Chinese ‘will retaliate’ against Taib’s stunt
Offended Chinese members in SUPP likely to hold back their support for Taib Mahmud in the parliamentary polls.KUCHING: Taib Mahmud’s divide-and-rule politics with the Chinese community in Sarawak may well backfire on him in the coming parliamentary elections.
His noticeable absence from Sarawak United People’s Party’s (SUPP) Chinese New Year open house last Monday has angered members who believe that as the Chief Minister of the state, he should not take sides in SUPP’s internal strife.
Thousands of Chinese from Serian, Siburan, Bau and Kuching were disappointed at Taib’s absence. They viewed it as an insult to both SUPP president and the party.
Taib’s excuse for not attending the open house was his “age” but that didn’t stop him for visiting the homes of prominent Chinese leader in Miri and Sibu with Wong and leaders of his group.
Speaking to FMT, Sarawak PKR vice-chairman See Chee How said that it was obvious that Taib was playing a “game” of trying to divide the community.
“It was so obvious right from the first day; he was playing that game. Probably he was trying to show that he was not happy with the federal government.
“But this is not the time to do it. It is not good to use festive occasions such as the Chinese New Year, Gawai Dayak, Hari Raya and Christmas to divide the people.
“These are occasions where we should unite the people of various races,” said See, who is the Batu Lintang assemblyman.
Taib killing SUPP
See said that Taib’s stunt to further divide SUPP was actually a move to try kill off SUPP at the end of the day.
“But in the process, Taib may also lose support from the Chinese in areas controlled by PBB, SPDP and PRS, as leaders of these parties did not respect the Chinese during the Chinese New Year.
“They (the Chinese voters) will surely retaliate come the parliamentary election,” he added.
It is said that Chin had the blessing of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to contest for the top post in SUPP. A bitter dispute ensued with Wong and his team who lodged reports with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) over irregularities by Chin’s supporters in branch-level polls.
Wong and team then boycotted the TDC, forfeiting their right to contest in the party’s presidential polls. They are of the view that both the TDC and the elections were illegal.
So when Najib officiated at the TDC, Taib was nowhere to be seen.
No sign of retiring
His absence prompted many political observers to think that Taib was deliberately trying to embarrass Najib and SUPP leaders.
Taib could have several reasons for not attending the SUPP’s TDC.
One of them could be the numerous allegations of corruption and abuse of power against Taib by several quarters which want Najib to take action.
The other reason could be that Najib is said to have been trying to put pressure on Taib to step down as he (Taib) could be the reason why the Chinese would vote against BN in the coming parliamentary election as they did in the state election.
Taib had promised Najib to quit as chief minister soon after the state election. But until today, nothing is heard of Taib’s stepping down.
Words by the innermost circle of Taib saying that Taib wants to stay in CM post for lifetime or until he dies is not true. Taib will keep to his promise of stepping down or retiring soon after last years state election.