Ade­nan is re­mem­bered for his peo­ple-cen­tric poli­cies

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME -

KUCHING: Even af­ter his demise 10 months ago, the late Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem or “Tok Nan” as he was fondly known to Sarawakians, is still be­ing re­mem­bered for his many peo­ple­cen­tric poli­cies dur­ing his ten­ure as chief min­is­ter of Sarawak.

Such a feel­ing was ob­vi­ous among the state as­sem­bly­men, from the Barisan Na­tional and op­po­si­tion, who are cur­rently at­tend­ing the State Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly sit­ting.

David Wong (DAP-Pelawan) said among Ade­nan's most no­table con­tri­bu­tions was that he had re­vised elec­tric­ity tar­iff struc­ture for the do­mes­tic, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial sec­tors to cush­ion the ris­ing cost of liv­ing of the peo­ple.

He also com­mended the for­mer chief min­is­ter for abol­ish­ing pay­ment on cer­tain land-quit rents which had brought a huge im­pact on the peo­ple.

“Dur­ing his stint as the chief min­is­ter, he has im­ple­mented peo­ple-friendly poli­cies. He has won the hearts (of Sarawakians) es­pe­cially those in ur­ban ar­eas, through moves like the abo­li­tion of toll for the bridges, ac­cel­er­a­tion de­vel­op­ment in the subur­ban ar­eas as well as re­duc­ing the premium pay­ments for agri­cul­tural and res­i­den­tial land, among oth­ers.

“This is the kind of lead­er­ship that Sarawakians put their faith in and will­ing to work to­gether with,” Wong said when de­bat­ing the State Bud­get 2018 dur­ing the State Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly sit­ting here yes­ter­day.

Wong was ob­vi­ously com­par­ing Ade­nan's lead­er­ship style to that of the cur­rent Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg.

“But with the new chief min­is­ter we do not see these poli­cies any­more.

“Abang Jo­hari likes to im­press the peo­ple by show­ing how tech- savvy he is, talk­ing about dig­i­tal econ­omy and e-Com­merce, high speed in­ter­net and LRT project and Sarawak Pay but for­got that Sarawak needs a car­ing gov­ern­ment that takes care of the peo­ple es­pe­cially the poor and the less priv­i­leged first be­fore em­bark­ing on other agen­das,” he claimed. - Ber­nama


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