Abdul Taib Mahmud
Malaysian politician
Abdul Taib Mahmud
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".
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Malaysia’s Sarawak: Last of the rajahs
The Economist - about 3 years
FEW of Asia’s elected leaders have enjoyed the power of Abdul Taib Mahmud, the chief minister of Sarawak. For 33 years he lorded it over this Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, once densely forested and still rich in oil. Mr Taib was an appropriate successor to generations of the British Brooke family, who ran the territory as their own monarchy for a century from 1841. They were known as the White Rajahs. Their 77-year-old, white-haired modern equivalent, Mr Taib, will officially retire on February 28th, passing the job to a hand-picked successor, Adenan Saten. Mr Taib, though, will probably get another comfortable job himself, retaining much influence. Few have contributed more, for better and for worse, to the course of modern Malaysian history. Mr Taib has played a crucial role in keeping the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in power—it has ruled ever since Malaysia won independence from Britain in 1957. The two former British possessions on Borneo, Sabah and Sarawak, join ...
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WATCH: Inside Malaysia's Shadow State
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A short film released by international NGO Global Witness documents an entrenched system of corruption in Sarawak, one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. In the film, Global Witness reveals an intricate shadow state built with the express purpose of illegally exploiting Sarawak's ancestral lands and enriching the state's Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud. Posing as potential plantation buyers, Global Witness's investigative team discovered a laundry list of shady mechanisms and loopholes used by members of Mahmud's inner circle. This is not the first time Sarawak's government has been accused of exploiting the state's natural resources. Bloomberg reported in 2009 on hundreds of lawsuits filed by Sarawak's indigenous Dayak people alleging seizures of their land without compensation. The rapid depletion of the state's virgin rainforests have garnered similar international attention. According to The Economist, Sarawak "has lost more than 90% of i ...
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Ibans invite the spirits to prepare for ‘war’
Free Malaysia Today - over 4 years
KUCHING: Some 700 Ibans who have been served eviction notice by a company, regard the move as an “act of war”. And they are prepared to defend their longhouse. The Ibans from the 60-door longhouse of Ruman Sigan (previously known as Rumah Umpol), Ulu Niah, have resorted to performing a war ceremony known as a “sandau hari” to help confront the threat. The “sandau hari” is scheduled for tomorrow at the longhouse. In the old days, Ibans performed the ceremony to seek the assistance of the forest spirits before they went on head-hunting or war expeditions. The 700 Ibans were given two weeks to move out of the more than 40-year-old longhouse, failing which their dwellings will be demolished by an oil palm company, Medan Mustika. Medan Mustika is a subsidiary of WTK, which is allegedly owned by one of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s cronies. The company allegedly also has several provisional leases to plant oil palm and licences to extract timber. Residents from nearby longho ...
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Taib Mahmud commends ISA repeal
The Star Online - almost 5 years
KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said Saturday that censorship is useless, and commended the Barisan Nasional administration for "tearing down the ISA".
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Bomb Blasts: Sack General Azazi Now ! Lawyers’ League Tells Jonathan
Osun Defender - almost 5 years
Abuja based Public Interest Lawyers’ League,PILL has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to Sack ,General Andrew Owoye Azazi, the national security adviser.PILL made this appeal today in its statement condemning the bomb blasts that hit Thisday offices. PILL in statement ,emailed to Newsdiaryonline, by Abdul Mahmud the League’s president said “Once again, we call on President Jonathan Goodluck to sack without delay his National Security Adviser, General Azazi. Clearly, with one bomb attack too many, he has failed in his (advisorial) remit” The league condemned the bomb explosion at Thisday  newspapers. “..May we use the medium to deplore the attacks on the offices of ThisDay Newspapers  in Utako/Jabi area of Abuja. “No matter the fundamental disagreements individuals or groups may have against the newspaper, the newpapers and other newspapers and their owners and staff have the right to practice their day. The Press as the fourth estate of the realm must be allowed to discharge ...
