One of the most depressing stories of Malaysia that still haven't been resolved, is the story of Taib Mahmud and his powers around the world.
Rewcastle-Brown has this piece about the empty promises of reform with regards to land appropriation. I confess that I am unable to believe that anyone in Sarawak has the power to stop this revoltingly profligate family.
It needs to be a collective effort by the whole of Malaysia (not just the activists), and we really need to start taking an interest.
Forget about the fact that our natural resources need to be protected, and logging does just the opposite by destroying our beautiful forests.
Forget about the fact that the most vulnerable people in our nation are being exploited because they do not have a voice.
These thugs should never be allowed to bully their way around like this.
In 2011, I wrote a piece in support of a petition to the FBI in Seattle. This is because the FBI rents office space in the Abraham Lincoln building in Seattle.
You probably have guessed where I am going with this: Yes, Taib Mahmud family owns the Abraham Lincoln building in Seattle through this inconspicuous company called Wallyson's Inc.
If I didn't hate them as much as I did, I would applaud them for their ingenuity.
Think about it: they constantly need to move the money obtained from the illegal land-grabs, so they buy an entire building. But they administer it from a distance, so they hire a small staff of 3 full time employees, purportedly generating an estimated $270,000 in annual revenue.
Knowing that there would be pesky Malaysians in Seattle who would protest outside its office, what do they do? They rent it out as cheap as possible to a government agency (where budgets are always minimal); in this case the FBI.
Now they've got the FBI protecting their property, while still paying them for office space.
After travelling as much as I have, it is clear to me that crooks will thrive all over the world, because people have their own priorities.
For the FBI, renting office space from a bunch of Malaysian thugs is not a matter of high consequence.
We Malaysians have to put right what is wrong, not expect someone else to do it for us.