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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  • Malaysia’s Sarawak: Last Of The Rajahs
    The Economist - Feb 13, 2014
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    Huffington Post - Mar 19, 2013
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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
1941 5 Years Old Taib was five years old when the Japanese army landed in Miri in 1941. … Read More


1958 - 1960 3 More Events
1962 26 Years Old On returning to Sarawak, Taib worked in the Crown Council from 1962 to 1963. … Read More
Taib resigned from Crown Council and assumed the post of vice-chairman of BARJASA in 1963.
1965 29 Years Old Taib's anger towards Ningkan's leadership intensified in 1965 when Ningkan decided to pass a land bill which would allow Chinese to purchase native land. … Read More


1966 - 1968 3 More Events
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. … Read More
1973 37 Years Old 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
Taib stepped down from federal cabinet post on 9 March 1981.
1985 49 Years Old …  In 1985, Rahman Ya'kub was also removed from the office of governor by Taib himself.


Taib held the Sebandi seat until 1987, when he was elected as state assemblyman for the Asajaya constituency.
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
2006 70 Years Old Taib's mother Hajah Hamidah Yakub died in Normah Specialist Medical Centre when Taib Mahmud was hospitalised in Singapore and underwent surgery to remove a suspected cancerous lump in his colon on 11 January 2006.
On 29 April 2009, Taib's wife Laila died of cancer. … Read More
2010 74 Years Old On 18 December 2010, he reportedly married for the second time to a Syrian woman in her early 30s; however the wedding ceremony was held in private, attended only by his family members and 200 invited guests.
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
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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