Global Witness reveals the systemic corruption and illegality at the heart of government in Sarawak.
This film, shot undercover during the investigation, reveals for the first time the instruments used by members of the ruling Taib family and its local lawyers to skirt Malaysia’s laws and taxes, creaming off huge profits at the expense of indigenous people and hiding their dirty money in Singapore, alleges Global Witness.
But lawyers acting for Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud insisted: “Our client’s wider family consists of hundreds of individuals. Our client has no responsibility for or contact with the vast majority of these people…
“The government of Sarawak issues licences for land in very controlled circumstances, as part of a general policy for limited agricultural and industrial development. This is an administrative exercise, not political patronage.
“Individuals can apply for land under certain circumstances. Your statement suggests that the system is directed towards relatives of the chief minister. This is not the case.”
MACC, what are you going to do about this?
And Najib, what action will he take?
Read this Sarawak Report write-up.