Hornbill Unleashed

January 28, 2013

Taib to resign, Jabu to move up?

Joseph Tawie

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s plans for an overwhelming win in Sarawak hinges on Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s resignation ‘just before’ the general election.

Rumours are rife that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will step down after the general election and succeeding him will be his deputy Alfred Jabu Numpang.

Taib is expected to announce his decision just before the 13th general election to thwart any attempt by the opposition to flog his alleged malpractices and power abuse.

It is also a bid to wrest lost Chinese support in the state.

Jabu’s tenure as chief minister will, however, last only until the next state election in 2016.

Taib, meanwhile, will move up to become Sarawak governor or Yang di-Petrtuan Negri, a position that he has been wanting in exchange for relinquishing his chief minister’s post.

Taib’s main concern is his RM46 billion business empire.

According to state Barisan Nasional sources, rumours began circulating after Taib met Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak about two weeks ago.

Najib, the sources said, was firm with Taib and insisted he stepped down as his continuity was affecting BN’s position as a whole in Sarawak.

Najib apparently advised Taib to announce his resignation just before the 13th general election so that the opposition could not exploit Taib’s long contentious tenure as chief minister.

Taib was appointed chief minister on March 26, 1981.

The strategy

Taib was a hot issue in the Sibu parliamentary by-election in May 2010. BN lost Sibu to DAP’s Wong Ho Leng by a slim majority.

Until then BN had held Sibu for over two decades. It was a BN’s stronghold.

In 2011 state election, Taib continued to be a hot election issue, especially in the Chinese majority seats where various allegations of corruption, abuse of power, nepotism and cronyism were slapped on him by the opposition.

Chinese majority Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) lost 13 of 19 seats it contested to the opposition in the 2011 election.

According to the sources, the “new” BN strategy proposed by Najib would ensure that BN wins back the confidence of Sarawak voters, especially the Chinese, who have allegedly been led astray by the opposition because of Taib’s corrupt administration.

SUPP has six seats at stake – Stampin, Bandar Kuching, Sarikei, Lanang, Sibu and Miri. Bandar Kuching and Bandar Sibu are in the hands of the DAP.

“With Taib out, SUPP and BN would be able to wrest back Bandar Kuching and Sibu from the opposition, and at the same time retain the rest,” said the sources.

Taib had in the past indicated a number of times that he wanted to step down as chief minister, but has yet to find a “suitable” person to succeed him.

The last time he spoke of stepping down was before the 2011 state election. At the time he promised that he would retire two or three years after leading the state government. His time is up.

Thwarting Tengah’s plans?

Among those he had groomed to take over included the late Dr Sulaiman Daud, Bujang Ulis, Abang Abu Bakar, Adenan Satem, Abang Johari and Awang Tengah Ali Hassan.

Now it appears that Taib has narrowed his choice to two persons – Awang Tengah and Abang Johari.

Tengah is rumoured to be in pole position.

According to the sources, Tengah is ready to take over the leadership. He is speculated to have a retinue of hardcore followers among the Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) elected representatives.

He has also allegedly accumulated RM100 million in his “war chest”.

His ambition to become Sarawak chief minister was widely speculated by bloggers with online investigative portal Sarawak Report, who exposed a dossier alleging a plot to oust Taib.

Tengah, who allegedly heads the plot, has vehemently denied this.

Sarawak Report also reported that Tengah has already anchored 30 state assemblymen against 26 supporting Taib.

But the problem with Tengah is that the Dayaks particularly the Ibans do not like him.

They have nicknamed him Awang “Tanah” (land) because of his alleged involvement in native customary rights (NCR) land abuse.

Taib is well aware of this sentiment and the alleged plot to topple him. And according sources, he will temporarily deflect Tengah’s ambitions by pushing up Jabu.

The sources said that Taib’s worry is his immense wealth and he needs someone “absolutely trustworthy”.

“And he can trust Jabu more than anybody else,” said the sources.

Moreover, the sources said, Taib does not want to be treated the way former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad was treated by his successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.



  1. Heard from the grapevine over the years: Tengah had little education or caibre & couldn’t speak proper English in early years. He is there because he is a Melanau like Taib, which is only 6 % of Sarawak’s population. So much for fairness and democracy!

    Comment by alan newman, new zealand — January 30, 2013 @ 6:06 PM | Reply

  2. Someone wrote: “just before the election, Sarawakians should stage a citizen’s arrest of Taib for corruption, abuse of power, nepotism, cronyism….. It may end up merely symbolic but would nevertheless be a powerful gesture to show that is what Najib should be doing – and the “opposition” too! If either BN or the “opposition” is intelligent, it should simply arrest Taib, keep him out of the picture and the election is won. BN would be apprehensive about apprehending Taib, but the “opposition” should show wit, sense of justice, courage, just go out with a big bunch of folks and arrest Taib – just like that! – you’ve got all the charges already right there for you!”

    Comment by alan newman, new zealand — January 29, 2013 @ 12:07 PM | Reply

  3. Its time for the Dayaks to rule again as should have been the case if the muslim Malay-now had not conspired with their Ketuanan Masters, the UMNO Malay Malaya to topple the rightful Dayak CM. But do we still want to beleive Pek Moh,the Malay-now CM after he lied about steping down for so many times already but never did until now? He is a confirmed liar and he will lie and lie again and again until he gone and burried!

    Good luck Mr Jabu on your new job descriptions which you will only imagine but not attain. Awg Tanah has more to offer the Ketuanan Umno and has more to offer his local lackeys then you! Remember Awg Tanah said he has no political ambitions to topple Pek Moh to become CM himself? He is another good liar, infact as good as or even better then pek moh whom he is scamming to toppple.

