KUCHING: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and former Head of State Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub made their first public appearance together at the latter’s 80th birthday dinner at a leading hotel here last night after many years of political acrimony.
Recollecting the early years of the family’s growing years in Miri, he said he remembered Taib as a mischievous boy who has become a great leader especially after taking up his advice to read law in order to better serve the State.
“There was a minor misunderstanding due to the work of someone who died a few years ago, creating a lot of problems between us. Taib invited me to his house last month, my daughters, I…we all went to his house. Praise be to Allah. I looked after Taib since he was a child,” he said, agreeing that “blood is thicker than water”.
“For now we should lend our strongest support to the government which is being led by our own people,” he said.
Prior to that, he served at the federal level as Lands and Mines Deputy Minister and later as Education Minister before resigning to return to Sarawak as Chief Minister.
This was after completing his Senior Cambridge examinations by the end of 1953 at St Joseph’s School with good results.