Who wins with SCORE?
If built, the SCORE dams will displace tens of thousands of people and severely damage crucial ecosystems through inefficient and expensive means. Furthermore, there are more practical, cleaner, and cheaper alternatives. So why build the dams?
Private companies involved in construction and energy transmission stand to make gigantic profits from building the dams.
Many of these companies are controlled by relatives and friends of the governor and former Chief Minister of the state, Taib Mahmud. Taib has been in power since the 1970s. Companies associated with Taib Mahmud, particularly construction conglomerate Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS), are likely to be the main beneficiaries of public contracts in the framework of SCORE. In 2005, Transparency International called Sarawak’s Bakun dam, which was completed in 2011, a “monument of corruption”. Read the full report on corruption behind Cahya Mata Sarawak here.
Taib’s Legacy of Corruption
Research by the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) has uncovered the vast dimensions of the Taib family’s illicit assests. Taib Mahmud’s fortune is directly related to the destruction of Sarawak’s forest through illegal timber sales and the corruption that comes with it.
Learn more about what former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called “probably the biggest environmental crime of our times” – the massive destruction of Sarawak’s rainforests by Malaysian companies – in Money Logging.
In 2013 Global Witness sent in undercover “investors” to see just how easy it is to profit from rampant corruption in Sarawak. Check out “Inside Malaysia’s Shadow State” to see what they found.
Corruption in Malaysia
Malaysia is currently involved in massive political scandals that are leading to economic instability and widespread protests. In 2015 allegations were made that a public organisation called 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had been used to siphon state funds into the accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak and people associated with him. Inquiries into the scandal have been met with more scandals, and those against the prime minister have been finding themselves the victims of threats and intimidation. Learn the juicy details from the BBC.