Taib Mahmud’s unmatched legacy: Uniting the races in Sarawak

UNITING all races and minority ethnicities in Sarawak is one of former Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud’s unmatched legacies that need to be preserved.

Bernama reported Datuk Seri Azman Ujang as saying that Taib’s fair administrative style, especially when he was the state’s chief minister, saw every Sarawakian receiving equal treatment, was also something to be proud of.

“In Sarawak and Sabah, they don’t play up religious and racial issues. This is also one of Tun Abdul Taib’s legacies,” the national news agency reported Azman as saying when featured on the ‘Belasungkawa – Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud’ segment on Bernama Radio on Thursday (Feb 22).

“He never played up religious and racial political issues, and this resulted in the people of Sarawak receiving fair and equal treatment, which he often emphasised.

“One must also remember, Sarawak has the largest number of ethnicities, and yet they can unite.”

Azman, who is a former Bernama chairman, went on to describe Taib – dubbed the Father of Modern Sarawak – as an unparalleled leader.

“As the Father of Modern Sarawak, who was also the state’s chief minister for 33 years since 1981, Taib had developed and built Sarawak which, in terms of political stability, can serve as an example for the current generation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dick Lembang Dugun, a lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, who was also featured in the segment, said Taib had laid the best foundation for the state’s development.

“Much has been contributed by Taib in the Land of the Hornbills, especially in the aspect of development that cannot be denied by anyone,” he remarked.

“Many small areas have been transformed, such as in Kota Samarahan, where I personally witnessed the rapid development through the establishment of an educational hub with the presence of UNIMAS, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), teacher training hubs, and so on.

“Abdul Taib’s forward-looking efforts are to ensure that the people of Sarawak continue to enjoy development and be able to compete with other communities in Malaysia,” he said.


Meanwhile, Sarawak United National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) executive council member and vice-president of the Malaysian Youth Council, Tarmizi Karnain, described Abdul Taib, who was also the former president of Saberkas, as a friendly and approachable person, even with the youth.

He said throughout Taib’s administration, various efforts and initiatives have been implemented to ensure that the youth in Sarawak can enjoy life in a modern and advanced environment.

Taib passed away at the age of 87 at 4.40 am at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. – Feb 22, 2024


Main pic credit: UKAS

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