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Adenan Satem, Most Eligible Person To Succeed Sarawak Chief Minister

YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Adenan Bin Haji Satem. Photo by Sarawak Energy
YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Adenan Bin Haji Satem. Photo by Sarawak Energy

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) — Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who has been named successor to Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud as Sarawak chief minister, has been described as the most ideal choice as he has enormous experience in administration at both state and federal levels.

Barisan Nasional (BN) party leaders said Adenan would be capable of fostering closer ties between Sarawak and the federal government.

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was confident Adenan would use his vast experience in the state and federal governments to carry out his new duties well.

Adenan, who is Sarawak’s Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office and Special Functions Minister, celebrated his 70th birthday on Jan 27, and has a colourful background.

He had worked as a journalist, teacher as well as legal counsel and was appointed a federal minister in 2004, as natural resources and environment minister.

Dr Mahathir also advised the other candidates who were not selected to fill the post to continue being loyal to the new chief minister.

“Do not fight with one another or the party may be weakened, which would benefit no one,” he told reporters after opening a seminar and forum here today.

He was commenting on Abdul Taib’s resignation as Sarawak chief minister on Feb 28, and naming Adenan as his successor.

On rumours that Abdul Taib would take over the post of Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak, Dr Mahathir said: “There is no better qualified person than (Abdul) Taib for the post.”

In KOTA KINABALU, Sabah Chief Minster Datuk Seri Musa Aman congratulated Adenan and expressed confidence that with Adenan s vast experience, Sarawak would continue to progress and prosper, bringing further development to the state.

At the 10th state election in April 2011, he retained the Tanjung Datu seat, this time beating Gilbert Asson ak Kulong (Independent) by a majority of 3,216 votes.

Adenan’s ministry positions were Sarawak Assistant Minister of Land Development (July 11, 1985), Sarawak Minister of Land Development (March 12, 1987), Sarawak Minister of Social Development (Sept 10, 1992), Sarawak Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries (Jan 1, 1998), member of Sarawak State Cabinet (Sept 28, 2001), Federal Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (March 30, 2004), Special Advisor in the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office (April 2, 2010 – June 6, 2011) and Sarawak Minister of Special Functions (Sept 30 2011 till now).

The incoming chief minister, who is Malay, is Tanjung Datu state assemblyman and was formerly the Batang Sadong member of parliament.

Adenan, from Kuching, is Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) information chief.

Born on Jan 27, 1944, he is married to Puan Sri Jamilah Anu. The couple has a son and two daughters.


3 mins to renew your driving licence


Having heard a lot of unfavourable experience at our local JPJ office during the renewal of their driving licence, today, it was my turn to renew mine.

JPJ has made it easier for us to remember when to renew our driving licence by making it to coincide with our birth day – so, you need to spend extra on your birthday :p

With all the bad postings over the social media, I equipped myself with a full stomach, just in case it may take up to 4 hours (as claimed by some Mirians at their facebook timeline).

Arrived at the JPJ Office at 9.20am and gotten my queue no. 8072, clocked at 0924 hrs.

By 1015 hrs my turn to be serviced by the officer at the counter (no. 7 for my case). With a photo in hand (taken a day earlier), my old driving licence, and MyKad, as I told her I want to have my latest home address printed on my new licence.

It was fast! 3 mins is all she needs to scan my photo and get it printed on my new licence.

While waiting for it to print, she even attend to the next person in line.

I should give JPJ the thumbs up for a fast service. Well, we can’t comment much on the waiting time, as everyone is in a hurry to get it done, and the officers are also in a hurry to attend to as much clients as possible.

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