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Since 1981, the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Borneo has been governed by Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, one of the most corrupt politicians in South East Asia.

While Taib himself has personally profited immensely from the destruction of the Borneo rainforest through logging and oil palm plantations, Sarawak's indigenous communities have lost their land, the source of their livelihood, and have been increasingly marginalized.

Taib and his family members have illegally acquired assets worth billions of dollars in Malaysia, Canada, the UK, Australia, the United States and other countries. All these assets should be restituted to the people of Sarawak, and the Taib family should be prosecuted for corruption, the abuse of public funds, fraud, money-laundering, tax evasion and other related crimes.

Help us to build up international political pressure against the corrupt Taib family and sign the online petition against timber corruption.

 

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Swiss author Lukas Straumann takes on Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud and his kleptocratic family - Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia to be published in November 2014 by Bergli Books - Pre-orders are now open at www.money-logging.org

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