Tributes for Adenan pour in online

By Patricia Hului
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When Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem passed away on Jan 11, Sarawakians across all ages, racial and religious backgrounds were united once again in grief, a testament to how he affected all of us in his lifetime.

Many people penned down touching tributes on social media, sharing their thoughts after losing their favourite leader.

Here are some of the tributes that went viral over the past few days:

1. Poem to remember 

A teacher who wrote under the Facebook page ‘Bila Cikgu Emmet Menulis’ posted a poem on the day of Adenan’s death.

Looking back on Adenan’s humble, down-to-earth approach to life even in his position as Chief Minister, the post has gathered more than 21, 000 likes and 13000 shares on Facebook.


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2. Tributes from religious groups

Known for their racial unity, Sarawakians were more united than ever since his passing.

The official Facebook page of the Roman Catholic Miri Diocese posted a heartwarming night prayer dedicated to the late chief minister and all Sarawakians.

The prayer read, ” We pray for the lost of our late Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Adenan Satem and also to his family and friends, we surrender all our worries, our mourns and our sadness into Your hand, O Lord.

“Also, together we pray for our Sarawak nation that God may touch our hearts to remain strong and we trust that You will grant us the best for us in the future.”

A prayer for Adenan and Sarawak. Photo Credit: Diocese of Miri Facebook page.

A prayer for Adenan and Sarawak. Photo Credit: Diocese of Miri Facebook page.

A nun from Sisters of St Francis of Sarawak (SSFS) wrote a beautiful homage which was shared more than 300 times on Facebook.

Posted together with a black and white photo of Adenan, Sr Susan Dulang wrote, “God looked around his garden and found his empty space. Then he looked down upon earth and saw your tired face, he put his arms around you lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, he only takes the best.”

3. Mural of Adenan

Two young Sarawakian artists painted a mural dedicated to Adenan under the Satok flyover.

EraFM Sarawak radio host Afick Wazai shared  the  photos  of  the mural with the captions, “Great tribute piece for Tok Nan. Nicely done Amey Sheikh Ali & TWENTYFIFTH.”

4. Adenan’s empty office

Ambrose Cheng, Adenan’s press officer shared photos on his Facebook page of the late CM’s office located at 22nd floor of Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Petra Jaya.

In his post, Cheng wrote: “Your desk, the table, the garden and your guest reception area Sir are all empty. You are no more there sir but you will always dwell in the heart of Sarawakians as a leader who had the courage of your conviction.”

5. Even non-Sarawakians have paid tribute to Adenan

Adenan’s style of leadership and his achievements drew so much admiration from across the country that even non-Sarawakians shared their sentiments on his passing.

In a Facebook post, Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes shared that although he never met Adenan, “in these periods when you wonder about leaders he stood above all.

“(He) fought for English language, recognised Chinese universities, fought racial bigots, believed in religous freedom and fought corruption.”

Jason Brooke, charity director at The Brooke Trust remembered the late CM as an inspiration to many, and that the impact he had on civic society in a short space of time was undeniable.

“For my part, I am grateful for the support he gave to preserving Sarawak’s heritage – he was well known as an amateur historian and enthusiast for the museum sector, and I personally witnessed his energetic support for projects that engaged Sarawakians with their remarkable heritage,” he said.

Appointed as chief minister on Feb 28, 2014, Adenan would have turned 73 this Jan 27.

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