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Parti baru boleh sertai BN jika rakyat mahu
Free Malaysia Today - almost 5 years
KUCHING: Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak bersedia menerima sebuah lagi parti komponen yang baru, bagaimanapun ia adalah bergantung kepada kemahuan serta pilihan rakyat di negeri ini. Pengerusi BN Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud berkata beliau sendiri terbuka dalam hal itu selagi kehadiran parti baru itu mendatangkan kebaikan kepada BN secara keseluruhannya. Ini kerana jelasnya, pendaftaran baru parti politik yang lain adalah sebahagian daripada senario politik di Sarawak. “Kenapa tidak jika sebuah parti baru itu masuk (BN). Inikan pula kita mengamalkan sistem demokrasi di negara ini. “Jika mahu, itu terpulang kepada rakyat negeri ini kerana mereka bebas untuk memilih,” katanya ketika ditemui pemberita selepas merasmikan Konvensyen Kelab Lions Multiple District 308 Ke-50. Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas sama ada BN Sarawak akan menerima kemasukan Parti Pekerja Sarawak (SWP) sebagai parti komponen BN baru selepas pendaftarannya diluluskan oleh Pendaftar Pertub ...
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Explain millions blown on PR, says PKR - Free Malaysia Today
Google News - over 5 years
A FMT commentary featuring Sarawak Report administrator Clare Rewcastle Brown said that Chief Minister Taib Abdul Mahmud was “suddenly” being featured in several international TV news programmes. These programmes, she added, were drummed up to prop
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Nigeria: Suicide Bombers Hit Force HQ -10 Killed - AllAfrica.com
Google News - over 5 years
Mr. Abdul Mahmud, an Abuja based Lawyer who witnessed the blast was still visibly shocked to speak when Daily Champion accosted him but later managed to say he saw human flesh flying around about 500 meters from the Police headquarters
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Ultimatum thrown at MoCS - The Borneo Post
Google News - almost 6 years
Bernama photo KUCHING: Movement of Change Sarawak (MoCS) is given seven days to retract a statement that it would initiate a street demonstration if Chief Minister Pehin Seri Abdul Mahmud does not step down on August 13 this year. If it fails to do so,
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Sudan - South Kordofan Elections' Dispute Contained - ISRIA (registration)
Google News - almost 6 years
... to cross-match the votes of the complementary elections, after they had recognized the inadequate number of observers and media in the state. Ambassador Abdul-Mahmud Abdel-Halim address's Forum of Group 77 and China on Sudan leadership experience
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Brunei Kayak Team Shine In Labuan - Bru Direct
Google News - almost 6 years
In the men's double category, Mohammad Fauzi Shah Ladi partnering Abdul Mahmud bin Hj Muhammad won second place by finishing the race in 5hr 25 minutes, just seven minutes behind the winners Fajan bin Sattan and Iman Sujadi bin Satta of Johor
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Chinese votes no longer for sale - Free Malaysia Today
Google News - almost 6 years
On the other hand, Monash University political observer James Chin said that BN had no hope of winning back the Sarawak Chinese if it did not get rid of the state's Chief Minister Taib Abdul Mahmud. “There is nothing the government can do until they
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THE REACH OF WAR: THE ELECTORATE; At the Polls in a Southern Village, Afghans Vote With Confidence and Yearn for Security
NYTimes - over 12 years
The first villagers cast their votes on time at 7 a.m. Saturday, amid jokes and excitement in this small village of vineyards and pomegranate orchards in southern Afghanistan. But a bit like the half-built school that served as the polling station, the process was uneven, if full of promise. ''It is a very important day,'' said a toothless man,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Abdul Taib Mahmud
  • 2014
    Age 77
    As of February 2014, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has found no evidence that Taib had abuse his political office for corruption because approval of land and logging areas were made by Taib's senior ministers or the ৳Sarawak cabinet rather than Taib himself.
    More Details Hide Details This is in accordance with Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 where a person cannot be charged for corruption if there is no evidence that he has personally made the decision to award a contract to himself, relatives, or associates. Taib owns a mansion in Demak Jaya which overlooks the Sarawak River. According to photos in the July to December 2006 newsletter of Naim Cendera Holdings Bhd, Taib's living room is decorated with gilt-edged European-style sofa sets. He also wears a ring with walnut-sized red gem surrounded by small diamonds. Laila Taib and her children are the majority shareholders of Sitehost Pty. Ltd., Australia, which owns Adelaide Hilton Hotel. Taib was described as "flamboyant with expensive tastes", an avid collector of Southeast Asian betel nut paraphernalia, and had reportedly purchased a piano once belonged to late American showman Liberace for US$2 million. It emerged that this was untrue, however one of Liberace's pianos was acquired for the state civic centre at a cost of US$8,032. Taib's daughter Jamilah and family members has been establishing real property estates in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom. Taib Mahmud admitted that his daughter owns properties in Canada and London but he denied that he has any business interests in his daughter's properties.
