Sarawak’s Construction YBs Notch Up Another Mega-Corruption Project!

Sarawak’s Construction YBs Notch Up Another Mega-Corruption Project!

21 Jun 2012

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YB Construction King! - Robert Lawson Chuat, the cousin of Dep Chief Minister Jabu, is an absolute wizard at securing massive public contracts, which benefit the major shareholders of KACC Construction including the Jabu family and other key political cronies of Taib

Another mega-corruption project has just been awarded to Sarawak’s ‘Construction YBs’.

Sarawak Report has frequently exposed how a large number of elected YBs have become directors and shareholders of construction companies, which then benefit to the tune of millions of ringgit from public contracts handed to them by their political boss, the Chief Minister, Taib Mahmud.

Unless such mega-projects have been properly tendered in an open way, so that the best value for money is achieved and the project itself found to be of public value, then the process is quite simply corrupt.

Time and again we have shown that Taib does not tender or audit public projects in a proper manner. Instead, he buys political support by handing projects to his followers at the expense of the people.  Now it appears the same applies to Federal contracts handed out in Sarawak.

Longest bridge  

Artist's impression - but after the election who will bother?

What better example of the practice than this week’s story in the Star and the Borneo Post about the latest project to build Sarawak’s longest bridge?

With elections looming, it has suddenly been announced that construction on the long proposed Batang Sadong Bridge at Kampung Buloh, spanning 1,480 metres, will begin next month.

How was this contract awarded?  Well according to the Borneo Post, after a walkabout to curry favour with voters in the area, the PM Najib Razak suddenly announced the project!

“The prime minister came to see for himself during his walkabout and he agreed to build the bridge.”[Borneo Post 19/6/12]

This is not the way that public contracts ought to be handed out!  It is not for a PM to visit somewhere and say he likes an idea and just announce it like some whim on the eve on an election.  He is a Prime Minister not a Divine Ruler!

Projects should go through proper consultation and assessment processes and then be honestly and openly tendered to the best construction company, not just offered to cronies by the PM one afternoon.

KACC Construction Sdn Bhd 

But, we can confirm that it has indeed been offered to BN cronies and without open tender.

The Borneo Post article made known that the RM215 million contract has been awarded to none other than KACC Construction Sdn Bhd, which has already been exposed for channelling hundreds of millions of ringgit of public money to its politically connected shareholders through public contracts.

We have earlier shown how the company’s main shareholders are the son of key BN crony Bustari Yusof, whose brother is also a Federal MP and also members of DCM Alfred Jabu’s own family, his cousin Robert Lawson Chuat (himself a YB in the State Assembly) and Jennifer Jabu, Alfred’s daughter.  The other major shareholder of this outfit is the brother of the State Secretary, Mohd Taufik Abdul Ghani.

Bustari, Ghani and Chuat are also three of the four main Directors of KACC Construction.

Who benefits at KACC Construction Sdn Bhd? The same old cronies, the Jabus, the Bustaris and Ghanis!

 Are any of these characters qualified to build a bridge?

Another Sarawak Brat Pack YB - low on qualifications, big on connections

The answer is no.  Robert Lawson Chuat boasts a UK Diploma in Business Studies (roughly equivalent to an A Level), Mohd Abdul Ghani has a degree in Ecology and Mohd Bustari has a degree in Arts and Commerce.

What all these young men have in common is family ties with BN bigwigs.

Sarawak Report has now established that the well-connected Directors of KACC Construction Sdn Bhd are currently looking for a genuine contractor  that can carry out the work!

RM30 million profit!

Our information is that the snappy dressers from KACC Construction Sdn Bhd have made known that they are looking for a sub-contractor will to take on the project for RM184million!

That means they are expecting to receive a fat profit of RM30 million for doing absolutely nothing at all!

There are two explanations for this disgraceful situation.

Either this company is planning to take RM30 million of public money by inflating the budget, in which case we have yet another example of serious corruption involving not only these young men, but their politically powerful relatives, who are clearly behind the decision to hand them the project.

