KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11: Tan Sri Adenan Satem was a people’s leader who was willing to go the extra mile for the sake of people in Sarawak and its development, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He said the passing of the Sarawak Chief Minister was a great loss to the people because he had prepared various plans for their future and the development of the state.
“As soon as he became the Chief Minister, Adenan had worked hard to further strengthen the state government’s administration while ensuring that the good relations with the federal government remained intact,” he told Bernama here today.
Adenan, 72, died at 1.20pm today at the Sarawak Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan, Kuching due to complications of heart disease.
Salleh said the man, fondly known as ‘Tok Nan’, had also put a lot of efforts in getting closer the various ethnic groups and Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in the state, which saw Sarawak become a very prosperous and peaceful state.
“He alo emphasised on racial harmony and refused to accept any kind of policy that could threaten the unity in Sarawak which is made up of various races and ethnic groups,” he said.
Salleh said although Adenan held the post (of Chief Minister) for less than two years, the latter’s leadership was well-received by all quarters in Sarawak.
“This can be seen from the BN’s (resounding) victory in the 11th Sarawak election last year,” he added.–Bernama