KUCHING: The Barisan Nasional threw a grand party with showers of praise for Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to mark his 25th year at the helm of the Sarawak Government.
Taib, the state coalition chairman and president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), is the country’s longest-serving state leader.
Leaders from component parties of the Sarawak Barisan – PBB, the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) – pledged their continued loyalty and backing to Taib at the gathering, held at the banquet hall of the State Assembly building here on Sunday night.
A book entitled Pehin Sri Abdul Taib and the Emergence of Modern Sarawak was launched to mark the event.
Responding to the glowing praises, Taib attributed the achievements under his leadership to teamwork and contributions from present and former leaders, like ex-Deputy Chief Ministers Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai and Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min.
He thanked the people for having faith in his leadership, saying that what the state had achieved must be maintained for future generations.
SUPP president Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said Taib’s politics of development had helped to transform the state not only in politics but also in the socio-economic field and had benefited both the urban and the rural people.
He said he and his colleagues in the state Cabinet had always held Taib in high esteem and respect for his fairness in dealing with all communities.