lah
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    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :
    Company Name : JAKAYA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SDN. BHD.
    Address : 906, FORTUNE PARK TANJONG BATU ROAD
    Postcode 97000
    Town : BINTULU
    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:
    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan
    1.DYG. NORAZIMAH BT. AWG. BIMA MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    2.LORETA ANAK SAWOT MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    3.RUNDI @ STEPHEN RUNDTHEE ANAK UTOM MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :
    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):
    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 750,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:
    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Klien
    1. Construction And Completion Of Proposed R.C Jetty At Kpg. Hulu, Sebuyau, Samarahan Division, Sarawak. RM
    2. Rain Water Collection And Storage Facilities At Kampung Binjai, Limbang Division, Sarawak. RM
    3. Construction & Completion Of The ProposedSg. Sejingkat Bridge No.2, Jalan Bako, Kuching Division, Sarawak. RM
    4. The Proposed Concrete Road To Kampung Nyalau Ulu, Kampung Nyalau Tengah And Kampung Kuala Nyalau, Bintulu Division, Sarawak. RM
    5. Construction And Completion Of The Proposed Sg. Sejingkat Bridge No.2, Jalan Bako, Kuching, Sarawak. RM
    6. Proposed Re-Construction Of Jalan KJD, Kanowit, Sarawak. RM
    7. Earthworks And Gravel Surfacing To The Existing Sri Aman /Stumbin Bijati/Lingga Road, Sri Aman Division, Sarawak. RM
    8. The Construction And Completion Of The Proposed Longhouses At Batu Bungan Settlement, Mulu, Sarawak. RM
    9. Constrcution And Completion Of New Terminal building At Long Seridan Airport, Miri Divison, Sarawak. RM
    10. Pembangunan Infrastruktur Dan Perparitan – Proposed Upgrading Of Town Roads. RM
    11. Construction & Completion Of The Proposed Bako Animal Quarantine Station At Jln Kampung Bako, Kuching 16-11-2009 RM 2,082,871.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
    12. The Proposed Upgrading of Niah Palm Oil Mill From 60 TPH to 120 TPH at Ladang Tiga, KM 76, Miri-Bintulu Road – Contract No. 5A for Civil & Structural Works 29-06-2007 RM 6,000,000.00 SARAWAK PLANTATION AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT S/B
    13. T/120/06/2003 – Construction and Completion of the Proposed Sg. Sejingkat Bridge No. 2 26-09-2003 RM 1,557,806.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK
    14. Proposed Infrastructure Works For Sundar Resettlement Scheme, Sundar RGC Service Centre ( Phase 1) 25-07-2003 RM 1,699,565.00 LEMBAGA PEMBANGUNAN DAN LINDUNGAN TANAH
    15. C & C Of 2 Blk. Of Class ‘F’ Flats For Dpartment At Lawas, Limbang, Sarawak. (WSSR:013641-01) 10-04-1999 RM 872,403.70
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    My boss Taib is innocent, says PBB sec-gen
    Malaysia Kini, Friday, June 10, 2011

    The charges made against him are mere allegations, unless there is proof to show otherwise, says Dr Stephen Rundi.

    Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) secretary-general Dr Stephen Rundi has declared that his party boss and Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is innocent of a series of corruption allegations hurled at him.

    “Yes, I believe he is innocent. The charges made against him are mere allegations, unless there is proof to show otherwise,” Rundi (right) told persistent reporters after opening the Sarawak Health, Wellness, Beauty and Halal Expo in Kuching today.

    “We should just let the authority concerned (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) conduct the investigations against him,” he said, referring to the MACC’s confirmation that it was currently investigating the billionaire chief minister over the series of allegations.

    Among the citizens’ groups that have lodged reports with the MACC are Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) and Sarawak PKR, besides a number of individuals.

    A series of police reports have also been lodged against Taib.

    MACC commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed has confirmed that the commission was gathering information on the allegations.

    The Swiss Anti-Corruption Agency recently froze Taib’s assets in Switzerland, country over the allegations of corruption against Taib linked to Sarawak multi-billion ringgit timber industry.

