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I Would Have Stepped Down In 2007 - Taib
KUCHING, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud Thursday said he had planned to retire in 2007, but decided to hold back his decision due to two 'S' factors.
The two 'S' factors were a crisis faced by the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) and the formulation of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), a new development corridor in Sarawak which required precision planning to ensure its success, he disclosed.
"I wanted to retire way back...I had planned to retire in 2007 and I had the consensus of the top leadership of PBB that I should groom (Tan Sri) Adenan Satem as my successor.
"All things were leading toward that direction but unfortunately at that time, I saw a crisis brewing in SUPP. And so, I told Adenan, let's postpone it because I don't want you (Adenan) to take over as chief minister but inherit all kinds of problems," he told Bernama during a special interview at his residence here Thursday.
Accompanied at the session by his wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi, Taib said two years ago he was once again ready to hand over the leadership to his successor, only to have the plan postponed yet again due to Adenan's health condition.
"So I delayed it be for sometime ...and a few months back I saw that Adenan was recovering very well and I thought it was the right time.
"I saw the opportunity to hand over (the leadership) this year...just after the (May 2013) parliamentary election and long enough before the state election. It (the timing) will be more convenient for Adenan to take over and lead the new team," he said.
Taib noted that although Sarawakians might be used to his style of leadership after 33 years as chief minister, he believed that Adenan could "fill in the gap very easily".
"Maybe the way he rules will probably be slightly different," he said adding that Adenan could well show his own leadership style once he was in office.
Taib is set to be the new Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak on March 1.
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