By JOCELINE TAN
Sunday February 27, 2011
‘Not the time to talk about political transition’ - Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah
Election fever, an ambitious opposition, a stunning new wife and hints about calling it a day: it is a mixed bag of emotions and issues for Tan Sri Taib Mahmud as he prepares to call for state polls.
TAN Sri Taib Mahmud went the extra mile during the recent Chinese New Year festivities.
He always spends at least three days calling on his Chinese political partners in Kuching, Miri and Sibu.
This time, he also stopped at Bintulu where he visited the home of local community leader Barry Yek, whose father is reputed to be Bintulu’s richest man.
Golden couple: Taib has hinted that he is ready to call it a day even though he is
about to seek a fresh political mandate. He has just begun a new life with his young
wife Ragad (right) and the couple is seen here at the SUPP open house in Kuching
on Feb 4.
In Sibu, he called on State Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, the town’s most powerful political warlord. He also visited Lanang MP Datuk Tiong Thai King, whose billionaire brother Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King is one of the wealthiest men in Malaysia.
But Taib’s Chinese New Year focus has usually been on Miri, the political base of Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan whose daughter is married to Taib’s son.
“He does that every year. It has become tradition for him,” said Dr Chan, president of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), the second biggest party in the state Barisan Nasional.