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February 12, 2011

‘No successor’ admission of Taib a joke for PKR

Stephen Tiong, Malaysiakini

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian is laughing at a so-called “admission” by Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud that he is willing to step down – provided there is a qualified person to take over.

“I think this is shameful of Taib and it reflects badly on him to say he has not found anyone qualified enough to take over as chief minister,” Baru said today.

He said Taib had been chief minister for the last 30 years, but yet admits he has not groomed anyone to succeed him.

“I think there are two possibilities for this. Either he is not visionary or he purposely did not groom a successor,” Baru (left) suggested, referring to Taib’s admission yesterday that he would like to step down, but the right successor was not forthcoming.

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“His deputy, Afred Jabu, has been saying that Taib is a good visionary and development-oriented leader, but yet Taib has overlooked the most important aspect of leadership by not grooming someone from his party, Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), to take over,” he said.

Baru believes that Taib deliberately refused to groom a successor so he could continue clinging to the post for as long as he wanted.

He said there were a few leaders in PBB qualified to take over as PBB president and chief minister.

Person with high moral integrity needed

“You don’t need someone who is highly qualified, like holders of doctorate degree, but someone with high moral integrity, incorruptible and who has the interests of the people at heart,” he said.

Since it was very difficult for Taib to “sort out his problem”, the best solution would be for the people of Sarawak to elect Pakatan Rakyat into power in the next state election.

“This way, the people will also solve his problem, since he does not know to go about it,” Baru added.

Speaking at the launch of a community leadership seminar in Betong yesterday, Taib said he and Jabu had wanted to step down a long time ago, but none of the second echelon PBB leaders were qualified enough to take over from them.

“We are both getting old and if there are people who are truly qualified to lead the state, we are more than prepared to go, but we cannot let go of our responsibilities just like that,” Taib had said.

NONEThe multi-billionaire Taib had a number of times since the late 1980s named Housing and Urban Development Minister Abang Johari Openg and former federal ministers Adenan Satem and Effendi Nowawi as his potential successors.

When Effendi disappeared from the scene, Taib put Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Awang Tengah Ali Hasan in the list.

By saying now that none of the current crop of second echelon leaders in PBB are qualified enough to be PBB president and chief minister, Baru said, Taib wanted the people to believe that he was the indispensable leader for Sarawak.

There has been speculated before that Taib wanted his son, Sulaiman Abdul Rahman, to take over, which was why he “forced” Sulaiman to contest in Kota Samarahan in the 2008 parliamentary election, hoping to groom him for bigger things to come.

“But Sulaiman was proved to be a flop as deputy federal minister of tourism,” said a local politician.

On Dec 4, 2009, Sulaiman announced his resignation as deputy minister and has reportedly never attended to his constituency matters since quitting the federal post. No one knows where he is now, apart from the Taib family,.

Of late, there has been speculation that Taib would nominate a close relative, Norah Abdul Rahman, who is the MP for Tanjung Manis, to succeed him. Norah is the daughter of his uncle Abdul RahmanYaakub, a former chief minister of Sarawak.

It was Rahman who nominated Taib, then a federal minister, to be his successor as chief minister on March 26, 1981.

Will it beTaib’s turn to nominate Norah this time?

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13 Comments »

  1. Taib and Jabu are still thinking that without Taib Sarawak is gone. Why can’t they think that Sarawak had been before them, and will be here well after they are gone. Even if they are really concerned about seeing their programmes for development like the SCORE etc continue to flourish and Taib will reap their benefits, the hard truth is that Taib like all man/woman will die. He will leave this world and will never return. So will Jabu and everyone of us. The only reason is greed has taken a hold on Taib and all these BN goons. Like they keep telling the rural poor folks that without BN they would be no development. The truth is with BN there is also no development for the poor masses. Development and advancement is for Taib and his “people”. Unfortunately Taib having denied development to the rural people thereby rural people are so poor that during elections times a mere RM5. 00 a piece they vote BN. A pathetic cycle!
    This “nobody can replace me” syndrome has apparently caught on Peter Nansen, the incumbent assemblyman of Tasek Biru. He has been telling people of Bau that nobody can replace him unless they want no development to take place in Bau. As appeared in “Borneo Post”: recently he signed a MOU with a Chinese of Mainland China Group to develop a “Bamboo Park” in a 40-hactares of NCR land belonged to the people of Singai without first having obtained the consent of the people. He said his grandfather was a Hakka from China and he now only needed 3000 votes from Hakkas, his countrymen, to win next election. He is guarranteed 3000 votes from the poor Dayaks. How condescending, just because he knows the Dayaks are poor lot and must vote for him/BN. He has a self-belief that to the Dayaks he, as president of REDEEMs, a NGO set-up by Wilfred Nissom a number of years ago he is indispensible to Tasik Biru Constituency. He has often claimed that he as a Dayak a YB, Assistant Minister and a Datuk, he would look after the Dayaks. Now he has courted local Chinese for votes by signing MOU with interests from mainland China to develop Dayak ancestral lands – a traditional site for certain olden times rituals that of appeasing the souls of dead warriors fallen in the days of the war of headhuntings which practice ceased by 1965. He is prepared to sell Dayak ancestral lands hoping to please the chinese voters of Tasik Biru Constituency. Just so that he will be elected again. He has shown up his true colour: a true Peter Lee Nan Sen, and one very greedy “Hakka” indeed. Just like his boss Taib. He has committed sacriledges against the sacred site. He will be cursed by the souls of the dead for indeed the site was cursed by our forefathers, believers/practioners of the old rites/traditions, that it should remain untouched/undisturbed: Damned be unto whoever disturbing it.