    Taib was bestowed the "Tun" title on 26 May 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Taib Mahmud was noted to rely on a patronage system to reward "compliant local leaders" and stifle potential opposition. He and his relatives were "widely thought to extract a percentage from most major commercial contracts – including those for logging – awarded in the state (Sarawak)" according to a series of leaked US embassy cables published in August 2011. Taib Mahmud was reported to have tight control over logging industry. This enabled him to use timber concessions for personal and family enrichment. He had contributed for accelerating the pace of logging in Sarawak. Taib was alleged to favour his family members in various business appointments in Sarawak. The companies which have relationships with the chief minister's family such as Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB), Naim Holdings Berhad, Sarawak Energy, Ta Ann, and Titanium Management Sdn Bhd has benefited from various state contracts, concessions, and land dealings.
    He resigned his post as the Chief Minister of Sarawak on 28 February 2014 and became the Governor of Sarawak on 1 March 2014.
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    His former brother-in-law, Adenan Satem, succeeded him as Chief Minister with effect from 1 March 2014.
    More Details Hide Details At the same time, he received the official credentials as the 7th Sarawak Head of State from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara on 28 February, and officially took the oath of office on the following day. He became the second Sarawakian (after his uncle, Abdul Rahman Ya'kub) to be appointed as the Governor after formally relinquishing the post of Chief Minister.
    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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  • 2011
    Age 74
    Despite being the target of an onslaught of attacks by the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition, Taib led PBB to a clean sweep of seats contested in the 2011 state election, winning an eighth consecutive term as chief minister.
    More Details Hide Details However, the Barisan Nasional coalition suffered its worst performance ever in a Sarawak state election, with coalition partner Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) suffering badly due to his poor standing among the Chinese community. Following the election, he was under pressure from the BN national leadership to step down to avoid hurting BN's prospects during the next general election. Despite this, Taib remained vague about his retirement plans.
    On 28 September 2011, Taib again announced another cabinet reshuffle with the appointment of Senior Ministers in the cabinet and renaming several ministries.
    More Details Hide Details Taib also created new ministries that will focused on the welfare, women and family development.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Both held a wedding reception sometime in the middle of January, and the reception were held at the New Sarawak State Legislative Building Complex.
  • 2010
    Age 73
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 72
    Taib announced his cabinet reshuffle on 8 November 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Six new state assemblymen were appointed as assistant ministers, while the portfolios of others were changed. Five out of the six new appointees were sworn in on 21 November 2009 before the state governor, Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhamad Salahuddin in the state assembly. The remaining assistant minister, Abdul Wahab Aziz, was on a pilgrimage. The new cabinet line-up took effect on 1 December 2009. Taib, who retained the Finance, and Planning and Resource Management Minister portfolios, said the reorganisation was meant to prepare Sarawak for new development policies and approaches that could take place some time in the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) or after the next state election. He also said that with the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) coming up, he would reform Syarikat SESCO Berhad (SESCO) in the next one or two years.
    On 3 June 2009, Taib's four-year-old granddaughter Celestia Lulua Mahmud Abu Bekir died two days after slipping into the swimming pool at her home at Duta Nusantara Condominium in Kuala Lumpur.
    More Details Hide Details Celestia was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital after the accident. She was buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery.
    On 29 April 2009, Taib's wife Laila died of cancer.
    More Details Hide Details She was buried at the Demak Jaya cemetery in Kuching the following day.
  • 2006
    Age 69
    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 64
    In December 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, "for service to Australian-Malaysian bilateral relations".
    More Details Hide Details Taib also holds honorary degrees from a number of universities including, an Honorary Degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Putra, Malaysia, Honorary Doctor of Technology Degree from Curtin University of Technology, Australia, and in 1998, Taib was made the Honorary Fellow of Islamic Academy of Sciences at the Islamic Academy of Sciences, Amman, Jordan.
