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.

Comments
  1. aborium says:

    I think it would be ease the situation if the CM were to declare his stepping down immediately after the coming election, no matter what the outcome. That way he appeases the potential voters, but leaves him in a shaky position at the Polls. With his wealth and influence, that I think can be overcome. Then again, there is the question of finding a suitable candidate to replace him. Who? Your guess is good as mine. The sooner these two issues are addressed, if not resolved, the better it is for BN in facing the electorate. The old trick of bringing development goodies during campaigns may not work well this time round. People have seen who the real recipients of Sarawak’s brand of politics of development are, so let’s not kid ourselves. PKR as alternative? The gods must be crazy!

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  2. change sarawak says:

    Yes, sarawakian, It is time to wake up! It is time to change. It is time to right the wrong! Sarawakian, best time to ship out the White Hair Rajah. He has his time. 30 years are long enough for him to develop Sarawak.

    See what he has done ? All the big projects are under his family companies. Balak, Sand, Road, Mulu Resort, Sarawak Assembly Building… you name it….he own it…on the other hand, Kapit, the capital of Kapit division, no road access from Sibu or Bintulu after 47 years of independent. Only has access by express boats to Sibu. Unbelieveable and unacceptable ! Shame on your Taib! Bario is another one. Idris Jala, if Taib do not want to do, you do something. Bario is your Kampung. I am pity that as a menteri, you are not able to drive car to Bario, your Kampung. Only access by Twin Otter (8 seats small plan) by MasWings.

    Sarawakians, let’s bangkit like Tunisia and Egypt, topple this white hair rajah. He has overstayed. Absolutely overstayed! It is absolutely not justify to return him to office for another term. What else he can do for the people of Sarawak. He has his time. He has everything, power, money, asset, young wife. Do you thing he still has a “heart” for a better Sarawak ? Let’s think twice.

    Do the right things, Sarawakians. Change you must Sarawak! Vote opposition, vote PR. PR boleh! Sarawak boleh! Sarawakians boleh ! 1 Sarawak ! Tukar! Change!

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  3. Sulaiman Kassim says:

    SARAWAKIAN, PLS WAKE UP…..time to do the Egypt!

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  4. richard says:

    It is time for the native peoples of Sabah and Sarawak to make a stand. Let blood be spilled where needed .

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  5. Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.
    “Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.”Franklin, Benjamin
    Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. “Patriotism” is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by “patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare — never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.

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  6. George says:

    Only a matter of time before Taib Mahmud’s whole family is prosecuted after the change of federal government.
    By then, it may be too late for Sarawakians as all the natural resources would have been stripped, leaving the Dayaks and Ibans to die a horrible death

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