Sarawak’s longest serving chief minister Tun Taib Mahmud dies aged 87

FORMER Sarawak governor Tun Taib Mahmud has breathed his last around 4.28am today (Feb 21) at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

The sad news of Taib’s passing was confirmed by the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadilah Yusof.

“Now the body will be bathed and, God willing, it will be taken to the National Mosque for the final burial (Peninsula level) before the body is taken to the airport to be flown to Kuching,” Fadilah told Astro AWANI moments ago.

The late Taib who turned 87 on May 21 will be brought home to Kuching today and thereafter to the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly for Sarawakians to pay their last respects.

According to Astro Awani, his remains will be prayed at the Demak Mosque before being buried next to the grave of his first wife Toh Puan Laila Taib at their private residence in Demak Jaya.

Prior to this, Taib was the only political figure from the founding era of Malaysia who was still alive and had been in the Sarawak Cabinet which was established on July 22, 1963.

The former Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president served as Sarawak’s fourth chief minister from 1981 to 2014 before being made the state’s seventh governor from March 2014 to January 2024. – Feb 21, 2024

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