I am not making it up. That’s what it says in Taib Mahmud’s biography on the Oxford University website.
And since Oxford University – that centre of academic excellence and rigorous research – says so, it has got to be true, right?
Get to know the Chief Minister of Sarawak up close and personal. Read the bio here.
Did you know that he wrote a piece titled ‘Appropriate Strategy for Developing Countries in a Period of Resource Scarcity’? No doubt leaders of other developing countries will be able to pick up many useful tips.
I particularly like the bit where it says:
His leadership has transformed Sarawak from a poor and backward State to one of the most progressive state in the country now. Generally, the people are enjoying five times better standard of living as compared to that in the early years of Independence. … Indisputably, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib is the architect of modern Sarawak.
You’ve got to hand it to those brainy folks at Oxford. They obviously know a successful leader when they see one. Welcome to the Said Business School.
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How come the oxford bio has gramatical error? (one of the most progressive *state* …? Must be a malaysian student who did it.
You make it sound a little sad, Anil. Especially from honors of Wafic Said in whose name it was established. School is well endowed. Had thought it had something to do with Edward Said but thankfully it didnt. There’s no green to keep off but there’s some on the roof! BTW, BBC has very little archive on Taib Mahmud except this and it related to of all people General Suharto: Friday, May 22, 1998 Published at 17:02 GMT 18:02 UK Among the Bidayuh community who organised a mild protest over the unfair compensation on their Native Customary Rights (NCR) to… Read more »
“their lifestyle kept as it is for decades” I see this kind of comment from time to time, and I can’t help wondering if long-house dwellers wouldn’t actually *prefer* to live in longhouses. Might they have different priorities where development is concerned? I live in what appears to be a pretty standard accommodation on Peninsular Malaysia: a concrete row-house. It doesn’t seem to me to be perfectly designed for living in Malaysia, but as the cheapest means of converting space into dwellings for fast capital turn-around. I think there’s a tension – which should be rationally discussed – between how… Read more »
Taib Mahmud is one of the richest man…, while he drives a Rolls Royce..his people are using sampan to travel in the rural areas…with timber in jungle area bigger then Singapore..
(his administration) has more then 30 years to plunder the state…while his daughter is staying in a (grand home) in Canada..his people stays in long houses ..their lifestyle kept as it is for decades…its time the Sarawakian stand up and throw (him) out in the coming election…!!!
Easy to say “Throw him out” while you guys do not have even one suitable candidate to replace him.
We Penangites threw out Koh Tsu Koon, a political eunuch and what we got? A political Tin Kosong, Lim Guan Eng.
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The natives are simple and naive, yes, so, they can be easily cheated… cant blame them actually…
However, a week or two ago i read from the star online that an Indian guy (educated), and he is pleading with the Indian community to give their undivided support to Mr Najib after attending a ‘ceramah’ so that Mr Najib could win overwhelmingly in the coming GE13.
My jaw drops… bodoh or what, am lost…
“The natives are simple and naive”
What about you, machai?
If the Sabahans and Sarawakians are simple and naive, you are not that much better either….
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High time for Oxford U to know who they are dealing with.
Well, there are two ways to enter Oxford & Cambridge Uni. First you must be very talented or you are very rich. They need donations and sponsorship. They also invite all type of leaders to make a speech there.
Oxford was once eminently recognised as the best University along with Cambridge in UK.
But now a person of average intellect can ascertain for himself/herself how low their standard has fallen with this piece on Taib….
We don’t have to look to far. Eg.KJ-a product of Oxford-the Riches Unemployed.
What more can we say.
As I said, a sub-sub standard university in a sub-standard country.
That is what Oxford has become.
Its glory days are long over.
I just wonder (why) Oxford (is falling all over) themselves over him? I guess a honorary doctorate is waiting for him as well(?).
It seems that most of Sarawak’s timber money are parked overseas where white folks get to enjoy some of it while the natives who are the real owners live in abject poverty.
“… white folks …”
… Not everybody ‘overseas’ – not even everybody in the UK – is a white man (this event is taking part in the Saïd Business School. Wafic Saïd – for exmaple – was probably not the darkest human who ever walked the face of the earth, but he wasn’t a white man either). What are you expecting anyway – a quota?
I would prefer it if you could keep that careless bigoted … to yourself. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.
Do a google search on Oxford and its ranking among other top universities.
If you are ignorant about the relative standards of universities, cease arguing.
The reason is the latter.
Sarawak people, just like Sabah are dumb enough to continue voting for the scales.
Oxford is a great uni i believe… Oxford has no problem… The problem is with the Rakayat who for the past how many years ??? voted him to be the CM… Yes, keep voting for the corrupted BN government and let … the Menteri Besar to build and live in palaces at the expense of the Rakyat and yes, please keep harping on pettiness and find fault and criticising Penang’s CM who lives in a semi-d house, ya? The comfort is, thankfully, only one or two like that in Anil’s blog. By the way, Penang is praised by Global Anti… Read more »
His longetivity as Sarawak CM is either because he is good or the people of Sarawak are dumb. We all the know the facts.
This “Holier than thou” stance is unfortunate, especially when it comes to the Peninsular people commenting how dumb those Sabah / Sarawak people are.
Are we that much better than those from Sabah or Sarawak?
Last time I check UMNO is still the KING in Peninsular.
If the Peninsular people are so good UMNO would be no more.
Get off your high horse, please. This is not conducive for a national unity against the corrupt UMNO.
When we hear Oxford the name itself as a stand up for
the world in breading great people. I am asking why must they invite this (guy)…
I can only think one direction….
Guys in Oxford should read more on this man….
I am sure Mugabe had read his book.
Gerakan K and Yang both still insist that Oxford is a great university, right?
Superstitions can only go so far.
OK, if so just tell everyone that Oxford University is a sub standard university.
And advise everyone to turn down the opportunity to study there. Will everyone do that ???
England is a sub standard country, and Oxford is a sub-sub-standard university whose time has passed and their glory is long gone.
… Malaysia has also got one of the richest CM
Adding 2 and 2 together, what do you get?
Oxford’s main aim is money.
Pure, simple, money.
But then anyone who has been to UK lately can testify to the sub-standard classification.
The entire British society is on the brink of a total meltdown, and Oxford, unfortunately, isn’t going to be spared either.
Taib has got to be the richest C.M. alive you forgot to mention.
(Could) money … have made the difference(?)
It is a well known fact that British universities are always running on tight budgets.
We have seen how APCO did wonders for our PM. What else is impossible?
What the _______? Someone please email Oxford his real biography.
Definitely,…..in terms of wealth.
In fact I would say he is more successful than all the past PMs put together.
Come on Anil, what are you saying? That’s similar to true – they call it ‘positive affirmation’ in business circles.
AN ANTIQUATED POLITICIAN (WHOSE ADMINISTRATION) PLUNDERED THE STATE AND LIVES A LIFE OF SUPER LUXURY! MANY OF THE PEOPLES IN SARAWAK ARE STILL LIVING IN STONE AGE CONDITIONS!
… REDUCING THE STATE TO A PITIFUL WORLD OF PRIMITIVE DEVELOPMENT! IF NOT THE CHINESE THAT SUPPORTS THE ECONOMY THE STATE CAN BE CATEGORISED AS TOTALLY UNDEVELOPED AND BACKWARD!!
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