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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Shenanigans in Sabah/Sarawak...

It's profiteering becoming ADOPTED SONS of BN leaders in the two poorest states in Malaysia despite having rich natural resources like land and timber.

Here's a latest expose by Sarawak Report via the Malaysia Chronicle.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:09

Sabah’s Smoking Gun: Musa Aman’s sons accessed dirty money

Written by  Sarawak Report
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Sabah’s Smoking Gun: Musa Aman’s sons accessed dirty money
Documents leaked from a Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) enquiry have provided devastating evidence of the Sabah Chief Minister, Musa Aman’s, personal involvement in a massive timber kickback scandal, which insiders say has been subject to a high level political cover-up.
Aman has always denied that he was linked to allegations surrounding the Sabah timber trader Michael Chia, who was arrested in Hong Kong and charged with money laundering, as he attempted to smuggle SG$16million in bank notes back to Malaysia in 2008.
However, Sarawak Report has now obtained access to secret documents from the investigations by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and Malaysia’s MACC, which directly implicate the Chief Minister.
These include copies of bank statements, which record payments to Musa Aman’s own sons from suspect accounts linked to Chia’s business activities.
Chia was Musa Aman’s ‘adopted son’

Close relationship - Musa Aman (left) and his right hand man Michael Chia
Michael Chia, who referred to himself as Aman’s adopted son, played the role as facilitator for kickbacks to the Chief Minister, according to trade insiders.
They say that soon after Aman took office, Chia started approaching key timber industry players to make plain that major concessions would be available – but only if kickbacks were paid, through him as the connector to Musa Aman.
“Tampokong was instructed to follow Chia’s instructions”, say sources. Meaning that Yayasan Sabah’s Forest Manager, Mohd Daud Tampokong, had been instructed by the Chairman of the Board Trustees, Musa Aman, to do Chia’s bidding when it came to authorising logging licences.
Yayasan Sabah controls around a million hectares of remaining forest land, which it is suppose to protect and manage on behalf of the state and its people.  Unwisely, the country’s top politician is also the head of Yayasan’s Board of Trustees, giving the Chief Minister unlimited personal control over the country’s major natural resource.
Such a lack of check and balances is a recipe for corruption and our evidence shows that Aman took spectacular advantage.
Smoking gun bank accounts

Dandy - Chia loved the fast life. According to one friend "he would spend $2k on his underwear"!
At the time of his arrest in Hong Kong, clutching the bundle of Singapore bank notes worth SG$10,000 each, Chia was suspected of smuggling dirty money, with the intention of bringing it back to Sabah to finance election bribery by BN.
The money and related bank accounts were frozen in Hong Kong by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for the maximum period of 3 years, while investigators sought to get vital cooperation from Malaysia’s Attorney General, Abdul Gani Patail, in order to be able to get the evidence they needed from the Malay authorities.
Simultaneously the MACC began their own investigation, seizing 9 lorry loads of material and documents from the premises of Michael Chia and his timber business associates, including timber magnates Andrew Lim and Admond Looh.
The investigators discovered that Chia had been running a number of related bank accounts through HSBC, Singapore and the Swiss Bank UBS, based in Hong Kong. We have copies of statements from these bank accounts showing that the sons of Musa Aman were taking money out of one of them on a regular basis, based on a standing instruction.
This account was set up as an Australian Dollar account in Singapore, apparently because the boys were then studying in Perth, Australia.  Money was also removed from the account by Imbarine Bujang, who was the man delegated by Musa Aman to take care of the boys’ needs while away at University in Perth.


