Sunday, July 11, 2010

Taib is FBI's 'landlord' in Seattle

By Patrick Lee

PETALING JAYA: The Seattle-based Abraham Lincoln Building, which houses the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) office, is purportedly owned by Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.
According to the Sarawak Report website, the building belongs to Wallysons Inc, a Washington-based corporation.
Wallysons Inc is also believed to be co-owned by Kota Samarahan MP Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib, the son of the Sarawak chief minister.

A search on the Washington Secretary of State Corporations Divison website revealed that Wallysons Inc's president and chairman are Sean Murray -Taib's son-in-law - and Sulaiman respectively.

Both of the addresses belonging to Murray and Sulaiman have pointed to a Canadian-based address in Ottawa.

According to minutes provided by the Seattle City Council, Wallysons Inc was also involved in the maintenance of a pedestrian skybridge over a 10-year term from 2002.

Other than that, little official information is available regarding the ownership of the building.

MACC reports filed

The FBI's Seattle website further confirmed that its division headquarters is housed in the 11-storey 3rd Avenue building.

The disclosure of Taib's ownership of the FBI building is the latest in a series of corruption allegations against the chief minister in recent weeks.

This has resulted in a number of reports being lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against Taib.

Although he has refused to comment on the reports, Taib has issued an order to Sarawakian print media to refrain from reporting on his family's overseas businesses.

His party, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) has also announced the formation of a cyber-based unit to monitor anti-government blogs and websites.

Both the US Embassy in Malaysia and the FBI have refused to comment on the matter.

source : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/fmt-english/politics/sabah-and-sarawak/7842-taib-is-fbis-landlord-in-seattle

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