Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) president Paul Low said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who last month signed the organisation's election integrity pledge, should “nudge” Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud into addressing the alleged abuses in the Global Witness videos.

NONE"We believe that the right thing for him (Najib) is that he should actually ask for things to be made right, in accordance to the pledge," Low told a press conference at TI-M headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

However, Low (right) acknowledged that the premier may have limited options as it was a state matter and therefore urged Taib himself to also initiate remedial actions.

"He was named in the video... you got to clear your name and the credibility of the state government.

"People can deny (allegations) or say whatever but the crux of it is that the civil society want something more positive and comprehensive to be taken," he said.

As such, Low said that the Sarawak government should initiate an external audit into land deals in Sarawak - on how the abuses occur and who has benefitted from it.

The video had alleged that Taib's family was involved in corrupt practices in the granting of logging concession from the state government and also tax evasion.

Taib has denied this, claiming that he was not on good terms with the first cousins implicated in the video.

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