Zahid pinning the Leftenan General rank on Taib at the Rela Day celebration in Kuching.
KUCHING: Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said he will seek an audience with Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng on Saturday to convey his intention to step down as Chief Minister of Sarawak.
He said he needed to follow protocol in proceeding with his plan to step down from the post that he has held for the last 33 years.
“There is no hurry. I look forward to doing something useful for the country at a leisurely pace (after retiring as the chief minister),” he said after officiating the state-level Rela (People’s Volunteer Corps) Day celebration here yesterday.
Seeking an audience with the Governor was among the “several more steps” he needed to take before he officially retired.
“I have to do things in proper sequence,” said Taib, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu president and Sarawak Barisan Nasional chairman.
Earlier, Taib attended a close-door meeting with Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and several state leaders at Wisma Bapa Malaysia.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu; Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri James Masing; Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak president Tan Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
A Home Ministry official yesterday said the meeting was merely a courtesy call on Taib. No press conference was held after the meeting.
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