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I preferred medicine because I felt Sarawak dearly needed doctors. When I entered politics in 1963, I told myself that I would give Parti Bumiputera five years of my life.
allowing Taib to further his studies at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.
In Taib's own words, he said that: I never aimed to become a minister.
I didn't even stand for election although I had helped BARJASA by speaking at party conventions about the importance of democracy.
He is the eldest child of Mahmud bin Haji Abang Yahya (father) and Hajjah Hamidah binti Yakub (mother).
Taib has nine siblings namely Ibrahim, Onn, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Arip, Mohammad Tufail, Aisah Zainab, Roziah, Faridah Hanon and Zaleha.
In Taib's early days of studying in Australia, he was fond of wearing a designer suit, a hat, and a smoking pipe instead of baju melayu and songkok (traditional Malay attire). Taib Mahmud has written and published several Islamic books and other works including "Muhammad and His Mission, Islam and Utility of Mankind", "Freedom of Thought of Islam" and "Appropriate Strategy for Developing Countries in a Period of Resource Scarcity".
However, Taib had an impoverished life because his father worked as a carpenter for Shell Oil Company.I felt that I did not have sufficient experience or outlook to decide weighty matters of the state.However, since at that time there were few people available with the degree and kind of education I had, I decided to give those five years of my life. Although Taib was a minister in the Sarawak cabinet with a superior education background, he was frustrated when his BARJASA party was consulted last after expatriate, SNAP party, and Sarawak Chinese Association (SCA) were consulted in a cabinet decision making.In the 1963 local council elections, Taib's BARJASA party won only 44 out of 429 seats. Sarawak National Party (SNAP) became a majority party with Stephen Kalong Ningkan as the state's first chief minister.However, Taib was able to join the Council Negri of Sarawak (now Sarawak State Legislative Assembly) on 22 July 1963, where he was appointed state minister for Communication and Works from 1963 to 1966 although Taib did not contest in the election.