Jamilah Anu’s landslide victory for the Tanjong Datu state seat was a birthday present for her late husband Adenan Satem, reported NST Online.
It was also for their 37th wedding anniversary, which fell on Feb 14.
“The landslide victory today is a present for his birthday on Jan 27 and our 37th anniversary which fell on Feb 14, which we couldn’t celebrate together,” Jamilah was quoted as saying during a press conference at her residence in Damai Jaya following the result announcement last night.
She earlier burst into tears when an imam mentioned Adenan’s name when reciting a prayer to celebrate Barisan Nasional’s victory.
“I will continue his legacy but I would like to tell my people that there are things we can’t do overnight, thus, what has been promised will take time to be implemented in stages,” she said.
“I will meet them at suitable time (after her iddah period),” she said.
Jamilah defeated Sarawak Reform Party (STAR) candidate Johnny Aput and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru’s Rapelson Richard Hamit in the by-election yesterday.
She won with a vote-majority of 6,443, garnering a total of 6,573 votes, while Rapelson obtained 130 votes and Aput with 108 votes.
The by-election was called following the death of the incumbent Adenan, who was Jamilah’s husband and Sarawak’s fifth Chief Minister, due to heart complications on Jan 11. He was 72.
The news portal also reported that Jamilah said what impressed her the most throughout the campaign period was the unity and diversity among the BN component parties.
“Everyone worked so hard together regardless of races, religions, young or old.
“I know we (all BN component parties) are still in ‘Team Adenan’.”
She also thanked Prime Minister Najib Razak for his support during a phone conversation.
“Thank you sir for making the effort to come over for me and the support from all the BN components at the federal and state level,” she was heard saying in her conversation with Najib.
Bernama, meanwhile reported that the couple’s son Azizul Annuar said the appreciation and gratitude of the
constituents in Tanjong Datu for the late Adenan was reflected in the victory.
“I believe the people here still remember what my late father, Tok Nan, did for them.
“I am grateful and thank voters in the Tanjong Datu constituency for still having confidence in the BN candidate, who is my mother, Tok Milah (Jamilah),” he said when met by the media after the result of the Tanjong Datu by-election was announced at the Lundu Community Hall last night.
Azizul Annuar said since Jamilah was still observing the mourning period following Adenan’s death, he would continue to go down to the ground to help his mother to look into the welfare of her constituents.
“I will definitely go down and help her because she can only go out after May, but even after that, I will continue to help her,” he added.