  • 1995
    Age 58
    As a result of Taib Mahmud's policy of development, Sarawak GDP growth exceeded national average in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details To balance the development between urban and rural areas, Taib Mahmud also endorsed town planning, natural resources planning, large-scale plantations, and native customary land (NCR) development. However, cases of exploitation of NCR lands for logging, mining, and plantation purposes have also been reported. Sarawak is the first state in Malaysia to fully implement the e-government initiative while the Sarawak State Library is the first e-library in Malaysia. Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) which was introduced in 2008, is aimed to diversify the future economy of Sarawak. Since 1981, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown from RM 6.5 billion to RM 19.7 billion in 1995 and increased further to an estimated of RM 29.9 billion in 1999. In 1995, 31.9% of the population was living in poverty and 10% in hard-core poverty. By 1997, the incidence of poverty was down to 7.5% and hard-core poverty went down to .7%. In 1980, only 31.8% of people of Sarawak had water supply, but in 1995, the figure has reached 85% of the population.
  • 1987
    Age 50
    Seeing such a political crisis, Taib immediately called for a snap state election in 1987, which he narrowly won.
    More Details Hide Details His coalition won 28 out of 48 seats in the state assembly and later received another 8 defected assemblymen from PBDS, decreasing the original seats for PBDS from 15 to 7. PBDS remained in the opposition until it was readmitted into Sarawak BN in 1994. The internal bickering of SNAP and PBDS has benefited the rule of Taib in the years to come. Eco-tourism forms a major part of the economy of Sarawak. Taib's administration with the help of the Malaysian federal government, has made Sarawak's World Heritage more accessible through the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway. Manufacturing, industrial, and tourism sector are given special attention. High technology industries aimed to play a role into the economic expansion and creation of jobs in the state.
    This caused Rahman Ya'kub to launch a series of attacks against Taib in 1987, widely known as the Ming Court Affair.
    More Details Hide Details Rahman Ya'kub headed a group of disappointed Sarawak politicians from Sarawak National Party (SNAP) and PBDS to gather in Ming Court Hotel in Kuala Lumpur to move a motion of no confidence against Taib's leadership by signing letters collectively. Daniel Tajem, a former deputy chief minister and Leo Moggie were the other main plotters of this affair.
    Taib held the Sebandi seat until 1987, when he was elected as state assemblyman for the Asajaya constituency.
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  • 1985
    Age 48
    In 1985, Rahman Ya'kub was also removed from the office of governor by Taib himself.
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  • 1981
    Age 44
    On 26 March 1981, Taib's uncle, Abdul Rahman, who was the chief minister of Sarawak at that time, announced his retirement from politics by vacating his state constituency of Paloh and PBB presidency.
    More Details Hide Details However, the Malaysian federal government favoured the appointment of Sulaiman Daud as the next chief minister because Taib was away from Sarawak for 13 years. Abdul Rahman was able to convince the federal leaders to appoint Taib as chief minister because Daud was much more junior than Taib. Taib retained entire cabinet line-up of his uncle except for Celestine Ujang who would vacate his ministerial post to become speaker in the Sarawak state assembly. Daud would later fill the federal ministerial post left vacant by Taib.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Taib won the seat unopposed. He was later appointed as Sarawak's Land and Mines Minister.
    Taib stepped down from federal cabinet post on 9 March 1981.
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  • 1980
    Age 43
    In 1980, Taib was appointed as federal territory minister which would be the Taib's last porfolio before he returned to Sarawak.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Taib was able to develop a good relationship with Mahathir Mohammad, who would later become Malaysian fourth prime minister.
  • 1973
    Age 36
    In 1973, Taib was appointed deputy president of the newly formed PBB before subsequently becoming the president of the party.
    More Details Hide Details Abdul Rahman Ya'kub was Taib's political mentor for 20 years.
  • 1970
    Age 33
    During the 1970 parliamentary election for Sarawak, he was elected as the member of Malaysian parliament for Kota Samarahan seat.
    More Details Hide Details He was later appointed to numerous portfolios including Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (1970–1972) and Natural Resources Minister (1972–1974).
  • 1969
    Age 32
    He represented Parti Bumiputera Sarawak, which was a component party of Sarawak Alliance, in Malaysian general election, 1969.
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  • 1968
    Age 31
    Taib was appointed Federal Assistant Minister for Commerce and Industry from 1968 until 1970.
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  • 1967
    Age 30
    Taib later became Minister of Development and Forestry in 1967 under the leadership of new Sarawak chief minister Tawi Sli.
    More Details Hide Details On several occasions, Taib acted as Chief Minister. Taib later fall out with Tawi Sli. Taib decided to shift his focus onto the Malaysian federal cabinet.
