MIRI: Tan Sri Adenan Satem has finally revealed the “inspiration” behind his catchphrases “ooh ha” and “you you”.
The Sarawak Chief Minister attributed this to his upbringing among the various races in Sarawak, saying that “ooh ha” loosely meant “Datai situk aku nak berjako” in Iban (please come here, I want to talk to you.)
But Adenan also came up with his own interpretation of the catchphrase, which is the current in-thing in the state right now, saying that for him it means “I love Sarawak”.
Speaking at a dinner event here on Sunday, which was also attended by Barisan Nasional direct candidate for the Pujut seat, Datuk Hii King Chiong, Adenan said “you you” was inspired by young couples who intended to go out for a date in the good old days.
Without explaining in detail, he said when someone mentioned the word “you you”, then it automatically meant a date.
Adenan, an Arsenal football fan, also nicknamed Hii “Datuk Elvis” for his sideburns, similar to the late famous American singer.
Yesterday, when addressing the Orang Ulu communities here, Adenan described the young DAP leaders as arrogant and who thought too highly of themselves.
“They think they are so good already. They go around criticising everything that we do.
“I have been in politics and in the government administration for more than 40 years. I have held all sorts of posts in politics and government,” he said.
“These young DAP people are like grandchildren to me and yet they are so arrogant in Sarawak already.”
The state government, he said, had done much to improve the standard of living of the rural folk.
Orang Ulu, who made up 6% of the state’s population, played a vital role in the state, he said.
Barisan Nasional could give the necessary help to the rural people to develop their constituencies like Telang Usan, Mulu and Ba’kelalan.
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