    According to a foreign news report, Switzerland’s President Micheline Calmy-Rey is said to be aware of the allegations and had forwarded the information about Taib’s assets in Switzerland to its regulatory body, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, for action.

    Rundi said the corruption allegations and the on-going MACC investigation would not affect the state’s image in the eyes of the international community.

    ‘We don’t prejudge (guilt)’

    “We don’t prejudge (that Taib is guilty), but we should leave the matter to the authorities to probe,” said Rundi, who is also the state Barisan Nasional secretary-general and assistant minister of environment and public health.

    “As of now, we don’t have many comments to make on the allegations,” he said.

    He said he had read the allegations against Taib on the whistleblower website Sarawak Report, and other websites.

    “Well, any such information or allegations are mere allegations until they are proven,” he insisted.

    Asked whether the state government was aware of the on-going investigation by the MACC, he said: “It is not a matter of being aware or not. It is the right of the authorities to conduct the investigations.

    “Let them investigate… they have the right to investigate if they want to investigate. They have to prove that the allegations are true,” he said.

    Rundi was little upset with a reporter who asked whether he or the other state ministers and assistant ministers would cooperate with MACC if asked for their statements to be recorded.

    “Are you questioning me now… ? “But of course, we will (cooperate with the MACC),” he said.

  • Politic Of Debolotment

    Lick the boot that kicked your father?

    Who cares as long as BN big projek debolotment keep on coming for YB Karim himself lah!
    __________________

    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :
    Company Name : BORNEO DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (SARAWAK) SDN. BHD.
    Address : LEVEL 5 & 6 WISMA SATRIA BDC LORONG B, JALAN STUTONG
    Postcode 93350
    Town : KUCHING
    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:
    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan
    1.ABD KARIM RAHMAN HAMZAH MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    2.ABDUL KARIM RAHMAN HAMZAH MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    3.DATU HJ WAN KASSIM BIN TUANKU ZUBIR MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    4.DATU WAN ALWI BIN WAN HASHIM MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    5.DATUK FONG JOO CHUNG MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    6.FOONG JOO CHUNG MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    7.HASMAWATI BINTI SAPAWI MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    8.SUDARSONO BIN OSMAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    9.WAN ALWI BIN WAN HASHIM MALAYSIA PENGARAH
    10.WAN KASSIM BIN TUANKU ZUBIR MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :
    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):
    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 25,000,002.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:
    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen
    1. Pembinaan Hotel Seri Malaysia Di Lawas Sarawak 03-04-2008 RM 35,000,000.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA MALAYSIA ( CAWANGAN KERJA BANGUNAN AM )
    2. Pembinaan Hotel Seri Malaysia Lawas 04-03-2008 RM 35,000,000.00 IBU PEJABAT JKR MALAYSIA (CAW KERJA BANGUNAN AM)
    3. Cadangan merekabentuk, membina Dan Menyiapkan Pesantren Abdul Taib mahmud (PATM) Di Sadong jaya, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. 11-06-2004 RM
    4. Cadangan Pembinaan dan Penyiapan Sekolah rendah Agama Islam Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. 19-11-2003 RM
    5. Cadangan merekabentuk, Pembinaan, penyiapan dan Pentauliahan Kolej Kediaman pelajar Tambahan (1200 Pelajar) Di kampus Sementara universiti Malaysia sarawak (UNIMAS), Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. 07-10-2002 RM
    6. Cadangan Merekabentuk, Membina Dan Menyiapkan Sekolah Rendah Agama Majlis Islam Sarikei 26-02-2001 RM 4,247,957.30 JKR SARAWAK
    7. Cadangan Merebentuk, Membina dan Menyiapkan Sekolah Rendah Agama Islam Sarikei, Sarawak. 08-03-2000 RM
    8. Design, Const. – Students College For UNIMAS, Permanent Campus, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. 02-12-1997 RM 10,000,000.00
    9. Membina & Menyiapkan Madrasah Pesantren Sarawak Secara Runding Terus Melalui Konsep ‘Design & Build’ 28-09-1996 RM 11,800,000.00
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    Has ‘bootlicker’ Karim forgotten Taib disgraced his father?
    by Joseph Tawie, FMT, 7 May 2011

    Former deputy Education Minister Salleh Jafaruddin has slammed Abdul Karim Hamzah for calling Movement of Change Sarawak chief Francis Siah a ‘soldier of fortune.’

