New book ‘Taib — The Visionary’ to be launched on May 21

KUCHING: A new book about Head of State and former Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s years in office is set to be launched later this month.

Written by Asia Public Relations Sdn Bhd managing director Siva Kumar G, “Taib — The Visionary” is an authorised biography which captures his 33 years as Chief Minister and 50 years as a politician.

“It showcases Taib as a person, politician and statesman. The book has 33 chapters and 800 pages which are reflective of the whole story of Taib, not just about him but also the issues and controversies around him.

“There will be answers to questions in the book, for instance on issues of NCR land, the economy, oil palm plantations, the Murum and Bakun dams and the Penans,” Siva told The Star.

He said the book, which was written with Taib’s full cooperation, also gives a glimpse into Taib’s private life as well as his retirement.

“For example, I trace his life back to his childhood. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth but came from humble beginnings.

“It also includes his decision to retire and how he would do it. This was something he had planned and prepared for,” he said.

Siva started working on the book in 2011, shortly before the state election.

He said the work included 48 hours of conversation with Taib, three years of covering Taib and interviews with 20 other personalities, from politicians and government servants to family members.

“The book will be good for academia because it has a lot of facts and figures,” he said, adding that there would also be at least 500 photographs in it.

“Taib - The Visionary” will be launched by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem at the State Legislative Assembly Complex on May 21.

It is Siva’s second book on the former Chief Minister and third book overall. His previous titles are “Rumble in the Jungle”, published in 1987, and “Taib - Vision for Sarawak” (1992).

With 33 years of experience in the communications industry, Siva has worked in local and foreign print media organisations and provided media strategies to the state government since 1985.