How Corruption Filters Down – Dirty Deals At Sarawak Energy

Posted Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Sarawak Energy's General Manager, Phang Chung Tchet has placed contracts worth hundreds of million into a company in which he is a major shareholder
As all Malaysia now knows, BN/UMNO’s grip on power relies on the continuing support of two corrupted Chief Ministers in East Malaysia.
Both Taib Mahmud and Musa Aman are up to their eyes in money stolen from their people and from the destruction of their home states through unsustainable logging and oil palm plantation.
Many of those stolen billions are used to fund Malaysia’s corrupted ruling party, UMNO, to disrupt the opposition parties and to bribe voters at election time.
So, because these two Chief Ministers are able to deliver so much money and also the key number of votes that keep UMNO in power, Najib cannot move against them to deal with their law-breaking, even if he wanted to.
To the contrary the Prime Minister has brought these corrupted figures right into the heart of his government. Musa Aman’s brother is the Foreign Minister and Taib’s Jacob Sagan is a Trade and Industry Minister – both are tainted with timber corruption.
Leading by bad example
Electioneering UNMO-style - winning wallets not hearts and minds
One of the most pernicious effects of the way these greedy Chief Ministers govern’ is that their corruption has spread down unchecked.
The fish rots from the head.
So, it is hardly surprising to find that all Sarawak and Sabah’s senior administrators are now trying to get up to the same dirty tricks as their political bosses.
Najib Razak has to take direct responsibility for allowing this to happen in Sabah and Sarawak and for not allowing the MACC and law enforcers to do their job in bringing these villains to book.
How Sarawak Energy’s General Manager, Phang Chung Tchet, makes money from contracts 
Take for example our new revelation about the corrupt contracts handed out by Sarawak Energy boss Phang Chung Tchet.
Back on 24th August 2001, Mr Phang registered a new company called C.P. Power Sdn Bhd, of which he became Director and 80% shareholder.
Five days later, on 29th August 2001, a new subsidiary of Sarawak Energy Bhd was created, called Sarawak Energy Engineering Sdn Bhd.  This was based at Sarawak Energy’s headquarters and the Manager and a Director of that company from day one was also Mr Phang Chung Tchet.
Interestingly, and perhaps to counter certain rumours that have been circulating about graft, Sarawak Energy Engineering Sdn Bhd changed its name last month and moved to a separate premises.  However, the Manager and Director continues to be Phang Chung Tchet.
Sarawak Energy Engineering (now See Engineering) was set up as a 70% subsidiary of SEB, based at its Head Quarters and Managed by Phang Chung Tchet. But who owned the remaining 30%
So, the question is whether there is any connection between this 70% subsidiary of SEB, managed and directed by Phang Chung Tchet, and the other company that he had set up privately 5 days earlier, C P Power Sdn Bhd?
The answer, we discover, is yes.  C P Power Sdn Bhd is the owner of the remaining 30% of the shares of Sarawak Energy Engineering Bhd!
See Engineering, called Sarawak Energy Engineering until last month
The 30% shareholder is C P Power. Both C P Power and Sarawak Energy (SESCO) are Managed by Phang Chung Tchet
And, as we already know, SEB General Manager Phang Chung Tchet is an 80% shareholder of C P Power.
Therefore, 80% of 30% of the profit from all contracts handed by SEB to Sarawak Energy Engineering/See Energy goes right into the General Manager's pocket!
This means that 80% of 30% of any profit from contracts handed by SEB to Sarawak Energy Engineering/See Energy goes right into SEB’s General Manager’s pocket!
So, perhaps it is time to take a look at those contracts, which have been awarded since the setting up of Sarawak Energy Engineering back in 2001?
Over RM900 million in contracts! 
Reference to the official Construction Industry Development Board website shows that Sarawak Energy Engineering/See Energy Sdn Bhd has received well in excess of RM900 million worth of state contracts over the past decade.
The vast majority of these contracts have been handed to the company by Sarawak Energy Bhd.
As the General Manager of Sarawak Energy it is to be assumed that Mr Phang has a major and controlling influence over the decisions to place these contracts into the hands of a company of which he is such a huge shareholder!