    KUCHING: Chief political secretary to Sarawak CM, Abdul Karim Hamzah, appears to either have a short memory or is simply lacking in moral values and dignity, according to former deputy Education Minister Salleh Jafaruddin.

    Barely a day after Karim blasted the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) for threatening mass protests to oust Chief Minister (CM) Taib, Salleh reminded Karim that it was Taib who had thrown his father Abdul Rahman Hamzah in jail under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

    “I am ashamed to see how low Karim could stoop doing dirty work for the chief minister (CM) who once blatantly disgraced his own beloved father by putting him under ISA for a year.

    “A political leader who has courage, moral values and religious principles will never stoop to that level because of purely economic benefit and political convenience at the expense of family dignity and status. ,” said Salleh, who is Taib’s cousin and ex-PBB leader.

    Speaking to FMT Salleh, who contested in Balingian and lost to Taib in the April 16 state election, said “only members of society who suffered from special down syndrome hereditary behaved in that irresponsible way.”

    “I hope he is spared from the influence of Taib’s bomohs. Only leeches and termites behave that way.

    “These species have no function for the owner or the host except to be a destroyer. They cannot lead because they are not responsible.

    “My advice to this wayward son of my late good friend is this – ‘Karim, before you open your mouth to condemn others and MoCS leader Francis Siah, please do not be a mere parrot for this semi-insane leader whom you are now serving.

    “Otherwise the influence of his insanity may put you in the same shoes where your late father landed.

    “Your late father was a man of principles while you are very different,” added Salleh.

    MACC urged to probe

    Salleh was responding to Karim’s stinging remarks about Siah in a local daily yesterday.

    Karim alleged that both MoCS and Siah were ‘security threats’ and urged the police to monitor the statements made by Sia and to investigate the work of the grassroots movement .

    In response, Siah called Karim as a well known ‘bootlicker and sycophant’ of Taib whose only job as the chief minister’s political secretary was apple-polishing.

    “And Karim gets paid from taxpayers’ money just for singing songs which Taib likes to hear,” Siah had reportedly said.

    Salleh, in turn while expression his ‘appreciation’ for Karim’s concern for the “overall security of the state,” said “we are also equally worried over the massive abuse of political power employed by State BN leaders to plunder and squander the state’s assets in billions of ringgit over the last 30 years.”

    “I believe that you, Karim, are one of the recent recipients of these loots.

    “You are enjoying the financial shares of the land deals which you jointly owned together with the former PBB assemblyman for Semera.

    “In return for your call to the police to investigate, I am also calling on the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and the Income Tax Department to immediately conduct an investigation as to how the land deal which Tabong Haji brought from both of you came about.

    “I also request Inland Revenue Department to find out whether the personal income tax was paid by both of you as the amount is substantial. It is easily more than RM10 million,” Salleh said.

    “So who is the real soldier of fortune here?” he asked Karim.

    Not a loner

    In his tirade against MoCS and Siah yesterday, Karim described the Siah as a ‘soldier of fortune’ and a ‘loner’ and that the people should not listen to him.

    “As far as I know Francis Siah, he is not a politician but a journalist by profession. He can work anywhere with his alert mind, writing skill and a computer.

    “He does not need politics to survive, unlike Karim Hamzah who is dependent on Taib for his survival.

    “As for him being a ‘loner’, let me tell the likes of Karim that Siah had travelled throughout the country to promote MoCS and its agenda for change for Sarawak.

    “He is well received everywhere he goes and MoCS is gaining momentum among Sarawakians throughout the country.

    “I was with Francis Siah in Kota Kinabalu last week and we met many Sarawakians in Sabah as well as prominent personalities in the state.

    “We are encouraging the setting up of the Movement for Change, Sabah and the idea is well received by our friends in Sabah,” Salleh revealed adding that ‘Siah is not alone in MoCS”.

    Salleh said that he and his supporters are committed to pursuing the MoCS greater agenda for Sarawak and the people.

