Adenan Satem: A Great Leader Dies

Posted: January 12, 2017 in Abang Johari Tun Openg, Adenan Satem, Chief Minister of Sarawak, Sarawak

Sarawak rallied behind Adenan Satem as he brokered greater autonomy and dealt with long standing issues such as recognition of native land rights since becoming chief minister in 2014. Adenan Satem a great leader, RIP Sir!

Here is a nice write up on Late Tan Sri Adenan Satem @ Tok Nan, I picked up from Bernama.

Jan 11 — Eight months after leading Sarawak to astounding victory in the 11th state election last May, capturing the hearts of the people through his ‘politics of wellbeing’ approach, Tan Sri Adenan breathed his last this afternoon.

Adenan who would be 73 this coming Jan 27, was Sarawak’s fifth Chief Minister, taking over from Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud on Feb 28, 2014.

In the last state election, the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president won the Tanjong Datu seat by defeating Jazolkipli Numan from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) with a 5,892-vote majority.

Adenan leaves a wife, Puan Seri Jamilah Anu, four daughters and one son.

Born in 1944 di Kuching, Sarawak, Adenan received his early education at Sekolah St Joseph, also in Kuching, before studying law at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Starting his career as a magistrate in Kuching in 1970, Adenan eventually joined politics where he became Sarawak Land Development Assistant Minister for two years until 1987. He was made Natural Resources and Environment Minister at the federal level in 2004. However, he returned to Sarawak in 2006.

His career path towards becoming chief minister began in 2010 when he was appointed as Special Advisor to the Chief Minister before becoming Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office and later in 2011, as Minister with Special Functions, mainly handling land-related issues.

As a political figure who had served well and contributed much to Sarawak’s development, Adenan was conferred with several federal and state awards, including the Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota, which carries the title ‘Tan Sri”, besides the Pingat Perkhidmatan Bakti Negeri Sarawak and Johan Bintang Sarawak (1986).

Raising the living standard of the people in Sarawak was Adenan’s main political agenda and he proved his mettle as a very respected leader.

In his speech when launching the PBB Samarahan Zone 11th state election machinery at Dewan Suarah in Kota Samarahan, last April, Adenan had said: “As someone who has held many important positions in government before being appointed as Chief Minister, I am not crazy about positions.

“What I want is to see that the standard of living of the people continues to be raised. Please see what have been done throughout the two years since I was appointed as Chief Minister.” — Bernama

N.B. According to very reliable insiders, the new Chief Minister of Sarawak will be Parti Pesaka Bumiputera deputy president Abang Johari Tun Openg, swearing in will be today.

  1. kowboy says:

    Whoever the new CM, he must dare to deliver more than Adenan did… he must not be easily swayed or bought over by the cowboys from Putrajaya! He must be willing to put Swak and her people FIRST!!!


  2. Billy says:

    Sarawak’s timbers gone and its land also already divided up among the families of former top leaders of the State and their cronies the big Chinese tycoons, how would the new Sarawak CM going to undo all these? With little or no more major sources of making money for these elites because timbers had depleted and no more land to be given out, of late these elites had started targetting rivers ie building mega hydro electric dams with companies from China (we all know what that means or will bring!) as their next ATM card to make easy and fast money for themselves as usual. Late CM Adenan after listening and considering the views and protests from Sarawakians against the mega dams and fearing their adverse political impacts during last Sarawak State election imposed a moratorium on the construction of the dams. Late CM Adenan was very gentleman. He met with, listen to and considered the views given by those who have opposing views and if he is convinced he was prepared to even agree with them.


  3. Shafeeq says:

    whoever to replace adenan should not be a big issue. What is the main thing to do is to keep giving support to the next leadership for continuous development of sarawak.


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