After the 10th Sarawak State Elections many politicians rallied their supporters to claim that they deserve to be the next CM-these included Adenan Satem, Alfred Jabu etc. This not-so-subtle jostling for the CM positions was definitely not missed by the most affected party-Taib Mahmud himself. Now there are some of his supporters coming out to ask him to stay on -almost forever-including one who claimed that his suporters would die to support Taib. Surprisingly or not he finds supporter for his continuation among the Opposition parties! The Opposition will want to be assured of a target for their target shooting exercises during the next General Elections!
Support for BN will continue even if Taib serves full term – Daud
Posted on June 4, 2011, Saturday
KUCHING: PBB vice-president Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman was confident the popular support for Barisan Nasional will not be affected even if Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud were to serve full term as chief minister. He based this on the April 16 state election results which saw BN win 55 of the 71 seats. PBB, led by Taib, won all its 35 seats.
“We have seen for ourselves that the majority of the people still support Pehin Sri’s leadership in the recent state election. PBB also won 100 per cent on the seats contested,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Daud who is Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department was asked his expectation of BN’s performance in the upcoming general polls should Taib serve his full five-year term.
Another PBB vice-president Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong had on Wednesday night hoped Taib would continue leading the state for another five years at least. Manyin, who is also Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister, during the Pesta Onu Gawai/ Pesta Birumuh 2011 dinner on Wednesday, said Taib had been given the mandate by Sarawakians to lead and thus no outsiders had the right to question his leadership.
Prior to the state election in April, Taib had said he would initiate a leadership transition by mid-term. Although Taib has not given a definite deadline since, he has been openly saying that the handover was within the next two to three years.
However, a loose organisation calling themselves Movement of Change Sarawak (MoCS) has recently threatened to hold a demonstration if Taib does not step down by Aug 13.
Such demand had been condemned by mainly PBB top leaders as well as members. They reasoned that MoCS’s call had gone against the wishes of many Sarawakians who had chosen to support the state Barisan Nasional government led by Taib. According to Daud, the factor for the continued support for Taib was because he has done a lot to develop Sarawak as well as unite people of many races in the state. He pointed out that there would be prevailing stability in the state and PBB under Taib.