Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib

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Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri
Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib
Malaysian Deputy Minister of Tourism
In office
18 March 2008 – 14 December 2009
Succeeded by James Dawos Mamit
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kota Samarahan
In office
8 March 2008 – 3 April 2013
Preceded by Abdul Taib Mahmud
Succeeded by Rubiah Wang
Personal details
Political party Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) part of Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Anisa Chan
Relations Son of Abdul Taib Mahmud
Occupation Politician
Religion Islam

Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Taib is a former Deputy Tourism Minister of Malaysia. His father is Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud,former Chief Minister of Sarawak,and current Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak while his mother was late Datuk Patinggi Hajjah Laila Taib. He is married to Anisa, daughter of the former deputy chief minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam.[1]

Business[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

He is a former non-executive director of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB)[2][3] and a San Franciscan graduate in Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.[4] Sulaiman is also the group chairman of CMSB from 2002 to 2006, and the former RHB Bank chairman from May 2003 to 2006 following the takeover of RHB by CMS's Utama Banking group. He became the youngest chairman of the local bank at that time. He worked with his brother, Dato Sri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib (Deputy Group chairman, Non-Independent, non-executive director of CMSB), brother-in-law Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree (Group Executive Director of CMSB) and several other board of directors of CMSB.[5]

United States[edit]

Sulaiman was also reported to have listed as a sole officer and director of Sakti International Corporation and Wallyson's Inc. in United States. These companies were alleged to be owned by the Taib family.[6]

Political career[edit]

Deputy Minister of Tourism[edit]

During the last 12th Malaysian General Election held in March 2008, Sulaiman stood as a candidate in the Kota Samarahan parliamentary seat previously held by his father, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud[3] and won under the present Malaysian ruling party Barisan Nasional (BN) ticket. Following his win in his parliamentary seat, he was appointed as a Deputy Minister of Tourism in the cabinet of the then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.[7] Under the new cabinet line-up of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, he was once appointed again as a Deputy Minister of Tourism.[8]

On 4 December 2009, Sulaiman announced that he has resigned from his deputy ministerial post. His decision to resign from the federal cabinet was for personal reasons.[9] However, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has accepted Sulaiman's resignation as Deputy Tourism Minister effective on 14 December 2009.[10] His position was later taken over by Datuk Dr. James Dawos Mamit.[11]

Controversies[edit]

In 2003, a Malaysian former TV personality, Avaa Vanja Ramli, alleged that Sulaiman had assaulted her. This led to a police investigation on Sulaiman Taib. However, the case was later closed due to insufficient evidence.[12][13] Anisa Chan was also alleged to have been beaten up by Sulaiman and later fled to Canada.[1]

Health[edit]

Sulaiman was rumoured to have been bed-ridden with AIDS after his absence for a few months. Sulaiman himself responded on his Facebook wall to refute it. He was later spotted in Sabah which further discredited the rumour.[1] [14]

Hobbies and interests[edit]

Sulaiman Taib is a car fanatic. He reportedly owned Bugatti EB 110, Ferrari 355 spider, Rolls Royce Corniche, Maserati Khamsin and other luxury cars in San Francisco. He has a dedicated garage and storage facility for his cars. In 1994, before Bugatti filed for bankruptcy, he wanted to buy the ailing company for US$25 million. The deal did not work out as his father (Abdul Taib Mahmud) was against it.[15]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Kota Samarahan, Sarawak[16]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2008 Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib (PBB) 15,559 74% Hussain Abang Apok (PKR) 4,148 19%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lee, Melissa (17 July 2011). "Sulaiman Taib returns: Good health and no sign of AIDS". Malaysia Chronicle. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad: Investor Relations-page 25 of 2007 Annual Report URL assessed on 29 November 2009
  3. ^ a b Taib Mahmud not defending Kota Samarahan (updated) The Star. URL assessed on 26 November 2009
  4. ^ "Utama Banking group 2005 annual report (page 3)". Utama banking group. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sarawak shakers". The Star. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "New Exclusive – Sakti/Sakto Taibs' Property in the USA". Sarawak Report. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "New ministers and deputy ministers", The Star, 19 March 2008
  8. ^ "Sulaiman Taib not seeking re-election". The Star. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Taib: My son resigned for personal reasons, not politics The Star.
  10. ^ Sulaiman's Resignation As Deputy Tourism Minister Effective From Monday : Najib BERNAMA.
  11. ^ Dawos sworn in as Deputy Tourism Minister The Star
  12. ^ "Sarawak CM's son may be charged for assault". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  13. ^ James Chin (2004). In Southeast Asian affairs. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. 164. ISBN 981-230-239-5. Google Book Search. Retrieved on 19 January 2012.
  14. ^ "So Silly Sulaiman – Exclusive Photos!". Sarawak Report. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Kevin C. Limjoco The Philippines’ Lost Opportunity. The Bugatti Revue. vol 7. Issue 4. Accessed on 19 January 2012
  16. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 22 June 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for third parties and independent candidates).