The Bruno Manser Fund Report on the Taib Family, Sarawak

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Corruption Inside Sarawak: Inside Malaysia’s Shadow State

Defying Sarawak’s ‘White Rajah’ has paid off, says activist


 

Dr Lukas Straumann, the executive director of Swiss-based environmental watchdog Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), has spent much of the last decade trying to track down and convince Malaysian and international authorities to look into the Taib family’s immense wealth.

In 2012, following years of investigation, BMF published a groundbreaking report estimating that Taib’s family had amassed assets worth US$21 billion (RM86 billion) worldwide.

In that report, Taib’s family was linked to real estate in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, and hold stakes in more than 400 companies in 25 countries.

The wealth, claims Straumann and many of his colleagues, are proceeds from illegal and unsustainable logging, and he is trying to convince international prosecutors to look into the allegations and return the money to Sarawak.

“Taib was very smart. He didn’t put all his eggs in one basket. He went to different places as a safe haven for his money.

“He bought the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide (Australia) worth US$15 million today. Sakto in Canada, maybe US$200 million.

“The FBI building in Seattle is worth US$15 million today. Luxury properties in London.

“We are trying to get legal assistance in these countries to have these assets frozen,” he said.

For the full article:

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/25712/

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The Bruno Manser Fund Report on the Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud (“Taib”)

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This report has been prepared by the Bruno Manser Fund, a charitable association registered
in Basel, Switzerland.
Bruno Manser Fund
Socinstrasse 37
4051 Basel / Switzerland
Tel. +41 61 261 94 74
http://www.bmf.ch, info@bmf.ch
For more information on this campaign, visit http://www.stop-timber-corruption.org

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Bruno Manser Fund – The Taib Timber Mafia

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Contents
Sarawak, an environmental crime hotspot ……………………………………………………………………… 4
1. The “Stop Timber Corruption” Campaign ……………………………………………………………………. 5
2. The aim of this report ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5
3. Sources used for this report ………………………………………………………………………………………. 6
4. Acknowledgements ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
5. What is a “PEP”? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7
6. Specific due diligence requirements for financial service providers when dealing with PEPs
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7. The Taib Family ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9
8. Taib’s modus operandi ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 9
9. Portraits of individual Taib family members ………………………………………………………………. 12
9.1 Abdul Taib Mahmud (“Taib”) ………………………………………………………………………………. 12
9.2 Ibrahim Mahmud (“Ibrahim”) – Brother ………………………………………………………………. 15
9.3 Onn bin Mahmud (“Onn”) – Brother …………………………………………………………………….. 16
9.4 Mohd Tufail bin Mahmud (“Tufail”) – Brother ………………………………………………………. 18
9.5 Raziah @ Rodiah binti Mahmud (“Raziah”) – Sister …………………………………………….. 20
9.6 Arip bin Mahmud (“Arip”) – Brother ………………………………………………………………….. 22
9.7 Abdul Hamed bin Sepawi (“Sepawi”) – First Cousin …………………………………………….. 24
9.8 Jamilah Hamidah Taib-Murray (“Jamilah”) – Daughter ………………………………………. 26
9.9 Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib (“Bekir”) – Son …………………………………………………………….. 28
9.10 Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib (“Sulaiman”) – Son ……………………………………………… 30
9.11 Hanifah Hajar Taib-Alsree (“Hanifah”) – Daughter ……………………………………………. 32
9.12 Mohamad Ali bin Mahmud (“Ali”) – Brother of Taib …………………………………………… 33
9.13 Amar Hajar Fredahanum Mahmud (“Fredahanum”) – Sister of Taib ……………………. 33
9.14 Zaleha Mahmud (“Zaleha”) – Sister of Taib ……………………………………………………….. 34
9.15 Aisah Zainab Mahmud (“Aisah”) – Sister of Taib …………………………………………………. 34
9.16 Sean Patrick Murray (“Sean”) @ Mohammad Nor Hisham Murray – Son-in-law of
Taib – Husband of Jamilah Taib-Murray ………………………………………………………………….. 35
9.17 Robert Geneid – Brother in-law of Taib – Husband of Raziah Mahmud ………………… 37
9.18 Syed Ahmad Alwee-Alsree – Son in-law of Taib – Husband of Hanifah Hajar Taib … 38
9.19 Abdul Aziz bin Haji Husain (“Aziz”) – Brother-in-law of Taib Mahmud and husband of
Amar Hajah Fredahanum Mahmud ………………………………………………………………………….. 39
9.20 Richard Alexander John Curtis – Taib key helper ………………………………………………. 40
Appendix 1: Campaign Timeline …………………………………………………………………………………… 41
Appendix 2: Taib Family Overview ……………………………………………………………………………… 43
Appendix 3: The Bruno Manser Fund ………………………………………………………………………….. 45

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