Today will exactly be one month after the passing of Sarawak’s fifth chief minister Adenan Satem.
Nevertheless, his name, service and struggles are still the subject of conversation among Sarawakians, especially in the Lundu and Sematan districts under the Tanjong Datu state constituency.
On billboards erected at several strategic locations around Lundu and Sematan markets in conjunction with the Tanjong Datu by-election, pictures of Tok Nan and his sayings still touch the hearts of the people.
In the Tanjong Datu by-election campaign, Adenan was still mentioned by Prime MinisterNajib Razak and Sarawak Chief Minister Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Abang Johari considers the current Cabinet line-up as well as the Barisan Nasional and state government leadership as ‘Adenan’s Team’ which achieved a landslide victory in the Sarawak state election last May.
He said even though he was the captain, members of his team were still the same people as under Tok Nan, as the late chief minister was affectionately known.
He said the plan and implementation of more than 80 projects in Tanjong Datu proved how much Tok Nan loved its residents and his struggle for the rights of Sarawakians as found in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement.
Meanwhile, Najib who visited Lundu, said he was touched by a picture of him raising the hand of Tok Nan during the state election last year.
“I was really moved upon seeing the picture near the rest house and instructed that it be sent to Seri Perdana,” he said, adding that Adenan was an excellent leader who held high regards for Sarawak and its people. –Bernama