by Sebanaku Sarawak
KUCHING: The recent statement by the State Barisan Nasional (BN) Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud last Tuesday on his willingness to step down if the rakyat wanted him to do so has caught many with surprise.
Although the subject of stepping down per se is not something new to Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud as he did in the past indicated that the day would come when he felt that he had to call it a day, it was the timing of his statement that has caused minor tremors in the country - the state election is just around the corner.
Many believe that Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has started to realize that he is no longer enjoying strong supports from the rakyat of Sarawak.
They would quick to claim that the defeat of the BN candidate in the recent Sibu by-election shows that the people of Sarawak – not the people of Sibu – has rejected Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
And this defeat – which was caused by the people of Sibu and not the people of Sarawak – would cause a political tsunami in Sarawak; as what has happened in the last general election in peninsular.
This group of people would also point out that the recent revelation of the properties of Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his children in foreign countries has resulted in the people of Sarawak to be disgusted with the chief minister.
They also believe that the decision of the federal government to give RM20 million to the State Government for the purpose of carrying out a survey on the Native Customary Right (NCR) land clearly indicates the Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak doesn’t seem to favour Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to continue leading the state.
They also believe that the long overdue rape cases involving Penan women has negative impacts on Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud - i.e. implying the chief minister does not care about the welfare of his own people despite of the fact that there are strong evidence that such incidents did take place.
The last straw is the demonstration in the Oxford University that took place when Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud came to the university to give his opening speech for the Global Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum.
Many would think that it is easy to make a good guess on who are these people but unfortunately they are wrong if they thought that Sebanaku Sarawak is referring to the oppositions.
Sebanaku Sarawak is actually refering to UMNO promoters or agents or plotters in Sarawak and Peninsular.
To-date, there are at least four group of UMNO promoters or agents or plotters who are active in Sarawak.
Two senior Sarawak BN politicians lead two of the groups while Affendi Jeman and a Bumiputera Datuk who is a businessman lead the other two.
And now they are already making their moves with UNMO Secretary General Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor, who is one of the two senior UMNO leaders who are actively pursuing the dream to spread UMNO's wings into Sarawak, firing the first shot towards Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
(to be continued…)