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Sarawak chief minister names successor

Publication Date : 12-02-2014


Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has announced that his successor is to be Adenan Satem, after he announced that he has handed over his resignation letter dated February 28 to Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin.

The Yang di-Pertua Negeri (literally the "head of state" in Malay) is the official title of the ceremonial governors of the Malaysian states without monarchs.

Taib said that Adenan has the trust of not only the other candidates for chief minister but that of the whole Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, a component of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in Malaysia.

As for his Balingian state seat and by-election possibility, Taib said it would be up to his successor to decide.

He said in Sarawak racial cooperation has strengthened under the state Barisan Nasional leadership. "I could not ask for a better opportunity to lead the state. I enjoyed working with all my colleagues.”

“Over the years we have learn to understand each other. I think we have had relatively harmonious political development for the last 20 years."

He said economic and political affairs in Sarawak would not be affected by his resignation.

"Native lands will get a chance for development for higher income for the natives," he said.

"The only sad thing for me is that I'm going to miss the pressure of work and have to learn not to drive like a sportscar, and be more consistent with my age," said Taib.


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