Friday, March 27, 2009

LCDA: Let's Chase Dayaks Away

Photographs from DayakNation:

Taib Mahmud Is A Very Sick Man

Taib is a very sick man. Not only does he suffer from colon cancer, but also cancer of the brain, cancer of the heart and cancer of the soul.

Symptoms are greed, lust for power, aggrandisement, lying, egomania, megalomania, denial, grand scale kleptomania, deception, intolerance, anger, expensive tastes, waste, extravagance, unfeeling and uncaring, lack of conscience, ethics and principles, inhuman, habitual and chronic misgovernance, corruption and maladministration.

New and more frightening symptoms are being discovered by the day.

These are highly contagious diseases which have affected his entire family, henchmen and cronies and their families as well and will affect all those who come into contact with him and them.

Shake or kiss his hand and kowtow to him at your own peril.

Shun him and all his family, henchmen and cronies and their families until this plague is removed from the face of Sarawak.

The only known cure for this disease, known as corruptus debilitatus or debilitating corruption, is sincere repentance and restitution (return of all wealth stolen from Sarawak).

However, in really chronic cases, denial of reality has already been so strongly engrained that they will refuse to accept any wrongdoing on their part, therefore denying themselves of cure.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

What Is The True Value Of All NCR Land In Sarawak?

Taib Mahmud himself has admitted that there are at least 2 million acres of NCR land in Sarawak. See Sarawak Headhunter's post "You see, they (Taib & gang) have 7 million hectares of timber concessions. Apa itu?".

It could be more, but let us take this figure as true for the time being. Taib's regime grossly undervalues NCR land for the purpose of joint ventures by arbitrarily fixing a rate of RM1,200 per hectare (or RM485 per acre).

This rate has never been revised since the inception of the so-called "New Concept" of NCR land development by Taib's government almost 15 years ago, even though one would normally expect that there will be some increase in the value of the land over the years.

Who gains from this price-fixing? The joint-venture partners, usually Taib's family, henchmen and cronies who pay less to the native landowners, of course - if they even intend to pay.

What then is the real (market) value of NCR lands today? No official valuation has been done, but indications are that the current market value is in the region of RM1,500 to RM2,000 per acre (RM3,706 to RM4,942 per hectare) depending on the location and suitability of the land, still on the low side.

This would place the total value of all NCR lands in Sarawak at between RM7.41 billion to RM9.88 billion before development.

After development, the value could go as high as RM25,000 per acre (RM60,250 per hectare) or a total of RM120 billion for 2 million hectares, capable of generating conservatively at a rate of 5% return annually RM6 billion of income.

For reference, see this article "Why you should consider buying oil palm land now?" by Ong KL.

Assuming that there are 500,000 NCR landowners (could be less), this would mean that each of them would earn RM12,000 per year at least.

Surely an investment model could be developed that would ensure this? If the state government can't or won't do it, then PKR should.

UMNO Song - UMNO Terus Rompak Rakyat Malaysia

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sarawakians, Here's Where Some Of The Money Stolen From You Went

Rockcliffe 'palace' Ottawa's No. 2 home

New house valued at $9,609,000, 2nd only to Cowpland mansion

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Timber - How Do They Cheat?

Sarawak Headhunter will make this as simple as possible so that everyone can understand beyond a doubt how Taib, his family, henchmen and cronies involved in the timber business blatantly cheat (actually steal) and shortchange the state so that they themselves can obtain maximum benefit and profit without having to account for it or pay the royalties and taxes rightfully due to the state and federal governments.

There are a few basic ways to do it, all involving under-declarations or false declarations, with the connivance of the state authorities of course. In Sarawak the state authorities means Taib.

First is to under-declare the volume or tonnage sold/exported. Next is to under-declare the grade and the price combined with false declarations as to the actual species and actual buyers. This involves nothing more than having 2 different sets of shipping documents drawn up and that more or less completes the method of operation of all timber scams perpetrated by them. Very simple and straightforward.

Don't the authorities know about this? Of course they do - they are all involved and everyone gets his cut. How does Sarawak Headhunter know this? Just take a look at the official statistics on the Malaysian Timber Industry Board's (MTIB) website.

