Hornbill Unleashed

April 18, 2012

Taib’s son or a local for Kota Samarahan?

FMT Staff

While rumours are rife that another Taib will contest for the Kota Samarahan parliamentary seat, word within the party is that the candidate will be a local woman.

Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) – the lead partner in the Sarawak Barisan Nasional – is likely to field a woman candidate to replace its incumbent Sulaiman Mahmud in “family-held” Kota Samarahan parliamentary constituency.

Sulaiman is Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s younger son, and went “missing” following his mother’s death in 2009.

Sulaiman, who had been tapped to succeed Taib, was elected in 2008. He was promptly pushed up to the federal level and was appointed deputy tourism minister.

However, for reasons best known to him and the Taib dynasty, he quit the post and disappeared abroad in 2010.

Sulaiman, who seems to have made amends with his father, has apparently informed the party that he would not defend his seat and talk is hotting up that his older brother Mahmud Bekir, a corporate bigwig, would take over the safe seat.

Billionaire Bekir is the deputy chairman of family-held Cahaya Mata Sarawak (CMS) and was tipped to contest in the last April state election and “rescue” his embattled father.

However, his divorce from his wife of 19 years, among other things, got in the way last year and the candidacy was put on hold.

But Bekir’s sudden expressed interest last year after repeatedly saying “no” to politics had further fuelled talks that he would be quickly groomed to step into his father’s shoes.

Taib, who has been chief minister since 1981, is under tremendous pressure from the Najib administration to step down.

That the Kota Samarahan constituency wants the Taibs to continue was visible a few days ago when a group of PBB supporters bearing banners and placards called for Mahmud Bekir to be fielded as its candidate.

Although a political greenhorn, Mahmud Bekir had mentioned that he has always been on the fringe of politics having been a member of the PBB Kuching branch since he was 19 years old.

But Taib’s response to newsmen here yesterday and PBB supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah’s comment seem to hint at the possibility that it may not be Mahmud Bekir and that a “local” woman would be picked.

‘It could be Rubiah Wang’

Taib told newsmen here yesterday that he was running through the candidates’ list and that his party, PBB, would be increasing the number of its women candidates in the 13th general election.

““Yes, there will be new candidates. On the number [of women], I will decide before it is finalised by the prime minister,” he said, adding that the complete list of candidates will be ready in time when Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak wants it.

PBB currently has three women MPs. They are Rohani Abdul Karim (Batang Lupar), Nancy Shukri (Batang Sadong) and Norah Abdul Rahman (Tanjung Manis).

While Norah is a much favoured and close relative of Taib, Rohani is currently the federal Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism.

Meanwhile, rumours are rife that the woman candidate for Kota Samarahan is Asajaya district officer Rubiah Wang, a native of Kota Samarahan constituency.

Abdul Karim Hamazah, who is Asajaya assemblyman, said three names had been submitted to Taib for the Kota Samarahan seat and one of them is a woman.

But he declined to reveal the names of the potential candidates except to say : “For Kota Samarahan parliamentary seat, three names including one woman, have been shortlisted.

“I think a local will be picked… that is what I think. ”

Sarawak has 31 parliamentary seats and PBB holds 14. The rest are shared between BN components: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).

Currently, BN holds 29 seats. DAP has two – Bandar Kuching and Bandar Sibu. It won Bandar Sibu in a tightly fought by-election in 2010.

Earlier this week, BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had reportedly said that the component parties had been given “two weeks” to submit their list of winnable candidates to the prime minister.


  1. They can filled it with whoever they want,they’ll sit gonna get Forked,

    Comment by Lok1 — April 19, 2012 @ 5:51 AM | Reply

  2. The monkey will face the truth regarding his proposed out of court divorce settlement with his ex wife. His ex wife is only demanding a conservative amount of RM400 million in her divorce suit.

    Comment by Irene Kana — April 18, 2012 @ 10:23 PM | Reply

    • We shall see if the Malays and Ibans choose to continue to be stupid when the clever son of the thief minister continues to make billions because the Malays and Ibans choose to be stupid.

      Comment by Sazali ismail — April 18, 2012 @ 10:34 PM | Reply

  3. Remove postal votings, Paktan Rakyat has a fair chance to win Kota Samarahan for the first time. Postal votes by the police, armies and their families must go. That is one of BN’s weapons to cheat in an election.

    Comment by Ahmad Madon — April 18, 2012 @ 9:27 PM | Reply

  4. he can put just about anybody in KS and the ppl there wills till vote for bn

    Comment by mike — April 18, 2012 @ 7:02 PM | Reply

    • even put Lembu can also win. what can we do? Company In Corruption. $$$$$ still the most powerful medicine even when pray 5 times a day.

      Comment by anakmuridcikgu — April 19, 2012 @ 12:06 PM | Reply

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