It seems word on the ground is that both these YBs one ADUN N51 for Balingian Taib and ADUN N12 Chong are in the news for various reasons. Both of them are very hot items and you can just sit in any corner of a coffeeshop in Sarawak and their names will certainly crop up.
Whats more one is seen in the news practically everyday especially in the Chinese press “championing various grievances for the people” and issuing statements against the ruling government. Taib has been in the news of late with his “marriage” to a young bride of 28 years and many conspiracy theories has emerged that it was ‘hush hush’ and quickly arranged by the sister in order to avoid unnecessary adjustments/fall-outs within the family circles.
What seems a beautiful marriage is now seen by Taibs opponents as a way of Taib himself getting ready to leave his 30years throne and move himself up to be the Governor and subsequently being awarded a Tunship. The internet portals are circulating it round and word on the ground is that it has “REALLY CAUGHT FIRE”
A very senior opposition member even said,”You want to bet. I am increasing my bet and even said and quoted to us that his sons father in law is saying Taib is leaving.’ So our reply was simple,”Like Chong he is leaving to give the seat to someone else younger.” That is nothing wrong and maybe he wants N50 Dalat which is just next door or N62 Lambir in Miri to prove his detractors wrong.
As in Chongs case he is moving as he knows that he will be in a tough fight against a sworn enemy in former Asst.Minister Alfred Yap. Even on ground zero the people have come out and complained in their own way that he has not done much for Kota Sentosa. The do love him in Kota Sentosa but a YB who is not seen to improve the livelihood and economic activities of the constituency and hardly seen would be bests suited for other areas says a voter.
Going to Batu Kawa would just fit in nicely and do mor good than harm for his own credibility. He would love to overcome and go against all odds and get another scalp in another Assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Tan Joo Phoi N13. As our tiger liew columnist puts it nicely( We all know Ah Jen loves to eat ministers for breakfast and so this time around he will boldly go into Batu Kawa where minister Ah Phoi is ripe for the kill.)
So is Taib leaving like so many has speculated?
The oppositions much loved BN ADUN N14 Karim Hamzah was asked on the spot ,”YB can cfm CM Taib still lead Sarawak in the coming State elections.?”
He answered,” THATS FOR SURE ”
(It must be noted that various reports from a number of agencies have been gathered and put forward which is not very favourable towards Taib leading the charge in the next elections. The reports are somewhat mixed and each of us can form our own opinions)
See Chee How Information Chief of PKR Sarawak in a telephone interview with audie 61 said,”IF DUN and general elections are held together,Taib will go before dissolution. If held separatedly he may lead State BN for the elections.He will be forced to step down before general election date.He is too much a liability to BN and Najib.
YES we are only to happy to facilitate his retirement for him if we win 40 seats.”
In the Malaysian corridor magazine Volume 05/10 KDN PP.16707/11/2010(025884) this was published in a comprehensive interview with Taib Mahmud by Managing Editor Juhaid Yean Abdullah
The questions to Taib on Politics.
Q. You have been appearing quite a lot in the mass media lately even appearing on the front page of national dailies.There has been speculation about your future.What do you think is that so?
A. These are naughty people who are trying to poke me. They have I’ve been around for 30 years and that I am no longer wanted.If I am no longer wanted I can leave.This is democracy.But when I suggested that I wanted to leave politics my own party people are unhappy.
I think this naughty people are trying to shift the blame on me. I know who they are. They are facing problems and in trying to resolve them,make me a target. If I am really not popular,how is it that my party.PBB.won 100 per cent of all the seats we contested in the last State elections in 2006.Likewise,the parties that supported me .they also had more or less 100 per centrecord in winning the seats allocated to them.
Q.The PM has said that he would be talking to you about you political future.Why the need to do so? Have you spoken to him?
A. Yes.I have spoken to himand met the PM.I told PM’you are the leader of BN,if you want me to lead Sarawak BN into the next state elections, I will stay.If not,I can always find a replacement who can work together to achieve victory?
Q. How did PM respond to that?
A. Well,PM told me,”then you lead lah,Taib”