More valuable and expensive species are grouped together and supposedly sold as MLH or Mixed Light Hardwood, the cheapest timber, which sold for RM480 per m3 ex-logpond in Malaya in May 2008 compared to Dark Red Meranti at RM860 and Chengal at RM2,290. See the prices here.

But then, you may ask, why am I using Malayan prices?

The reason is very simple. Somehow, Sarawak timber has managed to do the impossible and priced itself even below Malayan MLH. How is this possible, unless they (the Sarawak timber companies) are cheating? In fact they have cheated so much that this is what has actually happened. Don't believe me? Where is the evidence of this? See the MTIB site here (Export of Logs by Sarawak, January-August 2008).

Sarawak exported 2,402,146 m3 of logs during this period with a total FOB value of RM1,080,000,115. No species are stated - are we to assume all are MLH? The average price per m3 is therefore RM450.

First of all, even if we accept that ALL Sarawak log exports are MLH, we would expect the FOB price to be higher than the logpond price because of transport costs.

Secondly, it is unbelievable that Sarawak does not export any higher-priced logs of more valuable species such as meranti. If there are any such higher-priced logs, definitely the average price would be higher than that for MLH.

Even if only 10% of the volume of the logs was priced at an average of RM1,000 per m3, this would bring the average price per m3 up to RM505 and make a difference of RM132 million in revenue. Do you think it is only RM132 million that they have not declared?

To capture the difference, they use a mechanism known as "transfer pricing", where they will invoice a related company (controlled by themselves) the lower price and sum, and this related company, usually residing outside of Malaysia in a friendly lower-tax or even tax-free country, will then invoice the actual buyer the real price and sum.

This is illegal of course and constitutes not only tax evasion but also money laundering. Taib himself is guilty of this plus abuse of power and position for personal gain as well.

You can figure out for yourself the scale of their deception and how much these greedy pigs have stolen out of Sarawak's timber resources over the years, that is on top of whatever else they have stolen from the government coffers through one-sided contracts, over-priced, wasteful and unnecessary projects plus the costs of their mismanagement, misgovernance and maladministration.

As an anonymous timberman says:

"I used to work with one of the 3 largest timber companies in Sarawak from 1996 to 2002.

The timber company, listed on Bursa Malaysia main board, keeps two sets of accounts. One set is for legitimate transactions and another for transactions whereby royalty is not paid.

You may know of a company called Sarawak Transport (not Sarawak Transport Company, the bus service). Sarawak Transport belonged to Cahaya Mata Sarawak. When it was formed, and for many years onwards, it did not own a single land, air or sea transport vehicle.

Instead, for every cubic meter of timber exported from Sarawak, a certain fee is paid to Sarawak Transport by the exporter.

Befriend an accountant in any of the largest timber companies in Sarawak. They can tell you the exact facts and figures.


So what say you MACC, Malaysian Stock Exchange, Police Commercial Crime Department, Inland Revenue Board and Bank Negara Anti-Money Laundering Department? Anybody? No evidence? No crime? Nothing?

Sarawak Headhunter Original Jokes 1 - What Is RM1 Billion?

Q: What is RM1 billion?
Taib: The annual franchise fee anyone who wants to take over as Chief Minister must pay to me.
Q: But what if it's your son taking over?
Taib: Business is business!

Q: What is RM1 billion?
Taib: 2.4 million m3 of timber logs exported.
Q: But isn't that only Rm416 per m3?
Taib: Don't tell the Indians (and the Taiwanese, Japanese, Chinese and Koreans)!

Q: What is RM1 billion?
Taib: 2.4 million m3 of timber logs exported.
Q: But isn't that only RM416 per m3?
Taib: That's what I said!
Q: But wasn't the lowest price for MLH logs in Malaya at least RM480 per m3 at that time?
Taib: Don't tell the Inland Revenue!

Q: What is RM1 billion?
Taib: 2.4 million m3 of timber logs exported.
Q: But isn't that only RM416 per m3?
Taib: That's what I said!
Q: But wasn't the lowest price for MLH logs in Malaya at least RM480 per m3 at that time?
Taib: Those bloody timber guys must be cheating me!

or alternatively

Taib: That's how I cheat!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sarawak - History Repeats Itself

Is history repeating itself? For a glimpse into what is happening in Sarawak today, take note of the following, which was written by Alfred C Haddon in his book, "Headhunters, Black, White & Brown", of his travels between 1898-1899:

"The former sultans held nominal sway over a considerable portion of northern Borneo; but though the Malays brought with them a relatively high civilisation, they only affected the coastal population, no influence was exercised for the improvement of the condition of the interior natives. The Malay traders have always been adventuresome, and they introduced various trade goods up the rivers; but the up-river tribes, such as the Kayans and Kenyahs, do not appear to have acknowledged the authority of the sultans, or to have paid them tribute.

