MUKAH: Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud confirmed that he had written to state legislative assembly speaker Datuk Amar Mohammad Asfia Awang Nassar on his intention to vacate the Balingian state seat, effective tomorrow.
“The letter has been sent. I will step down as Balingian assemblyman this Friday,” he said, when met by the media after attending an appreciation gathering in his honour here yesterday.
He, however, declined to comment if his successor had been identified, saying, it was up to the people to choose.
Taib also said he would leave it to his successor-designate Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who is currently Special Functions Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office, to decide on who to pick for the seat as he would not want to interfere in political matters or in the state administration.
On Feb 12, Taib announced that he would be stepping down as chief minister effective tomorrow, with the swearing-in ceremony for Adenan expected to be held on the same day.
Earlier in his speech, Taib said he was optimistic that Sarawak would continue to develop further upon his retirement as it had experienced leaders to continue to drive the state forward.
“Thank you for your support for the last 50 years and, especially in the last 30 years that I have been your chief minister,” he said.
Taib has been serving as Sarawak’s fourth chief minister for the past 33 years.
He said Sarawak had the potential to emerge as the nation’s richest state by 2030 provided its people continued to preserve their strong unity and spirit of mutual cooperation.
“With our unity and cooperation, we can even perform beyond our expectations in pushing development in the state to its highest level,” he said. — Bernama