Home > News > Nation
Friday February 21, 2014 MYT 2:11:00 PM
Friday February 21, 2014 MYT 2:52:03 PM
by sharon ling
KUCHING: Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will not interfere in the running of the state once he steps down from office.
Describing his successor Tan Sri Adenan Satem as an experienced leader, Taib said he would only offer advice if he was asked for it.
“We have been growing up together, sharing a lot of experiences whether in development or in politics. He probably knows as much as I do about what to do.
Taib is widely tipped to be appointed Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) when he steps down.
“I don’t know whether he would need any advice from me. If he does, I think the post of Governor is a position where you can pass your experience to the governing leadership but only if they ask,” he told a press conference at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia here Friday.
In remarks which clearly indicated that he will take over as the next Head of State, Taib said he was willing to give his views informally to Adenan but it was up to the incoming Chief Minister to accept it or not.
“If the new leadership feels that they want my views, I’m willing to give it for all it’s worth. But I’m not sure whether he should ask me for public advice.
“Mine is advice in a different sense from his advice to me. His advice to me will be quite mandatory. I must follow it as the Head of State. But my advice to him is just one of the opinions he has to gather if he needs it,” he said, referring to the
Governor’s traditional role to act on the advice of the Chief Minister.
Taib also said the state needed only one boss, who was the Chief Minister.
Taib, 77, will step down as Chief Minister next Friday, which is also the date when the current Governor Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin’s term ends.
Taib is expected to take up the position of Governor the following day in a ceremony at the State Legislative Assembly Complex.
Tags / Keywords:
Taib Mahmud, Sarawak, Chief Minister
Americans to begin stint at branch campus
Ambiga and Cyrus Das get licences to appear in Sarawak
Lim ordered to pay RM500,000 after losing defamation suit against Jahara
Opposition leaders call for PM to explain allegations
It's political sabotage, says PM's Office
Yen bags ‘Star Wars VIII’ film
Najib starts move for legal action over WSJ article
Three cops hurt after patrol cars crashed
Cops raid 1MDB office
IGP: Najadi murder not linked to 1MDB money trail
The 3 unexpected life events that leave us in debt
A thorn to other durians’ pride
Perfect trip for 4,000 from China
Checking work e-mails at home? It's part of the job for most Americans
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)