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Environmentalists want Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib arrested
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BASEL (Switzerland) - An international coalition of environmental NGOs from Malaysia and Europe put pressure on Putrajaya on Monday to arrest Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and his relatives for alleged widespread corruption, warning that the country's "international credibility is at stake".

The letter endorsed by 17 non-government organisations was addressed to Malaysia's police, Attorney-General and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and was copied to all major foreign embassies in Kuala Lumpur, the group said in a release yesterday.

The most prominent signatories were Greenpeace and FERN, with three Sarawak NGOs endorsing the letter.

Environmental groups have long expressed concern about over-logging and deforestation in the state of Sarawak, on the northern coast of the island of Borneo.

In the letter, the NGOs accused the 75-year-old Mr Abdul Taib - who has ruled Sarawak since 1981 - and 13 of his family members of graft, abuse of power and illegal land appropriations, as well as "suspected money-laundering, and conspiracy to form a criminal organisation".

The Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund, which led the effort, said public records in several countries showed that Mr Abdul Taib and his immediate family have stakes in 332 Malaysian and 85 foreign companies, with the net assets of their stake in 14 large Malaysian companies alone amounting to US$1.46 billion (S$1.9 billion).

The NGOs noted that Mr Abdul Taib did not possess and "significant independent assets" prior to his becoming a full-time government minister in 1963, and cited three examples of Abdul Taib family-controlled companies that have monopolies in Sarawak.

The letter also warned that the Abdul Taib family have been transferring illegally-gained assets, estimated to be several billions of dollars, out of the country.

In June, the MACC confirmed that it was investigating Mr Abdul Taib, but the agency did not comment yesterday on the NGOs' letter. The Chief Minister's office also declined comment on the allegations, which Mr Abdul Taib has consistently denied.

Mr Abdul Taib has a key role in the Barisan Nasional coalition, with Sarawak a stronghold for the ruling coalition.

http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC1 ... ister-Abdul-Taib-arrested

Posted on: 2011/12/14 12:15
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Re: Environmentalists want Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib arrested
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He can't be arrested in Malaysia as MACC, police, ministers etc...kowtow to him and he is the GOD Father. Arrest him when he go oversea let's say to Switzerland depositing his ill gotten wealth.

Posted on: 2011/12/15 8:37
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Re: Environmentalists want Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib arrested
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Too bad people there are not capable of doing an Arab-Spring style revolt to topple him.

Posted on: 2011/12/15 12:28
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