Former Menteri Besar of Selangor, Tan Sri Muhammad bin Mohd Taib, sworn in as senator in Parliament today.
Muhammad Taib resigned as Menteri Besar of Selangor on April 14, 1997, on the morning when I was supposed to move a no confidence motion against him in the Selangor State Assembly.
He was earlier arrested in Brisbane for failing to declare the currency worth approximately RM2.4 million at the Brisbane Airport upon his arrival in December 1996. He resisted for almost 5 months but eventually had to quit to avoid the no confidence motion which would cause embarrassment to UMNO and the government.
His return to the government is actually a belated one. Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had wanted him to come back to the cabinet through the appointment as senator in the last cabinet reshuffle to strengthen his power base especially in Selangor. However, Abdullah's plan faced strong objection from Mahathir and Abdullah gave in then.
The real fight is now on.