PETALING JAYA: A serious man with a sense of humour.
That is how reporters in Sarawak remember the late Chief Minister Adenan Satem — who himself was a journalist with the now-defunct Sarawak Tribune — especially when they were assigned to events he attended.
A Kuching-based reporter, who wanted to be known only as Alice, told FMT reporters loved covering the senior politician, something which she had done since Adenan was at the social development and agriculture and food industries ministries..
“His speeches were always short and sweet. And he knew the law very well.”
Alice said reporters in the East Malaysian state were devastated by Adenan’s death.
“Whoever takes over as the new CM will have big shoes to fill.”
A Miri-based reporter who did not wish to be identified, described Adenan as a down-to-earth person and a politician who walked the talk.
“People loved him because of his charisma,” she said, adding he would crack jokes in between his speeches.
She also said Adenan never avoided questions during press conferences., even the difficult ones.
Adenan, who succeeded Taib Mahmud as CM in 2014, passed away today at the Kuching General Hospital due to heart complications. He was 72.
He is survied by his wife, Jamilah Anu, and five children.
Before joining politics, he was a journalist, teacher and later a magistrate, after taking up law.