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Monday, April 18, 2011

Sarawak: Choppy seas ahead for Taib

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Despite retaining 2/3 majority in the recent state election, it looks like smooth sailing won't be on the cards for Taib Mahmud as he helms the state government.

The infamous rushed swearing in on the very night of the election hints at the fact that the pressure is.

While previously BN only had 8 opposition seats to contend with, they now have 16. That and SUPP, the second largest component in the state Barisan Nasional, getting totally wiped out at the polls, indicate choppy seas ahead.

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Choppy seas ahead for Taib

THE huge reception hall of Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud's house was cramped with people politicians, journalists and members of Taib's family.

Crystal chandeliers glittered and blazed overhead while underfoot was the biggest Persian carpet anyone had ever seen. The last 10 days of campaigning had taken its toll on everyone and only the family members of Taib looked rested. They were dressed as though they were going for a party.

Taib himself was all dressed up in purple baju Melayu and songkok and he seemed a bit restless as Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin fielded questions from the media in that unflappable fashion of his.

He kept glancing at his watch and it was not till later that it dawned on those present that he was anxious to get to the Astana, the Governor's residence, to be sworn in as Chief Minister that very night.

He was probably in such a hurry that he had put on his black leather shoes without any socks.

The hasty swearing-in was quite unusual and DAP's Lim Kit Siang was quick to ask the next day if Taib was afraid that some “higher powers” would stand in his way and the top post.

Running the government in Sarawak is about to get more challenging.