A Historical Moment for Sarawak

tsa After helming the State of Sarawak for 33 years Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud will hand over the reign to a new man in Tan Sri Adenan Satem. In his tenure at the top CM Taib have developed Sarawak from a largely undeveloped state to a thriving and vibrant Sarawak where over 30 different ethnic races live harmoniously and peacefully as one. We say thank you to CM Taib for his unselfish services to Sarawak and we warmly welcome the new man in Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

We wish him all the bests and May God Bless him to further develop and lead Sarawak for many years to come.

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Unfounded,Uncalled for and Unnecessary..

audie61 have got “badly burnt” by many detractors and those who are trying to put a stop on his political journey. To pursue this article would again open up a can of ‘worms” but fortunately its the doctors prescribed cough mixture which has helped me to write or in the blog world we called “spin” this out. Am literally blocked out from the outside world for the last couple of days as being considerate to the beautiful world was in “solitary confinement”

I was totally aghast or was I when I saw this article in “malaysiakini” – Attempt to block Abang Johari from becoming CM?…Could there be some truths.? Many can come out with their theories and ‘shouting at their top of their voices like-‘TAK MUNGKIN”  but as a state Sarawak knows bests. The leader that has been agreed by both the Federal and State BN Administration must have been thought of rationally and in the bests interest of the People of Sarawak.

The former assistant minister who went to talk to the opposition mouthpiece must have been hoping that his “choice” would be chosen but unfortunately was not and decided to spin a mosts uncalled for,Unfounded and Unnecessary tale which was yesterdays story and not for the future direction of the State of Sarawak.

Of course people can have their own opinions on this subject but being a columnists myself have also formed my own analysis previously which did not go down well with some. That’s History and whoever has fallen off the path to the CM’s chair at the 22nd floor must take stock,analyse and refocus their own political journey. It’s of no use to bicker or create an unhealthy scenario which will be very detrimental to the Sarawak we love. “Living harmoniously together under one roof.”

The article below is for you to analyse and you can even comment but the target for now is the person ‘former assistant minister”who feels aggrieved on the whole situation.

The article below is written by Malaysiakini writer and we extract in totality

All this while, it has been widely believed that PBB deputy president (II) Abang Johari Openg will take over as the chief minister of Sarawak from Abdul Taib Mahmud – until Adenan Satem reappeared from semi-retirement in 2011.
Adenan resigned as federal natural resources and environment minister before the 2008 parliamentary election and went into self-imposed exile. He reappeared in 2011, when Taib picked him to contest the newly-created state constituency of Tanjung Datu.

After winning the seat, Adenan (left), a former brother-in-law of Taib, was appointed a special adviser to Taib with the status of a minister. Months later he was appointed special functions minister of Sarawak.
He was also made the PBB information chief.
Was Adenan’s return to politics part of a conspiracy to ensure that Abang Johari would not take over as the next Sarawak chief minister?
A former assistant minister and confidant of Abang Johari believes there was such a plan.
This plan is also to ensure that another member of the Melanau community takes over as chief minister after Adenan, 70, who, due to his age and health, is only seen as an interim chief minister.              ‘Plot was discussed in Mecca’
The plot for a Melanau to continue being the chief minister of Sarawak is alleged to have been hatched in Mecca by Taib, Adenan, senior PBB vice-president Awang Tengah Ali Hassan and former Perlis mufti Juanda Jaya.

Born and bred in Mukah, Juanda (left) is tipped to be the candidate for Balingian when Taib resigns as its assemblyperson.
“Everything was planned in Mecca. During the PBB supreme council and party caucus meeting, someone suggested that Taib be given the mandate to select his successor, instead of going through the election process.
“There was nothing Abang Johari and the other PBB leaders could do to reverse the decision.
“But if there was a fresh election to the PBB supreme council and caucus to chose Taib’s replacement, Abang Johari would have won as he has the support of members of the supreme council as well as the Dayak members of the council,” the former assistant minister said.
But could this private meeting in Mecca, seen as a “back-stabbing” by some PBB leaders, trigger a crisis within the party?
“Possible, if it is not handled carefully,” he said, without elaborating.
He said that as “interim’ chief minister”, Adenan would not be able to convince the Chinese to return to BN. Likewise, he may have some problems getting the full support of the Dayak community, especially the Ibans.