    “To Taib and his bunch of shady characters like Karim, let me warn them that their days of plundering the state and blatant abuse of power are numbered.

    “Sooner of later, they will have to face the wrath of the people,” added Salleh.
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    Abdul Karim: ‘Unfair’ to stop Taib from amassing fortune
    By Keruah Usit, Malaysia Kini, 8 Dec 2010

    Abdul Karim Hamzah, chief political secretary to Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, has told Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) that it is only “fair” that Taib should accumulate wealth in public office.

    In an interview with RFS, a shortwave station outside the control of the government, Abdul Karim dismissed criticism of the enormous wealth of Taib’s family, as reported by the Sarawak Report website. He also discussed the controversial Sarawak Government White Paper on ‘unhealthy political practices’, proposed by Abdul Karim himself.

    “Personally, I see there must be limitations to everything, you cannot have a free flow of everything… the freedom of speech, there are limitations. I mean to take up an action (for libel) is not as simple (as it seems)… sometimes it’s better to just leave things as they are, because it will, after a while, quieten down.”

    He brushed off the furore surrounding detailed descriptions on Sarawak Report of Taib’s property fortunes in Europe and North America, and land acquisition schemes in Sarawak.

    “The way I see it, it’s not causing any problem, lah. What is the problem with Sarawak Report? Have they been saying something that is very defamatory or bad? I don’t think it’s wrong to be rich.”

    Asked how Taib and his children could have achieved their fabulous wealth based on his modest ministerial salary, he replied: “How can you use that salary as a yardstick, you know? I mean, you must give people an opportunity…I mean, if Taib is the chief minister, I don’t think we should stop the children, (that) the children cannot be rich or the family cannot be rich.

    “He has been in power for the last 40 years… he has been open to a lot of opportunities, whereby his children also can participate in business, and then, using the kind of networking that they can have, and then build up their riches.”

    Asked what these opportunities were, Abdul Karim explained: “Well, opportunities to participate in business and things like that, you know? Take for example… if you are a minister or chief minister, then somebody comes to you and wants to sell a piece of land at a very cheap price… and then through the years, that value of land suddenly shoots up 1,000 times… and you sell it off and make some money, is that tantamount to corruption?

    “If you use your position to secure certain businesses or certain contracts, then I would say that would be an abuse of power, but then that depends again, whether that is happening or not…”

    He avoided the topic of allegations of Taib distributing contracts to companies under the control of his family members, including CMS and Naim Holdings.

    Asked whether cronyism exists in Sarawak politics, Abdul Karim said: “You cannot, you must not equate Taib’s family with himself… he has got a lot of ‘cronies’. Everybody knows him.

    “So, after 40 years in the government, don’t you think he deserves to have some level of satisfaction, or some level of wealth that he could accumulate in the right way? Are you trying to tell me politicians must be poor? Only businessmen are allowed to be rich? That’s very unfair!

    “I mean, if that is how we look at it, then we are not practising democracy, because you are depriving a politician from… having a good way of life. Only the businessmen are allowed to be rich, to fly around, have holidays? The politicians are not?”

    “The purpose of the White Paper is to… to… to… more or less define what are the… who are those people who are undesirable, I would say, who could be a threat to the… there are certain… certain quarters of people, whether they are politicians, whether they are NGOs, or whether they are from the media even, whether they are from Malaysia or from overseas, who seem to be wanting to break us up, who seem to be… I mean they couldn’t be bothered, they don’t have any love for us.

    “That’s why we want the state to set a proper guideline, who can be welcome and who should not be welcome, to identify what are the things that we can consider as a threat, who are those people who we know have blatantly tried to run down the government, tried to create instability, whether economically or politically, in the state.

    “These are the people we should stop, whether they are from the government or not from the government, or whether they are from overseas or whether they are from Malaysia itself, or religious… this covers every angle, I would say.

    “We have every right to look after our state… Immigration is in our hands, when we formed Malaysia… we have got that right, that immigration right.

    “If we feel that they are not desirable to us, if they are known to be… who have been running us down, from their writing, from their blogs, I think if they are not a friend to Sarawak, I would say, then we stop them!

