KUCHING, (Feb 12) — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on Wednesday announced that he will be stepping down as chief minister effective Feb 28 and would be suceeded by Special Functions Minister at the Chief Minister’s Office and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
He said he handed over his resignation letter to Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng today.
“When I informed him (Tun Salahuddin) of my intention (to resign as the Chief Minister), he had no objection,” he told a press conference after having an audience with the Sarawak Head of State at the Astana Negeri here.
Taib said Adenan’s name was recommended to Salahuddin, which the latter agreed to.
He added that the swearing in ceremony for the new Sarawak Chief Minister was also scheduled for Feb 28.
“Adenan represents a kind of agreement between the three candidates (mentioned to succeed Taib as the Chief Minister,” Taib said. The other two candidates were PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and Senior Vice President Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan. — BERNAMA