Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib has denied allegations that he had moved out wealth from 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.
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 have the brains.
“But if you don’t, there is nothing you can do,” he said.
In the video entitled “Chief Minister Taib of Sarawak - Financial Transparency in Sarawak”, Taib also denied allegations by certain quarters that those who have 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 they have 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.