Momentum sokongan untuknya menjadi calon parlimen Kota Samarahan meningkat setiap minggu dengan yang terbaru Yang Berhormat Dato Sri Awang Asfia Awang Nassar menyatakan sokongannya terhadap pencalonan ini.
Ternyata selepas menjadi Ahli Parlimen Kota Samaharan Yang Berhormat Dato Sri Mahmud Abu Bekir Bin Taib akan memerlukan 'platform' yang sesuai untuk kerjaya politiknya. Jawatan Ketua Pemuda PBB dan Timbalan Menteri Persekutuan adalah 'platform' yang paling jelas untuk beliau.
by Jeremy Veno, email@example.com. Posted on September 3, 2011, SaturdayKUCHING: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud says it is up to his eldest son Dato Sri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib to decide on his political future.
“Good for him, he was asked way back 10 years ago to replace me as the assemblyman of Muara Tuang, but he did not
want it. So, let us see how serious he is this time; his willingness to serve the people and Sarawak,” Taib told the media at the residence of State Assembly Speaker Dato Sri Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar in Demak near here last night.
Taib, however, said that Abu Bekir could serve in any capacity “as he is already a successful corporate figure.
“I have not much to say about my children’s career. They have to choose what they want to do and to work hard in what they want to do,” said Taib.
Asked if he would give his blessing to Abu Bekir if he wants to stand as a candidate in the coming general election, Taib said: “My children don’t need my blessings, all they need is hard work and they know the people better”.
Earlier, he told reporters that he had not decided to announce the state cabinet reshuffle as he’s still in the Hari Raya Aidilfitri mood.
When asked for his comment on the same matter, Mohd Asfia who is also PBB permanent chairman, said: “It is up to the party to nominate a candidate to replace his brother (Dato Sri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib) and if Abu Bekir wants to stand without any objection from his father then it would be up to the party”.
Recently, PBB senior vice-president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan had disclosed that Sulaiman had decided not to defend the Kota Samarahan seat in the coming election.
Mohd Asfia said that Kota Samarahan constituency had always been a stronghold for PBB and it was where his father (Taib) started his political career.
“Taib was the assemblyman for Muara Tuang before he moved to Balingian in the 2001 state election, and was replaced (in Muara Tuang) by his brother Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Mahmud in 2001.
As such, Mohd Asfia said that the Chief Minister had left a strong legacy (in Muara Tuang and Kota Samarahan).
He added that under the Chief Minister’s stewardship and passion Kota Samarahan had seen vast transformation to make it as an education hub where two local universities are situated.
“If the people from the area choose Abu Bekir to be the successor of his brother that would be a natural choice,” added Mohd Asfia.
Onthe first day of Hari Raya on Tuesday, Abu Bekir was quoted as saying that he was ever ready to serve the people of Sarawak.
Accompanying Taib during the Hari Raya visit was his wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib.