Sabah Opposition Hail Adenan As A Bold Leader, Fighter of Sarawak Rights

Adenan was a towering figure in safeguarding state autonomy and he was highly regarded by our multi-racial community, including in Sabah too - Lajim Ukin
Adenan was a towering figure in safeguarding state autonomy and he was highly regarded by our multi-racial community, including in Sabah too – Lajim Ukin

By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – Sabah opposition leaders on Wednesday sung praises for the late Adenan Satem expressing condolences to the Sarawak chief minister’s family and to all Sarawakians in general.

Adenan breathed his last at the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching at about 1.20pm just a few days shy of his 73rd birthday on January 27. He died due to heart complications.

Darell Leiking
Darell Leiking

Warisan Sabah deputy president Darell Leiking described Adenan as the only BN Chief Minister who showed us in Borneo that we can be a force to be reckoned with.

“We may have had a different political ideology but he was with the Borneo people to raise issues under the Malaysia Agreement 1963,” said Leiking in a statement Wednesday expressing his deepest condolence to Adenan’s family.

Warisan vice president, Junz Wong said: “This is sad news and I want to express my deepest condolences to (Tan Sri Adenan) family members and all Sarawakians for their great loss.

“In Sabah, we must build our own legacy to honor what this man has started for the Borneo states.”

Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Lajim Hj Ukin said he was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of the Sarawak Chief Minister.

Lajim Ukin
Lajim Ukin

“I am flying to Kuching this (Wednesday) evening to join his family and our fellow Sarawakians in mourning this loss,” said Lajim who is also Klias Assemblyman.

Lajim described Adenan as a close friend in politics as well as a buddy in golf games.

“Adenan was a towering figure in safeguarding state autonomy and he was highly regarded by our multi-racial community, including in Sabah too,” he added.

Parti AMANAH Negara Sabah chief Hamzah Abdullah said Sarawak had lost a great leader whose struggle is so closed to the heart of all Sarawakians.

Hamzah Abdullah
Hamzah Abdullah

“His untimely death has cast doubt as to the ability of his successor to pursue the reinstatement of Sarawak as a State with equal status with that of Malaya as constituted in the MA63.

“On behalf of AMANAH, our heart and thoughts go to the family of the late Tan Sri Adenan and the legacy he left behind.

“It will certainly augur well to the Sabahans and be an inspiration to Amanah Sabah to fight for the rights of Sabahans in accordance with MA63. May Allah bless his soul and reward him His jannah.”

Yong Teck Lee
Yong Teck Lee

Former chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, who is Sabah Progressive Party president, said that Adenan would always be remembered for his firm stand against Putrajaya in the interest of Sarawak rights.

“Adenan will always be remembered for fighting for Sarawak and Sarawakians and standing up to Putrajaya,” Yong said in extending his condolences to Adenan’s family and the people of Sarawak.

Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong said that Adenan’s passing was a great loss to the nation.

“It is undoubtedly a great loss to Sarawak and Sabah and to Malaysia as a whole.

“Adenan has been consistently and tirelessly fighting for equal status to be accorded to the two Borneon states in Malaysia. May his soul rest in peace,” said Wong, the Sandakan MP.