Since 1981, the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Borneo has been governed by Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, one of the most corrupt politicians in Southeast Asia. While Taib himself has personally profited immensely from the destruction of the Borneo rainforest through logging and oil palm plantations, Sarawak’s indigenous communities have lost their land, the source of their livelihood, and have been increasingly marginalized.
Taib and his family members have used the timber wealth of Sarawak to acquire assets worth billions of dollars in Malaysia, Canada, the UK, Australia, the United States and other countries. All of these assets should be restituted to the people of Sarawak, and the Taib family should be prosecuted for corruption, the abuse of public funds, fraud, money-laundering, tax evasion and other related crimes. (Text from http://www.stop-timber-corruption.org/).
A network of activists from around the world have joined together to take action and to hold protests outside Taib-owned properties, as well as buildings and institutions that have otherwise honored him. The Borneo Project has helped spearhead protests in Seattle and San Francisco, joining forces with activists in Canada, Switzerland, and Australia, to bring light to Taib’s corruption.
9.12.11: Deutsche Bank Faces Money Laundering Probe Over Taib
11.14.11: Breaking News UK Investigating Corruption of Sarawak Chief Minister
12.4.11: Richer than the Queen, Top TV Coverage in Canada as Taibs Wealth is Exposed
12.13.11: Malaysian Prosecutors Asked to Arrest Abdul Taib Mahmud on Corruption Charges
12.16.11: Victory for Native Rights as Raziah Sister of Taib is Ordered to Pay Damages for Land Grabs in Sarawak
1.18.12: Plans to Sue the Chief Minister of Sarawak Unveiled Yesterday
4.1.12: Taib has made Mega Millions from his Dam Projects
4.5.12: Malaysian Foreign Minister Named in MACC Investigation Into Sabah Timber Corruption
4.21.12: UBS Faces Money Laundering Allegations in Malaysian Timber Scandal
4.22.12: Swiss Authorities Confirm Money Laundering Investigation Against UBS
6.12.12: UBS Faces Criminal Complaint Over Malaysia Ties
6.12.12: A Desperate Effort to Save the Rainforest of Borneo
6.28.12: Justice Versus the Law in Sarawak
7.12.12: The Mystery of Masing’s Million Ringgit Mansion Revealed Here
9.4.12: Swiss to Investigate UBS for Alleged Money Laundering for Malaysian Rainforest Logging
12.18.12: Guidebook on Reclaiming Sarawak NCR in Courts
12.22.12: Money Laundering? Questions In Australia for Taib’s Brother Onn
12.31.12: Happy New Year? – ‘Black Magic’ And Betrayal Engulf BN!
1.16.13: Taib Family Logging Company Kicked Out Of Liberia!
1.22.13: International Hydropower Association Urged to Cancel Sarawak Conference over Greenwashing Concerns
1.23.13: Sarawak Report Exclusive: The Plot to Dump Taib
1.24.13: Bureaucratic Reform Plays a Part in Reducing Deforestation in Indonesia
2.6.13: Taib Turning into King Coal
2.7.13: Support from the Borneo Project Leads to On-The-Ground Success
2.20.13: ‘Money Politics’ – How It Corrupts Society Top Downwards
2.21.13: ‘Idle No More’ Walk Organized for Sabahans to Speak Out
3.22.13: Corruption in Malaysia Exposed in Undercover Video
3.27.13: NGO Says Malaysian Regulators Should Shut Down Sarawak Companies After Damning Video
4.3.13: In Malaysia’s election, a focus on rainforest graft
4.5.13: Indigenous Communities in Sarawak Express Outrage at Derogatory Remarks – Potential Influence on General Election
4.10.13: The Battle Against Corporate Greed: How the Penan are Fighting to Preserve the Forest Against Loggers
4.18.13: Up For Grabs: How Foreign Investments are Redistributing Land and Water Across the Globe
5.17.13: Bankwatch: Bill Oddie Evicted From HSBC Headquarters After Protest Over Bank’s Links to Logging Companies Blamed for Destruction of the Rainforest in Malaysia
5.20.13: Peter Kallang Denied Entry into IHA Pre-Congress Workshop
5.22.13: 300 Indigenous Protest at IHA World Congress in Kuching
5.24.13: Plague of Deforestation Sweeps Across South-east Asia
6.6.13: Old Smartphones Called in to Save Indonesian Rainforest
6.11.13: Indonesia to Ban Auctions of Timber Seized From Illegal Logging Operations
Update!: The Borneo Project and Bruno Manser Fund demand that the FBI stop supporting Taib
Borneo Project and BMF letter to the FBI
Take Action: Click here to ask the FBI office in Seattle to stop supporting Taib by stopping renting from him
Learn More: http://www.stop-timber-corruption.org.
Read More: Logging’s Ill-Gotten Gains Hidden in Plain Sight, by Judith Mayer, Earth Island Journal