The power of the sultans and of their subordinates, from the highest to the lowest, has for a long time been exerted to extract the maximum amount of revenue out of those unfortunate coastal tribes who, by their propinquity, could not escape from their cruel and rapacious neighbours. Whatever it may have been in the past, the history of the Brunei administration for the last half-century has been marked by rapine, bloodshed, extortion, injustice, and utter hopelessness.

The fall of the power of Brunei is probably owing to causes that have hastened the fall of other empires and cities. The State was founded by a civilised and even a polished people, expert in the arts of life; but success and power became undermined by wealth, luxury, and sensuality, which destroyed the energy that created those conditions in which alone they could thrive. Strength of character sunk into aimless cruelty."

And further, "Owing to an ineffective and rapacious system of government, great dissatisfaction with the Sultan has for a long time been felt by the natives, and as a result the Sultanate has shrunk to the small triangular area which constitutes the drainage basins of the Balait, Tutong, and Brunei rivers. At the present time natives of the Balait and Tutong have hoisted the Sarawak flag, and are urging the Rajah to take them over. It is obvious that the days of Malay dynasty in Borneo are numbered."

"There would be a grave danger to the natives if Sarawak was "opened up" according to the desires of certain financiers or corporations whose sole idea is to make money. The "development" of a country does not necessarily mean the welfare of the original inhabitants; too often it spells their ruin or extermination. The hustling white man wants to make as much money as he can within the shortest possible time; but rapid exploitation is not development, and in many tropical countries it has meant that if the aborigines will not work as hard for the foreigner as the latter desires, their place must be taken by coolies from elsewhere."

Tell me, Sarawakians, is this not what Taib and the BN regime in Sarawak (and also Malaya) have become?

Their imminent fall from power at the hands of the people who have been victims of their aimless cruelty gets nearer by the day.

Sarawakians for Sarawak! Agi idup agi ngelaban!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sarawak - Land of the Dammed

If what Sarawak Energy Berhad ("SEB") is scheming to implement for Sarawak together with elements of China's state-owned companies involved in electricity-generation and hydro-electric power plants/dams, Sarawak will have the dubious honour of having the most number of dams in Malaysia (52 dams to be precise), which it does not need.

What does this mean for Sarawakians? Who will benefit from these dams and the electricity generated from them? How will they affect the natives and the wildlife who live in the areas where they are planned to be located? How will they affect the environment and the entire eco-systems of large parts of Sarawak? What will the costs be like and who will bear these costs? What will the profits be like and who will derive these profits?

The frightening conclusion is that the people of Sarawak, especially the natives, will continue to be held hostage and to ransom by Taib Mahmud, the Chief Minister and his family, henchmen and cronies for a very very long time (long even after Taib is dead and gone - he will be dead soon enough, sooner than later).

Take a look for instance at who is behind SEB, supposedly 65% owned by the state government. Why "supposedly"? Because Taib treats state government-owned corporations as if they were his own, and the same goes for his family, henchmen and cronies. As can be seen from its Annual Report 2007, most of the top management of SEB are either related in one way or another to Taib and are active participants in the continuing gang rape of Sarawak:

Hamed Sepawi is a cousin of Taib's, also Chairman of Naim Cendera Holdings Berhad and Ta Ann Holdings Berhad. He is a timberman, formerly with STIDC (the Sarawak Timber Industrial Development Corporation) and holds a Master's degree in Forest Products. Aziz Husain is Taib's brother in law, former State Secretary, now full time mismanaging SEB for the sake of the family businesses. Wilson, present State Secretary, is married to Mohd Leo Toyad's cousin.

