Tampering with the Hansard to protect Taib?

By Joseph Tawie, Free Malaysia Today

KUCING: The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly has been accused of protecting Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and his family members by deleting all questions and statements pertaining to their “abuse” and business interests from the sacred Hansard.

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said all statements made during the State Legislative Assembly sitting pertaining to the “first” family’s wealth and share possessions had been deleted.

“The paragraph of my speech on Mornada Sdn Bhd where I listed the names of the sons and daughters of the chief minister with their respective shares has been deleted from the Hansard.

“Also deleted was my statement that the government had alienated 269 acres of prime state land at BDC Stampin to Monarda, with Taib’s family members listed as shareholders.

“The value of the land is between RM500 million and RM600 million, but Monarda paid only RM70 million.

“This is an issue of interest to the public, but why did the state assembly exclude it from the Hansard?” she asked.

Yong said the deletions were obvious indications that “the assembly is protecting the business interests of the chief minister and his family members”.

“My speech on the loss from investment in 1st Silicon Sarawak, the Bakun Dam issue, the US$1.20 million annual salary of Sesco chief executive officer and the 10 return trips to and from Norway has also been excluded from the Hansard,” she added.