KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib has denied allegations that he had moved wealth out of the country.
He admitted that he and his family were doing well, but their wealth was created through normal business which had nothing to do with exploitation or taking anything from Sarawak.
Look at what happened to the country. The per capita income when I first came in was RM4,000, but today it’s RM28,000.
This is something that doesn’t speak of moving out wealth from the country, he said in a video interview on his official website www.chiefministertaib.sarawak.gov.my.
Taib said he had to do business abroad more than 30 years ago for one simple reason he did not want conflict of interest to haunt him all the time.
He said if he did business inside the country, people would say he used his influence to enrich himself.
Of course, if you got talent and some money, you can really build good business outside the country. And you don’t have to be corrupt. Entrepreneurship has its own rewards, he said.
He said anybody could get rich over 30 years if they had the brains.
In the video titled Chief Minister Taib of Sarawak Financial Transparency in Sarawak, Taib also denied allegations by certain quarters that those who had been supporting his political party, PBB, had been rewarded with businesses.
He admitted that some members of the party had been very successful in business and had created two or three public-listed companies.
However, he said members who were not in his party had also been successful in business.
He said there were more companies growing in Sarawak as a result of good policies.
In a country like ours or England for that matter, we do tend to work at one thing, that the country would not get rich only on the strength of its wealth.
Wealth is created because you can encourage people who have the talent, the entrepreneurship to use your wealth in the most effective manner, he said.
Aside from videos, the website also has an archive of articles and publications as well as up-to-date Sarawak news.
One can also read a number of Taib’s speeches at various conferences and state functions.
The website is said to have been launched to counter allegations against the chief minister.
Taib, how about CMS takes all the major contracts such as reparing roads, supplying cement & award the the contracts without OPEN tender? That’s means the money for the project allocated by the federal gonvernment EVENTUALLY masuk u pun poket la…