Adenan Satem

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This is a Malay name; the name Satem is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Adenan.
Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji
Adenan Satem
Adenan Satem during the Sejiwa Sanada programme at Kota Samarahan.jpg
Adenan Satem in 2016
5th Chief Minister of Sarawak
In office
1 March 2014 – 11 January 2017
Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud
Deputy Alfred Jabu Numpang (1976–2016)[1]
Douglas Unggah Embas (2016–present)
Abang Johari Openg (2016–2017)
James Jemut Masing (2016–present)[2]
Preceded by Abdul Taib Mahmud
Succeeded by Abang Johari Openg[3]
5th President of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu
In office
1 March 2014 – 11 January 2017
Preceded by Abdul Taib Mahmud
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Batang Sadong
In office
2004–2008
Preceded by Sukinam Domo
Succeeded by Nancy Shukri
Majority 9,732 (2004)
Member of the Sarawak State Assembly
for Tanjung Datu
In office
20 May 2006 – 11 January 2017
Preceded by Ranum Mina
Succeeded by Jamilah Anu
Majority 4,136 (2006)
3,216 (2011)
Member of the Sarawak State Assembly
for Muara Tuang
In office
1979–2006
Succeeded by Mohamad Ali Mahmud
Majority 8,272 (1991)
9,708 (2001)
Sarawak Minister with Special Functions
In office
6 June 2011 – 28 February 2014
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by Post vacant
Personal details
Born Adenan bin Satem
(1944-01-27)27 January 1944
Kuching, Empire of Japan
Died 11 January 2017(2017-01-11) (aged 72)
Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia
Resting place Samariang Muslim Cemetery, Kuching, Malaysia
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Jamilah Anu
Residence Santubong, Sarawak
Alma mater University of Adelaide
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Adenan bin Satem (27 January 1944 – 11 January 2017) was the fifth Chief Minister of Sarawak, in office from 2014 to 2017. During his tenure as Chief Minister, Adenan held the position as the President of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), which is part of the Barisan Nasional coalition.[4] He was of Malay descent.[5][6] A popular figure known affectionately as "Tok Nan", he died in office on 11 January 2017.

Early life

Adenan was born in Kuching, Sarawak during its occupation by Japan in World War II. He received his early education at St. Joseph's Primary School, and later at St. Joseph's Secondary School.[7] He once worked as a journalist and teacher before pursuing his studies in law at the University of Adelaide, Australia.[8][9] Upon graduating in 1970, he was appointed as Magistrate from 1971 to 1972. He was appointed assistant secretary for the Ministry of Primary Industries from 1972 to 1974.[10]

Political career

Adenan Satem's political career began in 1976 when he was appointed as the legal advisor and a committee member of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB). Later in 1979, he contested in elections and won twice, the first in a by-election for the Muara Tuang Constituency in January, and the other in the State Election several months later in the same constituency. Adenan was the Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly for Muara Tuang from 1979 onwards until he moved to Tanjung Datu in 2006 for the state election, where he won. Apart from that, he also became the Member of Parliament for Batang Sadong constituency after winning the 2004 election, appointing him the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. He, however, gave up the post in 2006 and returned to Sarawak. In 2010, he was appointed Special Advisor to the Chief Minister, and later in 2011 as Minister with Special Functions.[7]

Chief Minister

In March 2014, Adenan Satem replaced Abdul Taib Mahmud as Chief Minister or Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak. He officially took the oath of office in a ceremony held at Astana on 28 February 2014,[11][12][13] Later that year, in conjunction with the Governor of Sarawak's 78th Birthday, he was awarded the "Datuk Patinggi" title.[14] Prior to the 2016 Sarawak state election, he was praised for inspiring support among Chinese voters. He won his seat of Tanjung Datu with 93.4% of the popular vote. His party won 72 of the 82 available seats.

As a chief minister, he clashed with federal government from time to time despite his party being part of the ruling federal coalition. He spoke openly about strengthening Sarawak's autonomy[15] and called for higher state's share of petroleum royalty, much to the consternation of Putrajaya and the national oil company Petronas.[16] Among other issues he disagreed with the federal government included official recognition for Chinese education certificate.[17]

Death

Adenan died of heart attack at the age of 72 at the Sarawak Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan on 11 January 2017.[18] This made him the first Chief Minister to die while in office. He was laid to rest at Samariang Muslim Cemetery in Kuching.

His untimely death had a huge impact throughout Sarawak.

Credentials

His other credentials were:

  • Chairman of Sarawak Foundation (1998-2017)
  • Chairman of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus Council (2004-2017)
  • Chairman of the Sarawak Malay Culture Foundation (Amanah Khairat Yayasan Budaya Melayu Sarawak)
  • Board of directors for Sarawak Higher Education Foundation (SHEF)
  • Board member of the Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus Miri
  • Chairman, Natural Resources and Environment Board Sarawak (NREB)
  • Pro-Chancellor of the Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus (2014-2017)

References

  1. ^ Sulok Tawie (21 March 2016). "After 43 years, Sarawak deputy CM Alfred Jabu to quit politics". The Malay Mail. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Adib Povera; Esther Landau (13 May 2016). "Sarawak unveils new cabinet lineup, featuring three deputy CMs". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Abang Johari Ketua Menteri Sarawak yang baharu" (in Malay). Sinar Harian. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Minos: Adenan will help SUPP and SPDP". The Borneo Post. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Adenan Ketua Menteri Sarawak Kelima" (in Malay). mStar. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Zabidi Saidi (14 February 2014). "Adenan Satem: Pilihan Siapa?" (in Malay). Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Dorge Rajah; Margaret Apau (12 February 2014). "Adenan, the Chosen One". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Talking to Adenan Satem – Sarawak's next Chief Minister". Borneo Insider. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. [dead link]
  9. ^ "'Back in favour' Adenan Satem steps into Sarawak's hot seat". The Ant Daily. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Adenan Bin Haji Satem". Official website of the Chief Minister of Sarawak. Archived from the original on 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Adenan sworn in as new Sarawak CM". Bernama. Malaysiakini. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Adenan Satem sworn in as Chief Minister of Sarawak". The Straits Times. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. [dead link]
  13. ^ Zora Chan (28 February 2014). "Adenan Satem sworn in as Sarawak Chief Minister". The Star. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Peter Sibon; Lian Cheng (13 September 2014). "Adenan a Datuk Patinggi". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "CM's call for more state autonomy reflects sentiments of Sarawakians, says political observer". The Borneo Post. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  16. ^ Richard T.W. (12 August 2016). "Adenan: We'll scrap permits if Petronas doesn't cooperate". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  17. ^ Jonathan Chia (5 November 2015). "CM: Putrajaya's UEC stand 'stupid'". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Adenan passes away". The Borneo Post. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 

External links

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Preceded by
Abdul Taib Mahmud
Chief Minister of Sarawak
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Abang Johari Openg
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