|Born||Muhammad bin Muhammad Taib
29 July 1945
Hulu Selangor, Selangor, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
|Political party||PKR – Pakatan Harapan (2015–2017)
PAS – Pakatan Rakyat (2013–2015)
UMNO – Barisan Nasional (1964–2013, 2017–present)
It is learnt that the political equation that involved Muhammad’s defection would be eight PKR assemblymen joining the 12 Umno lawmakers and another 13 from PAS together with former menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim to form a bloc of 34 lawmakers that would be enough to form a state government in the 56-seat legislature.
The reasons for the eight PKR assemblymen willing to quit their party have not been revealed, said Umno sources familiar with the plan.
19 September 2017
PKR vice-president Tian Chua has denied the speculation of possible defections involving Selangor state assemblypersons, claiming there is not an iota of truth to this.
Taking to Twitter, the Batu MP described it as part of BN’s “vicious propaganda” to undermine the state government.
“All these talks of a coup in the Selangor state government, the defection of assemblypersons of PKR, PAS or whoever are purely fantasy and nonsensical,” he said.“The PKR-led Selangor government is stable and enjoys full mandate from the people, attempts to smear by tainted and corrupted BN are doomed to fail,” he added.
According to the PKR leader, the speculation is perpetuated to cover-up Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s public relations fiasco over the weekend.
Although Tian blamed BN for the speculation and criticised the media for reporting the matter, the Youth wing of PKR’s partner in Pakatan Harapan was among those who raised the issue.
Yesterday, Amanah Youth vice-chief Shazni Munir Mohd Ithnin said it would be naive to believe that Najib held a much-hyped press conference just to announce the return of former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib.
Shazni said Amanah Youth believes what transpired at the press conference was the postponement of a coup, similar to the one that occurred in Perak, after three opposition assemblypersons quit their parties to become pro-BN independent representatives.
18 September 2017
PKR denies defections with Mat Taib
KLANG: No PKR assemblymen from Selangor was going to defect and join Umno together with Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib on Sunday.
This was confirmed by Sri Muda assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei, who is the political secretary to Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
An online portal had reported that Muhammad, popularly known as Mat Tyson, was supposed to gather eight PKR assemblymen to be present at a press conference by Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sunday. The report claimed that the move was aborted at the 11th hour.
Mat Shuhaimi alleged that Muhammad must have misled Najib into believing the defection of the PKR representatives was going to take place.
“He must have twisted a story to misguide Najib and other Umno leaders into believing we would be tagging along with him into their party,” said Mat Shuhaimi.
Besides Mat Shuhaimi and Azmin, who is the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, the other Malay Selangor PKR assemblymen are Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Kajang), Dr Idris Ahmad (Ijok), Amiruddin Shari (Batu Caves), Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad ( Seri Setia), Haniza Mohamad Talha (Kg Medan), Yaakob Sapari (Kota Angerrik), Rodziah Ismail (Batu Tiga) and Dr Daroyah Alwi (Sementa).
Amiruddin, Nik Nazmi and Dr Daroyah are also state executive councilors.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/18/may-shuhaimi-shafei-no-pkr-defections/#ZoKXthHkHr0fix28.99
PAS denies knowledge of alleged attempt to oust Selangor government
PAS today insisted it had nothing to do with an alleged attempt yesterday to take down the Selangor government led by Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali.
This came about after Umno president Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Taib was leaving PKR to return to Umno.
The Malaysian Insight reported earlier today that Muhammad was to bring with him to Umno eight Selangor assemblymen from PKR.
The eight PKR assemblymen, with Umno’s 12 and PAS’ 13 state representatives, along with former Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim, would add up to 34 seats out of the total 56 seats in Selangor – enough for the bloc to take over the state government.
Mat Tyson’s volte-face was to trigger a Perak move, say sources
IT was meant to be more than just Muhammad Muhammad Taib re-joining Umno yesterday. He was supposed to bring along eight state government lawmakers and cause the collapse of the Azmin Ali administration.
But for the intervention of powerful stakeholders in Selangor, the end result: Umno president Najib Razak only had Muhammad to show at 5pm in a much-hyped press conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Sources told The Malaysian Insight negotiations for Muhammad’s defection back to Umno and that of eight others were handled by intermediaries and not the prime minister himself.
“Najib was informed that it was a go, but when he turned up, only Mat Tyson was there,” a party source told The Malaysian Insight, calling the 72-year-old former Selangor menteri besar by his popular moniker.
“The deal fizzled out because it was blocked at the highest levels when it was found out that Mat Tyson was part of the deal,” another source told The Malaysian Insight.
That led to the rather short and flat announcement yesterday that Muhammad was re-joining Umno, despite the presence of almost the entire party Supreme Council that sparked rumours and speculation of a state government change or a party reshuffle ahead of the general election which must be held by August 2018.
Posted 15th December 2015 by Dave Avran
26 March 2008
Malaysia’s PM pays high price to stay in power
March 26, 2008
In 1997, when chief minister of Selangor state, he was arrested at Brisbane International Airport with the equivalent of $1.26 million in currency in his luggage as he was about to board a plane for New Zealand.
Australian law requires that amounts above $5000 be declared. Muhammad Taib had no identifiable source of significant wealth and had been a lowly paid school teacher before entering politics. In addition to the cash, he and his wife were found to own property in Queensland and another six properties in New Zealand.