    Comment by tura-rongu — February 14, 2011 @ 3:56 PM | Reply

  2. What Taib, the taie n Jabu, selalu numpang said there’re no successor to them. This is just to justify that all the PBB DUN members are all the idiots, the morons. This also justify there’re all kerbau dicucuk hidung. What’s there to hope for from all these bunches of idiot n moronic representatives. Hell for all these wakil rakyat. Vote all of them out when PRN10 comes n give all the votes to PR candidates. In PR there’re alot of professional that u can try to govern the state government with transparency, with efficiency n with prudently. The rakyat will be assure no corruption. That’s the sure promise that PR will always respect or otherwise u all can devote PR come the PRN11 in the next 5 yrs after PRN10.

    Comment by Buduk — February 13, 2011 @ 9:18 PM | Reply

  3. We are either part of the solution or part of the problem.

    What do you choose?

    Comment by Ayamkurus — February 13, 2011 @ 6:05 AM | Reply

  4. We got to tell the ruling DUN members that they had been implicated as a pack of fools. Despite that not a single soul dare voice out in protest to such claim even though that they came from the various professional backgrounds. Pehin or Sarawakians refering them as Barisan Nuts. Don’t you agree PR should be the best alternative choice then. An omen has just surfaced and there is going to be another by-election again. That testifies the sign of BN House of Joy unacceptable to our human race; being the elected leaders and the flirtatious dirty old men do not enshrine wisdom. The head count has already been set by our The Almighty Lord. Who is next? No doubt BN won the last few by-elections but they received a severed bashings from us all. Let’s persevere earnestly as a victory day is awaiting us. As quoted by an Egyptian protestor and teacher, “After 30 years, we are tired of listening to him, all we wanted to hear was he’s leaving”. Get rid of BN for a new breath of live in this our Fair Land Sarawak.

    Comment by miaowkia — February 13, 2011 @ 12:10 AM | Reply

    • Taib and Jabu wanted to step down for 30 years- thinking still- Haha!

      PKR thinks it may be the successor. It sits on this delicious thought and does not organise the public to rally against PBB BN injustices.

      It may organise court cases and IT news which are good but more is need to jump start our creaky citizen’s minds.

      Comment by Ayamkurus — February 13, 2011 @ 6:03 AM | Reply

  5. The Rakyat has a solution to Taib’s and BN’s dilemma about a successor to the chief ministership. We have no doubt that Pakatan Rakyat has a qualified person to be the CM but Pakatan is also qualified to take over the state government of Sarawak.

    BN Sarawak should step aside for Pakatan Rakyat. The power to decide is in the people’s hands not PBB or BN.

    Comment by Irene Kana — February 12, 2011 @ 9:18 AM | Reply

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    Mubarak, the second Arab leader to be overthrown by a popular uprising in a month, handed power to the army after 18 days of relentless rallies against poverty, corruption and repression caused support from the armed forces to evaporate.

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    posted By Free Sarawak Information Service for a free democratic and independent Sarawak.
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    Comment by Free Sarawak Information Service — February 12, 2011 @ 9:07 AM | Reply

  7. don’t overstay your welcome.

    Comment by colin — February 12, 2011 @ 7:17 AM | Reply

  8. CM Taib have you heard Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak just QUIT, Your political career almost mirror his, Most Sarawakian hope and pray their wishes will comes true this coming election.
    God willing……

    Comment by sam — February 12, 2011 @ 4:25 AM | Reply

  9. Saw this on Sarawaktalk and thought you might like it:

    By Ah Seng
    I have three degrees (Taib has only one!)

    My yearly income is 6-figures.

    I speak English, Malay, Iban and four Chinese dialects, apart from Mandarin. (Taib admitted himself that he was born in Sarawak but can’t speak or write in Chinese).

    I am in my forties, physically and mentally strong.

    But I am not qualified to be the CM because I don’t know how to steal, rob, corrupt and tell lies!

    Comment by Wan Ali — February 12, 2011 @ 4:12 AM | Reply

    • very true indeed. sik patut sikda orang boleh ganti betul sik?

      Comment by colin — February 12, 2011 @ 7:16 AM | Reply

    • Just be an honest man and died with a clear conscience.

      That is better than being a CM who is a shameless thief with an inflated ego who steal poor people’s land and make them poorer.

      Comment by Orang2bangkit — February 12, 2011 @ 8:18 AM | Reply

    • There you are Taib, no “qualified” people in Sarawak?

      Comment by Peter Nasiang — February 12, 2011 @ 6:23 PM | Reply


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