After all, 80% of 30% of the profits adds up to a lot of money, when you are talking about nearly a BILLION RINGGIT in contracts!
H.Maklumat Projek:
BilTajukTarikh AnugerahNilai (RM)Kilen
1.Tender For The Upgrading Of 33/11kV Transformer At Serian 33/11KV Substation, Serian (WR 13/11)14-11-2011RM 3,420,537.00SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD
2.Establishment Of 2nd Transformer & Overhead Line Termination Works At PMU 132/11KV Chukai, Terengganu & ITC Works At PMU 132/11KV Jengka01-04-2011RM 12,255,675.70TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD (PRECUMENT & CONTRACT)
3.Supply, Erection And Commissioning Of Biawak 11kV Substation (PLS-090137)21-01-2011RM 5,051,393.00SARAWAK ENERGY SERVICES SDN BHD
4.Proposed 132KV Double Circuit Underground Cable (150MVA) Bulk Supply To KLIA 216-12-2010RM 21,841,881.00TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD (PRECUMENT & CONTRACT)
5.Supply Erction And Commisionning Of Lawas 33kV substation (PLS-060094)06-09-2010RM 1,652,627.00SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD
6.Supply, Erection and Commissioning of 33kV and 11kV Reactive, Capacitive Compensators and Ancillary for Substations in Kuching (KUC-080039)15-07-2010RM 16,105,580.00SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD
7.Supply, Installation & Commissioning Of 275KV/132KV,240MVA Auto Transformer Replacement For PMU Kuala Lumpur (East)25-05-2010RM 4,405,934.00TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD
8.Supply, Erection & Commissioning Of Tg. Batu 33/11KV Substation Bintulu (PLS 050008)01-04-2010RM 7,143,479.00SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD
9.Tender For Supply, Erection & Commissioning Of Pahlawan 33/11KV Substation03-09-2009RM 1,372,825.00SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD
10.Tender For The Extension Ogf 33KV & 11KV ABB Switchgears At Sri Arjuna 33/11KV Substation31-07-2009RM 1,077,231.00SARAWAK SESCO BERHAD
11.Similajau 275/33kV Substation for Switchgear, Transformers, Cables, Ancillaries and Civil Works13-03-2009RM 98,015,604.68SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD
12.Supply, Erection And Commissioning of Rantau Panjang 33 / 11 KV Substation10-12-2008RM 5,035,402.00SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD
13.Transformer Uprating At Bandong And Upper Lanang 33 / 11 KV Substation (PLS-080124)10-12-2008RM 8,896,808.00SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD
14.Tender For The Upgrading Of 33/11KV Transformers At Matang 275KV Substation,15-10-2008RM 4,134,575.00SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD
15.Supply, Erection & Commissioning Of 33KV & 11KV Switchgear, Transformer & Ancillary Equipment For Astana 33/11KV Substation15-09-2008RM 12,053,387.00SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD
16.Engkilili-Entinggan-Muara Tabuan 275kV / 132kV Transmission System10-09-2008RM 113,143,867.06SARAWAK ENERGY BERHAD
17.Supply, Erection And Commssioning Of Salim 33/11Kv Substation (PLS-060200)03-06-2008RM 5,307,760.00SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD
18.TNB 755/2007 Supply, Erect And Comm. Of 90MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers And 300KVA Earthing Transformers With Asso.Ancil. Equip. TNB Transmission Substations – PMU Taiping Ind. And PMU Pengkalan (RIMA)02-01-2008RM 11,001,000.00TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD (BAHAGIAN PEMBAHAGIAN)
19.TNB.754/2007 Supply, Erect And Commissioning Of 90MVS 132/33KV Power Transformers And 300KVA 33/0.145KV Earthing Transoformers With Associated Anicillary Equipment For TNB Transmission Substations – PMU Kajang Estate And PMU Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi02-01-2008RM 10,523,500.00TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD (BAHAGIAN PEMBAHAGIAN)
20.The Supply, Erection & Commissioning Of 11kV Swithgears & Ancilliary Equipments For New Dewan Undangan Negeri Complex Intake Substation21-12-2007RM 849,489.00SYARIKAT SESCO BERHAD
21.Mukah Coal-Fired Power Plant-Aluminium Smelter Plant Transmission Line Project.30-08-2007RM 6,772,500.00
22.Survey, Design, Supply, Delivery, Erection & Commissioning Of Approximately 7km Of Proposed Mukah Coal-Fired Power Plant – Aluminium Smelter Plant Transmission Line Project30-08-2007RM 6,772,500.00SARAWAK ENERGY SERVICES SDN.BHD
23.Membekal, Menghantar, Memasang, Menguji & Menugas semula Peralatan Audio Visual Utk Ruang Pengajaran & Pembelajaran Di Pusat Pembelajaran Gunaan & Multimedia UNIMAS20-07-2007RM 1,595,359.30CONCORD LINK REALTY SDN BHD