Under Taib’s 33 years of authoritarian rule, the Dayaks, particularly the Ibans, have been marginalised and suppressed in terms of development and deprived of roads to their longhouses as well as the supply of clean water and electricity.
Much of their native customary right lands have also been forcefully taken from them and given to oil palm plantation companies.
The participation of the Dayak community in the state government has also taken for granted.
For the Kayan, Kenyah and Penan communities, their ancestral lands, longhouses and villages have been submerged by the Bakun Dam, and more of their lands and properties will be displaced by the construction of Baram Hydroelectric Dam.
Among the first Sarawak leaders to express concern about Adenan heading the state government was Parti Rakyat Sarawak president James Masing, who wants Adenan to ensure genuine power-sharing in the state administration – or, he fears, the Sarawak BN will have problems facing the coming state election.
‘Educated Dayaks know where they stand’
“The Dayak community must be recognised not just in terms of the development it requires, but in terms of power-sharing as well. Do not sideline the Dayaks in these two areas because we are going to face a lot of educated Dayaks in the election and they know where they stand.
“The main hurdle is going to be in the Dayak-majority seats,” said Masing (right), who is Sarawak land development minister and very senior in the state cabinet.
There are 29 Dayak-majority state seats, while another 27 seats are Muslim-majority.
Non-governmental organisation Save Sarawak Rivers Network (Save Rivers) said there is nothing to shout about as the change in government leadership is superficial.
“The way PBB is allowing Taib to make his personal choice is disgusting, and that is its idea of democracy.

“It shows that the power is already abused, and for that reason I do not expect any drastic change,” said a spokesperson for Save Rivers.
Adenan, he added, is a well-known Taib loyalist and too frail and old to carry out major changes that are required to clean up the havoc and neglect resulting from many years of bad governance.
Since Adenan was chosen by Taib himself as the next chief minister, it is believed that Adenan will continue with Taib’s plans.
“In other words, it is ‘old wine in a new bottle’ and for the Orang Ulu community, it is going to be difficult to support a government that will continue to build dams and destroy their livelihood,” the Save Rivers spokesperson added.
An Iban leader who did not wish to be named said if the Iban community has pride and dignity, they will never accept a non-Dayak as their chief minister.
“This stand is further reinforced by the democratic principle that the majority should rule. Why should we surrender this simple principle?” he asked.
He said it was difficult for some Ibans to forget the famous statement Adenan made to the state assembly in 1985, when he was assistant land development minister, on the Balai Ringin land issue.
Adenan’s use of unparliamentarily words such as “plunderers, land-grabbers, troublemakers agitators and pseudo-champions” to describe a certain group of Ibans trying to protect their ancestral land there had angered other Ibans and even those from his PBB.
Several police reports were made against him.
The Ibans of Balai Ringin found out that their ancestral lands had been surveyed and later, their titles to 1,155 plots of land had been issued to non-natives.
Once the non-natives received their land titles, the Ibans were chased out from their longhouses and farms.
Adenan poked fun at Iban ceremony too
Another incident the Ibans could not forget was when Adenan poked fun at the Iban “miring” ceremony by shouting “Whooh-ha, whooh-ha, whooh-ha” seven times before he officially opened the function.
These words are used by Iban shaman to call for “gods and spirits” to attend their functions with plates of offerings or “miring”.
Fed-up with Adenan poking fun at the Iban ceremony, an Iban member of PBB told him that those words were sacred to the community.
These are words used in prayers to the gods and spirits to attend their functions. If there was no offering, the gods and spirits who came would be angry and they would curse the caller.
Adenan has since then stopped shouting those words, but he did fall sick and it is not known whether this was the result of a curse from angry gods and spirits.
Years later, Adenan also learnt how costly it is to trample on the Ibans over the land issue and making fun of their “miring” ceremony.
This came with his trouncing for the post of deputy president of PBB by Abang Johari, despite Taib openly declaring his support for his brother-in-law. Abang Johari won as a result of backing from the Dayak members of PBB.
How could the Dayaks, who form two-thirds of Sarawak’s population of 2.6 million, forget him his dire behaviour in the past, now that he is going to be their new chief minister?


The writer, who uses a pseudonym, is based in Sarawak

5th Chief Minister of Sarawak……Swearing in 28th February 2014

audie5858KUCHING, Feb 12 (Bernama) — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud Wednesday announced that he will be stepping down as chief minister effective Feb 28 and would be suceeded by Special Functions Minister at the Chief Minister’s Office and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Supreme Council member Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

Taib said he handed over his resignation letter to Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng, Wednesday.

