For two days the Sarawak boat tragedy that claimed 12 lives hogged the headlines – but it was later relegated to routine news. Isn’t that a reflection of how cheaply Sarawakian lives are rated. wonders Rani Rasiah.
All the contracts were allegedly granted during the tenure of the Norwegian CEO of Sarawak Energy, which is wholly owned by the state of Sarawak, claims the Bruno Manser Fund.
KUALA LUMPUR, 20 March — A group of civil society organisations is asking for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) following the covert video by Global Witness implicating Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and his family in shady land deals, reports Zurairi AR of The Malaysian Insider.
GENEVA/BERN, Switzerland — Twenty Swiss MPs have filed a motion in parliament that calls for an immediate freeze of assets held by Swiss banks on behalf of the Malaysian Taib family, reports the Bruno Manser Fund.
Sarawak’s indigenous people may have to pay the price for a US$105bn industrialisation scheme. A new report exposes the Sarawak government’s excessive hydropower plans. Bruno Manser Fund is calling for a moratorium on all dam construction after Bakun and for the withdrawal of foreign consultants from socially and environmentally damaging hydropower plans.
MIRI, Sarawak: Torstein Dale Sjotveit, CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), has been alleged to have abused his position by awarding contracts for projects belonging to SEB to the family members of his employer, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, reports the SAVE Rivers network.
The Swiss Federal Council has fueled speculation about the foreign assets of prominent Malaysian politicians, reports the Bruno Manser Fund.
MIRI: Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) together with the Baram Protection Committee (BPAC) totally disagrees with the statement made by Sarawak’s Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud (published in the Borneo Post today) that the “dam is vital for Baram’s future”.
As long as there are huge man-eating crocodiles in rivers to blame, the political and corporate crocodiles of Sarawak will continue feasting – unconscionably – upon the lives of the poor, observes Abang Benet.
The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (Bersih 2.0) condemns in the strongest terms the deportation of Maria Chin Abdullah, the fourth Bersih leader (to suffer the fate), by the Taib Mahmud State Government of Sarawak.