KOTA KINABALU – Malaysia has lost a good man and a leader who had foresight, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said in reference to the passing of his Sarawak counterpart, Tan Sri Adenan Satem earlier Wednesday.
“He was a leader who understood the sentiments of the people,” said Musa in a brief statement.
“I have not only lost a comrade but also a good friend.
“On behalf of the Sabah State Government and the people of Sabah, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the family and the people of Sarawak on their loss.
ADENAN WAS LIVING ON BORROWED TIME
Parti Bersatu Sabah acting President, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili in a statement said the nation mourns for the passing of Adenan, who would be fondly remembered for being vocal with his thoughts.
“He had proven to be the man of the hour and Sarawak was very privileged to have him as Chief Minister. It’s a sad day for Malaysia. He will be missed. May his soul rest in peace,” said Maximus.
The Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister recalled their last meeting during Malaysia Day hosted by Sarawak last year, where he also described Adenan as a “strategic thinker and smart political craftsman”.
“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 the resources from the Federal Government.
“His quiet, unassuming character and yet bold, and resilient in what he believed was right is a model for many young politicians to emulate.
“He is indeed a great defender of Sarawak’s rights. His heart was with the people of Sarawak,” the Kota Marudu Member of Parliament said, adding that as the chief minister, Adenan was sincere with his actions for the good of his people and that his leadership has been inspirational to many, including leaders in Sabah, including himself.
Liberal Democratic Party president Datuk Teo Chee Kang said that Adenan was a true Malaysian leader whose no nonsense styled leadership inspired a great number of people not only in Sarawak but also whole of Malaysia.