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Tributes pour in for Taib Mahmud  - The Leaders Online
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Tributes pour in for Taib Mahmud 

Tributes pour in for Taib Mahmud 

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — Behind his strict style of leadership, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud was also a generous leader who cared about the well-being of the people, especially in Sarawak.

This was disclosed by Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) secretary-general.

“Personally, I was touched by his concern when, during his final year as Sarawak chief minister, he asked me if there was anything he could do to help my constituency in Kapit, without me asking first.

“And when I applied for a piece of land to be developed, he just approved it. That’s what I mean about his true nature. He was a generous man and he did not forget those who were with him,” Nanta said when interviewed on Bernama Radio today.

Born on May 21, 1936, Abdul Taib helmed the state as chief minister for 33 years before being appointed as the 7th Governor of Sarawak on March 1, 2014.

He was succeeded by Tun Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar after almost 10 years in governor’s office.

Abdul Taib breathed his last at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur at 4.40am today.

Nanta, who had also served as Abdul Taib’s political secretary for seven years before, said as a veteran in politics, Abdul Taib never hesitated to share his knowledge and experiences with those who wanted or just ventured into politics.

“I vividly remember he once said that we have to be grateful and, when entrusted with a responsibility, to use the opportunity to the best of our ability to fulfil that responsibility.

“That’s his advice that I could never forget. It sounds simple but it is very relevant and important to all politicians,” he said.

Meanwhile, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said Abdul Taib will be remembered as a leader who set the best example in maintaining unity as well as pioneering the way for women to have a voice in politics.

“During his tenure as chief minister, the Wanita PBB was allowed for the first time to contest in the elections because he insisted that women should be part of the decision-makers at the state and national levels.

“I was one of those (women) trained by him, that’s why we are very saddened by his demise,” said the Wanita PBB vice-chief who started her political career in 2008 as a Member of Parliament for Batang Sadong and then a Member of Parliament for Santubong since 2022.