I may not be up to much, but Bustari is my Dad.

Safety issue?

Or, even more chillingly, KACC Construction is planning to deprive its sub-contractor of sufficient funds to build the bridge safely and properly.

After all, If RM30 million is to be taken out of the budget for the project where are the savings to be made?  On materials? in construction methods?  In salaries?  In time taken?

Are the people of Sarawak to be forced into paying top dollar for a cut price, corner-cutting project?

This has proved to be the case in Kuching, where the people of the city are now suffering the unpleasant consequences of a third rate sewerage system.

The project was handed to Taib’s own sister Raziah Mahmud, who likewise sub-contracted the whole thing, creaming off a RM78million profit for herself!

Now, according to the complaints received by our website, inhabitants are experiencing numerous problems with cracks and leaks and general poor construction.

To take a similar risk with the construction of Sarawak’s longest bridge defies belief!  Are BN’s political cheats seriously willing to allow graft and greed to undermine a project on which the lives of their people will daily depend?

There is only one way this scandal can be corrected.  If KACC Construction is unable to build the bridge (and who would want them to), they should hand the project at full price to someone who can.

Election candy

Just another paper project ?

There is of course an alternative consideration. This much talked about bridge may again not reach fruition.

It may well turn out to be yet another of those projects where a tranche of public money gets handed out to well-connected persons and where promises are made just before elections, for the whole matter to suddenly fizzle out the moment the election is over!

A point in case is those roads that were ‘about to be started’ just before the State election just last year.  The moment the election was over the machinery disappeared, along with the money that the local BN YBs had promised their voters had been allocated to the projects.

And readers have just sent a reminder from Sibu, where we recently queried yet another of Najib’s phantom pre-election promises, the so-called University of Technology.  We have shown that plans have progressed no further than a request being made and no money has been put aside.

Yet, it was nevertheless indicated last month that construction would begin at the start of June.

Of course, at that time politicians all believed that the election would be called in June. But, Najib has again lost his nerve and postponed the election.

The projected site for the Sibu Technology University Campus. Not a sign of activity there now the election has been again postponed!

So, no surprise that our Sibu observers have reported that, as we approach the end of June, not a spadeful of soil has been turned on the supposed site for the Sibu University Campus!



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  • Jabu Kepayang Failure

    Einstein said that Insanity = Doing the same thing repeatedly but expect different results.

    That’s exactly what Jabu did on eradicating rural Dayak poverty.

    In 2001 Jabu said rural poverty will improved as income will increase in 10 years.

    Exactly 10 years later Jabu still showing same poor results on rural poverty.

    Cannot solve the problem Jabu changing goal post again toward 2016 to reduce rural Dayak poverty!

    Worst of all Jabu keep on blaming DAP on rural poverty but in fact its the Dayak BN Goons that keep their own Dayaks poor except themself!

    “Insanity = Doing the same thing repeatedly but expect different results!”


    Jabu: Incomes go up within 10 years

    by Jack Wong, The Star, Friday, 18 May 2001

    KUCHING: THE state’s rural and urban poverty rate dropped to 14.5% and 2.1% in 1999 from 24.7% and 4.9% respectively in 1990.

    Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said efforts to address rural and urban poverty had produced significant results.

    He said the government had carried out various poverty eradication programmes, such as an integrated agricultural development scheme, rural growth centres and the village integrated development project to create jobs and economic activities for the people.

    “Efforts to eradicate poverty is not just about raising the income of the people as it also involves provision of social infrastructure, like school, medical, housing and recreational facilities,” he told Richard Wong Ho Leng (DAP Bukit Assek) during question time.

    Jabu, also Land and Rural Development Minister, said the state’s per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for last year was estimated at RM6,235 in constant price and RM15,628 in current price.

    He said the figures showed an average growth rate of 4.7% and 7.7% respectively over a 10-year period.

    “As the state economy is expanding, the income level of the people has also increased.”