24.Extention To Muara Tabuan 132kV Substation – Balance Of 132kV Works.Contract NO. PLS040061,24-11-2005RM 2,540,000.00PETI SURAT 149
25.Upgrading of 33/11KV Transformers at Kuching Airport 33KV Substation,16-08-2005RM 2,858,375.42PETI SURAT 149
26.Notification of Award of Tender For Supply, Delivery, Erection and Commissioning Of Two Units of 3,000 kW-3,000 kW Diesel Engine Generating Sets And Associated Auxiliaries For Lawas New Power Station19-04-2005RM 19,031,286.15PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK
27.Sibu-Tender For Supply, Install, Testing And Commissioning Of 30V DC Charge, Battery And DC Distribution Switchboard For Race Course 11 kV Substation (Outdoor) And New Hospital 11 kV Substation (Indoor) In Sibu26-04-2004RM 120,819.00
28.Supply, Erection & Comm. Of 33kV & 11kV S/gears, Transformers & Ancillary Equipment For Sejingkat 4 33/11kV Substation02-07-2003RM 5,190,094.87PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK
29.Construction, Equipping, Commissioning & Maintenance Of The Sarawak International Medical Centre At Kota Samarahan01-07-2003RM 372,932,568.40SARAWAK SPECIALIST HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTRE SDN. BHD.
30.The Construction And Completion Of The Proposed Double-Storey Semi Detached Houses And Associated Infrastructure Works For Area Block 7 At Lot 3986 And Main Access Road For Area Block 17 (Phase1) At Lot 3996 (Part Of P.L. 847) Block 9, Salak Land District Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching, Sarawak26-06-2003RM 467,905.00
31.Subcon – Cad. Merekabentuk, Membina Dan Menyiapkan Politeknik Mukah, Sarawak09-06-2003RM 10,500,000.00
32.Subcon – Tender For : Cadangan Merekabentuk, Membina, Membina dan Menyiapkan Politeknik Mukah, Sarawak – M & E Package 2H – Design, Construction, Completion And Commissioning Of The Proposed HT/LT Distribution And Substations Installation For The Proposed Mukah Polytechnic, Mukah, Sarawak.09-06-2003RM 10,500,000.00
33.Supply, Delivery, Erection & Commissioning Of 1 U Of 3,000kW – 3,300kW Diesel Engine Generating Set & Associated Auxiliaries For Limbang Power Station Extension09-04-2003RM 8,349,547.00PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK
34.Notification of Award Of Tender – for Supply, Delivery, Erection And Commisioning Of One Unit Of 3000 Kw – 3,300KW Diesel Engine Generating Set And Associated Auxiliaries For Limbang Power Station Extension.09-04-2003RM 8,349,547.00
35.Bekalan Elektrik Ke Loji Perawatan Air Sg. Ular, Sebuyau13-03-2003RM 579,020.00JABATAN KERJA RAYA BAHAGIAN SAMARAHAN
36.Proposed Bandar Samariang Development HT/LT Infrastructure Works To Area Block 1613-03-2003RM 299,580.00
37.OYA- Bkt. Lima Transmission Project – Contract No.C0029084 For Switchgear, Cable & Ancillaries – Contract No.C0029092 For Transformers30-03-2002RM 56,080,764.00PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK
38.Kemena EHV Substation Project – Contract No. C0029181 For Switchgear, Cable & Ancillaries – Contract No.C0029190 For Transformers30-03-2002RM 49,452,183.00PERBADANAN PEMBEKALAN LETRIK SARAWAK
39.Proposed 11KV Electricity Supply To Sesco Outdoor Sub-Station For Student Hostel/Apartment & Common Hall For Curtin Universiti Of Technology, Sarawak12-11-2001RM 241,860.00
40.Subcon – The HT/LV Turnkey Works For The Proposed Curtin University Of Technology, Sarawak02-11-2001RM 2,831,909.10
So, Mr Phang Chung Tchet clearly has very serious questions to answer regarding the clear and corrupt conflict of interest involved in his management of these two companies and the hundreds of millions in contracts that have flowed from SEB into a company he owns.
CEO of Sarawak Energy, Torstein Dale Sjotveit - corruption on his watch!
Likewise, there are burning questions for the Norwegian Chief Executive of SEB, Torstein Dale Sjotveit, who has clearly knowingly allowed this corruption to go forward (how could he not have checked the shareholders of this major subsidiary?).
However, Mr Phang will have taken his cue from his own political bosses in Sarawak.
The Chairman of SEB is none other than the Chief Minister’s own cousin Hamed Sepawi, who has received almost limitless state patronage in terms of plantation concessions, construction contracts, timber concessions and licences from a government that Taib completely controls.
When Taib and his cousin and nominees, like Hamed, are themselves so blatantly corrupt and are seen to get away with it, why should the underlings be expected to behave differently?

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