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Loyalists think Taib’s a ‘hard to find jewel’

 | February 24, 2011

'Fabulously' rich Chief Minister Taib Mahmud should stay on, according to his diehard supporters.

BINTULU: Think what you like but the diehards and “loyalists” in Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s party think he is a “jewel” and should be given another term “because of his ability to design and implement” development projects.

According to Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Taib is a politician who is willing to sacrifice his life for his people.

“Taib is like a jewel to the people of Sarawak and a leader who is very hard to find. He should be given another term to design and implement Sarawak’s development,” he said.

He added that the party had never raised the issue of Taib’s retirement and prefered to leave it to him to decide.

Come May 2011,  Taib, who has been described as “fabulously wealthy” will celebrate his 30th anniversary at the helm of the sprawling resource-rich Sarawak which also houses the poorest of
Malaysians.

The online media has been at the frontline with reports of Taib’s shocking wealth and his family’s opulent lifestyle here and abroad and his alleged plundering of state resources.

On Monday, the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund released a blacklist of 49 companies in eight countries which were linked to Taib and his family.

The fund called on all eight countries to freeze Taib assets. It also called on the countries to launch anti-corruption and anti-money laundering investigations into Taib-linked businesses in these countries.

The list named 13 Malaysian companies, including Taib family-owned Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS), which incidentally is the Sarawak’s largest private company, and the Ta Ann logging group.

Asked about these online allegations, Karim said: “There’s nothing much we can do… the cyber law in our country is not enough to prevent inflammatory activities on the Internet.

“We can only hope that those who are exposed to the Internet would not believe what is written,” he told reporters in Balingian recently.

He said attacks on BN leaders were a common occurrences during election time.

“In the past, we use to deal with poison-pen letters, but now we have to encounter attacks through blogs in the Internet,” he said, adding that the government should introduce laws to curb cyver attacks.


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