    Assistant Minister for Food Industries Datuk David Teng Lung Chi told Mong Dagang (BN Bukit Begunan) that the government was helping pepper planters during the current downturn in pepper prices.

    These included providing more support for farm maintenance and exploiting marketing options such as delving into the physical forward market and adopting storage certification schemes to enable them to maximise earnings through selling the crop at the most suitable time.

    Teng said the planters were also encouraged to use cheaper fertilisers instead of imported ones.


    Jabu: 27,902 Household Heads Under Hardcore Poor Category

    Bernama News, 23 June 2011

    KUCHING — A total of 27,902 household heads (KIR) or 49.8 percent of 55,975 registered in e-Kasih system fall under the hardcore poor category, the State Assembly heard today.

    Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said of the 55,975 registered until June 11, 23,235 were categorised as simple poor and 4,838 had exited poverty.

    “Of 27,902 KIR under hardcore poor, 13,349 are Ibans (47.84%!!!!!), 5,601 Malays 2,925 Orang Ulu, 2,757 Bidayuh and 1,974 Melanaus (bumiputeras), 647 Chinese and 622 others,” he said when replying to Violet Yong (DAP-Pending). (19,031 total Dayaks or 68.2 %)

    KIR with income of RM520 monthly fall under the hardcore poor category while those earning RM830 monthly are categorised as simple poor.

    Jabu said to ensure effectiveness of e-Kasih, district poverty eradication focus group committees will vet applications to ensure that only those qualified were registered.

    The data will be updated with entry from all aid agencies and those not registered with e-Kasih so that data on the low income group is comprehensive.

    “The system is under construction and implementation is expected to be completed in 2012,” he said.

    Jabu told Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi (BN-Pantai Damai) that 18,876 people were beneficiary of the Housing Assistance Program (PBR) including 10,847 new houses and 8,029 repaired houses.

    A total of 1,877 KIR received assistance from the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.

    Some 3,426 projects under the 1Azam Programme of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry had also been implemented until May. — BERNAMA


    Jabu says govt committed to eradicating poverty

    Borneo Post May 18, 2012, Friday

    THIS IS THE RULE: Jabu showing a copy of the Standing Order to Wong (not in the picture) when debating on the poverty eradication programme.

    DEPUTY Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu yesterday assured that the government “is committed to eradicating poverty”, but he wanted people to understand that the poverty line would not be static.

    “Poverty eradication programme does not stop at a particular year. The poverty line in 2020 will be different from that of now.

    “To people who suppress and oppress the opportunity of us eradicating poverty, we will condemn you,” he said when responding to a supplementary question raised by Snowdan Lawan (BN-Balai Ringin) in the august house.

    Jabu, who is also Minister of Rural Development, pledged that the Penans in Long Beluan and Ulu Baram under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) would earn a monthly household income of at least RM2,000 by 2016.

    “I can prove to you that by 2016, they can make RM2,000 to RM2,500 per family per month compared to RM300 now.”

    He then blasted the opposition for having deprived the rural community of their opportunities to earn higher income.

    “You, the opposition, do not sympathise with our people.” His comment instantly propelled Wong Ho Leng (DAP-Bukit Assek) to defend the opposition bench.

    Jabu, however, declined to let Wong have the floor. The minister was repeatedly heard saying “Shut up” and “Sit down” as well as “You observe” while showing a copy of the Standing Order (SO).

    When Wong refused to heed the advice, Jabu turned to Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar to discipline the opposition leader.

    Although Asfia did step in according to the SO, the debate went on and on with Jabu uttering “Chihuahua is a bitch because it is a female.”

    Jabu also labelled Wong as ‘lawyer buruk’ (terrible lawyer).

    Soon after, Jabu clarified that he did not refer to any opposition member as ‘a bitch’.

    “DAP suppress and oppress the opportunities of native customary right (NCR) landowners. Member for Bukit Assek has accused others of a lot of things, and you have got the habit of telling lies. I have not got the record.”

