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February 25, 2014

Adenan expected to spring surprises

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Party insiders are speuclating that incoming Chief Minister Adenan Satem will drop ‘ineffective’ ministers and assistant ministers

Now that that the guessing game of who would succeed Sarawak strongman Abdul Taib Mahmud, is over, the focus has turned to incoming Chief Minister Adenan Satem and his Cabinet.

Adenan, 70, will take over as Sarawak chief minister once Taib’s resignation takes effect from Feb 28. With his new appointment, Adenan is expected to make some changes in the cabinet line-up.

Although he has reportedly said that he will retain all the present members, speculations are rife that he will be making changes to the portfolios of his ministers and assistant ministers. (more…)

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February 15, 2014

In complete control of exit plan

Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (left) and Tan Sri Adenan Satem sharing a moment at a Sarawak Foundation function last year. - FilepicJOCELINE TAN

The choice of Tan Sri Adenan Satem as Sarawak’s next Chief Minister reflects Tan Sri Taib Mahmud’s instinct for survival as he prepares to ride into the sunset.

Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud has named his successor sooner than expected.

The Kuching media community was only informed that Taib was meeting the Governor two hours before the event. (more…)

Can the new Sarawak CM be his own man?

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Ram Anand

Sarawak, the largest state in the country, will have a new chief minister come March, but questions are being asked as to whether Adenan Satem, announced to take over from long-time Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, will be able to do things his way.

Adenan’s appointment is expected to be swiftly followed by Taib ascending to the post of state governor after serving 33 years as chief minister.

Given the close relationship of the two – Adenan’s former wife is Taib’s sister – and the fact that Adenan was known as a close confidant and advisor to Taib when the latter faced a leadership challenge in 1987, there are doubts as to whether Adenan will have the freedom to change certain state policies. (more…)

No point to be CM if party becomes weak, says Abang Jo

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.YU JI

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, one of the two unpicked potential candidates to be Sarawak’s next Chief Minister, spoke at length during a press conference on Thursday but he revealed very little insight.
The typically wisecracking Johari began the press conference at 10.15am by reading out from a statement.

The long-serving politician pledged full support to the incoming Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

His statement ended with a Malay poem: “Struggle is about sacrifice. Positions and ranks are not priority. The rakyat’s well being is our dream”. (more…)

February 14, 2014

Rafizi: MACC must clear Taib first

P Ramani

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli will lodge a complaint at the MACC office today against Taib Mahmud on new evidence linking the Sarawak Chief Minister to timber business deals.

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to clear investigations pending against outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud before he become the next state governor.
Rafizi claimed Taib wanted to become the governor to get better protection and immunity from the law against his pending cases. (more…)

Taib’s early naming of Adenan raises questions

Dukau Papau

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s unexpected announcement yesterday of Special Functions Minister Adenan Satem as the next chief minister, instead of on Saturday as he promised earlier, is seen as a pre-emptive strike to forestall any pressure from Umno.

Taib met Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri Abang Muhamad Salahuddin Abang Barieng  at 3pm yesterday and handed over his letter of resignation, effective Feb 28, and informed Abang Muhamad that Adenan would replace him as chief minister.

Adenan (left) will be sworn on March 1, 2014. (more…)

‘Back in favour’ Adenan Satem steps into Sarawak’s hot seat

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theantdaily team

The man once out of favour in Sarawak politics, Tan Sri Adenan Satem, is now back to claim the state’s most coveted post as the chief minister. But Adenan will find it tough to emulate the total dominance that Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud imposed on the state in his 33 years at the helm.

Even before Adenan was officially named by Taib as his successor, rumblings had been heard from the grassroots regarding the succession issue. (more…)

‘Taib will be powerful for as long as he lives’

Nigel Aw

With the looming departure of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, BN partners in Sarawak will likely look for a glimmer of hope in reviving its political fortunes in urban centres which largely comprise of the Chinese community.