J.C. Fong is former Sarawak State Attorney General responsible for drafting anti-NCR and other anti-native land laws for Taib's regime. Idris Buang is Taib's former Chief Political Secretary, also a Director of Hock Seng Lee Berhad (all Sarawakians should know the significance of this). Nordin Baharuddin is Chairman of KUB Malaysia Berhad and also a Director of Scomi Engineering Berhad (all Malaysians should know the significance of this).

Can they really be classified as "independent" directors? Only nominally.

Their secret plans to build 52 dams in collusion with China state-owned corporations involved in dams (especially the Three Gorges Dam project, described by Chinese journalist Dai Qing as "a black hole of corruption") have been exposed previously. Notwithstanding this exposure, we can still expect these 52 dams to become 52 black holes of corruption! That is if there is no change in the state government in the next elections.

Let us have a closer look at those plans.

Click on the above link to get a copy of the PDF document of this Powerpoint presentation.

The Panda Bears and the Orang Utans have now teamed up to rob Sarawak in the name of friendship?

We have the world's largest LNG complex in Bintulu. If we can export all that gas, why can't we use it for local power generation as well? Surely building a state-wide gas pipeline will be cheaper to construct and operate rather than 52 dams? There would also be other side benefits such as the use of gas for domestic households as well. Unless of course there are other reasons why they won't seriously consider this option.

Here we have it, 52 dam sites identified covering a large part of Sarawak. How many natives will these dams displace? Irrelevant. Where will they be resettled and under what allternative conditions will they have to live and obtain a livelihood? Irrelevant. How much forest and wildlife will disappear and become extinct? Irrelevant. How will these dams affect the eco-systems and the environment? Irrelevant. How much money will Taib, his family, henchmen and cronies and their children for generations make at the expense of all other Sarawakians? Now that is relevant!

Increase the use of gas for power generation.

Increased use of gas will decrease the use of coal, which is arguably more polluting than gas.

Do we really need more huge lakes similar to the lake in Bakun which is supposedly the size of Singapore? Aren't we in the least concerend about the environmental impact all these lakes will cause and the environmental damage caused by damming up our rivers?

Who says TPK got all the timber? He must have been in such a hurry that he left some behind. Does this look like half of the area was under shifting cultivation as James Masing said while being grilled on Aljazeera? He wouldn't last long in a court of law. James, you liar! You lied to the whole world for Taib! If you want to lie convincingly, try lie about something that people can't see, touch or feel or where there is no evidence or where the evidence has "disappeared".

Why hydropower? Costs can be as low as 2 sen per kwh (and even for Bakun with the submarine cable, 3.5 sen per kwh). There are virtually no fuel costs and the electricity can still be sold at market rate - profits can be as high as 400% to 500% if the cost savings are not passed on to the consumer. Added bonus is the unaccounted for timber felled during site clearing.

Do you see what I see? Timber, timber, timber! Do you think the natives will get a few sticks at least? No hope lah!

Why China, knowing the level of corruption that goes on in their dam-building companies? Or is it precisely because of that? Does anyone know how much all the timber in Murum is worth?

More timber.

Yet more timber.

No more timber.

Never mind. Still more timber here.

Timber, timber, timber...any for James Masing I wonder? Maybe if he's been a good boy.

Still got timber lah! No wonder there are still logging concessions in the area.

How much timber are we talking about here? Billions and billions of RM worth, all to disappear without a trace.

Yes folks, the timber and the forests will be gone soon enough if they get their way. But they have plans far, far into the future. Dare we think that those plans will have the interest of future generations of Sarawakians in mind? Or are our future generations just going to be consumers of a captive market and victims of a nefarious scheme to enslave them to a system that is designed to be controlled by the descendants of Taib's family, henchmen and cronies? What a scheme!

Yes! Thank you! Thank you! Your continuing loyalty to Taib and the Sarawak (as well as Federal) BN will ensure your enslavement and that of your descendants to future generations of exploiters of his family, henchmen and cronies and those of the Malayans as well.

If you do not wish to see this happen and Sarawak to become Land of the Dammed, influence everyone you know to vote against Taib and his BN regime in the Batang Ai by-election and the next state elections as well.

Do this for the sake of your own future and that of your children and their children, that you and they may live your lives in dignity and free from oppression, tyranny and deprivation caused by the greed and lust for power of a few evil and twisted individuals.

Your destiny is in your own hands.

Sarawakians for Sarawak! Agi idup agi ngelaban!