The current situation must be the most humiliating situation for the Barisan National. The perception of a corrupt image are hitting the party right where it hurts, and the party cannot do anything much about it, other than its past practice of having not to talk anything about corruption or investigation (which has been done many times in the past, typically to calm down any controversy and hope that with time, the corruption stench no longer remains high in the public image).
There are a number of high-profile corruption scams that have hit the Sarawak Government and the Barisan National hard – whether these be the controversy about the allotment of timber logging rights, or about the billions made from kickbacks from timber deals, or the newer scam about the Native Customary Lands sold for a song to Taib Mahmud’s children.
It is this Native Customary Land scam that has really hit the BN hard in the state of Sarawak. One may ask as to what is new, after all, there is a public perception that the Chief Minister and his Government and the Bureaucracy are very corrupt, and so this scam is another proof of the same level of corruption. However, there is a difference, since in this case, the level of corruption is visible very easily, partly because of a high level of media attention, and also because there is a lot of internal Barisan National politics at play.
As Finance Minister and Chief Minister,Taib Mahmud has abused his position and it stinks. What really happened ? At a very high level, it seems a pretty easy situation even if all the intricate details are not revealed.
There was a large area of Native Customary Land of the indigenous Berawan tribe and Chief Minister Taib Mahmud was responsible for the forced acquisition of this area to build a resort, for which the tribespeople received virtually no compensation.
My evidence therefore further exposes Taib Mahmud for having authorised this land-snatch for his own direct benefit and his family, as it was in an important location, and there is something very valuable that could be converted into a real value. And the people behind this were truly clued into the system, since they knew the levers to turn and to get approval, as they were the Government and most importantly, they were the bloodline to the Chief Minister himself.
Yes the Royal Mulu Resort. The players were Taib’s family, including his sister Raziah, her third husband Robert Geneid and the family of his late brother Arip Mahmud.
The Berawan people were initially accused by Taib of being “greedy” for refusing to hand over their lands for ‘development’. Taib used the army and police to imprison the Berawan natives and put fear into them to hand over their customary land. The leaders of the Berawan tribe protested but were brutally put down.
The nomadic Penan of the area also were affected as they have likewise lost their hunting grounds, due to Taib-sponsored logging all around the actual park and they are now living in shanty settlements on the fringes of the Berawan lands.
Now, the Barisan National in Sarawak is stuck. The Chief Minister Taib is a lame-duck, since he has been exposed brutally (having 4 close relatives involved in this land grab while denying anything). Apparently the BN President our Premier Najib Tun Razak is very angry with Taib (one can only take this with a pinch of salt since it is impossible to believe that he does not know about the level of corruption that is present in Sarawak); he must be angry that he could not control the exposure and exposed the BN to such projections.
But, Taib is determined not to go down so easily; he denies Royal Mulu Resort belongs to his family. But a check with the ROS shows links to his family and his footprints are everywhere.
Even though Taib may believe BN will win in this coming state elections and that he will continue to remain the Chief Minister, he is determined to take down other major contenders for the Chief Ministership, such that a less politically powerful person becomes the chief minister, and can be subject to many pressures.
Right now, Premier Najib is leaving Taib in place, but one can be sure that the Barisan National will be projected as highly corrupt during the coming state election campaigning. Premier Najib knows that Taib is a liability to the Barisan National but his hands are tied.
No wonder Taib is trying to stop Anwar and Jeffery from entering Sarawak in this coming elections. Taib is getting desperate because the shit has hit the fan again.
For me all these means its time for Taib to leave office now.