Friday, January 23, 2015

Taib's Aussie alma mater mulls erasing name

11:54AM Jan 23, 2015
Long-time former Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud's Australian alma mater is considering removing his name from a campus venue memorialising its former student.

According to Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), University of Adelaide's estates committee will examine a request by civil society groups to rename the Taib Mahmud Court on its campus.

The university’s vice-chancellor and president professor Warren Bebbington in a letter to BMF said the university has not been receiving donations from Taib for nearly ten years.

"Since then we have had no dealings with him and indeed, late last year, refused his request to visit and attend our 140th anniversary gala dinner," BMF quoted Bebbington saying.

"The vice-chancellor said he had read the book 'Money Logging' by BMF director Lukas Straumann (left) 'with interest and considerable alarm'," added the NGO that has been a constant thorn in the side of Taib, currently Sarawak governor.

'Money Logging' alleges massive corruption linked to illegal logging in Sarawak and places Taib and his family under the spotlight.

BMF said Adelaide University had been facing "harsh criticism" for accepting large donations from its former student, but has refused to disclose the sum.

Taib read law in Adelaide in the late 1950s as beneficiary of a Colombo plan scholarship, said the NGO.

It commended the university’s latest move to consider erasing Taib’s name from the campus premises.

"Its name has become an increasing embarrassment and a disgrace not only to the university, but also to its many Malaysian students," said BMF.
~ Malaysiakini

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