Taib’s unpopularity among the Chinese community, which describes the 77-year-old as “Pek Moh” (white hair), has been a lightning rod for Sarawak BN and helped hardened anti-establishment sentiment against the ruling coalition. (more…)

February 13, 2014

No one is above the law. So ‘Governor Taib’ is not immune from prosecution too?

Francis Paul Siah

When Tan Sri Taib Mahmud moves into the Astana in Kuching as the new governor of Sarawak next month, as he is expected to, he would be following in the footsteps of his uncle, Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub.

Rahman became Sarawak’s fourth governor in 1981 after he stepped down as chief minister to allow Taib to take over.

Thirty-three years later, the same scene will be played out in Sarawak again. Last Saturday, it was announced that the PBB supreme council which met that day had recommended Taib to be the next governor after Tun Muhammad Salahuddin’s term expires on Feb 28. (more…)

Constitution bars Taib from office

FMT Staff

Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s plans to become Governor of Sarawak may have hit a snag.

The constitution of Sarawak does not allow anyone who is engaged in commercial enterprises or benefits from them to be either chief minister or head of state.

However, Taib has so far sidestepped the state’s constitutional strictures by not being directly linked to any of the multiple commercial enterprises he is accused of running.

According to Article 2 (2) of the Sarawak constitution, the State Governor “shall not hold any office of profit and shall not actively engage in any commercial enterprise.” (more…)

Taib’s son for Balingian seat?

FMT Staff

If this is the ‘transition’ plan, then there is a likelihood that Mahmud Abu Bekir will be Sarawak CM post-2021 state elections.

Will Sarawak follow in the footsteps of Singapore’s Lee dynasty?

Latest rumour linked to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s Balingian seat has thrown up his son Mahmud Abu Bekir as a likely contender.

The speculation also has it Mahmud will not takeover as CM as yet. (more…)

PBB zips lips on new CM ‘because of the law’

Aidila Razak

Sarawak’s Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) is prevented “by the law” from revealing the identity of the individual who is to succeed Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Wanita PBB secretary Nancy Shukri, also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of law, said the Sarawak constitution stipulates the need for the state governor to first consent to the candidate.

“We are not trying to keep it secret but legal processes need to be adhered to. We know he (Abdul Taib) has somebody in mind but we cannot mention it,” she told reporters today. (more…)

February 12, 2014

Adenan Satem is new Sarawak CM

William Mangor

He is seen as vocal and influential with the ability to lead the people just like Taib

 Adenan Satem was today named Sarawak’s new chief minister to replace Taib Mahmud.

Adenan, who is Special Functions Minister in Taib’s state Cabinet was the frontrunner in the race. The two other shortlisted candidates were Abang Johari Tun Openg and Awang Tengah Ali Hassan.

Taib, who met with the Governor earlier this afternoon, submitted his resignation letter. He will be stepping down on Feb 28. (more…)

Taib to resign on February 28, Adenan Satem to take over as Sarawak chief minister

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Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is set to step down as chief minister at the end of the month. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 12, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is set to step down as chief minister at the end of the month.

He may be stepping down as the Sarawak chief minister after 33 years but Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud today sent a powerful message to Putrajaya that he remains fully in charge.

Taib today announced that his successor is to be his brother-in-law Tan Sri Adenan Satem, after he handed over his resignation letter dated February 28 to Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abang Mohammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng. (more…)

Adenan Satem will be new Sarawak CM

Mkini

Adenan Satem will take over from Abdul Taib Mahmud as the Sarawak chief minister.

This was announced after Taib handed his resignation latter to Sarawak governor Abang Muhammad Salahuddin today.

Taib’s resignation will take effect from Feb 28 – the day the current governor’s term ends.

Taib spent about an hour at Astana Negeri. He told reporters later that Adenan has the full backing of Sarawak BN to take over. (more…)

Will PBB No 3 Awang Tengah take over as CM?

Dukau Papau

Could PBB senior vice-president Awang Tengah Ali Hassan be the choice of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud when he retires at the end of this month, considering Taib’s parting call for “Sarawak must be led by Sarawakians” as an indication?

