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Re: RM32 Million Kickbacks for Sarawak Timber
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good old trick doesn't work anymore, welcome to new century

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Re: RM32 Million Kickbacks for Sarawak Timber
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This is on the frontpage of the Borneo Post today. It is definately refrenced to the lawsuits although it is not directly mentioned in the article.

Its pretty long-winded and even makes references to TPK and why he keeps getting airport projects!

It also seems to indicate to me that he is trying to explain in a 'round-about' way that the fact politicians and other 'elites' keep getting richer and keep getting projects is because of just that. They are 'elites' and are therefore more qualified! Its also just a coincidence that elites tend to be related to each other in some way (eg. family, frens...) and this happens everywhere in the world. Therefore don't take it personally!

That's what I gathered from skim-reading it. You guys read it and judge for yourself.

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DON'T COWER, BACKBENCHERS!]

Raynore Mering
4/05/2007

Taib calls for strengthening of faith in the State’s legal system in the face of misplaced criticisms and smear campaigns

DAMAI: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday told Sarawak government backbenchers not to cower in the face of accusations but to make full use of the country’s legal system to “fight it out”.

“Our (legal) system is good enough to fight it out and I will show the example to you. You should not be afraid,” he said when opening the Parliamentary Seminar for Government Backbenchers 2007 here.

“Politicians are always subjected to many things, not only pressure from the electorate but also smear campaigns, which are possible in our settings because of the freedom we have. But you must not be scared,” Taib added.

He said although they had integrity and honesty, they still had to deal with a lot of grey areas and because of that their action could be misinterpreted.

He said in such a situation it could be disheartening to make bold decisions, but nonetheless “there are no bold decisions in new areas unless you have the conviction to do what you have to do for the good of the people”.

“You respect all the various honesty safeguards that have been given to you but even then you can be misunderstood and falsely accused. You don’t have to be afraid of it. You must have enough trust in our legal system to protect us,” he said.

He said that if the backbenchers were not brave enough they would not be able to achieve what they had set out to do and this was especially true in the context of Sarawak’s future developments that included energy intensive industry, major ports and massive housing projects.

“These projects have got to benefit someone somehow. It will, therefore, attract criticism. In our setting this (criticism) is worst of course because our society has not developed as a whole to an equal and uniform level of education.”

He explained that those with the education, the intelligence and the expertise in commercial matters would get rich overnight and these people tended to be from the “elite” who went on to produce politicians, civil servants and businessmen who could be close-knit.

Taib said: “If you base this by Western standards, of course, there must be something wrong with this country, where a small group of people are sometimes related … as brothers, cousins, classmates … you can’t avoid these things (people being related to one another).

“If you avoid them, you are going to push most of the jobs of developing the State to people who are not connected to the administration, not connected to politics and who can’t implement. They can’t implement your dreams of achieving prosperity.

“Prosperity is not only about investing in the economy. It depends also on having enough good people to translate your dreams into commercial reality.”

According to him, even in Sarawak there is a “self-made man” who can build airports in half the time compared to Western standards and because of that the government engaged him for more jobs.

As such, Taib said some people would think that there was something wrong somewhere because the man seemed to get all the airport contracts, not realising that the country needed to speed up development.

“So you can see a lot of superficial picture not understood by outsiders that can be grounds for throwing wild accusations.

“All countries move in this same direction, even Europe and America … but if you study the pattern of how wealth is distributed, it has always been the small elites in the beginning, then it grows bigger and bigger. When there is enough uniform standard of education, you find there are much more widespread opportunities that can be used.

“So this is the picture of developing countries. These are the things that are going to harass us in the years until 2020, until our people are much more uniformly educated. Yet if we are not careful this will become the political problems and issues. It can even destabilise the country,” he said.

Therefore, leaders must prepare themselves to safeguard their capabilities and they must boldly explain their position so that the people would understand how decisions were derived, he said.

“We have to assure them (people) that nothing wrong is happening and if a wrong is done, we have to take action to right it. We can’t evade this anymore,” he said.

In this regard, he said it was important that the State’s leaders continue to build good leadership with integrity and they must ensure that the people understand the government’s aims and policies.

He said it was now not good enough for them to just do a lot of things for the people without explaining why they did what they did and how honest they were in implementing projects.

He also warned against complacency, saying: “The moment the people do not fully understand what we are doing, they will turn away from us even though we have done so much for them. That explains why certain parties are supported and some are not. That also explains why there can be protest votes rather than on the main issues that affect their lives.

“So we need to accept this and that to be a backbencher means to be embroiled with the policies of the government as deeply as possible and to spread that understanding of policy among our electorate.”

Taib emphasised that backbenchers should not allow the people to open the proverbial Pandora’s Box on their State due to their lack of understanding of the government’s aims.