Muhammad Taib avoided prosecution for currency smuggling by claiming he misunderstood the customs declaration form because it was in English — a sad indictment of a former school teacher from a country where English is one of the main spoken languages.
17 September 2017
Toon Seri Trump Retweeted
Dr. Rais Hussin @raishussin 3h3 hours ago
TS Muhammad, Masihkah kau ingat, pada masa itu … @NajibRazak !
17 September 2017
Sau Kaw Po Ji………kah kah kah
Why the fuss over Mat Taib’s return to Umno, asks Dr Mahathir
Dr Mahathir, however, likened Muhammad to a frog, jumping from one party to another.
“I am very happy because Tan Sri Mat Taib has jumped back under the ‘tempurung’ (coconut shell) of Umno. He is like a frog.
“From Umno, he jumped to PAS and then PKR. Then he said he supported me in Bersatu. Now, his legs are still strong; he can jump back to Umno.
“Congratulations, Umno. Because many like Mat Taib will guarantee that Umno loses in the election,” the 92-year-old Pakatan Harapan chairman said.
Dr Mahathir said he remembered the case when Muhammad was caught in Australia with a bag full of money.
“His excuse then was he did not understand English. That was when he had broken the law.
“Now he has not broken the law. I know he understands English. Don’t know where the money came from,” he said.
Muhammad was forced to resign as menteri besar in April 1997 after he was charged in Australia over currency irregularities of RM3.8 million.
He reportedly pleaded that he did not understand the currency regulations because he did not understand English. He was found not guilty.
“People like him, we cannot trust very much. That was why he was removed,” Dr Mahathir said as he continued to take jabs at Muhammad.
“If he carries a bag, we have to check if it contains money,” he said.
To a prime minister who kept the whole country in suspense: What a joke!
Social media users say Najib’s announcement a waste of time
SOCIAL media users who anticipated “big news” at Prime Minister Najib Razak’s press conference this evening were disappointed after it was announced that former Selangor menteri besar, Muhammad Muhammad Taib, would be rejoining Umno from PKR.
Even Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali weighed in on the announcement by tweeting: “Sau Kaw Po Ji………kah kah kah” (collecting old newspapers), implying that Muhammad was old goods.
Other social media users also referred to Muhammed as an “old man” and collectively agreed that the press conference was a waste of time.
On Facebook, Kumar Muniandy wrote, “What a waste of time..,.,nobody care he join any party.,,,waste old man.”
“What a waste of time. This old man hardly can walk…same old bloody game.” Kiera Gill wrote in the Facebook comment section.
Ang Tan Loong refers to Muhammad as “expired tools” in his comment, “Haha expired tools for what? To dig grave for Umno?”
Harapan leaders bracing for Najib’s bombshell in stitches over anti-climax
Pakatan Harapan leaders were bracing for a bombshell when Prime Minister Naib Abdul Razak summoned top Umno leaders from across the country to Kuala Lumpur for a highly anticipated announcement.
However, when the announcement finally came, they were in stitches that top Umno leaders were made to abandon their programmes to attend the announcement of former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib’s return to Umno.
Prior to Muhammad’s return, he had joined PAS in 2013 and PKR in 2015.
“Sau Kaw Po Ji… kah kah kah,” was Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali’s immediate reaction, which was in Cantonese, meaning “collecting old newspaper”.
“The press conference disturbed the quality weekend time of Malaysians.
“I want to go jogging with my family,” added Azmin on Twitter.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had to abandon his programmes in Perlis to return to Kuala Lumpur while International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Ahmad Maslan had flown in from Sabah.
“It’s a pity that the people of Perlis couldn’t meet Zahid because of #MatLompat (political frog),” said PKR Youth deputy chief Afif Bahardin.
A Blast from the Past
Sultan rebukes ex-MB Mat Taib
In an interview with Utusan, the Selangor Ruler also describes Azmin as a more skillful politician than Khalid Ibrahim.
PETALING JAYA: Maverick politician Muhammad Muhammad Taib is back in the limelight, with the Sultan of Selangor criticising his party hopping and expressing dissatisfaction with his service as menteri besar of the state between 1986 and 1997.
It’s been a while since Muhammad was in the news, but in an interview with the Sultan on the occasion of his 70th birthday, a group of Utusan Malaysia journalists dug up the past with a question about changes in the tradition of giving royal awards. Muhammad is known to have caused drastic departures from tradition and the Sultan recently decreed a return to the old ways.
“Muhammad changed many customs, such as the granting of royal honours; so the process bypassed the Royal Council and went straight through the State Exco,” the Sultan said.
He also complained about Muhammad’s decision to create the post of Deputy Menteri Besar, calling it the “biggest mistake in Selangor’s history” because it opened the door to political intrigue. “The Deputy MB would make it his mission to scheme and topple the MB” instead of serving the people, he said.
“Frankly, I do not respect Muhammad,” he told his interviewers in a discussion about party hopping.
“He amassed wealth when he was in Umno and then he joined PAS. Then just as things were turning south for PAS, he left it to join PKR. Whichever party he joins, it is hard to have respect for him for his tendency to jump ship.”
Asked about his feelings about former MB Khalid Ibrahim and the current MB Azmin Ali, he described Azmin as a more skillful politician than his predecessor.
“From what I’ve seen, Khalid had its his own way, but he is not a political master, while Azmin understands politics. We shall see who is better at bringing development and progress to this state.”