Political observers believe Awang Tengah fits the bill as he is known to be anti-Umno, has a strong personality and has been groomed by Taib to handle Sarawak’s multi-billion ringgit ministries, such as the Public Utilities Ministry, the Industrial Development Ministry and the Resource Planning and Environment Ministry. (more…)

Law expert: Taib cannot go scot-free, even as governor

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Becoming the state governor will not necessarily provide Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud immunity from prosecution, constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari says.

Even as the nine Malay rulers are immune from legal proceedings in the courts, they can still be charged through a special court established under Article 182 of the Federal Constitution, Abdul Aziz (below) said. (more…)

PBB will not split, says Wanita deputy chief

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Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s resignation will not cause a split in Parti Pesaka Bumiputera (PBB), the party’s Wanita deputy leader Fatimah Abdullah said today.

Fatimah (left), who is the state Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister, said PBB would remain stable and its members united, regardless of the person to be appointed to replace Abdul Taib as chief minister.

Last Saturday, Abdul Taib announced that he would step down as chief minister at the end of the month. (more…)

‘Taib’s influence over Sarawak will remain strong’

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If Taib is appointed the state governor he is likely to keep a tight hold on the new chief minister and Sarawak.

The chief minister of Sarawak is expected to announce his resignation today, after 33 years in charge of the resource-rich state that has been key to keeping the national coalition in power but marred by corruption allegations and deforestation.

Abdul Taib Mahmud, 77, said over the weekend that he would likely step down by the end of this month, according to state news agency Bernama, following a series of meetings with his political allies. He is due to make a statement today. (more…)

Taib to meet governor on Feb 15

Nigel Aw

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will meet the state governor over his resignation this Saturday.

“Not yet, on the 15th (of February),” Taib told journalists when met at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching this evening.

Yesterday, he said he would submit his resignation when he meets the governor. (more…)

PBB denies Sarawak election in the works

Nigel Aw

PBB senior vice-president Awang Tengah Ali Hasan has denied that the 11th Sarawak election is looming after an election security briefing this morning.

“This (discussion) is normal, held from time to time, and not unusual. It does not necessarily mean an election will be held,” Awang Tengah told a press conference in Kuching this evening. (more…)

Taib may opt for Adenan but Abang Johari the popular choice

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Some 20 years ago, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud publicly named three people he said he was grooming to succeed him as chief minister one day.

The trio are State Housing and Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, State Special Function Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and former federal minister Datuk Effendi Norwawi.

Today, two of the three are still in the running for the coveted post in Sarawak and barring any shocker, Taib is expected to name either Adenan Satem or Abang Jo, as he is popularly known, as his successor within the next 24 hours. (more…)

Sarawak’s Anglican Church praises Taib for ‘bold stand’ on Allah issue

JENNIFER GOMEZ

As Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) prepares to step down after 33 years at the helm, the Anglican Church in the state has come out to commend him for his bold stand on the Allah controversy and hoped his successor will do the same.

Southeast Asia’s Anglican Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok today expressed hope that Taib’s successor will maintain the spirit of inclusiveness which Sarawak has enjoyed under Taib.

“The Anglican church in Sarawak commends Taib for his bold and unambiguous stand on the Allah controversy. (more…)

Taib meets Sarawak governor this Saturday

Taib (right) is currently the nation's longest serving chief minister. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 10, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Taib (right) is currently the nation’s longest serving chief minister. –

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will meet the Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Abang Sallahuddin Abang Barieng this Saturday to submit his resignation letter and the name of his successor.

The 78-year-old Taib said he was looking forward to his retirement, which he confirmed, from the post he had held for 33 years. (more…)

‘Umno won’t enter Sarawak with Taib gone’

– Bernama

It is mere assumption and a bad intention to claim that Umno will spread its wings to Sarawak with the eminent retirement of its Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Umno vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal said today that it was not Umno’s agenda for Taib to retire so that the party could enter the state.

