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BREAKING NEWS: Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s wife Laila Taib passed away today (around 3.45pm) at the chief minister official residence in Demak Jaya.

She was reported to be suffering from terminal cancer.

The “Sarawak First Couple” recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and started their courtship in 1959. At that time Taib was a young aspiring lawyer who met the love of his life.

The Chief Minister’s press secretary Amin Sahmat confirmed the news. Laila was 68.