PETALING JAYA: MCA leaders are conveying their condolences over the death of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai described Adenan as a great leader, statesman and political icon, saying that his death was a "great loss" for Malaysia and Sarawak.
"Condolences to Puan Sri Jamilah and family, as well as all the people in Sarawak for the passing of Tan Sri Adenan Satem," said Liow in a statement.
Deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong remembered Adenan as a political figure who fulfilled his promise to promote Chinese education, which was the reason behind his landslide victory during the 2016 Sarawak Election.
"I met him on three occasions, the first in 2014 at his official residence. The following times were at his office and in Sibu.
"Each of our interactions lasted for more than an hour, and I listened to his views and opinions on various issues.
"Apart from having unique insights, he had a clear grasp on various issues. If he did not understand something, he was willing to ask and learn. This made Adenan a well-loved leader among his people," said Dr Wee in a Facebook post.
He added that Adenan was a "close ally" of MCA in taking a firm stance on moderation.
"The losing of a 'warrior' fighting for social harmony and unity is the country's greatest loss. We will always remember Adenan as a role model for political figures in the country," Dr Wee said.
Adenan passed away on Wednesday afternoon at the Sarawak General Hospital's Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan.
He would have turned 73 on Jan 27.
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