A two-inch thick document on allegations of corruption and abuse of power by Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, extracted from the whistleblower site Sarawak Report, was handed over to the Sarawak office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Kuching today.
The document was submitted by Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) leader Francis Siah to Sarawak MACC senior officer Mohammed Nor Ali at the foyer of Bangunan Sultan Iskandar in Simpang Tiga.
Accompanied by leaders from Sarawak DAP, PAS, Sarawak National Party (Snap) and PKR when he handed it over, Siah (in red T-shirt) told Nor: “We demand that MACC conducts an immediate investigation into the reports.”
Nor (wearing tie) said he would hand the document over to the State MACC director for further action.
Speaking to reporters later, Siah said the allegations and accusations against billionaire Taib have been widely reported in the media, notably in many news portals and blogs locally and abroad, and that the report he handed over today was backed by documentary evidence.
“Today, I am putting on record our demand that MACC conducts an immediate investigation into the allegations against Taib. This demand is endorsed by the four Pakatan Rakyat parties in Sarawak, as well as by several non-governmental organisations,” he said.
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“We also demand that MACC updates the public on the status of its investigation into our compilation of the reports about Taib and complaints against the chief minister lodged with it by various parties.
“We also want to know what action the MACC has taken so far on the overwhelming evidence put forth by Sarawak Report, the Bruno Manser Fund and a number of other whistleblowers.”
He said the MACC owed it to Sarawakians and other Malaysians to reveal what it intended to do about the serious allegations against Taib (left), and he threw a personal “nine-day notice” to Taib to respond to all the allegations against him.
Siah wants Taib to turn up at the Kuching central police station at 1.13pm on March 13 to respond to all the allegations, adding that if Taib did not, “we will have no alternative but to judge him guilty of the accusations against him”.
He added: “We will declare so and demand that he be charged with the crimes of graft and money laundering, and we will also demand that he steps down immediately.
“If Taib refuses to resign voluntarily, we will mobilise the power of the people, together with our allies in Pakatan and other NGOs, to oust him at the appropriate time.”
Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen (right), who was also present, said the seriousness of claims about Taib amassing property locally and overseas has grouped politicians, NGOs and the general public together and they were pressing for answers.
He cited MoCS as a good example of an NGO demanding answers from Taib over the allegations.
“MoCS has created awareness among the people and they are demanding transparency and good governance in the state administration,” added Chong, who is Kuching Bandar Member of Parliament and state assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa.