| Kuching, Malaysia | 12 Jan 2017 | Asia Samachar |
Sarawak Sikhs joined the rest of the state in expressing their sorrow on the passing away of Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem yesterday (11 Jan 2017).
The Sikh community, based mainly in the cities of Kuching, Miri and Sibu, had built a cordial working relationship with Adenan who became the state’s fifth chief minister on Feb 28, 2014, replacing Abdul Taib Mahmud.
“We paid him a courtesy call not too long after his appointment. He was very welcoming. And we were in the midst of discussions with his office,” Gurdwara Sahib Kuching committee president Dr Kalwinder Singh Khaira tells Asia Samachar.
“It’s a big loss for all Sarawakians, and all Malaysians as well.”
Echoing the sentiment, Sikh Association Miri (SAM) president Narmal Singh said Adenan had assisted the Miri community to secure a state land last year for the association’s sports and cultural activities.
“By coincidence, I had just received a call yesterday from the state land authority to pick up the documents for the land,” he tells Asia Samachar in a telephone conversation.
“We were in the process of seeing him to brief him of our needs. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be.”
Narmal said Adenan was well respected and loved by all Sarawakians.
“It is indeed a sad day for us in Sarawak. The late CM was truly a chief minister for all races more so of the minority group.
Narmal said Adenan attended the SAM’s 15th anniversary in 2004 on behalf of the then chief minister, who is now the Sarawak Governor.
“We will miss him. We appreciate his kindness. In this sad time, we are with his family to share their grieve. We lost a great and brave leader who served well and fought his battle well.”
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