19 March 2011
Lim Kit Siang said today he believes Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will still continue to be Sarawak’s chief minister after state elections despite his announcement that he will resign.
The country’s longest-serving chief minister said today that he would resign after leading Barisan Nasional (BN) to victory in the state polls.
“I will lead this election so that new blood can come up, but after that, when the people I have groomed can form a new team and can work for this country, for the people of various races, and that these people can work as part of a team, then I will call it a day,” said Taib.
However, DAP veteran Lim (picture) pointed out that Taib has hinted that he will only resign when he has found a suitable replacement.
“This means Taib will have no qualms to continue as Sarawak chief minister, for instance, if he is not satisfied that he has got a ‘new team’ that could work for the country or not assured that the new team could ‘work as part of a team’.
“This can take anything from one year to five years as he may have to keep trying ‘a new team’!” Lim said in a statement.
He also said that Taib has yet to name a successor or a new team, adding that the resignation announcement was a ploy to deceive voters.
“His preparedness to step down as chief minister is to counter and neutralise the Sarawak Barisan Nasional’s Achilles’ heel in the impending state elections — that Taib had overstayed as Sarawak chief minister,” he said.
Lim said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has also only echoed the wishes of Taib when he cautioned that the chief minister should not be pressured to quit.
“It will be known soon enough whether Sarawak voters are so gullible that such a political ploy and bluff can work so as to return Taib for another term as Sarawak chief minister,” he said.
Legal-trained Taib started his career in the state legal service before turning politician in 1963, serving in the state’s legislative council. After a period in the federal government, he returned to the Sarawak assembly via a by-election in 1981. A month later he replaced his uncle Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub as chief minister in March.
Taib has ruled the hornbill state since 1981.
He turns 75 in May.
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