30 Aug '11, 11pm

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Wikileaks: US warned of severe corruption in Malaysia's Sarawak state mongabay.com August 30, 2011 U.S. government sources characterized the ruler of Malaysia's Sarawak as "highly corrupt" and plagued with conflicts of interest, according to secret cables released today by Wikileaks. The cables show that U.S. State Department officials have been well aware of corruption allegations surrounding Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud since at least 2006. "Taib and his relatives are widely thought to extract a percentage from most major commercial contracts - including those for logging - awarded in the state (Sarawak)," reads a cable to the State Department dated October 13, 2006. "Embassy sources outside the government uniformly characterize him (Taib) as highly corrupt." "The Sarawak state government remains highly corrupt and firmly in the hands of its chief minister." ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0830-taib_wikileaks.html

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