KUCHING: Sarawak has grown by leaps and bounds under the two years of Tan Sri Adenan Satem's (pic) administration, says Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
The Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister said Adenan had always been sincere in developing the state.
Describing Adenan as a "strategic thinker and smart political craftsman", he said the Sarawak chief minister has proven to be "the man of the hour".
"Sarawak is privileged to have him as the Chief Minister," said Ongkili during the campaign trail in Kampung Sungai Asap, near Belaga.
He said Adenan had no other agenda but to see Sarawak develop more.
"He once told me that he is living on borrowed time from God, and he has no other agenda but to see Sarawak develop better by tapping on resources from the Federal Government.
"He is indeed a great defender of Sarawak's rights, and he deserves to be given the full support and mandate for another solid Barisan Nasional victory in Sarawak.
The Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president also said that Adenan's leadership has inspired many, including Sabahan leaders.
"Since his appointment in 2014, Adenan has made some 50 important initiatives and actions, making him a leader with growing and well-respected stature, especially in resolving problems and issues faced by the state," he said.
Among his achievements were abolishing tolls, reducing electricity rates, addressing illegal logging, reintroducing Malay-English bilingualism in Sarawak's administration and strengthening the Malaysia Agreement 1963 pact in regaining the state's full autonomy through well-structured negotiation.
"Even the uncompromising position he took to defend the use of the word 'Allah' for Christian worship and publications in particular is reassuring to both Sarawak and Sabah Christians," he said.
Ongkili noted that Adenan's stand on the autonomy issues for Sarawak and administrative empowerment has redefined the east Malaysian states' position in the federation of Malaysia.