Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud hopes to hold on to the BN’s two-thirds majority in the state assembly in elections on 16 April. But as he observes his 30th anniversary as chief minister today, his political future has never looked so uncertain.
A piece that appears in Asia Times today:
Bellwether poll for Malaysia
By Anil Netto
Taib Mahmud, the flamboyant chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak in north Borneo, marked 30 consecutive years in power on Monday. But any celebrations were subdued by a demanding electoral test on April 16, when close to one million Sarawak voters are eligible to vote in hotly contested state polls.
The state assembly was dissolved on March 21. Almost as a curtain-raiser, a former Malacca chief minister with ties to the ruling United Malays National Organization (UMNO), a businessman and a Malay rights activist in Kuala Lumpur triumphantly screened a “sex video” to invited journalists. Full story here.