Palm oil for poverty eradication in t...

Palm oil for poverty eradication in the Philippines

There are 13 comments on the CNN story from Apr 15, 2013, titled Palm oil for poverty eradication in the Philippines. In it, CNN reports that:

The Philippines region of Mindanao is home to nine of the country's 15 poorest provinces: Zamboanga del Norte , Agusan del Sur , Surigao del Norte , Maguindanao , Zamboanga Sibugay , Davao Oriental , Sarangani , Sulu and Lanao del Norte .

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amc

San Juan, Philippines

#1 Apr 15, 2013
its a fine idea just like it was 25 years ago , but just like the pineapple farmers dreams were stolen from them, so will their palm oil dreams be.

problem being that the wealthy will let the poor do the hard work and then force them off of their property and give over control to the corp. conglomerates and then they have a nice money maker from the backs of the poor. the poor farmers have choices.

work for them or leave and starve. fight them and die.

pineapples and bananas and next is palm oil. the poor farmers have no chance in this scenario. filipin history in these matters is clear.

yes, it works in indo and malay, but this is the fils.
heressssssssssss sss kenny

Calamba City, Philippines

#2 Apr 15, 2013
amc wrote:
its a fine idea just like it was 25 years ago , but just like the pineapple farmers dreams were stolen from them, so will their palm oil dreams be.
problem being that the wealthy will let the poor do the hard work and then force them off of their property and give over control to the corp. conglomerates and then they have a nice money maker from the backs of the poor. the poor farmers have choices.
work for them or leave and starve. fight them and die.
pineapples and bananas and next is palm oil. the poor farmers have no chance in this scenario. filipin history in these matters is clear.
yes, it works in indo and malay, but this is the fils.
you forgot to mention coconuts and rice -know any small farmer doing well from growing those ??? The bigest house in most small town belongs to the mayor -the next biggest the rice dealers.The rice grower takes all the risk borrows money to plant his crop -the dealer pays him peanuts and makes massive profits.
idiots united

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Apr 15, 2013
Well even if you have thousands of dollars stash on a bank if you are living in a dirty slums near a stinky polluted river you are still living in dire poverty. Cleanliness is next to wealthtiness.
a3aaa3a

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

#4 Apr 15, 2013
why now when palm oil has been a profitable industry for the past what 20 year? it just shows how slow flipinox in their way of thinking when it comes to improving their own lives. add in their misery now with a very incompetent, inexperience, and lazy govt and their officials, if replaced, most likely to another same corrupt govt and voila you have the filipinox, a perfect example of ingredients of a failed state. you flipinox are certainly trapped in a vicious cycles of cursed vortex forever.
Malay-o

Makati, Philippines

#5 Apr 15, 2013
a3aaa3a wrote:
why now when palm oil has been a profitable industry for the past what 20 year? it just shows how slow flipinox in their way of thinking when it comes to improving their own lives. add in their misery now with a very incompetent, inexperience, and lazy govt and their officials, if replaced, most likely to another same corrupt govt and voila you have the filipinox, a perfect example of ingredients of a failed state. you flipinox are certainly trapped in a vicious cycles of cursed vortex forever.
this coming from a third world Malaysian dum-dum...
Malay-o

Makati, Philippines

#6 Apr 15, 2013
A video investigation released this week by international NGO Global Witness documents the corrupt deal-making that occurs behind-the-scenes in Sarawak between Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s family and foreign investors buying land for industries such as palm oil. The video, recorded covertly by a Global Witness investigator posing as a potential investor, reveals just how far Taib’s relatives and lawyers will go to secure lucrative kick-backs, avoid paying taxes, and belittle the plight of indigenous communities fighting for the rights to their land.

Taib’s family members and lawyers featured in the video plainly offer advice on how to do business in Sarawak, nonchalantly explaining illegal transactions, including hiding money in bank accounts in Singapore, and assure the undercover investigator that this has “been put to use many a time”.
Malay-o

Makati, Philippines

#7 Apr 15, 2013
A new investigation by Global Witness today reveals the systemic corruption and illegality at the heart of government in Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state. A film, shot undercover during the investigation, shows for the first time the instruments used by the ruling Taib family and its lawyers to skirt Malaysia’s laws and taxes. It shows how they cream off huge profits at the expense of indigenous people, and hide their dirty money in Singapore.
crystal

Burnaby, Canada

#8 Apr 15, 2013

Malaysia Corruption: Global Witness Film Shows How Government Cronies Illegally Sell Land In Sarawak (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | By Carlo Davis

short film released by international NGO Global Witness documents an entrenched system of corruption in Sarawak, one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo.

In the film, Global Witness reveals an intricate shadow state built with the express purpose of illegally exploiting Sarawak's ancestral lands and enriching the state's Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Posing as potential plantation buyers, Global Witness's investigative team discovered a laundry list of shady mechanisms and loopholes used by members of Mahmud's inner circle.

