The late Sarawak chief minister introduced new policies to fight graft and illegal logging in the state, it says.
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has recognised Adenan Satem, who died today of heart failure, as a leader of integrity who was committed to eradicating corruption.
MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad, on behalf of the agency, conveyed condolences on the death of the chief minister to his family.
“He was known as a leader who had integrity and who showed sincerity in wanting to improve awareness and prevention of corruption through his leadership,” he said in a statement today.
Adenan was pronounced dead at the Sarawak General Hospital Heart Centre in Kuching at 1.20pm today.
He leaves a wife, Jamilah Anu, and five children. Adenan would have turned 73 on Jan 27.
Adenan had frequently made the news with the policies he had introduced to rid the state of corruption and illegal logging.
He had issued a directive against the renewal of the timber licences and the opening of new logging sites in Sarawak.
He also closed down 30 timber factories and forbade companies from taking timber out of the state.
His popularity is said to be the main reason for the landslide victory Barisan Nasional enjoyed in the state election last year.