Taking over: Adenan taking his oath of office in the presence of Abang Muhammad at Astana Negeri in Kuching. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star
KUCHING: Continuity will be a key consideration for new Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem as he takes the helm of the state’s administration.
Adenan, 70, is taking over in mid-term from Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who held the post for 33 years and is Sarawak’s longest-serving Chief Minister.
He was sworn in as the state’s fifth Chief Minister by outgoing head of state Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin at the Astana here yesterday.
Adenan is widely expected to continue Abdul Taib’s policies with the support and co-operation of his state Cabinet colleagues.
Second Resource Planning and Environment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the state Cabinet members would work with Adenan as a team.
“We know it’s not easy to fill Taib’s shoes, but we are confident that with Adenan’s experience and the spirit of co-operation everything will be all right,” he said.
He added that he had no hard feelings about not being picked to succeed Abdul Taib. “To me, this is the best choice,” he said.
Awang Tengah had been touted as a potential successor along with Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and Adenan.
Abdul Taib named Adenan as his successor after tendering his resignation to the governor on Feb 12. Adenan has served in various portfolios at federal and state levels over the last two decades.
He is married to Puan Sri Jamilah Anu and they have five children.