Hornbill Unleashed

March 2, 2014

A surprise presence and puzzling absence

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Winston Way

Taib Mahmud’s triumphant return to Sarawak as the new governor was marked by his son, Sulaiman’s first public appearance in years, and the non-attendance by a former CM contender

Controversy-ridden Abdul Taib Mahmud arrived here last night as Sarawak’s new governor and was greeted by a 500-strong waiting crowd including family members, the state Cabinet and senior government officials.

Earlier yesterday, Taib received his instrument of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

The ceremony was witnessed by Prime Minister Najib Razak, his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and the new Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem, who replaced Taib after the latter’s almost 33 years as chief minister.

Adenan, the fifth chief minister for Sarawak, was also in hand to welcome Taib at the VVIP Terminal of the Kuching International Airport.

He was. earlier yesterday, sworn in as CM in front of outgoing Sarawak governor Abang Muhammad Salahuddin in Kuching.

Welcoming Taib last night were his family members, including all of his four children – Jamilah, Mahmud Bekir, Sulaiman and Hanifah.

Sulaiman’s appearance was a big surprise, particularly to members of the local media, after he disappeared from public life in Sarawak for almost five years.

Sulaiman contested and won the Kota Samarahan seat in the 2008 general elections. He was subsequently appointed Deputy Tourism Minister under the then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He was retained in the post by newly appointed Najib in 2009, but resigned in December the same citing personal reasons.

Taib himself once stated that Sulaiman was deeply disturbed by his mother, Laila’s death in April 2009.

Sulaiman and Mahmud Bekir

Sulaiman was consequently dropped from the list of BN’s candidates for GE13. His brother Mahmud Bekir was among those initially speculated to replace him.

But later former local government official Rubiah Wang  was named as BN’s candidate for Kota Samarahan. She won the seat in the May 5, 2013 election.

Sulaiman was once rumoured to be bed-ridden with AIDS, however he has since rebuked the buzz.

He also did not attend his father’s wedding with Ragaad in January 2011, and again was markedly missing during Taib’s official 75th birthday celebrations in Mukah four months later.

Together with Adenan welcoming Taib on Friday night were Taib’s long-serving deputy Alfred Jabu, full ministers and assistant ministers, as well as federal ministers from Sarawak and BN assemblypersons and MPs.

One notable absence however, was a man formerly rumoured to be one of Taib’s potential successor, Sarawak Tourism and Housing minister, Abang Johari Openg.

FMT did not manage to get an official explanation about Johari’s absence for the night.

Taib had been in Sarawak’s cabinet since independence in 1963.

He was Sarawak Communication and Works minister under the first chief minister Stephen Kalong Ningkan from 1963 to 1966, and Development and Forestry minister from 1966 to 1967.

He subsequently served as a federal minister from 1968 until his resignation in March 1981 to stand in the Sebandi by-election.

Longest serving

Taib eventually became Sarawak’s Land and Mineral minister, before being sworn in as the fourth chief minister of Sarawak on March 26, 1981, succeeding his uncle Abdul Rahman Ya’kub who resigned due to health reasons.

He announced his resignation as Sarawak chief minister earlier this month, and tendered his resignation to Salahuddin on Feb 12.

On the same day, he also ended years of speculations about his successor, by naming Adenan as his replacement.

Taib also had submitted his resignation as the assemblyman for Balingian to Sarawak State Assembly speaker Mohammad Asfia on Feb 26, paving the way for a by-election.

The swearing in ceremony for Taib to be the new Sarawak Head of State was scheduled for today morning at the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly building.


  1. Abang Jo will never be CM because he will continue to be our big brother (abang) for eternity.

    Comment by mahadir — March 3, 2014 @ 1:31 PM | Reply

  2. Malaysia ‘s PDRM, EC, ROS, AG and Malay Judges are the world’s most corrupted. Because these institutions are corrupted to the core all corrupted ministers from Umno Baru’s BN in the past and present are untouchable.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — March 2, 2014 @ 4:27 PM | Reply

  3. Taib could be related to Sultan Bolkiah who will take his fiefdom into a Syariah absolute autocratic monarchy kingdom where his word is God’s or Allah’s!

    So whats the problem with Sulaiman’s reappearance?

    What’s the problem if Taib rents the Hyde Park Apartment from the Agong who appointed him as TYT? Maybe its his apartment under anothers name?

    Comment by Sarah Wak — March 2, 2014 @ 10:51 AM | Reply

  4. I hope the new TYT will perform his duty with zeal and dedication devoid of corruption.

    Comment by mahadir — March 2, 2014 @ 9:10 AM | Reply

    • You always have the tendency to place your hope on others. You place your hope on Jesus,God and now this old man. Don’t you have hope on yourself. like hoping to be a millionaire by buying jackpots and 6 pluses……..numbers. Placing hope on others is not doing justice to yourself akin to an unexamined life is not worth living.

      Comment by loyarburok — March 2, 2014 @ 12:02 PM | Reply

      • On your part what have you won? Jackpot? What I meant is that since he is the TYT we expect him to perform that job accordingly. If you are appointed as TYT will you buy jackpot?

        Comment by mahadir — March 3, 2014 @ 1:39 PM | Reply

        • Yes, I win some or lost some. Toto or magnum is game of probability. If you place your bet there is a chance to win. A chance not a guarantee. But placing hope on others you do not know his next move. You simply cannot tell what his next act is. We cannot interpret what is it in a person mind? So no need to expect anything good or worst. Let him decide whether Sarawak is to become a failed state or innovated State. We can’t tell.

          Comment by loyarburok — March 3, 2014 @ 3:18 PM | Reply

          • A knowledge on investment will tell you that buying a 4D will never benefit the buyer. There are 9999 numbers in 4D i.e. from 0001 – 9999. You will definitely strike the winning prize (first, second, third and consolation) from No. 0001 to 9999 if you buy one of each number. But you have spent 10,998.90 (inclusive of tax) to earn all the winnings from all the numbers. The total winnings is less than the amount invested. The 4D outlet profit from the aforesaid premise. Thus I do not buy 4D, TOTO and Cash Sweep. I do not believe in false probability as I believe in sound practical knowledge.

            Comment by mahadir — March 4, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

    • taib promoted himself to be tyt and accomplished what he had hope for to protect himself from us. We hope he will make many more mistakes in his new position which he think he deserved.

      Comment by brian — March 4, 2014 @ 4:50 PM | Reply

  5. The most corrupted and richest thief minister in the world is now Sarawak Governor. Only in the land of zombies and where Putrajaya are administered by highly corrupted zombies this is happening .

    Comment by Mata Kuching — March 2, 2014 @ 6:38 AM | Reply

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