KUCHING, 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.
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An SUPP leader called audie61 and it started with “the crisis in SUPP has taken a turn for the worse as the reconciliation process is thrown out of the window. He said he feels saddened as “dirty linen” will once again be subjected to scrutiny by the public at large and it is no good for the 54 year old party.
The top leaders cannot see eye to eye and it seems that the favourite word the so called “recalcitrant leaders” would all be sacked in due course. This is the only way that the Party President Peter Chin and his faction has in order to ‘win an upper hand” on the other faction who have with them 6 Assemblyman and 3 Political Secretaries to the Chief Minister.
He was also informed by insider sources that ROS has already decided and its up to the HOME Minister to use the power vested upon him as the Minister in charge to end the crisis.
The SUPP leader added,” We are all as FEDUP also as the general public as the top leaders only think for themselves and selfishly hanging on to their respective positions in the party. It’s time for them to hand over to the younger set of leaders“
Earlier audie61 wrote :-
- https://audie61.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/warring-factions-at-each-others throats/
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The Party is on Course to claim back both its losts seats in the upcoming State Elections which would be held at the latest by March 2016. At the recent AGM which was held in Bintulu the mood amongst the delegates were vibrant and many were outspoken.
The President Mawan did not minced his words when he said that though some of the members and even the then Youth chief and Treasurer was not happy when Rosey Yunus (now an Assistant Minister) was named as candidate. However as a matured politician Tiong King Sing (now Deputy President) was the first person on the ground to assist Rosey.
It just goes to show that SPDP means business and as a reliable partner of BN there is no time for too much politiking. The rakyat comes first and President touched on Krian and Ba’Kalalan the two seats which was losts to PKR.
The Secretary General Nelson Balang is very much in contention to be a candidate for the upcoming polls but Krian seems to be the hot issue at the moment. Three times the name of Bell Anggan was mentioned and President said,”there will not be a swap seat as per reported in the internet portal and If Bell so decides he can join SPDP and we can consider him as well.”
This went down well with the delegates and many calls were made to Bell to inform him of what the delegates thought about it. Of course there will be many who feels that they will give a good fight to Ali Biju (PKR) instead of Bell. There are many factors which are to be considered and amongst them the warlords of Saratok.
A chanced meeting with Bell’s Anggan Father who himself is a very influential politician in Saratok thanked Mawan for mentioning his son. This will be a “hot subject” in the months to come and Bell will certainly not be a justs a bit/partime player in this battle of Krian between PKR and SPDP.
It remains to be seen how the wind will blow and whether Bell Bernard Anggan 43years old (PBB Youth Exco and a successful entrepreneur) plays his card and how the top BN leadership will deliberate this case.
Bell have this to say,”he thanked the President for his confidence in him and will take note of that and all the bests to SPDP”
SPDP has steadied the ship and it will grow from strength to strength…………...
The media circle is abuzz with news that Sharizat Abdul Jalil, former minister is making a comeback. The Prime Minister when queried on her appointment as his special officer on women’s affairs has kept mum on the subject.
One of the mosts obvious reason is that over the past few days there have been too much negativity churned out by “Tourism Ministers Sons” appointment as Special Officer.
- When will Shahrizat be appointed and sworn in as not only a Special Officer but with Full Ministerial powers?
- Will Rohani relinquished the Women Ministry for Shahrizat?
- Is there in the pipeline a structure to re-engineer the Ministry to accomodate Shahrizat?
Surely,this will get the opposition all worked up with renewed enthusiasm to smear PM Najib’s administration. On the political plus point Najib would have a new “guard” and “barricade” to avoid all the arrows pointing towards him as many will hound Shahrizat.
Even before officially named as special officer on women’s affairs there are “some within”the inner circles in the corridors of power who take pleasure in lambasting openly against Rohani the current Minister. It’s such a shame that these so called “TEAM MEMBERS” are looking down on Sarawak Ministers who have made to the top due to her calibre and being involved in three other ministries before being appointed as Minister of Women,Family and Community Development.
The “malicious and disturbing” statements have been echoed out looking down on Sarawak’s Ministers credibility and this has not gone down well with the ones whose names have been implicated.
The Malay Mail had reported Nazri as saying that Shahrizat had been appointed to assist Rohani. “Rohani is from Sarawak. Probably her focus of work does not cover many of the peninsula aspects… the ministry is used to the management done by those from the peninsula,” Nazri said.
Has this game been played too far, too long and now the “bloggers” are getting very juicy stories that ‘Shahrizat is after all the UMNO Wanita Chief and deserves a place as in charge of Women Affairs instead of a Sarawak Lady Minister? How they want to spin the stories or make up that Rohani is not capable is for them to judge.
Could the SPINS/WITCHHUNT also have started from within Sarawak itself? Plain jealousies seems to be the order of the day.
Rohani was pushed to the corner and our article “https://audie61.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/pbb-infighting-with-abu-9/ was a testament to what happened prior to GE13. You musts click the above in order to get the whole picture of what is actually brewing underneath Rohani’s shoes. This was what was included too in the article and we extract,’The movement ABR-anyone but rohani is gaining momentum and grassroot leaders in the exco committee are being given “poison juices” to see an end to one of PBB’s loyal servants.
How true and more realistic can this quote be” keep your political enemies even closer so that you can monitor them and neutralise their every move.”
It does seem that Najib wants to neutralise Shahrizat in the UMNO elections and the appointment would not come at a better time when Najib knows the vultures are circling ready to take his carcass. The former Puteri Chief and MP Pengerang Azalina Othman Said has already indicated that she will challenge Shahrizat for the Wanita posts and Shahrizat has said that eventhough the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal ‘hangs” on her incumbency she says she will defend her posts.
Is there an understanding for Sharizat to be appointed as Special Advisor in charge of Women Affairs to assist the Wanita Chief? Without a doubt those in Azalina’s camp plus Rohani’s detractors sensed that Rohani is being downgraded.
One of Rohani’s loyalists in a telephone call said to us,” Boss, has no time to play this political game with all them. There are so much to cover and work for everyone that the Minister has NO TIME to do politiking. She will serve the PM Najib with full enthusiasm,commitment and be responsible to the Ministry. She has given her all to her three previous ministries namely- Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism,Rural Development and Agriculture and Agro-based Industries and she is not about to LET UP AND WILL GIVE HER ALL to this MINISTRY .”
As for all the rumours,spins and voices on the corridors which are seen to be “ghosts with a vengence attitude” the loyalists said.”we know who they are and we will deal with them accordingly in the mosts democratic way we can”
The Minister Rohani will know that whoever PM Najib decides she will abide with the decision and she for one has never failed in her duties as a deputy Minister and now will not fail the PM as a Minister.
The positive signs are there for this ministry to move forward and should Sharizat gets the nod to be a special advisor for women affairs it will also go down well with all the staff of the ministry and all aides close to Rohani.
PM will be assured that Rohani will let her actions do the talking and she will not let “anyone for that matter” destroy the credibility of the Ministry for their own selfish gains.