  • 1966
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details BARJASA party later formed an alliance with Parti Negara Sarawak (PANAS), and Parti Pesaka Sarawak (PESAKA) in order to challenge Ningkan. Taib and another BARJASA leader Awang Hipni was expelled from Sarawak cabinet by Ningkan.
  • 1963
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In Taib's own words, he said that: Although Taib was a minister in the Sarawak cabinet with a superior education background, he was frustrated when his BARJASA party was consulted last after expatriate, SNAP party, and Sarawak Chinese Association (SCA) were consulted in a cabinet decision making.
    In the 1963 local council elections, Taib's BARJASA party won only 44 out of 429 seats.
    More Details Hide Details Taib's uncle was defeated in the election. Sarawak National Party (SNAP) became a majority party with Stephen Kalong Ningkan as the state's first chief minister.
    Taib resigned from Crown Council and assumed the post of vice-chairman of BARJASA in 1963.
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  • 1962
    Age 25
    On returning to Sarawak, Taib worked in the Crown Council from 1962 to 1963.
    More Details Hide Details He was then persuaded by his uncle to take part in the formation of Barisan Ra'ayat Jati Sarawak (BARJASA) party.
  • 1960
    Age 23
    He graduated with Bachelor of Laws from the university in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation, he was appointed as an associate to Justice Sir Herbert Mayo of South Australia. After the demise of his father, Taib took up the responsibility to look after his siblings and to discipline his siblings in studies and in looking after the household. Taib Mahmud pursued his postgraduate studies at Harvard International Summer Course in 1964. In Taib's early days of studying in Australia, he was fond of wearing a designer suit, a hat, and a smoking pipe instead of baju melayu and songkok (traditional Malay attire). Taib later had to tone his western image down to a traditional one in order to keep in touch with his people. Taib also developed an interest in Malay literature and pantuns (Malay poetry). He was also known for being a loyal fan to P. Ramlee, a famous Malaysian singer, actor, and a director. Taib would occasionally sing a number of P. Ramlee songs in official functions. He would later become a patron of P. Ramlee singing contest in Kuching, Sarawak. Taib also played a major role in Bangsawan, a traditional Malay opera. Taib Mahmud has written and published several Islamic books and other works including "Muhammad and His Mission, Islam and Utility of Mankind", "Freedom of Thought of Islam", and "Appropriate Strategy for Developing Countries in a Period of Resource Scarcity".
  • 1959
    Age 22
    Taib wed 18-year-old Laila Taib, a Polish Muslim, at South Australia's Adelaide mosque on 13 January 1959.
    More Details Hide Details Taib's son Sulaiman Abdul Rahman is married to Anisa, who is the daughter of Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam. His daughter, Jamilah Taib and husband Sean Murray are involved in property development in Ottawa, Canada.
  • 1958
    Age 21
    In 1958, his excellent performance in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) examination earned him a Colombo Plan scholarship, allowing Taib to further his studies at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.
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  • 1941
    Age 4
    Taib was five years old when the Japanese army landed in Miri in 1941.
    More Details Hide Details Taib's father, considering his family's safety from Japanese occupation, decided to move his family to his ancestral village in Mukah. After the war ended, the family returned to Miri. Taib undertook his early schooling at Andi Malay School and later St Joseph's Primary School in Miri. Taib later won a Shell scholarship to study at St. Joseph's Secondary School in Kuching with the help of his uncle, Abdul Rahman who was also a Probationary Native Officer in Miri. There, Taib met George Chan Hong Nam who would later become the deputy chief minister of Sarawak and Bujang bin Mohammed Nor who would later become Sarawak state secretary under the Taib's chieftainship. After school, Taib Mahmud planned to become a doctor but he was persuaded by Abdul Rahman to take up law. According to Taib:
  • 1936
    Taib Mahmud was born on 21 May 1936 at Kampung Sungei Merbau, Miri, Sarawak.
    More Details Hide Details He is the eldest child of Mahmud bin Haji Abang Yahya (father) and Hajjah Hamidah binti Yakub (mother). Taib has nine siblings namely Ibrahim, Onn, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Arip, Mohammad Tufail, Aisah Zainab, Roziah, Faridah Hanon, and Zaleha. Taib's father was a descendent of Pehin Datu Yahya Setia Raja, where the latter was an aristocrat that was linked to the Royal Court of Brunei. However, Taib had an impoverished life because his father worked as a carpenter for Shell Oil Company. Taib's uncle, Abdul Rahman Ya'kub raised Taib since he was a boy.
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