Chief Minister of Sarawak Taib Mahmud is in UK to promote ‘Green Development’ in Sarawak. During this visit he will give a lecture in University of Oxford at the Said Business School, Park End Street, Oxford at 9.30 am Monday 26th July 2010

My contact in Oxford said that Professor Andrew Hamilton, the august Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, who was speaking at the soft opening earlier had some words of praise for the CM of Sarawak. To me its so funny but don’t want to say too much as I may jeopardise some people. I hope you guys know what I meant. Lets see what happens tomorrow London time 9.30 morning.

Anyway, read here what Survival International has to say….

One of Asia’s greatest kleptocrats and single-handedly one of the most destructive forces against the environment, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, East Malaysia, Abdul Taib Mahmud, has been invited to present the opening address at the Said Business School’s inaugural Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum, Monday 26th July.

During his 30 years of iron grip over Malaysia’s Christian State, Taib Mahmud has systematically plundered a country once rich in natural resources, oil and timber. He and his family are now multi-billionaires, while indigenous tribes such as the legendary jungle nomads, the Penan, have been left destitute and robbed of their rightful hunting grounds.

Abdul Taib Mahmud has destroyed all but 3% of the Borneo jungle in the state, which had been handed all but intact into the care of his uncle, his predecessor. Numerous species, including the Orang Utan, proboscis monkey and a plethora of unique plant and animal life have been virtually wiped out by his rapacious and unsustainable plunder of the jungle.

The Penan are struggling to keep his loggers out of the last corners of their jungle, one of the most precious remaining areas of bio-diversity left on earth. Recent reports have revealed shocking evidence of their treatment at the hands of state-backed loggers, including the systematic rape and abuse of their women, an outrage that Taib Mahmud has refused to acknowledge or investigate.

Taib Mahmud’s ‘business interests’ are notorious. The whole state of Sarawak has been illegally absorbed into the possession of his cronies and family members through ‘privatisations’ and the handing out of palm oil and timber concessions, via arbitrary state acquisitions of native lands. He now runs the State as a family business, maintained through systematic electoral intimidation and fraud.

Taib Mahmud has laughably advertised his UK visit as a promotion of ‘Green Development’ in Sarawak and will be focussing on the promotion of Islamic and Halal products, his latest venture, during his visit to Oxford.

It is a standing disgrace that Oxford University should be extending a hand of welcome and supporting the status of such a man. His wealth and ability to endow is not in doubt, however there is no possible basis of legitimacy for such wealth, as can only be plainly apparent to all his hosts.

The people of Sarawak are struggling to rid themselves of this man and his parasitical family and to preserve their unique environmental heritage from his further ‘business ventures’. Please lend your support to their struggle and to the campaign to preserve what is left of the Book of Life and the Borneo Jungle’s natural wealth. Help fight for the survival of the Orang Utan and fellow creatures of the Asian Rainforest.

Be there to receive him and protest at the disgraceful invitation that has been extended to him by Oxford University and the Said Business School.

Contacts – Survival: Sophie Grig – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For further details on Taib Mahmud see

For background on the problems in Sarawak see Times articles

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  2. sebastian says:

    the jungle of sarawak needs to give way to the developing needs of the people. we can’t maintain the jungle tribe image for westerners to view at the National Geographic channel. the survival of sarawakians in the aggresive world of economics far exceeded the importance of two fucking probocis monkey among the branches of the fig trees.


  3. Better says:

    Where are the Malaysian or ex? Too comfy drinking latte in some union coffee joint? Or playing with the latest toy Apple Ipad at the uni lawn? Or bugger it all and let it be?

    The lone Malaysian looking chap holding the placard ” Chief of Thieves” at least reflected more of the present articles/aggro on this greatest conman to Sarawak, not to say the rape of the Penan tribe is trivial. Good on you,man, a lone voice of protest on the grand theft to the Sarawakian and the nation.

    And shame of Oxford to accomodate this conman. This corrupt man with ethics against true Islam. has not right to talk on behalf of Islam and Islam products.

    Give PR a chance to end the grand theft of Sarawak and Penan abuse. If you dont like PR after one term, restore this corrupt Taib and let him steal billions more and rape at will at the Penans. No one is holding a gun to your head to vote PR again. Is that too hard to understand, proBN Sarawakian?


  4. Davy McChester says:

    Once the Penans convert ,wear the arabic garb , all privileges including their land will have to be returned to them ……..until then sorry. North of them ,the Kadazans and other natives have been overcome by Mahathir’s clandestine mycard policy, making them as good as the vanishing tribes against invading hordes of illegals . There is a concerted effort by UMNO ketuanans to overcome any form of coexistence within a Malaysian melting pot context. UMNO is a racist party which indulges continously in divide and rule. Taib ,from the minority tribe has ruled the state for almost over 30 years with full blessing of UMNO. He is from the minority tribe ,where is the Dayak ,Ibans ? Free -hand-Corruption by Taib with blessing from UNMO over the years have sidelined the dominant tribes of Sarawak . Would UMNO allow the same in West Malaysia. No. Again ,the denominator is religion . These are the facts !


  5. panca says:

    While protest you must, we thank you for making the whole world aware that a country(Sarawak of MALAYSIA) has fallen into his hands for the past 27 years where his personal wealth with property in Canada, Australia, England, etc outweighs the state proportion. PLEASE ASK HIM LOUDLY WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO BRUNO MANSER???? Where and why did he suddenly disappear??? Was he murdered??? Bruno Manser who first stood up for the Penans against lawless and rape from this same regime but his cause was short-lived because of his sudden disappearance. Please bring this dictator to his knees!


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