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What is Taib Mahmud, Melanau Muslim strongman and Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) president Samy Vellu has in common? In one word ‘long‘.

Tan Sri Taib Mahmud was appointed Sarawak chief minister in 1981. Thus he has been in power for the past 28 years and counting.

“My position as PBB president is for the party members to decide and I am leaving it to them to decide. I have openly said I am ever willing to step down as president any time now but party interest has the final say,” Taib said yesterday in Betong.

Last month MIC’s supremo Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu announced that he will only step down in 2015.

“No one should doubt that he will keep his word. This means, wait for it… by 2015, Samy Vellu would be the winner of the “longest” time in power.”

“He was elected president of MIC in 1979 and by 2015, he would have held the MIC presidency for 36 years!!!”, says Prof James Chin an expert in Sarawak politics.