Saturday, February 26, 2011

Targeting Taib

BBC News reported on January 05, 2011 that Britain’s Queen has appeared to have given her blessing to the Oscar-nominated film The King's Speech, which portrays her father King George VI. The BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani said the Queen is understood to have had a private screening of the film and is said to have found it moving. The story details her father's battle against his speech impediment and also shows a young Princess Elizabeth.

Screenwriter David Seidler said the approval was the ultimate honor. Yes, indeed.

Malaysia Today yesterday carried Suaram’s call to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to probe Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. The rights group said it was appalled by the government’s continued silence following the shocking exposure of a long list of foreign assets allegedly linked to the politician’s family.

Suaram coordinator Hasbeemasputra Abu Bakar also questioned why MACC had not swung into action despite the overwhelming evidence put forth by the Bruno Manser Fund and a number of other whistleblowers.

“This inaction could be seen as tacit approval of corruption and an inability or even unwillingness to crack down on corruption despite many public statements to the contrary,” he said.

Apart from initiating a probe, Hasbeemasputra also said that MACC should identify and freeze Taib’s alleged assets if need be so that they can be used for future restitution to the people of Sarawak.

Taib, who has been chief minister since 1981, is also the state finance minister as well as planning and resources minister. He and his family are believed to have set up a global business empire across eight countries and are allegedly worth several billions of ringgit, according to the list released by the BMF on February 21.

We all know that Taib won’t be touched, don’t we? Najib dare not lift a finger against him. Only Sarawakians can eject him – have they the courage?

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