KUCHING – The country has lost a capable leader following the death of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said for the people of Sarawak, the loss would be very strongly felt as Adenan was well-loved by Sarawakians.
“Under his administration, many changes had taken place.
“His decisions and targets made the people love him more, confidence in the Barisan Nasional government peaked. Last year the BN government won a landslide victory (in the Sarawak state election),” he told reporters here Wednesday night.
Earlier, Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor had spent about 30 minutes to pay their last respects to Adenan at his residence in Damai Jaya, Santubong.
Elaborating further, Najib said he had lost a close personal friend.
“It is not just now but I have seen his career through easy and difficult times and I will remember him as a dear friend.
“For me and my wife, it’s a loss that is very keenly felt,” he said.
Najib said he conveyed condolence to Adenan’s family on behalf of the government and the people of Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the funeral of Adenan will be held the Samariang Muslim Cemetery here Thursday.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg said the Sarawak Chief Minister’s remains would be brought from his private residence in Santubong to Masjid Jamek Sarawak, Petra Jaya at 10am for the people to pay their final respects from 10.30am to 1pm.
“Members of the public coming to pay their last respects are advised to dress in black,” he told a press conference here.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas was also present at the press conference.
Adenan died due to complications of heart disease at 1.24pm today at the Kota Samarahan Heart Centre here. He was 72.