    “The opposition always thinks it is against them, not realising that it is also against certain people in Barisan Nasional (BN).”

    Abdul Karim declined to name those in BN who may be kept out of the state.

    In response to speculation that the state government wants to muzzle websites like Sarawak Report, Abdul Karim replied, “We can’t stop them from publishing, they can have their own right, because the world is free, you see… the Internet world, you can put anything inside there. But then when it comes to coming into our state, we do not want them.”

    Abdul Karim concluded his RFS interview by alleging that US president Barack Obama, and British leaders like former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, are all “filthy rich”, and that Taib has done nothing wrong in accumulating wealth.

  • Politic Of Debolotment

    Who say conversion not worth it? Big rewards for YB Entri Abdullah get big projek debolotment lah (few masjid projek too)!

    _______________

    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : BARISAN PROGRESIF SDN. BHD.

    Address : 1ST FLOOR, LOT 2487, BLOCK FORTUNELAND BUSINESS CENTRE

    ROCK ROAD

    Postcode 93200

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan

    1. AUSTIN CHAMITT BUGATT MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    2. KASSIM JERITAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    3. SYLVESTER ENTRI ANAK MURAN MALAYSIA PENGARAH URUSAN

    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) Kilen

    1. Menaiktaraf Jalan Link (Padawan-Serian-Tebedu) (Indonesia Border), Bahagian Samarahan 29-06-2010 RM 7,462,388.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    2. Federal Road Maintenaince (Zone 1) – Maintenaince Of Road Drainages Along various Federal Roads In Zoned, Region 1-Package 1F. 09-06-2006 RM

    3. Drain Clearing And Reshaping Of Roadside Drains Along Various Roads On “As Where And When Required” Basis RMU Serian, Region 1, Sarawak. 03-01-2005 RM 38,359.00

    4. Tender No. 11/2004 – Proposed Kampung Masjid Gedong Extension Scheme, Phase 2, Samarahan Division. 17-09-2004 RM 1,316,080.50 IBU PEJABAT TANAH DAN SURVEI SARAWAK

    5. T/047/04/2004 – Construction and Completion of Extension Works to Pusat Pemulihan Fasa III, Samarahan Division (Stage I). 10-08-2004 RM 890,839.10 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SRAWAK

    6. Construction And Completion Of Extension Works To Pusat Pemulihan fasa III, Samarahan Division, Sarawak. 10-08-2004 RM

    7. The Construction And Completion Of The Bridges For The Bridge Replacement Project In Sarawak. 07-11-2003 RM 3,669,186.40

    8. The Construction And Completion Of the Bridges For The Brigde Replacement Project In Sarawak. 07-10-2003 RM

    9. The Proposed Remedy Works To Existing 6 Nos. R.C Culverts At KM 4+980 Landeh Road, KM 4+200 Mambong Sikog Road, KM 9+500, KM 7+400 & KM 9+300 Mentong Merau Road & KM 9+600 Baki Riih, Kuching 09-06-2003 RM 67,399.00

    10. Remedial Works To Shoulder Failure At KM 9.0 Along Jalan Mentung Merau/Paun Limau, Serian 19-05-2003 RM 71,655.00

    11. T/099/05/2002 – Proposed Rehabilitation Works For Simunjan Hospital, Samarahan Division, Sarawak (Phase 1) 17-04-2003 RM 2,048,090.40 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    12. Proposed Rehabilitation Works For Simunjan Hospital Samarahan Division, Sarawak. 17-04-2003 RM

    13. Cadangan Membina Masjid Baru Serta Mengubah Suai Bangunan Pejabat Sedia Ada Kepada Bangunan Wudhu Dan Pejabat Sadong Jaya, Bahagian Samarahan, Sarawak. 17-11-2000 RM

    14. Cadangan Membina Masjid Baru Serta Mengubah Suai Bgn Pejabat Sediada Kpd Bgn Wudhu Dan Pejabat Sadong Jaya, 30-10-2000 RM 2,268,988.00 JKR SARAWAK

  • aborium

    MACC may watch them pass by, but it sure looks like you trying to fit on that dirty sock over your tongue! What hoity toity!