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Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia

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Money Logging investigates what former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called “probably the biggest environmental crime of our times“ – the massive destruction of the Borneo rainforest by Malaysian loggers. Historian and campaigner Lukas Straumann goes in search not only of the lost forests and the people who used to call them home, but also the network of ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 3rd 2014 by Bergli Books (first published October 21st 2014)
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Jiwa Rasa
May 10, 2016 Jiwa Rasa rated it really liked it
buku ini ditulis oleh Lukas Straumann, seorang ahli sejarah yang juga Pengarah Eksekutif Bruno Manser Fund, ebuah NGO yang diinspirasikan oleh Bruno Manser, sorang tokoh terkenal yang pernah tinggal dan hidup bersama kaum Penan di hutan Sarawak. Bruno Manser dilaporkan hilang secara misterius dan tidak dijumpai sehingga kini.

Buku ini sedap dibaca kerana gaya penulisannya yang menarik, bagai membaca buku non fiksyen dalam gaya fiksyen. Penulis menceritakan sejarah hutan Borneo dari kajian Alfred
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Clare O'Beara
Aug 20, 2015 Clare O'Beara rated it it was amazing
This investigative look at the Malaysian logging firms and palm oil plantations on Borneo, shows that greed, corruption and humanitarian nightmares are not confined to the usual suspects in Africa.

A ruling family, by selling timber licences and permits to exploit, became billionaires. They were backed by global banking organisations on the basis that the island's economy should benefit. However the hardwood timbers have been sold to the timber trade, oil palm plantations are filling the land, s
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Richard Harvell
Oct 26, 2014 Richard Harvell rated it it was amazing
I knew very little about the near-total destruction of the Borneo rainforest before I read this book. What I learned by reading shocked me not simply for the environmental disaster in Sarawak, but also for the way in which a very few kleptocrats profited enormously. Lukas Straumann does a great job of not only drawing our attention to this particular crime, but also to the ways in which, more generally, corruption is ruining many natural places around the globe. Highly recommended!
Philip Bailey
Oct 24, 2014 Philip Bailey rated it it was amazing
Despicable would not be strong enough. I ran the gamut of negative emotions, outrage, disgust, sorrow. To use every day descriptive vernacular would invite censoring. Through the years I have often heard news of the shrinking rain forests around the world. I attributed it to the increasing world population. I also heard briefs on Palm Oil Plantations and envisioned farms as one might see in the bread baskets of the world. If half of the stories in Money Logging are true, the desecration of our ...more
Kho Liang
Jan 24, 2015 Kho Liang rated it it was amazing
I have long known about the continuous destruction of rainforests in Sarawak, but little do I know the extent of it as described in the book. As a Sarawakian myself, I grieved upon reading the detailed accounts of the desecration of the rainforests, not only in Borneo but around the world as well. If you care about the rainforest, especially if you are from Sarawak, you need to read this. Lukas Straumann did a great job in presenting the details of how the illicit timber trade has brought about ...more
Row Dela Rosa Yoon
Apr 09, 2015 Row Dela Rosa Yoon rated it it was amazing
Hope for the Rainforest --

The rainforest of Sarawak is one of the ancient rainforests explored by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), a contemporary of Charles Darwin. It contains some of the most diverse flora and fauna on the planet. It has been a home of the nomads for many generations —until the loggers came.

Straumann describes the helplessness of the Penans as they watched from the sidelines heavy machinery cleared the rainforests. The last “noble savages” of Southeast Asi
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Eric Wurm
Jan 06, 2015 Eric Wurm rated it it was amazing
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What if politicians destroyed a national and international treasure by auctioning the right to do so for the highest bid? Everywhere in the world, this happens. The quest for money and power knows no end, only a means to an end. Destroying a pristine rain forest and the people who live there was in this true crime novel the devastating result.

The author takes us on a journey through the state of Sarawak and profiles the corrupt robber baron Abdul Taib Mahmud, a man so in love with wealth and po
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Chris
I received this book as part of Good Reads First Reads giveaway.

Well that was fascinating.

Money Logging tells the story of how the rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sarawak (on the northwestern coast of Borneo) are being wiped out by illegal logging that is conducted in defiance of the wishes of the indigenous peoples and enabled by the corruption of the local government.

The book covers the history of Sarawak that lead to it's inclusion in modern day Malaysia, how Abdul Taib Mahmud (the bo
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Steve
Jun 03, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book free from GoodReads.

Fascinating while heart-breaking. Sure, I knew the rain forests of the world are disappearing, but I had no idea HOW and WHY, nor did I realize how much corruption is involved and just who are the corrupt. You can read the other reviews for more details about the book; I just want to add one point that occurred to me while reading about the millions of dollars of kickbacks paid to government officials. We occasionally hear of the too-big-to-fa
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Aditys Kamiso
Feb 03, 2016 Aditys Kamiso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every thing you need to know about the reason for deforestation in Borneo is here

If you have visited Borneo and was surprised at what happened to the lush virgin jungle of Borneo, this book will provide some of the answers. What has been lost can never be replaced but it is a good reminder on how greed and wanton disregard of other human beings and environment can doom us all. Let this be a lesson.
Audrey
Feb 03, 2015 Audrey rated it it was amazing
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I received this book as part of Good Reads First Reads giveaway.

I have heard of the destruction, corruption and about the people that are been involved with the deforestation of the rainforests in Sarawak but what I did not know was the extent of it all. This book is truly an eye opener and I am so shocked and saddened by it all.
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Interesting read on corruption by the Taib family but the second half becomes a bit of an anti-development rant...
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As soon as I saw this book on a blog, I knew I had to get my hands on it. This book would leave you angry and a bit depressed.
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An eye opener. My heart sank together with the indigenous people. I am a Sarawakian
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A historian by training, Lukas Straumann is the executive director of the Bruno Manser Fund, a human rights and environmental organization that champions the rights of the indigenous peoples of Borneo.

Lukas was born near Basel, Switzerland, in 1969. He holds a phD in history from Zurich University and worked as a research fellow with the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World
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“The judgment, handed down by Judge Ian Chin of the Sarawak High Court, demonstrated astonishing independence from the Malaysian government. Chin knew the price of that independence. After a much-maligned judgment against a politician belonging to the ruling Barisan National government in 1998, he had been verbally threatened by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and then enrolled in a five-day boot camp with other judges for “re-educational” purposes. While there, the primacy of the government’s interests was hammered into the judicial civil servants.3 Crushing the independence of the courts was done systematically under Mahathir. In 1988, the autocratic Premier had arbitrarily dismissed the country’s top judge, Lord President Salleh Abas, thereby keeping the remaining judges on a short lead.4 Even today, in 2014, Malaysia’s judges still have difficulty ruling independently when government interests are at stake.” 0 likes
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