Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Adenan meets Taib's major critic abroad

1:46PM May 5, 2015
Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has raised eyebrows after he met with Swiss-based NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) which has been a fierce critic of his predecessor Abdul Taib Mahmud.

In a special session with the chief minister at the Malaysian embassy in London yesterday, Adenan also met with fugitive Sabahan Doris Jones.

Jones (left), who is wanted by police for alleged secessionist activities, spoke about her meeting with the chief minister in a Facebook posting.

"He did tell some things, Sarawakians will know too in time.

"But what he said was not far off from what I expected," she said.

She added that Sarawak activists also submitted documents about the Penan's plight to Adenan.

Jones posted several photographs of the event, including one of herself and BMF executive director Lukas Straussman with the chief minister.

Book confiscated

Adenan had previously criticised secession efforts in East Malaysia as "foolish" but has adopted a reconciliatory tone with critics.

Straussman is the author of "Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia" which zoomed on former Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud alleged abuses particularly in the logging sector.

Lawyers for Taib, who was chief minister for close to 33 years, have denied allegations made in the book and attempted to block its sales.

The book was recently confiscated from a book exhibition organised by GerakBudaya.

Lukas in an interview had said Sarawak is likely to see a brighter future under Adenan and was prepared to work with him.

Taib now takes a ceremonial role after he became governor following his retirement as chief minister.

BMF's work in Sarawak includes research on several mega damsinitiated by Taib which threatens to displaced the native community.
~ Malaysiakini

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