“When I informed him (Tun Salahuddin) of my intention (to resign as the Chief Minister), he had no objection,” he told a press conference after having an audience with the Sarawak Head of State at the Astana Negeri here.

Taib said Adenan’s name was recommended to Salahuddin, which the latter agreed to.

He added that the swearing in ceremony for the new Sarawak Chief Minister was also scheduled for Feb 28.

“Adenan represents a kind of agreement between the three candidates (mentioned to succeed Taib as the Chief Minister),” Taib said. The other two candidates were PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and Senior Vice President Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

Taib said the selection of Adenan, who is also the assemblyman for Tanjung Datu, as his successor was also to make sure that the State Barisan Nasional (BN) would continue to keep the team spirit that had been thriving among them over the last few years.

Adenan is also PBB Information Chief and MP for Batang Sadong.

Taib expressed his confidence that with the established policies that had been developed together and the team of leaders who would be working with Adenan, Sarawak would keep up the momentum of fast development in the future.

Taib, who had held the Chief Minister’s position since 1981, said he would also be giving up his Balingian State seat following his resignation.

“Any by-election after I leave should be left to the new Chief Minister (Adenan) to decide and probably it will be his first duty to consult all the other relevant Barisan Nasional partners as to who will fill it. I have no people in mind to replace me and to be fair, I leave it to the (new) Chief Minister,” he said.

Taib said that while he accepted graciously the recommendation for him to become the next Sarawak Head of State should Tun Salahuddin decline his appointment’s extension, it would be up to Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to decide on this (succession).

He said he was made to understand that those aligned to him in the State wanted him to become the next Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak to ensure that the confidence that had been built on the State’s stability over the years would be least affected.

“All (the) investors or other people who have faith in Sarawak will know that I have prepared a team that is well equipped to run the State and understand the mood of investors on Sarawak as much as I do and I think that is the best I can hope for,” he said.

Asked on what was his best achievement in his 33-year tenure as the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Taib said: “In all humility, I can say that I’m quite happy to see one thing… that in the Barisan Nasional the feeling of racial cooperation has grown, at least among the natives.

“I must say here, I think I could not have asked for a better opportunity to serve the country than as what I have done with all the limitations but one thing I can say is this … I enjoy working with all my colleagues because over the years we have reached greater understanding with each other than we first started,” he said.

Taib said when he first started as the Chief Minister, there were a lot of misunderstandings between him and the other State leaders but the relationship had grown for the better over the last two decades.

“I must say apart from (the) political manouverings going on between the opposition and the government, I think we had a relatively harmonious political development over the last 20 years and we should keep it that way,” he said.

He said that he was not sad to leave even after so many years at the helm as he believed that he was leaving the task of governing the State under good and experienced hands who could do their jobs well without him.

In a joking tone, he said the only sad thing for him would be the pressure of the work as a Chief Minister.

“I’m so used to working under pressure all the time so maybe I’m going to miss that. I’ve got to learn not to drive (at a) sports car’s speed… but a more sedan speed. It is more consistent to my age,” he said.

— BERNAMA

CM TAIB TO HAND OVER NAME OF SUCCESSOR

taib190Sarawak 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.

The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu president and Sarawak BN chairman is said to be taking over as the next Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak, after Abang Sallahuddin’s tenure expires at the end of the month.

“I look forward to do anything useful for the country at a leisurely pace,” he told reporters when asked on his retirement plans. – February 10, 2014.

PBB Gives Taib Mandate

cmta67tExtracted from an online portal

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud announced three names as his successor during the closed door meeting of the PBB supreme council.
They are deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, vice-president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and information chief Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Party insiders, who were at the meeting, confirmed with The Star that the three names were offered by Taib, one of whom would succeed him.

PBB gives Taib mandate to name successor
At a press conference after the meeting, which was chaired by PBB constitution committee chairman Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar, reporters could not get a confirmation on the names.
When specifically asked if the list of successors boiled down to the three names, Asfia replied: “It’s possible”.
At the same time, outside PBB’s meeting room where the press conference was taking place, Awang Tengah told reporters he would “support whoever he (CM) decides on”.
Johari, who personally sent off the Chief Minister at the lobby after the meeting, was tight-lipped. “It is better you go and ask Asfia at the press conference upstairs (in the meeting room). You better ask (Asfia) not for me (to say to prevent) conflicting statement.”
In the media frenzy, Adenan had left PBB headquarters without being asked for comments.