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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 37, No 21. August 28, 1974

Malaysian high life

Malaysian high life

Dear Editor,

Enclosed is a news report of the impeccably corrupt manner in which the Chief Minister of Sabah conducts himself. I hope you will print it, as recently there appears to be some political awakening among Sabahans — and this brief news report shows how outrageously the Chief Minister is misusing the country's wealth.

Pissed Off Sebahan

From the Far Eastern Economic Review, July 22, 1974:

"The Chief Minister of Sabah. Tun Datu Mustapha bin Datu Harun, is not a men who believes in doing things by halves. He is disdainful of public air transport — and boasts his own fleet of two executive jets to fly him around the world. The fleet is to be expanded with the purchase of a Boeing 707 which could fly non-stop between Sabah and London. A Hefner-type aircraft, it will feature two bedrooms, a sauna bath, an executive office — and seats for less then 40 people.

His recent — unpublicised — marriage to an Australian shopgirl, 21 year-old Helen Moore of Queensland, provided more excuses for generous splurges. The Tun has built her an S(A)1 million "modern palace" — an 11-bedroom, air conditioned house with indoor and out-door swimming pools, a sauna bath — and a chandelier in each room. The house is protected by en electrified fence costing $85,000 with electronic "eyes" at all strategic points.

But that Is not all. The Tun has bought up the venetian-blind factory where his father-in-law worked, and made him a director. And for another $80,000, he bought up a lawn-mower business where his brother-in-law was a worker and made him its manager.