Monday, December 19, 2011

Call for Malaysia to Arrest Taib

Last Tuesday, seventeen NGOs (including Greenpeace and the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund) called on Malaysian authorities to order the immediate arrest of Abdul Taib Mahmud (above), Sarawak chief minister since 1981 as well as thirteen family members for massive graft and plundering the rich natural resources of Sarawak. Of course, you and I know this will fall on deaf ears.

Taib has long been the target of allegations of systematic corruption – his crimes include the illegal appropriation of public funds and land, abuse of office, fraud, money-laundering “and conspiracy to form a criminal organisation.” Already, it has been claimed that Taib and his family members have stakes in 332 Malaysian and 85 foreign companies worth billions of dollars.

According to media reports, the said parties, i.e. Taib’s office and the MACC - the latter had, in fact, claimed as far back as June 2011 to have started investigating Taib, according to a Malay Mail report dated June 09, 2011 - have declined comment. Taib has also previously denied such allegations.

The wheels of justice move ever so slowly – if they actually move at all.

Yesterday, Liverpool decisively beat Aston Villa 2-0 in this EPL game. Craig Bellamy fired home from close range (11) after Jonjo Shelvey's clever flick created the opening from Stewart Downing's corner. And Bellamy then swung in a 15th-minute corner for Martin Skrtel to find the back of the net with a header from close range.

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