Speaking to the media after inspecting the construction work on the second phase of the Kapit/Song/Kanowit Road project in Kapit, he said it was the opposition’s assumption that he (Taib) was forced to retire. (more…)

Taib’s legacy: Sarawak for Sarawakians?

Hazlan Zakaria

As widely reported by the media, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud’s parting words in what was supposed to be his last time chairing the state Barisan Nasional (BN) meeting were “Sarawak for Sarawakians”.

It remains to be seen whether this means that the wealth and lordship of Sarawak ultimately go to Sarawakians or it means tyranny by the familiar instead of by those across the South China Sea. (more…)

Zahid: Umno will respect ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’

Nigel Aw

Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Umno will respect Sarawak’s “political mould”, in an what appears to be recognition of Sarawak BN’s fears that Peninsular Malaysia-based BN component parties will encroach into the state.
“Any transition of power (in Sarawak) will follow the state’s law and follow the existing tradition based on Sarawak’s political mould. (more…)

February 11, 2014

Taib to meet Governor first

taib-mahmud-newWinston Way and William Mangor

Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s nearest indication of a date was when he jokingly said he would “get a full month’s salary for February”.

The weekend’s biggest buzz here was Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s potential resignation and the naming of his successor.

On both counts Sarawakians and sympathizers were again left wanting on specifics. (more…)

Taib’s orchestration nears finale

TERENCE NETTO

It was supposed to be a rite of revelation, but the ritual turned out to be more like orchestration than disclosure over two expectant days in Kuching the past weekend.

Nearing 33 years as Chief Minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud was going through the motions of a valediction.

For much of the lead-up to the weekend’s brace of meetings involving the movers and shakers in Sarawak politics, it was bruited about that the CM was, at last, going to announce he is retiring from the post. (more…)

Sarawak boss due to ‘retire’, but keeps clout

Niluksi Koswanage

The chief minister of Sarawak is expected to announce his resignation today, after 33 years in charge of the resource-rich state that has been key to keeping the national coalition in power but marred by corruption allegations and deforestation.

Abdul Taib Mahmud, 77, said over the weekend that he would likely step down by the end of this month, according to state news agency Bernama, following a series of meetings with his political allies. He is due to make a statement today. (more…)

Abang Johari people’s choice for Sarawak chief minister’s post, says political analyst

Bernama

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) caucus in giving the veto power to Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to appoint his successor is no longer relevant, said political analyst Dr Jeniri Amir.

Instead, he said, Taib who is also the party’s president, should go by the seniority in the party in picking his successor.

“Based on seniority in the party, PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is the most qualified person to lead the state,” Jeniri, who is also Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) senior lecturer (politics and history) told Bernama in Kuching today. (more…)

‘Whatever happens, protect Sarawak’

FMT Staff

Taib Mahmud’s message is understood to be a reminder for all Sarawak MPs and assemblymen who have shifted loyalties to Umno.

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, who met Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, several BN component party leaders and the Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar here this morning, has reminded the state coalition’s MPs and assemblymen to “protect” Sarawak at whatever cost.

Zahid, who is also Umno vice-president, however did not meet the waiting media who were instead told by Home Ministry officials that it was merely a courtesy call on the CM. (more…)

Taib meets home minister and state leaders

Bernama

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is believed to have had a meeting with Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and several state leaders in Kuching today.

Taib and Ahmad Zahid were seen arriving separately at the state government administration building, Wisma Bapa Malaysia, at 10.31am and 10.53am, respectively.

Also seen arriving at the building were Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu; Parti Rakyat Sarawak president James Masing; Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak president Peter Chin Fah Kui and inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar. (more…)

Dr M lauds Taib for having served Sarawak well

Bernama

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today praised outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud for having provided excellent service to enable the Barisan Nasional (BN) administer the state for a long time.

He said Sarawak under the leadership of Taib had garnered the strong support of the people and had won many elections.

