Adenan is remembered for his people-centric policies
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