Sulaiman, who was elected to his father’s old seat in 2008, resigned from his post as Deputy Tourism Minister back in December last year for what were described as ‘personal reasons’. The speculation at the time was that he wished to return to Sarawak to begin taking over as Chief Minister, which is clearly his father’s keen desire, if only to protect the family fortunes.
However, the truth is that young Sulaiman had spectacularly under-performed in his role as Deputy Tourism Minister, as with nearly every other role that has been conferred upon his youthful shoulders. Sarawak Report detailed in previous posts how he failed to manage the property companies which his father bestowed upon him in the United States and it is common knowledge that he was later removed from the Board of RHB Bank owing to his non-performance as well.
Indeed, far from coming back to Sarawak to take over, Sulaiman has now disappeared entirely from public view. Opposition MPs point out that he is in fact the only MP who has not put one foot inside the Federal Parliament building for the entire past parliamentary session and they are criticising him, quite rightly, for failing to perform the job he is paid by the public purse to do, which is to represent his constituents.
The DAP member Charles Santiago has told Sarawak Report that he will be raising a question in Parliament shortly if an announcement explaining Taib’s absence is not made.
Is Sulaiman suffering from a life-style related disease?
History of debauchery has fuelled rumours
Fast cars, fancy clothes and night-clubs were his focus, according to Boyert, along with all the dangers that went with it. Boyert testified in his letter to his father Abdul Taib Mahumd (see previous story) that the concerns among American business associates were that Rahman was siphoning the money his father had given him to manage various properties into fuelling this lifestyle.
He informed Taib how Sean Murray’s brother-in-law, a contractor, had looked in Rahman’s bank book and spotted a balance of US $4 million, even though the boy had said that his father had provided nothing to pay for much needed renovations to a key office block. Managers were forced to find loans instead.
“Previously, Nicholas, in an attempt to allay my fears about our dire financial condition, had offered that while staying at the Presidio residence he peeked in Rahman’s check book noting a balance somewhat over $4,000,000. I relayed this breach of confidence to Rahman.” (excerpt from Boyert letter to Chief Minister Nov. 2006)Leaving under a cloud
Boyert also told Sarawak Report that the young Taib had left San Francisco under a cloud. Unseemly photographs and an ‘extortion attempt’ had been involved, he alleged. The incident had provoked such a furious row with his wife Anisa, the daughter of Deputy Chief Minister George Chan, that Rahman had picked up a fire extinguisher and smashed it into his hundred thousand dollar Bugatti. Ross had to take the car to have it fixed and after this episode he rarely communicated with Rahman who left the United States.
Is even the Chief Minister now ignoring the existence of Sulaiman?
In August, when the DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen exposed the scandal of Taib’s offer of cut-price development land near Kuching Airport to a company owned by his own children, he revealed the purchase had been conducted by the company Monarda SDN BHD.
This leaves us to wonder whether even the Chief Minister has finally also come to the conclusion that his son is no longer able to run his own family’s corrupt affairs, let alone those of the State of Sarawak?