The late Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem had left behind a good government, said state governor Taib Mahmud.
“Adenan has served the state well, served it with sincere feeling.
“He has left behind a government as good as ever, more than what i inherited before,” Taib told reporters when met at the Kota Samarahan Heart Centre today.
Taib and his wife Ragad Kurdi Taib had arrived at the hospital dressed in white to pay their last respects to Adenan, who passed away this afternoon.
Adenan was Taib’s successor when the latter stepped down as chief minister in 2014 after 33 years in power.
The governor recalled how he had brought the late-chief minister into politics in the early 1980s.
“I brought him into politics way back in 1982 or 1983, because I knew he has the solid ability to think and to analyse a lot of situations,” he said.
Adenan had led BN to a resounding victory in last year’s state elections.
He had also initiated the return of Sarawak’s administrative authority through a 13-point devolution of powers agreement with Putrajaya.
He was also well-known for Sarawak-centric policies which at times ran contrary to federal policies such as recognising the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).- Mkini