Sarawak Chief Minister should be impeached for corruption

Sarawak Chief Minister should be impeached for corruption

Blatant abuse of power: Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud (centre)

(BASEL, SWITZERLAND) The Bruno Manser Fund rebuts claims by Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud that the voters have given him a free hand to continue corrupt practices in Malaysia's recent general election.

Yesterday, Sarawak's strongman politician said in his winding-up speech in the Sarawak state legislative assembly that the only possible interpretation of the results of the recently concluded parliamentary polls was that people of Sarawak overwhelmingly rejected corruption allegations against him.

It is an open secret that Taib Mahmud, who came to power in 1981, has systematically abused his public office in order to enrich himself and his closest family members. In particular, their unlimited control over Sarawak's state lands, which are rich in tropical timber resources, has enabled the Taib family to accumulate billions of dollars in illicit funds.

The tragedy of Sarawak is also the tragedy of the Malaysian judiciary that has ceased to be independent of politics since former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sacked Malaysia's Chief Justice, the Lord President, in 1988.

A state without checks and balances to prevent the abuse of power by its rulers cannot claim to be a democracy. No one is above the law.

The time has come for Malaysia's judiciary to prove its independence and impeach Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud over his blatant abuse of power.


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