Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia

ISBN: 978-3-905252-68-2

Money Logging investigates what 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 criminals who have earned billions through illegal timber sales and corruption.

Straumann singles out Abdul Taib Mahmud, current governor of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, as the kingpin of this Asian timber mafia. Taib’s family—with the complicity of global financial institutions— have profited to the tune of 15 billion US dollars. Money Logging is a story of a people who have lost their ancient paradise to a wasteland of oil palm plantations, pollution, and corruption—and how they hope to take it back.

Available 3 November 2014

Press release Schwabe AG
3 November 2014

Today, Bergli Books announced it will publish as planned Lukas Straumann’s Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia.
Money Logging investigates what former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called “probably the biggest environmental crime of our times”—the massive destruction of the Borneo rainforest by Malaysian loggers. The book was first published in 2014 in German by Salis Verlag, Zurich.
In a letter sent to Swiss publisher Bergli Books, London law firm Mischcon de Reya claimed that the book, “will cause colossal and irreversible harm to our client's reputation." The firm said its client was Abdul Taib, governour of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, whose family’s fortune is estimated at 15 billion US dollars.
In events last week across Malaysia, author Straumann repeated the book’s accusations. Straumann, Executive Director of the Bruno Manser Fund in Basel, Switzerland, spoke to journalists in Kuching and Kuala Lumpur after travelling to some of the remaining virgin forest in Sarawak.
The book’s official launch today in Yokohama, Japan will continue as planned on the occasion of the 50th session of the International Tropical Timber Organisation. Mr. Straumann was denied permission to speak at the session itself. Further events are planned in London, Basel, Ottawa, Vancouver, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

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