Hornbill Unleashed

April 17, 2018

Taib Mahmud’s daughter faces resistance over Mukah candidacy

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Hanifah Taib’s name was first raised as a potential PBB candidate for the parliamentary seat of Mukah in June last year.

Resistance from within PBB to the proposed candidacy of Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud’s youngest daughter started soon after and has only heightened ahead of the May 9 polls (GE14).

This is because there are too many suitors for the seat, including many qualified locals.

The names include those of three PhD holders, Anthony Valentine Laiseh and Sulaiman Hussein, who are both senior government officers, and businessman Maliki Mahli.

The name of Paul Drus, a well-known entrepreneur, has also been mentioned.

Mukah is in the Melanau bastion of PBB.

A scramble for the seat ensued after long-time MP Leo Michael Toyad’s announcement two years ago that he was retiring from politics and would not be defending Mukah in GE14.

Hanifah Taib is actually a latecomer to the scene as lobbying by the others started two years ago.

PBB president and Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg is said to be caught in a quandary over her apparent interest in contesting in Mukah.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak associate professor Jeniri Amir said it would be better for the party to choose a local in Mukah for the seat.

“There are many qualified and capable PBB leaders in Mukah and the protest against Hanifah’s proposed candidacy is because she is considered an ‘outsider’ as she was not born in Mukah and had never stayed there,” he said.

According to Jeniri, the resistance is serious as posters and banners rejecting Hanifah had been publicly displayed in Mukah over the past few months.

A petition, signed by 599 Mukah voters, was also sent to the prime minister and chief minister.

However, Hanifah will still win if nominated despite the resistance as the Melanau are hardcore BN supporters, added Jeniri, who is himself a Melanau from Mukah.

Source : The FMT Online




  1. Voters and PBB members in Mukah should vote against her and Najib ‘s Umno Baru controlled BN. The Malays in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah are dumping Najib and Umno Baru. The Malays, Melanau and Dayaks in Sarawak should be brave and wise to dump Najib and Umno Baru controlled Sarawak BN. Vote Pakatan Harapan.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — April 19, 2018 @ 7:37 PM | Reply

  2. Not another Taib, please.

    Comment by apai — April 17, 2018 @ 5:58 PM | Reply

    • They will wipe out entire jungle and History of Sarawak

      Comment by Salim — April 19, 2018 @ 1:19 PM | Reply

  3. Did nothing and yet wants to kill someone`s dream . Make a deal ,if she insists ,she must stay foot in Mukah with her family for five years. She have got all the timber loots to buy the innocent uneducated victims.

    Comment by Salim — April 17, 2018 @ 12:31 PM | Reply

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