KUCHING, Feb 7 ― Police have confirmed that former Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is at Demak Jaya, his private residence in Petra Jaya here.

Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Mancha Ata told reporters this during the launch of this year’s Chinese New Year Ops Selamat at the Sarawak police contingent headquarters here this morning.

“At the moment, he (Tun Taib) is still in his own home,” said Mancha.

The confirmation follows police reports filed against Taib’s wife Toh Puan Raghad Kurdi Taib for taking him from a private hospital here, allegedly against medical advice, at 11.56pm on Saturday.


Mancha also revealed that police have received a total of eight police reports against Raghad as of yesterday, but did not name those who had filed the reports.

He also refused to comment when asked about a group of people who could be seen in front of Taib’s residence around 8pm last night.

“We are still in the process of investigation and we cannot reveal any further information at this juncture,” he said.


On Monday, Mancha said the case is being investigated under Section 336 of the Penal Code (causing hurt by an act which endangers the life or the personal safety of others).

He called on the public not to share or speculate on the issue as action could be taken against those sharing false information.

In the first police report filed at almost 2am on Sunday, a complainant claimed that Raghad removed her husband “despite being advised to have the patient stay in the hospital for proper and adequate treatment”.

According to the report, the hospital also has a copy of a letter from a law firm to Raghad instructing her to notify the firm if Taib was to be discharged.

A second police report was filed by Taib’s family member late on Sunday night.

In an open letter shared with the media yesterday, Raghad said there has been an online campaign to tarnish her image and reputation.

She claimed her only concern is the well-being of her husband. ― Borneo Post