‘Sad day if Jabu is CM’

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: Sarawak opposition’s chief whip Wong Ho Leng believes that Barisan Nasional’s lead ally will split before the next state election.

Wong thinks there will be chaos and a mad scramble within Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) party the moment there is a clear indication that he will step down.

“Such is the political reality in Sarawak.

“With Taib gone, a lacuna will be created, and many in PBB will be fighting for top positions.

“I anticipate a split in PBB before the state election,” Wong said.

Blogging on Taib’s promise to step down, Wong said that no one expected him to go soon, despite his pledge to leave after the state election.

“Five months after the state election, we do not see any sign of our chief minister leaving his throne or going anywhere.

“This is hardly surprising. With his party winning all 35 seats it contested (in the recent state elections), there is no chip for even Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to urge him to leave the political scene any time soon,” he said.

Jabu as transitional CM?

Wong said that despite being chief minister for 30 years, Taib has not groomed any successor, saying that he had been sitting opposite Taib in the Dewan for over 10 years.

He said: “I cannot see anyone in his cabinet taking over from him in the next two years, unless the grooming was by stealth.

“Those said to have been groomed by him were no longer in the Dewan Undangan Negeri.

“Should Taib honour his pledge to leave mid-term, maybe a transitional chief minister will be appointed.  It looks like he will be Alfred Jabu.

“The DAP has seen a lot of this man in the Dewan Undangan Negeri.

“He’s (Jabu) spun lies against DAP, including pitting DAP against the natives, saying that DAP ‘oppressed and suppressed’ the natives in the opportunities to develop NCR land in Kanowit.

“He repeated issues spoken earlier like a stuck record.

“It will be a sad day if he (Jabu) does helm the state in the transition, even for a short period.

What worth is a’datuk’ title?

On another issue, Wong also blogged about the rationale of conferring the honorific ‘Datuk’ on politicians on the occasion of the birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Salahuddin last Saturday.

Those who were conferred the awards include: Speaker of State Assembly Asfia Awang Nassar  Muara Tuang Assemblyman Mohammad Ali Mahmud,  Minister in the Chief Minister Office Fatimah Abdullah,  Assistant Minister Sylvester Entri Muran,  Assistant Minister Naroden Majais , Assistant Minister Mong Dagang and Tarat Assemblyman Roland Sagah .

“Looking at those politicians who were so conferred, I wonder what worth is these honorific now.

“I have met and known them in the Dewan Undangan Negeri for years.

“They all perform for their political master, speak his language.

“Without being personal or disrespectful to them, they are not that deserving.

“Surely, there are many people out there who have served the rakyat in non-political spheres who are more deserving,” he said. – FMT

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