“Leadership, integrity and development go together. They cannot be separated and to be a backbencher means that we teach our people to understand that these are inseparable issues.”

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This article is from Malaysiakini.

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3/05/2007

Embattled Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud today sent a message to his fellow state leaders - be brave and fight “smear campaigns”.

Taib, in office for 26 years, was recently implicated in a RM32 million timber kickback scandal.

Last week, Taib has threatened to sue malaysiakini for publishing a total of eight articles implicating him to the kickbacks.

Opening a parliamentary seminar for government backbenchers, the chief minister said that “we must be brave and fight any smear campaign”. He also indicated that he would not hesitate to take the matter to court.

"Don't fear. We have to fight it out,” he was quoted as saying by Star online today.

Taib said politicians were today subjected to smear campaigns from their political rivals. The state BN coalition chairperson is also planning to sue PKR leaders in the state for distributing copies of the malaysiakini articles.

Don’t be afraid

"I will show you that we can protect ourselves through the legal system,'' he said at the seminar held at the Santubong beach resort.

``So, don't be afraid. You must have a conviction to do what you have planned to do and do it according to your conscience," he added.

Taib added that even though the government “had done a lot for the people, they could still switch their support to the opposition if they failed to understand that the developments were for their benefits.”

He said the old way of looking for precedents as a guide could no longer be valid as the state was venturing into new areas of development.

Citing an example, he said the state planned to develop the proposed Murum and Belaga hydro-electric dam projects in the upper Rejang Basin in central Sarawak to power energy-intensive industries, like the aluminium smelting plants.

The two-day seminar entitled "The role of political leaders: Integrity and development'' was attended by Barisan MPs and assemblymen, political secretaries and senior government officers.

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lol that is so obvious.

they shud have a legal system where a politician should only be working for a maximum of 8 years and let someone else take over the job.

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shut the fcuk up, someone force ACA to screen him and do the talkings later.

What is he trying to prove? Trying to sweet talk in the media so hopefully, people will give in to him?

Now is not the right time to say what he had just said, he should only be saying this when he is proven not guilty.

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shut the fcuk up, someone force ACA to screen him and do the talkings later.

What is he trying to prove? Trying to sweet talk in the media so hopefully, people will give in to him?

Now is not the right time to say what he had just said, he should only be saying this when he is proven not guilty.

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Yawn...

Nothing's going to happen to Taib, even though everyone and their dog knows he's corrupt as hell. There's just no big incentive for ACA or the establishment to bring him down.

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ACA STARTS PROBE ON REPORT AGAINST TAIB

Tony Thien
04/05/2007

The Anti-Corruption Agency has started investigations into media reports implicating Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and his family in an alleged RM32 million 'kickbacks' paid by Japanese shipping companies carrying Sarawak logs to Japan.

This was revealed by a senior state ACA officer Supt Roslan Rambli this afternoon when a state Parti Keadilan Rakyat delegation went to Sarawak ACA headquarters in Kuching to enquire the status of investigations following a report lodged on April 13.

The report was made following Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's call to any interested parties to make official reports before the ACA could act.

The PKR delegation was led by state chief Wan Zainal Abidin Wan Senusi and included his deputy Baharuddin Mokhsen and party’s state legal advisor See Chee How.

The state ACA chief Mohd Yusoff Akope was not present but according to Wan Zainal, he has confirmed he would meet them on May 9 at 3.30pm to discuss an update on the matter.

The story on the alleged kickbacks first appeared in the Japan Times on March 29. It was later carried in the Asashi Shimbun and the International Herald Tribune Japan edition and picked up by malaysiakini.

It was also mentioned in several vernacular newspapers in Malaysia.

Legal action planned

Taib later threatened to sue malaysiakini unless it retracted the story and apologised to him. Malaysiakini has rebuffed the chief minister's demands.

Yesterday, while addressing a Sarawak backbenchers club meeting in Kuching, the chief minister appeared to be in combative mood, saying he would use the legal system to fight anyone trying to smear his name.

In a statement after visiting the ACA office, Wan Zainal said the visit was a follow-up to their report to ACA on April 13.

“Taib's denial of involvement in receiving the money through Regent Star in Hong Kong has not done any good to his tainted image,” he said.

“We feel that the only way he can ‘clear’ his name and that of the people of Sarawak is by voluntarily agreeing to be investigated by the ACA.”

“Only an investigation can unveil the truth behind the alleged scandal,” he added.

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Let's see how far this "investigation" will go.. (I'm not holding my breath)

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ti kong kong po pi la, hopefully evrything is reality and purity, no one of them is involve with the corrution, shud investigate like hk icac, then the dick head Prick will not dare to do something unfair.

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