SIBU (Bernama) – The late Tan Sri (Dr) Datuk Patinggi Haji Adenan bin Haji Satem, Chief Minister of Sarawak, has been described as a leader who was bold to face just about anybody in the struggle for the poor in Sarawak since helming the state leadership in 2014.
Temenggong Datuk Wan Hamid Edruce Tuanku Mohammed said before this, he had never met a leader as bold and determined as Adenan who had always given priority to assist the poor people of Sarawak.
“He was also a leader who was sincere and hardworking to protect the poor in the state regardless of their race and religion. As such, he was always on the ground to the various corners of Sarawak to meet the people himself.
“It is indeed difficult to find a leader like him. We, members of the Malay and Melanau community in Sibu, are very sad and pray that Allah the Almighty grants him peace and blessings in heaven,” he said sadly when contacted by Bernama.
Wan Hamid said the death of Adenan was a big loss to the poor in the state.
Meanwhile, Temenggong Junia Olia of Sarikei described Adenan as a leader who fulfilled his pledges to the people and all promises made were implemented quickly.
“He went down to the people all over Sarawak, a truly honest man.
“While meeting the people, he would usually inform the people on the plans of the government to help the people. He was a leader who acted promptly in the interest of the people. As such it is difficult to find another replacement for Tok Nan,” she said.
She said he had implemented many changes in Sarawak after being appointed as Chief Minister including the Pan Borneo highway currently under construction.
A civil servant, Odelia Lee of Bintangor described Adenan as a jovial person who was always at ease with the people in the state.
Praying for Adenan to be placed among the believers, she also quoted Adenan that life must be coloured with laughter and not sour faces and said the humour of the chief minister would forever be etched in her memory.
Journalist Earl Anek said Adenan was a leader who really loved his people in the country.
What touched his heart was that Adenan was like ordinary folk and did not observe too much protocol and was at ease anywhere such as eating at stalls or buying vegatables in the wet market.
Earl who was listening to The Young Ones by Cliff Richard when he received the news said he was stunned and shed tears as the song was Adenan’s favourite, which was played at the events he attended. “The song has an important message for the younger generation in the state to love one another regardless of race,” he said. Auxiliary police personnel, Amin Dom of Miri described Tan Sri (Dr) Datuk Patinggi Haji Adenan was a leader who is open and did not discriminate and was very friendly with everybody.
According to Amin, the chief minister’s struggles would be rememebered by all parties especially when he brought up the issue of oil royalty which Sarawakians had hoped for fervently to assist the state develop especially in the rural areas.
Meradong assemblyman, Ding Kuong Hiing described the demise of the chief minister as premature as there were still many things he wanted to do for Sarawak.