Citizen group Movement For Change Sarawak (MoCS) said BN reps should organised a rebellion similar to the infamous Ming Court coup against Taib 24 years ago.
“I am asking those BN representatives – those with some conscience left – to stage Ming Court II and oust the corrupt chief minister who remains persistent in holding onto power despite widespread calls for him to step down,” said MoCS leader Francis Paul Siah .
Siah (left) said a growing number of politicians from the state BN component parties were getting “uneasy and uncomfortable” with Taib’s 30-year leadership.
“The truth is that a large cross-section of the Chinese and Dayaks in BN parties like SUPP, PRS and SPDP want a change in the state’s leadership.
“PBB is also not as united as it is projected to be. There have been murmurs of discontent in the bumiputera-based party too.”
According to Siah, the “only thing holding them back (from ousting Taib) is their fear, cowardice and self-interests”.
“Taib has a stranglehold on their careers, businesses and livelihood,” he said.
The MoCS leader however believed that certain segments in PBB, the ruling party in Sarawak which Taib is the leader, wanted a change in the leadership but were too fearful of the chief minister.
“BN elected representatives can do something as a unified group. They can stage an internal revolt, learning from the lessons of the failed Ming Court coup in 1987,” Siah said.
A pre-emptive strike from Taib
In the aborted 1987 coup, 28 state assemblypersons out of the then 48-member State Legislative Assembly met at the Ming Court Hotel in Kuala Lumpur and plotted the removal of Taib as chief minister.
The rebels, who included several state ministers and assistant ministers, were led by Abdul Rahman Yakub, Taib’s uncle and former chief minister.
Given that the rebels commanded the majority in the state assembly, they planned a motion of no-confidence against Taib.
However, Taib launched a pre-emptive strike by dissolving the state assembly and called snap polls. In the election that followed, Taib’s camp garnered 28 seats while the rebels managed to secure 20 seats, thus putting an end to the revolt.
Both uncle and nephew have since reconciled their differences (right).
The MoCS chief pointed out that it was not necessary for the BN reps to pass a vote of no-confidence against Taib in the State Assembly.
“There are many ways to stage Ming Court II. They can do it during the coming elections or after the elections, if Taib is still in power.
“They must be able to think, plan and strategise. Although Taib has been known to be a master tactician and political schemer, the younger set of leaders today could surely do better to outfox and outwit a 74-year-old man who is already entering his sunset years.”
Siah also reiterated MoCS’s stand that the movement was prepared to work with any political party or organisation which would help see to the ouster of Taib as chief minister.
“Taib has to go first. Only then, can Sarawak start afresh,” he added.