PETALING JAYA: Jamilah Anu has promised to continue the legacy of her husband, the constituency’s former state assemblyman and Sarawak’s late chief minister, Adenan Satem.
Speaking as tears flowed freely during her maiden address at the state legislative assembly today, the Tanjong Datu assemblyperson said Adenan had made many plans for the constituency but was unable to see them through.
“There were so many things he had planned but was unable to carry out. He left us forever on Jan 11. I will continue his legacy,” she said in a report by the New Straits Times (NST).
The Tanjong Datu seat was left vacant following Adenan’s death in January. Adenan had been the constituency’s elected representative for nearly a decade, having first won the seat in the ninth Sarawak state election in May 2006.
He died just eight months after leading the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition to an impressive victory, winning 72 out of the 82 state seats.
On Feb 1, BN announced that Jamilah would run as its candidate for the Tanjong Datu by-election. She won with a 6,443 majority, securing 6,573 votes – 551 more than Adenan had garnered in the state election last May.
Speaking today, the 61-year-old thanked the people, the voters and grassroots leaders for their help and support during the by-election, NST said.
“I know I have big shoes to fill,” she was quoted as saying.