This is not the first time Sarawak's government has been accused of exploiting the state's natural resources. Bloomberg reported in 2009 on hundreds of lawsuits filed by Sarawak's indigenous Dayak people alleging seizures of their land without compensation.

The rapid depletion of the state's virgin rainforests have garnered similar international attention. According to The Economist, Sarawak "has lost more than 90% of its 'primary' forests to logging and has the fastest rate of deforestation in Asia."

Click here for more from Global Witness.
crystal

Burnaby, Canada

#9 Apr 15, 2013
Inside Malaysia’s Shadow State
A film by Global Witness

WHAT IS THIS FILM ABOUT?

This investigation provides undercover footage of the corruption and illegality at the heart of governance in Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state, on the island of Borneo.

For over thirty years, Sarawak has been governed by Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, who controls all land classification, forestry and plantation licenses in the state. Under his tenure, Sarawak has experienced some of the most intense rates of logging seen anywhere in the world. The state now has less than five per cent of its forests left in a pristine condition, unaffected by logging or plantations and continues to export more tropical logs than South America and Africa combined.

The film reveals for the first time the instruments used by the ruling Taib family and its lawyers to skirt Malaysia’s laws and taxes. It shows how they cream off huge profits at the expense of indigenous people, and hide their dirty money in Singapore.

Taib and the local lawyers we approached denied Global Witness’s allegations of corruption. A summary of their responses is included at the end of the film.

HOW DOES CORRUPTION AFFECT SARAWAK’S PEOPLE?

Corruption is destroying the fabric of Sarawak’s society and squandering the state’s natural resources. The region’s indigenous people have borne the brunt of this. Ancestral land to which they have claims has been routinely licensed for logging and plantations, badly damaging their livelihoods and violating their rights under Sarawak and Malaysian law. This has trapped many communities in a cycle of poverty and dependency.

Moreover, corruption affects the future well-being of all Malaysian citizens. This investigation demonstrates how money that should be driving development is being lost to corruption and hidden in secrecy jurisdictions overseas. Malaysia is thought to be the world’s third largest source of such illicit financial flows, which lost the country an estimated US$285 billion (RM863 billion), or over US$43,000 (RM130,000) per household between 2001 and 2010. This is money that could have been spent on improving key services and quality of life for ordinary Malaysians.
IS THIS A WIDER PROBLEM THAN SARAWAK?

The timber rush which occurred during Taib’s three decades in office has spawned some of the world’s largest logging companies. These companies have had a catastrophic effect on forests and indigenous communities in almost every major tropical forested region in the world, and are regularly implicated in major illegal logging scandals.

Global Witness’ analysis shows that Sarawak’s logging companies are currently logging or converting forests to plantations in at least 12 countries. Their operations cover an area of 18 million hectares worldwide, an area roughly three times the landmass of Norway.
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a3aaa3a

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

#10 Apr 15, 2013
Malay-o wrote:
A new investigation by Global Witness today reveals the systemic corruption and illegality at the heart of government in Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state. A film, shot undercover during the investigation, shows for the first time the instruments used by the ruling Taib family and its lawyers to skirt Malaysia’s laws and taxes. It shows how they cream off huge profits at the expense of indigenous people, and hide their dirty money in Singapore.
thank you for spreading the news flipinox. you've been good neghbour by helping us Malaysians to make good decision in the soon to be held election, to elect the right people to manage our resources well in the future. Well, to say extend our gratitude, you flipinox will continue to be our laborers and toil our fields, and pick our fruit bunches and help us get richer.
amc

Quezon City, Philippines

#11 Apr 15, 2013
heresssssssssssssss kenny wrote:
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you forgot to mention coconuts and rice -know any small farmer doing well from growing those ??? The bigest house in most small town belongs to the mayor -the next biggest the rice dealers.The rice grower takes all the risk borrows money to plant his crop -the dealer pays him peanuts and makes massive profits.
yep tnx, i was in a hurry.
crystal

Burnaby, Canada

#12 Apr 15, 2013
Our Palm trees are for local buyers only. Not for export. Yes it's true. Most of the farmers are being controlled by the local Politicians like Mayor and Governor . They use the Pork barrels of money from the Government and diverted the money in buying rice fields, corn, The Mayors and the Governors makes a lot of profits from the poor people. They should stop these practice. That's why some provinces are poor because of too many crocodiles politicians.
Malay-o

Makati, Philippines

#13 Apr 15, 2013
a3aaa3a wrote:
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thank you for spreading the news flipinox. you've been good neghbour by helping us Malaysians to make good decision in the soon to be held election, to elect the right people to manage our resources well in the future. Well, to say extend our gratitude, you flipinox will continue to be our laborers and toil our fields, and pick our fruit bunches and help us get richer.
No problem dum-dum, we'll keep you posted on how stupid morons you have been. Hope our help would get you richer so you dont have to steal Sabah ever again. Stupid thieves, jejejejeje!

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