He also said that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), as the principal partner of the Sarawak BN, had made the coalition strong and more united and contributed much to the state through various development projects. (more…)

February 10, 2014

Taib’s ‘promotion’ will lead to by-election ?

Nigel Aw

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s ‘promotion’ to governor means Sarawak is set to see a by-election in the state seat of Balingian.

Taib, who has represented the state seat since 2001, must vacate the seat in order to take up the position of state governor.

 According to Sarawak BN secretary-general Stephen Rundi Utom, Taib had revealed to state BN leaders during a meeting today that he will resign as chief minister before the end of the month.
(more…)

Taib confirms retirement end of month

Abdul Taib's reaction when he was swamped by reporters after the special BN meeting today.Ng Ai Fern

Taib to quit as CM by month end ?

Nigel Aw

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will step down by the end of this month, after almost 33 years at the helm of the resource-rich state.
Sarawak BN secretary-general Stephen Rundi Utom said Taib had personally revealed this during the Sarawak BN leadership meeting in Petra Jaya today.
“He said at the end of the month. Can be any date,” Stephen Rundi (left) told a press conference at the PBB headquarters in Kuching after the three-hour meeting which began at 10am. (more…)

Taib’s parting words: Sarawak for Sarawakians

Nigel Aw

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s last advice before retirement was to impress upon the state’s leaders to safeguard Sarawak’s rights and keep it firmly in the hands of Sarawakians.

This, BN secretary-general Stephen Rundi Utom said, was conveyed by Taib as the 77-year-old veteran politician chaired his last ever Sarawak BN leadership meeting this morning.

“His strong words were that we needed to protect the rights of the state as per the constitution,” he told a press conference this afternoon after the meeting at the PBB headquarters. (more…)

Taib to hand in resignation letter to Sarawak governor, name successor soon ?

Taib is set to end his 33-year stewardship of Sarawak when he tenders his resignation in the next few days. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 9, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Taib is set to end his 33-year stewardship of Sarawak when he tenders his resignation in the next few days.

Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is set to end his 33-year stewardship of Sarawak and name his replacement when he has an audience with the governor and tenders his resignation.

The Sarawak chief minister will meet Yang DiPertua Negeri (TYT) Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng in the next “two or three days” when the TYT returns from his statewide Chinese New Year visit. (more…)

Sarawak BN parties accept Taib’s retirement decision

-Bernama

PBB and Sarawak BN component parties said they respect his decision and will support his chosen successor.

All the four Sarawak Barisan Nasional component parties today reached a consensus to accept Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s decision to step down and support whoever he chooses to become his successor, Sarawak BN secretary general Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said here today.

He said besides Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) of which Taib is the president, the consensus was voiced through the other party presidents namely Dr James Jemut Masing (Parti Rakyat Sarawak), William Mawan Ikom (Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party) and Peter Chin (Sarawak United People’s Party). (more…)

Taib, unlike David Copperfield, is no illusionist. He’s for real!

Francis Paul Siah

What has David Copperfield got to do with Sarawak? Nothing.

What has Taib Mahmud got to do with Sarawak? Everything.

Like many of you who love magicians, I love David Copperfield. He is the best there is in his profession.

Like many of my fellow Sarawakians who either love or loathe Taib, I share similar sentiments. Love him or hate him, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud never fails to amaze with his political astuteness and prowess that has no parallels in the country. His worst enemies and greatest critics will have to salute him now and again because he is a political genius like no other. (more…)

Taib promises ‘news’ on Today

FMT Staff

He is expected to meet with state Barisan Nasional MPs and assemblyman tomorrow and the state coalition’s Supreme Council members on Monday

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud made no announcements today regarding his much speculated resignation but assured the media that there will be important news on Monday.

He also said that there will be no snap elections called after his resignation. (more…)

February 9, 2014

Show of force for Taib ahead of PBB meeting

Nigel Aw

Ahead of a highly anticipated PBB supreme council meeting where Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is speculated to announce he would bow out, supporters have rallied to show opposition to such a move.

