PBB senior figures and contenders to replace Taib within next few years. From left Abang Johari, Awang Tengah, Len Talif and Adenan Satem.

Rumour is spreading that Len Talif who recently contested and won Belawai seat could be the person to succeed Taib once he decided to step down next few years.

Online news portal Free Malaysia Today said trio, Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) party information chief, Adenan Satem, senior vice-president Awang Tengah Ali Hassan and its deputy president Abang Johari Tun Openg were mere show.

“When the time comes – in two or three years – for Taib to step down, it will be Len Talif Salleh who will step into his shoes,” it said.

The piece written by Joseph Tawi, added “although it was obvious that Taib is grooming Adenan, 68, giving him important portfolios in the new state cabinet. It is increasingly likely that Len Talif, who is from within Taib’s family circle, may now join the list of contenders”.

Being a close relative of the Chief Minister a confidant, Melanau, feared by the state civil service were among the credentials that FMT cited, made Len Talif as the most ideal man to replace Taib.

Len Latif it said willing even to challenge state ministers including senior minister Dr James Masing to defend the Chief Minister.

In one instant, he ticked off State Land Development Minister James Masing for his remarks on the logjam along the Rajang River last year.

Masing had blamed excessive logging and timber operations in Ulu Baleh for the logjam.

Timber, logs, timber parts and other debris that had accumulated over the years were pushed into the rivers by heavy rains causing massive logjam from the the Rajang River tributaries.

Tonnes of fish and marine life perished, while thousands of residents along the rivers were cut off from river communications.

But Len Talif chided the minister for his remarks. He blamed the change of weather as the culprit for causing the logjam.

He said it had nothing to do with logging and timber operations in those areas.

Of course, everyone knew that the excessive timber operations were the cause, but Len Talif dared to lie and challenge the minister, because he has the support of the chief minister.

Masing from there on has held his tongue.