  • Lee Han Chok

    Sadly for Baram Dayak folks NO amount of prayer can stop the Baram Dam project lah

    Two big access road projects for Baram Dam already awarded to enrich BN taib Kronies by JKR

    Even if the dam project cancelled would JKR consider those access roads as Hadiah gifts to Orang Ulu instead?

    Anang Ngelaban Taib lah as Jabu used to tell OHHHHAAAA

    Baram folk gather to seek divine intervention to stop dam project
    Borneo Post, June 14, 2012, Thursday

    HEAR US: A section of the people taking part in the prayer session to seek divine intervention to stop the proposed Baram Dam.

    LONG NAAH, Baram: About 150 people made up of Kayans, Kenyahs and Penans from 20 longhouses in Baram gathered at the proposed site of the Baram hydro-electric dam project at Nahah Itun Uvek, just below Long Naah recently to hold a prayer session to seek divine intervention to stop the project.

    Among those present were Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) chairman Peter Kallang, Baram Protection Action Committee chairman Philip Jau and village headman TK Panai Erang from Ba Abang.

    The other participants were from Long Selatong Dikan, Long Selatong Tanjung Tepalit, Long San, Long Kerong, Ba’ Abang, Long Moh, Long Selaan, Long Palai, Long Liam, Long Anap, Long Apu, Long Jeeh, Long Tap, Long Julan, Long Tungan, Long Tebangan, Long Laput, Long Kesseh, Long Ekang, and Long Naah.

    All these villages except Long Kesseh, Long Ekang, and Long Naah are located in the upper part of the proposed dam.

    Peter from Long Ekang said the prayer session went smoothly.

    He was happy with the overwhelming support from the communities in Baram demanding that the controversial dam be scrapped.

    “I am touched by the support given by the people of Baram. The people who came for the prayer session far outnumbered the people who came for the ‘Mayau Daleh’ ritual last April.”

    “I also received a lot of calls, short messaging messages (SMS), messages in blogs, Twitter and Facebook supporting our prayer session and calling for the project to be scrapped,” said Peter yesterday.

    The previous night, about 200 people turned up for a dialogue session at Long Naah.

    Those who spoke represented their respective communities together with a few headmen including Long Na’ah headman TK Wan Saging who stated clearly their rejection to the said project.

    Jalan Akses Ke Tapak Empangan Baram Bahagian Miri Sarawak
    Pakej A Fasa 1: (Dari Pekan Beluru Ke Batang Tinjar)
    RM101million / CMS

    Pakej A Fasa 2: Menaiktaraf Jalan Sedia Ada Dari Simpang Jalan Miri/Bintulu Ke Simpang Masuk Ke Pekan Beluru Dan Dari Batang Tinjar Ke KM12 (Seksyen B-Dari Batang Tinjar Ke KM12)
    RM45million / SHINYANG

    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :
    Company Name : PPES WORKS (SARAWAK) SDN. BHD.
    Address : LEVEL 6, WISMA MAHMUD

    Postcode 93100
    Town : KUCHING
    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:
    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :
    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):
    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 10,000,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:
    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen
    5. Jalan Akses Ke Tapak Empangan Baram Bahagian Miri Sarawak (Pakej A: Fasa1 Dari Pekan Beluru Ke Batang Tinjar 06-08-2010 RM 101,300,000.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :
    Postcode 98000
    Town : MIRI
    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): 5,000,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:
    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Kilen
    5. T/164/06/2010-Jalan Akses Ke Empangan Baram, Bahagian Miri, Sarawak-Pakej A , Fasa 2: Menaiktaraf Jalan Sedia Ada Dari Simpang Jalan Miri/Bintulu Ke Simpang Masuk Ke Pekan Beluru Dan Dari Batang Tinjar Ke KM12 (Seksyen B-Dari Batang Tinjar Ke KM12) 27-04-2011 RM 45,269,374.00 JKR SARAWAK