Abdul Taib Mahmud

Abdul Taib Mahmud

Malaysian Politician
Born May 21, 1936

Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud is the fourth and current Chief Minister of Sarawak. He is also the state Financial Minister and Resource Planning and Environment Minister. Taib is the President of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, which is part of the Barisan Nasional coalition. He is of ethnic Melanau descent. Taib is informally known as Pak Uban, which translates into "white-haired uncle". Among Chinese speaking communities he is known as Pek Moh (白毛) which means "white hair".… Read More

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    Free Malaysia Today - Jun 25, 2012
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    The Star Online - Apr 28, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Abdul Taib Mahmud.


1936 Birth Taib Mahmud was born on 21 May 1936 at Kampung Sungei Merbau, Miri, Sarawak. … Read More


1958 - 1959 2 More Events
1960 24 Years Old He graduated with Bachelor of Laws from the university in 1960. … Read More
1962 26 Years Old On returning to Sarawak, Taib worked in the Crown Council from 1962 to 1963. He was then persuaded by his uncle to take part in the formation of Barisan Ra'ayat Jati Sarawak (BARJASA) party. Taib resigned from Crown Council and assumed the post of vice-chairman of BARJASA in 1963. … Read More
1963 27 Years Old However, Taib was able to join the Council Negri of Sarawak (now Sarawak State Legislative Assembly) on 22 July 1963, where he was appointed state minister for Communication and Works from 1963 to 1966 although Taib did not contest in the election. … Read More


1966 30 Years Old In June 1966, Taib and his BARJASA partner was re-accepted into the cabinet in order to end the ruling coalition crisis. However, the crisis between SNAP and BARJASA worsened into a constitutional crisis and Ningkan was removed as chief minister in 1966.
1967 31 Years Old Taib later became Minister of Development and Forestry in 1967 under the leadership of new Sarawak chief minister Tawi Sli. … Read More
1969 33 Years Old He represented Parti Bumiputera Sarawak, which was a component party of Sarawak Alliance, in Malaysian general election, 1969.
1970 34 Years Old During the 1970 parliamentary election for Sarawak, he was elected as the member of Malaysian parliament for Kota Samarahan seat. He was later appointed to numerous portfolios including Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (1970–1972) and Natural Resources Minister (1972–1974). In 1973, Taib was appointed deputy president of the newly formed PBB before subsequently becoming the president of the party. … Read More


1980 44 Years Old In 1980, Taib was appointed as federal territory minister which would be the Taib's last porfolio before he returned to Sarawak. … Read More
1981 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In order to let Taib to become an elected representative in Sarawak state assembly, a PBB assembly woman vacated the Sebandi (now Asajaya) seat and a by-election was held in March 1981. … Read More
1985 49 Years Old …  In 1985, Rahman Ya'kub was also removed from the office of governor by Taib himself. This caused Rahman Ya'kub to launch a series of attacks against Taib in 1987, widely known as the Ming Court Affair. … Read More


Taib held the Sebandi seat until 1987, when he was elected as state assemblyman for the Asajaya constituency.
1994 58 Years Old PBDS remained in the opposition until it was readmitted into Sarawak BN in 1994. … Read More
1995 59 Years Old As a result of Taib Mahmud's policy of development, Sarawak GDP growth exceeded national average in 1995. … Read More


2001 65 Years Old In December 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, "for service to Australian-Malaysian bilateral relations". … Read More
2007 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, The Japan Times reported that nine Japanese shipping companies, which transported timber from Sarawak, had allegedly failed to report some 1.1 billion yen in income over a period of up to seven years. … Read More
2008 72 Years Old In 2008, Indonesian newspaper Tribun Pontianak revealed that around 30 shipments of illegal Indonesian logs was imported into Sarawak and re-exported to other countries every month. … Read More
In 2009, the Malaysian 2008 annual auditor-general's report labelled the forest management in Sarawak by state government as unsatisfactory. … Read More
In April 2010, he received "Doctorate in Leadership" from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and is recognised as the "Architect of Modern Sarawak" or "Father of Modern Sarawak" by the university.
2011 75 Years Old 1 More Event
On 8 January 2011, he was seen together with his new wife Puan Sri Ragad Waleed Alkurdi attending a wedding reception of a former MP in Kuala Lumpur. … Read More
2012 76 Years Old 1 More Event
On 4 January 2012, Malaysiakini issued an apology to Taib after the death of one of its key witness and after the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau reversed its decision on the alleged kickbacks. … Read More
On 12 February 2014, Taib handed over his resignation letter to the Governor of Sarawak to vacate his chief minister post, officially ending his 33 years of chief ministership.
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