    Comment by brian — January 29, 2013 @ 10:01 AM | Reply

    • Sarawak is never short of talented, qualified , trust worthy and credible people to offer themselves as candidates for Pakatan Rakyat or to be appointed to various ministries, departments and GLCs. We need a new government to reform and transform the corrupted and regressive system to a progressive, corrupt free government.

      Comment by Sulaiman Daud — January 29, 2013 @ 6:48 PM | Reply

  4. 1 X 600kg big buaya was caught in Matang Kuching, the TYT Governor named it Bujang Selang.

    What does this sign of the wonderful world indicate? Would it mean the time of the greedy buaya are up? Many will be arrested/caught after GE13? Dont know, let see, may be

    Comment by RCI - Roti Canai India — January 29, 2013 @ 8:11 AM | Reply

  5. The play on Pekmoh as choreographed by Awang and directed by he himself is going to realised soon. Perfect good-looking is at the prerogative of PM’s make up. A spot disaster will erupt and PBB Dayak seniors will see themselves being sidelined and gradually disintegrate. No court case. No New PBB.

    Ever dream of Aki becoming a CM? He’ll have to pack and go even having yet warmth up the CM sedan? A bad dehumiliation liken to that of our late SKN, instead of being thrown into a longkang the sampah, soon after a new gardener is installed.

    What is this temporary happiness effect reserved for Aki and his pack. Will they be able to chart the future for Sarawak and Its People?

    PBB dayaks should visualise fathomly how fatal the devil can display when money is no problem to him. However it is good to consider abandoning the ship early before they get thrown out into the sea or otherwise be a true futuristic champion. This GE13 Oppositions can sympathize you with floats but no SOS on board.

    Change the government..

    Comment by miaOwkia — January 29, 2013 @ 1:53 AM | Reply

  6. For Taib to announce his resignation just before the 13th GE is a bit too late. The voters, especially the chinese in urban constituencies, cannot be fooled by such a trick. Even if the resignation really happens, the most neutral person to take over as CM is none other than Abang Jo unless he declines.

    Comment by Ayen Piyat Tawai — January 28, 2013 @ 10:16 PM | Reply

  7. Sooner or later UMNO will set foot and dominate the political climate.

    Comment by tigeryk — January 28, 2013 @ 8:40 PM | Reply

  8. A suggestion to Ah Jib Gor:

    If Taib Mahmud’s stepping down “is to thwart any attempt by the opposition to flog his alleged malpractices and power abuses”, then Taib should be banished to Lebanon with Regad.

    Taib must not be allowed to return to Sarawak.

    To appoint Taib as a TYT, Ah Jib Gor, you are making the matter worse for the Sarawakians. Because:

    1. You pass the honourable job of a CM from a thief to another thief.

    2. You dirty the honourable TYT name by giving it to a corrupt thief and make a mockery of Sarawakians. (We want an honourable person to be our Head of State and not a corrupt criminal!).

    3. The proper place for Taib is the jail. The proper sentence is life imprisonment. The proper destiny for such a corrupt thief is to die in jail.

    All Sarawakians will admire you, support you and vote for you, if you only care for the feelings of Sarawakians and make Sarawakians happy.

    Comment by Kuchingkia — January 28, 2013 @ 6:53 PM | Reply

    • Fantastic, promotion from CM to TYT. Nice job, PM.

      Comment by gagojackman — January 29, 2013 @ 9:59 AM | Reply

  9. NO worry about who will sit the BN CM chair, the Chinese will not return to vote except those who have personal business interest from the left-over food of PBB gang and cronies

    Whether Jabu, Awang, Abang, Masing be the new CM, Dayaks are expecting a total change out of BN in Putrajaya and Sarawak. Better a faithfull and truthful Dayak become Sarawak future CM, and Baru Bian would be a good one

    Vote Pakatan please

    Comment by Orang Ulu Cinta Sarawak — January 28, 2013 @ 5:50 PM | Reply

  10. Jabu is the most hated and despised Dayak politician by the Dayak community. He has been the running dog for Tun Abdul Rahman Yacub and Abdul Taib Mahmud the current thief minister who is responsible for robbing more than one million acres of NCR land. Alfred Jabu himself is said to be worth more than RM1.0 billion. Replacing a thief minister with another thief will only enrage the marginalised rural Dayak more.

    Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — January 28, 2013 @ 5:47 PM | Reply

    • Why BN will lose big in Peninsular Malaysia. The corrupted policy, system, institutions and the Mahathir, Najib and Ibrahim Ali factors. In Sarawak its the PBB and Taib Mahmud factor which will make BN lose 14 to 15 of the Parliamentary seats. Over in Sabah it is the UMNO and Musa Aman, illegal immigrants and voters factors which will see Pakatan Rakyat winning 16 to 18 Parliamentary seats.

      Comment by Private Eyes — January 28, 2013 @ 6:00 PM | Reply

    • Jabu MUST DECALRE his and cronies property before he’s ‘allow’ to sit on the CM sit; otherwise go to hell!

      Comment by HH3H — January 28, 2013 @ 9:55 PM | Reply


    However, most Chinese have come to their senses and kicked out S’wak’s Useless People’s Party from 13 constituencies.

    The other Chinese in the 6 constituencies better change their minds too.

    Comment by Anon — January 28, 2013 @ 5:23 PM | Reply

  12. Tahi or Jambu also same lah…Makan sama sama…Rasuah sama sama…Put them in the Penjara Sarawak which build by a cost of $400,000 per room..!!!
    This is special jail…$400,000 leh !!! Inside definitely got Swimming Pool, Jaguji, Massage, Astro and etc….8 stars Jail in the world, Malaysia Boleh !!!

    Comment by Mike-Johor — January 28, 2013 @ 4:33 PM | Reply


    Comment by VINCENT AK PAUL — January 28, 2013 @ 4:14 PM | Reply

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