Monday, March 21, 2011


Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud (born 21 May 1936 in Miri, Sarawak) is the fourth and current Chief Minister of Sarawak.[1] He is also the state Financial Minister and Planning and Resource Management Minister. Taib is the President ofParti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), which is part of the Barisan Nasionalcoalition.[2] He is of ethnic Melanau descent.

Taib was four years old when the Second World War broke out. Soon after Japanese troops landed in Miri in December 1941, Taib’s father decided to move to his ancestral home in Mukah, where he felt his young family would be safe.[3]

Taib is informally known as Pak Uban, which translates into "white-haired uncle". Among Chinese speaking communities he is known as Bai Mao (白毛) which means "white hair".[4] Another informal name for him, in reference to the British Brooke family that ruled Sarawak as White Rajahs in the 19th and early 20th century, is the "last white rajah" or "white-haired rajah".[5] Holding the post of theChief Minister of Sarawak since 1981, he is the longest serving Chief Minister in Malaysia. He assumed the Chief Minister post at the age of 45.[6][7] Being a member of the Malaysian Parliament for 38 years, Taib is also the second longest-serving parliamentarian in Malaysia after Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.[8][9]

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