Life and times of Adenan Satem


Jan 27, 1944: Born in Kuching, Sarawak, during the Japanese Occupation. 

1950s: Educated at St Joseph’s Primary School and St Joseph’s Secondary School. 

1960s: Worked as a journalist and teacher, among other jobs, before reading law at University of Adelaide. 

1969: Was a prosecutor in the Adelaide Crown Law office after completing law studies. 

1971: Appointed magistrate in Sarawak. 

1972: Appointed assistant secretary in Primary Industries Ministry. 

1979: Elected Muara Tuang assemblyman in by-election. 

1979:  Re-elected Muara Tuang assemblyman in state election. 

1987: Appointed Minister for Land Development Sarawak. 

2004: Elected Batang Sadong MP in 2004 general election and is appointed Natural Resources and Environment Minister. 

2006: Quits federal minister’s post and returns to Sarawak where he is elected Tanjung Datu state assemblyman. April 2010: Appointed special adviser in Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office. 

Sept 2010: Appointed Minister in Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office and Minister For Special Functions. 

Feb 28, 2014: Sworn in as the fifth Chief Minister of Sarawak, taking over from Tan Sri Taib Mahmud. 

May 2016: Leads Barisan Nasional to sweeping victory in state election. Barisan won 72 of the 82 seats contested. 

Jan 11, 2017: Died at IJN Semarahan after a heart attack.  

Source: Official website of the office of the Chief Minister of Sarawak

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