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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 | MYT 2:24 PM

Sarawak CM dies of heart attack

KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem passed away Wednesday afternoon at the Sarawak General Hospital in Kota Samarahan.

He would have turned 73 on Jan 27.

He was born in 1944.

Adenan became the fifth chief minister on Feb 28, 2014, replacing Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Many have attributed Barisan Nasional's landslide victory in the 2016 Sarawak state election to Adenan's leadership.

Barisan won 72 out of the 82 state seats, while DAP won seven and PKR won three seats.

The president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) began his political career in 1976 when he was appointed a committee member and the party's legal advisor.

Later in the same year, he contested in elections and won twice -- the first in a by-election for the Muara Tuang parliamentary constituency, and in the state election later in the same constituency.

Adenan was an assemblyman for Muara Tuang from 1976 until he moved to Tanjung Datu in 2006 for the state election where he won.

He became the Member of Parliament for the Batang Sadong constituency after the 2004 general election and later was appointed as the Natural Resources and Environment Minister.

He, however, relinquished his ministerial post two years after being in office and returned to Sarawak.

In 2010, he was appointed as Special Advisor to the Chief Minister and later in 2011 as Minister with Special Functions.

The father of five had an illustrious career which included being a journalist, a teacher, a magistrate and a legal adviser prior to his win in Muara Tuang.

He received his legal education at theUniversity of Adelaide in Australia and was once appointed as a public prosecutor in 1969 in Adelaide. He served as magistrate from 1971 to 1972 in Sarawak.

Adenan was appointed as chairman of Sarawak Foundation on Feb 1, 1999 after Taib gave up the post.

His appointment as the Sarawak Chief Minister was also historic, as he was the first leader of Malay descent to hold the post.

Previous chief ministers, Tan Sri Stephen Kalong and Datuk Tawi Sli were of Iban descent while Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub was of Melanau descent. Taib is also of Melanau descent.

During Adenan's tenure, he spoke openly about autonomy for Sarawak and the rights of Sarawakians.

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Photo Gallery: Tan Sri Adenan Satem

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  • Sarawak's fifth Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem signing the appointment letter to office in the presence of out-going Yang Dipertua Negri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng at Astana Negeri in Kuching on February 28, 2014. -Zulazhar Sheblee/The Star

  • Adenan Satem (left) sharing his vision for Sarawak during the interview with the Star media team on December 17, 2015.

  • Adenan Satem (second from right) admiring a motorcycle after launching the Sarawak Career and Training Fair 2016 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching on March 8, 2016. —Bernama

  • Adenan (left) at the launch of Package Three of the Pan-Borneo highway which involves the 75km stretch from Serian to Pantu on March 13, 2016.-Bernama

  • Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (centre) and wife Puan Sri Jamilah Anu (left) making a winning gesture after the Sarawak State Election results were announced at the Old State Legislative Assembly building on May 7, 2016. -Izzrafiq Alias/The Star.

  • Adenan flagging off the Miri Christmas Parade the Miri city Fan recreational Park to usher in Christmas in the city on December 6, 2015. – Stephen Then/The Star

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak together with victorious Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and from ( left) Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian during the Sarawak State Election on May 7, 2016. -Izzrafiq Alias/The Star

  • Adenan (second from right) talking to Taib (seated, right) after opening of the State Legislative Assembly sitting in Kuching on June 8, 2016. -Zulazhar Sheblee/The Star

  • Adenan (second from right) taking a tour of the exhibition on the history of Sarawak on July 22, 2016. -The Star

  • Adenan (left) looking at a replica of one of the publications on the conservation status of Sarawak’s dipterocarp species on November 3, 2016. — Zulazhar Sheblee /The Star


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