Monday, August 20

Olympic medalist Pandelela asked to turn down Malaysian potentate’s "special gift“


20 August 2012 – for immediate release

Malaysian diving champion warned of political manipulation by Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud

The Bruno Manser Fund congratulates Malaysian Olympics medalist Pandelela Rinong Pamg for her fantastic performance at the London Olympics, which won her a bronze medal in the 10 m platform diving event. The Sarawak diver was the first Malaysian woman to win an Olympic medal.

However, the Swiss human rights organization warns the diving champion from political manipulation by Sarawak potentate Taib Mahmud ("Taib“). Last week, Taib announced he would reward the 19-year old bronze medallist with a "special gift“ upon her return to Sarawak. Pandelela is a Bidayuh native of Sarawak, a Malaysian state that is home to over 40 indigenous peoples

"Taib Mahmud has abused his political power and done more harm to Sarawak’s indigenous peoples than any other Malaysian politician“, the Bruno Manser Fund wrote in a statement. 

"He lacks the moral legitimacy to make a special gift to an outstanding Bidayuh champion like Pandelela. We call on Pandelela Rinong Pamg not to let herself be politically manipulated and advise her to politely turn down Taib’s 'special gift’.“

Taib Mahmud has been Chief Minister of Sarawak since 1981. He has abused his public office in a spectacular way and has granted his family members logging and plantation concessions over several hundred thousand hectares of native lands. Last year, research by the Bruno Manser Fund showed that Taib family members are stakeholders in more than 400 coompanies in 25 countries, worth several billion US dollars.

It is feared that Taib is planning to abuse Pandelela’s Olympic success to boost his own dwindling popularity. 

"The only gift Pandelela should accept from Taib is his resignation as Chief Minister, which would be a relief to the whole of Sarawak.“

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Alan Newman said...

Horrific plunder and theft, skinning & fleecing the whole State. One person controlling everything economic in Sarawak. 31 years! George Soros: “Look at the Sarawak Chief Minister selling billions worth of timber concessions under the table; selling every piece of state land to businessmen without tender; using his own companies to obtain lucrative government contracts; … 'you pay I approve'. He has 8 billion US stashed overseas….. In China people have been shot for embezzling one thousand dollars. With 8 billion you have stolen, therefore you would be shot 80,000 times….The Prime Minister built highways without tender, your cronies get the deal and the price double.” Millions of people deprived of a decent livelihood. Many lack schools, electricity & drinking water. We now call the most horrible curse on all these criminals.

Alan Newman said...

Pandelela should ask Mr CM Taib:" Why was Bruno murdered after he came all the way from Switzerland to help natives against your destruction of forest? Why was your US Aide Boyert tortured till he died with a plastic bag around his head when he didn't show total obedience? You are Chief Ministr, Finance Ministr & Planning & Resources Ministr for 31 years and yr Uncle some 20 yrs before you. You control all aspects of economic activities from timber to shipping to land development to hydro; contracts awarded without tender, your cronies live in palaces while there's no decent trunk road from Sematan to Limbang, while natives lack electricity and drinking water. How much have you, yr Uncle and cronies taken from Sarawak? Foreign analysts estimated not less than RM25billion = RM25,000 million. Your daughter in law's divorce claim alone is RM400mil. Have you not indirectly or directly destroyed Sarawak? Foreigners in bersih, democratic countries like NZ rate you as a murderer, lower than the lowest animals and criminals.They are shocked you have the cheek to still show your face."

Alan Newman said...

One of the most sickening, despicable regimes in the world. State-controlled media, deceiving the people, rigging elections, gerrymandering. Stole, mismanaged and losing hundreds of billions of RM$. The Twin Towers remains half empty, Dayabumi is infested with drug-addicts. Apartheid: Petronas - 99% Malay. Universities out of reach for Chinese & Indians causing brain drain & financial outflow. What happened to Scorpene’s Mongolian murder? Murder of Teoh B H over an alleged few thousand RM$ on his wedding day? Death of Boyert - Taib fomer aide? What happened to MACC’s investigation of Taib’s 31 yrs in power, holding 3 supreme portfolios of Chief Ministr, Finance Ministr & Planning & Resources Ministr & profiteering from every aspect of Sarawak’s economy. Concessions & contracts awarded without tenders….the list is endless. Shame on you BN, UMNO, PBB. God’s nemesis will deal with you, just watch.

Mycos said...

The corruption and theft under Taib has only recently (I'm sorry to admit) come to my attention here Canada. Recently Sean Murray, the Canadian spouse of Taib's daughter Jamilla, made a statement complaining they wish be left alone by those asking about the source of the initial wealth that was used by Jamilla to launch her highly successful real-estate business here in the West. During that statement he commented that his wife "is a Canadian citizen!"

Why that interests me, and is the reason why I have bothered to reiterate it here, is that I have heard that taking citizenship with another nation while still a citizen of your country is something that raises several legal problems for her regarding the transfer of wealth and property by her father "Taib", to her in Canada, presents something of a legal problem for the two, re:

Is this true? And if so, what can I, as a Canadian citizen, do about the matter? I do not wish to have the good name of Canada besmirched by allowing pirates like this Taib Clan use it as an overseas stash for their ill-gotten gains.