February 7, 2024
KUCHING – Sarawak police have confirmed that former Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud is back home.
“He is now in his own residence,” state police commissioner Comm Datuk Mancha Ata told reporters on Wednesday (Feb 7) after launching Ops Selamat in conjunction with Chinese New Year here.
Comm Mancha also said police had received eight reports as of Tuesday (Feb 6) relating to Taib’s alleged removal from a private hospital here on Saturday (Feb 3).
He said some of the reports were lodged by the former governor’s family members but declined to elaborate.
“It is still under investigation, we cannot go into the details,” he added.
On Monday (Feb 5), Comm Mancha said police were investigating a report that Taib was removed from hospital by his wife Toh Puan Raghad Kurdi Taib.
He had said the case was being probed under Section 336 of the Penal Code for rash or negligent acts which endangered human life or personal safety.
The police report, which went viral on social media, alleged that Raghad took Taib out of hospital against medical advice at close to midnight on Saturday.
This was followed by another report by one of Taib’s brothers claiming that his family members did not know the former governor’s whereabouts and were “gravely concerned” for his health and safety.
However, Raghad denied allegations that she had taken Taib out of hospital against doctors’ advice.
“That’s not true. This is the proof,” she said in an Instagram story with a photo of a note believed to be from a nurse.
Raghad also said her only concern was her husband’s wellbeing and called for a stop to assumptions and accusations against her.