I think it can also read "Taib sided because polls loom".
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has reportedly questioned the timing of calls from international NGOs for laying graft charges against the Sarawak Chief Minister (CM).
Any bad press that the CM gets will only affect BN's chances in the upcoming election.
Personally, I'm surprised that we're only hearing all these negative reports about the CM now. How he managed to stay as long as he has is anyone's guess.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure BN will remain in power in Sarawak despite all these calls from local and international NGOs because they've been there for a very long time and people, particularly the natives in rural areas don't know any better. Don't forget, in rural areas, there is little or no access to the internet and the only source of information for most rural folks is government controlled media. In fact in certain parts of Sarawak, I won't be surprised if some of them don't even know who the opposition leader is in Sarawak. There is a very big information gap between the developed and not so developed parts of Sarawak. I'm no expert on Sarawak politics but really you don't have to be one to know that BN will remain in power in Sarawak despite what you might have heard about the CM or those in his cabinet.