Taib Mahmud was Sarawak’s architect of development and modernisation, says Ongkili

KOTA KINABALU: As a true statesman, the late Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud was the architect of Sarawak’s development and modernisation, especially during his 33-years tenure as the state’s Chief Minister, says Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

In a statement to extend the party’s condolences to the family of the former Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak issued here on Wednesday (Feb 21), Ongkili noted that for Tun Taib was named 'Father of Modern Sarawak' for his contributions.

"I also had the privilege to work with his youngest daughter Datuk Hanifah Taib (previously), who was my Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs).

"Tun Taib’s leadership had not only helped Sarawak to go through various challenges and transitions, but also led the state to become a paragon of unity, harmony and stability in the nation today, despite religious and racial diversities.

"His legacy will be remembered for generations to come. May his soul rest in peace," Ongkili shared.

Meanwhile, former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman also extended his condolences due to Tun Taib’s passing, adding that he and Tun Taib had a close relationship as leaders of their respective neighbouring states in the past.

"In my opinion, he was a very experienced leader with a focus to develop Sarawak ... His passing is not only a huge lost to the people of Sarawak, but also the whole country.

"During his lifetime, Tun Taib has poured out his energy towards bringing progress to Sarawak and hugely contributed to the efforts to unite the diverse people of Sarawak," Musa added.

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