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Saturday, 13 January 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Miri residents gather in tribute to late Chief Minister

MIRI: The state government must carry out constant follow-ups to ensure all 50 key transformation policies of the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem are fulfilled.

The late chief minister’s most important vision of seeking 20% increased oil royalty for Sarawak and greater autonomy on financial management for Sarawakians must be realised, said Miri Malay Chamber businessman Rosli Jaman.

“There is still so much that needs to be done to turn into reality what Tok Nan envisioned during his three years as chief minister before his sudden passing.

“Current Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Johari Openg have said he wants to fulfil Adenan’s vision.

“That is good to hear but we Sarawakians hope the key policies of wanting to secure increased oil royalty and greater autonomy can see faster pace of progress.

“At present, the negotiations between the state government and Putrajaya seem rather slow,” he said when interviewed at the Miri City Fan square.

Rosli was among the Miri folk from all walks of life who were paying tribute to the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem Thursday evening in the city’s recreational square.

The late chief minister, who passed away a year ago, was fondly remembered with flowers and songs at a candlelight vigil that started at 7.30pm.

Miri Mayor Adam Yii led the city folk in tribute to Adenan, who was fondly known as Tok Nan.

“We still remember all the good things he did for Sarawak and Sarawakians.

“We miss him very much. He is still fondly in our hearts as can be seen by the steady stream of people who are still coming,” Yii said.

Yii, who is Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) information chief, said Tok Nan left behind many legacies.

“His reforms included that of trying to fight the timber corruption in the state apart from implementing 50 key social and economic reforms that included abolishing tolls statewide.

“He also fought hard to secure the autonomous rights of Sarawak within Malaysia.

“Under Adenan, Sarawak Barisan Nasional won many state seats that were lost to the opposition during the past state elections.

“Tok Nan helped to revive SUPP and we in the party owe him a lot,” said Yii.

Hundreds of people from all races and age paid tribute by saying silent prayers and placing flowers and lighting candles at the memorial.