Even in his last few hours while sleeping on a hospital bed, the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem (pic), was constantly thinking of his beloved state.
Sarawak’s fifth Chief Minister passed away at the Sarawak General Hospital Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan due to heart complications last Wednesday, two weeks short of his 73rd birthday.
In a candid Facebook posting Saturday, his eldest daughter Rafidah said her father had looked very frail when she arrived from Kuala Lumpur to be with him during the last few days of his life at the hospital.
“Principled, dependable, honest, kind and just a bit grumpy on the outside but super soft and loving on the inside.
“I feel that a big chunk of my heart had gone with you but alhamdulillah I find solace in my prayer and in the faith that we will all be together again one day,” she wrote.
Describing her father’s condition, Rafidah said even in his last final hours Adenan was constantly thinking of his beloved Sarawak and even muttered in his sleep: “I have commitments tomorrow…”
She added her daddy’s dedication to Sarawak was not unique because all Sarawakians are dedicated to their state.
“But his position of strength in negotiating a better deal for Sarawak and Sarawakians was based on his honesty and integrity.
“He also saw our multiracial background as a strength, an opportunity and not an hindrance. He felt that anyone who wanted one race to proper at the expense of other races was not welcome in the state and would be better off on an island,” she said.