Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (right) with his successor Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has announced that his successor is to be Tan Sri Adenan Satem, after he announced that he has handed over his resignation letter dated Feb 28 to Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin.
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.
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.