Some 100 members of the Angkatan Warisan Anak Sarawak, an organisation aligned to ruling party PBB, converged at the Petra Jaya entrance of the party headquarters  bearing banners and chanting slogans in support of Abdul Taib’s continued tenure.

“Long live PBB, long live CM (chief minister),” they chanted. (more…)

PBB confirms Taib to be proposed as governor

Nigel Aw

The outcome of the highly anticipated PBB supreme council meeting today confirmed that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will take over as state governor, but fell short of his widely-speculated resignation.

PBB permanent chairperson Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar announced that the supreme council had agreed to propose the veteran politician as the next head of state.

“In appreciation of contributions made by Abdul Taib as chief minister; for his numerous contributions, not only to the state, but also the nation… (more…)

Taib to reveal all in two days’ time, no snap polls

Bernama

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud today said that he will make a full announcement in two days’ time over the speculations surrounding his retirement.

Speaking briefly to reporters after attending the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Sarawak Supreme Council meeting today, he said that there would be no snap election after his announcement to retire.

“No. We don’t have surprises (that a snap election is going to be held). The party had given me certain indication that everything (after his retirement) will be very smooth. (Other details) I will announce it later at a proper time,” he said. (more…)

February 8, 2014

Sarawak polls briefing adds fuel to Taib quitting talk

Mkini

A security briefing on the preparations for the 11th Sarawak state election is adding fuel to speculation that Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will step down soon.

The Sarawak media has been invited to provide coverage on the briefing at the Chief Minister’s Office in Kuching at 10.30am on Monday, which will be also be attended by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

However, Malay language daily Berita Harian reported today, the Home Ministry later sent out an amended invitation that excluded the Sarawak election briefing, but retained two other events in Kuching that Zahid will be attending later that day. (more…)

Taib’s absence fuels further speculation of him stepping down

Taib (centre) with US Ambassador to Malaysia  Joseph Y. Yun (second from left) who visited Taib at his Demak Laut residence yesterday morning.

Ai Fern Ng
  • Taib (centre) with US Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Y. Yun (second from left) who visited Taib at his Demak Laut residence yesterday morning.

The absense of chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at two important functions here has further fuelled speculation on the longest serving chief minister’s next move.
Representing Taib at the State Government’s long service medals appreciation presentation today was deputy chief minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, whose vague statement on Taib’s whereabouts was rather puzzling.   (more…)

Taib to execute his latest masterstroke today?

theantdaily team

The guessing game has reached a feverish pitch in Sarawak and by tomorrow (Feb 8), the Land of the Hornbill’s master tactician Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is expected to execute his latest masterstroke.

Talk is that Sarawak’s longest serving chief minister will announce at the PBB caucus that he is leaving his political future in the hands of his party. His peers will decide for him, that is how it’s supposed to play out.

Oh really? It’s as if he cannot decide for himself but has to let others do if for him. Pray tell, when did the powerful Taib ever let others do the decision-making for him in his 33 years as Sarawak CM? (more…)

PAS Youth to meet Agong on ‘Taib as head of state’

Farah Noor Samat 

PAS Youth will seek an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to protest the widely reported speculation that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will replace Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng as Sarawak’s Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat (left) said today this followed reports in the mass media that Taib would resign as chief minister by Feb 28, when Abang Muhammad is due to retire.

“We take the speculations very seriously, as Taib has been accused of corruption and abuse of power. (more…)

February 7, 2014

Irony aplenty as Taib plays misty

TERENCE NETTO

It must be a matter of some irony that the last time Abdul Taib Mahmud felt pressured to quit, one half of the pair from the peninsula that had piled it on is now under duress himself.

It is unlikely that the Sarawak chief minister, who completes 32 years in office next month, will choose to meditate on the vicissitudes of fate when he addresses two important political meetings in Kuching this weekend, though he is in what can be regarded as a reversal of predicaments vis-a-vis Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Taib is shaping up to indicate when he will bow out which is different to Najib’s situation where the latter is warding off being shown the door. (more…)

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