Lately the CM Taib Mahmud seems to respond to pressures for him to step down by offering some `philosophical’ responses to his state of being(rich): first he said that `everyone’ has equal chance to get rich in Sarawak-which perhaps make sense if it means `every relative of Taib’. Then he hit back at his political rivals by calling them `crabs’ who will pull down anyone else who climb ahead of the others-forgetting that Sarawak is by Constitution a state which provide for democratic competitions! No one is immune from competition-even how `successful’ one may be-eg in keeping the state in un-development!
It is important that the Taib’s `philosophy’ be countered-or more seriously, be killed! That he managed to put this forward and reported prominently in the (loggers’) papers shows a level of audacity, shamelessness and blatancy that only his extended unchallenged rule could create in him. He almost takes for granted that his arguments, no matter how detached from average Sarawakian’s reality, will just go down like a soft drink, with all the health hazards known.
The first argument that there are equal opportunities in Sarawak to get rich was said with public knowledge of his open nepotism-all his relatives are appointed to important and lucrative positions in government and companies, where most likely they never pay a single cent to get majority or significant shares. Only Taib’s family members can do that and have the opportunities to do that. Taib needs to explain how his bloood-related kins qualify more than any other Sarawakians to such `equal opportunities’. His practice of nepotism is the direct opposite of the equal opportunities he said existed in Sarawak! The choice of this argument simply shows that he make the argument consciously to counter the criticisms of nepotism by the public!
The 2nd argument that successful people (like him?) should not be challenged is even more self-conscious! If he is really so successful why would he need to `exhort’ others not to challenge him? Even it part of success to be achieved through real merits-which is capable of overcoming all challengers? Or the truth is closer to that his `successes’ are all based on abuse of government authorities and powers?Unearned profits and undeserved credits and positions are most scared of challenges-is Taib exhibiting some of this psychology?
More to come later. Watch out!