Sarawak PKR adviser Dominique Ng Kim Ho is far from convinced that Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will retire from active politics after the next state election, as he had said.
Ng describedTaib's statement as an attempt to evoke sympathy, since there has been tremendous pressure on the chief minister to step down.
“He is trying to get sympathy from the public as well as from each component party of the BN in Sarawak,” said Ng (in yellow shirt), who is also state assemblyperson for Padungan.
“I would not be surprised to see each party bowing down, asking him to hang on. And the person leading (this) will be none other than Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) deputy president and Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Numpang.”
“It was done without sincerity at all. (It was) a cynical attempt to get the people to support him, with Jabu leading the chorus. As we all know, Jabu is the greatest idolater of Taib.”
Taib indicated at a dialogue session yesterday at Balingian in the Mukah Division that he might retire from politics.
“I think it will be timely for me to call it a day and retire from politics after leading BN in the forthcoming election in Sarawak, mainly because of the age factor and to spend more time with my family,” said Taib, now 74 and recently remarried.
He said he had yet to decide whether or not to defend his Balingian seat or contest elsewhere in the election, which is due by July.
“I will make a decision on which seat to contest after completing the final list of other winnable BN candidates in all constituencies, which has been my normal practice since leading the Sarawak BN.”
This was the second time in two weeks that Taib, who has been chief minister since March 26, 1981, has expressed a “desire” to quit politics.
But at a community leadership seminar in Betong, Taib admitted that he could not step down yet because he could not find a person qualified enough to take over.
Following Taib's "announcement", many PBB leaders and members appealed to him not to quit, and to continue leading the state and party.
Among them were vice-president Daud Abdul Rahman, Asajaya state assemblyperson Karim Rahman Hamzah and Peter Minos.
'People have suffered'
Ng said Taib has long passed the expiry date for chief ministers, saying this “expired more than 10 years ago”.
Ng alleged that Taib had amassed much wealth for himself and his family members over the past decade.
“The whistleblower blog, Sarawak Report, has started releasing damning evidence of the level of corruption and abuse of power by Taib.
“I believe that in the first 10 years, there were elements of sincerity and desire to help the people, but I have no comment on his second 10-year tenure... we have seen corruption and abuse of power at a level never seen in the modern political history of Malaysia and Sarawak.”
Ng said Sarawak is one of the richest states in terms of natural resources, yet Sarawakians under Taib for 30 years are among the poorest in the country.
“No one can deny the fact that the people have suffered because of Taib's misdeeds,” he said.
Taken from Malaysia Today.