March 1, 2014
|Adenan signs his appointment letter as the state’s fifth chief minister.|
The fifth chief minister receives his appointment letter from outgoing Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin
KUCHING: Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem, 70, was sworn in as Sarawak’s fifth Chief Minister at the Astana here yesterday, succeeding long-serving Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
The Special Functions Minister received his appointment letter from outgoing Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin at 9.35am.
He then proceeded to take his oath in the presence of Salahuddin and some 300 guests, comprising state and federal dignitaries, elected representatives, heads of government departments, and community leaders.
Adenan arrived at the Astana at 9.15am accompanied by his wife Puan Sri Dato Jamilah Anu and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang.
Salahuddin and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah arrived five minutes later.
Taib, who turns 78 this May, had helmed the state nearly 33 years. The state’s longest serving chief minister succeeds Salahuddin, 92, as the state’s 7th Governor.
Adenan, who was also PBB publicity chief, has held various portfolios since he was roped into the State Cabinet on July 11, 1985, as Assistant Minister of Land Development.
On Sept 10, 1992, he was appointed Social Development Minister and proceeded to become Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries in 1998.
On March 30, 2004, Adenan was sworn in as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. He resigned from the post on Feb 14, 2006, following a minor Cabinet reshuffle.
He returned to the State Cabinet in 2010 when he was appointed Special Advisor in the Chief Minister’s Office.
He was appointed to the Special Functions portfolio, mostly in-charge of handling land matters, in June 2011.
Adenan is currently serving his second term as Tanjung Datu assemblyman. His political career started when he was appointed PBB law advisor in 1976.
He contested under the PBB ticket in the Muara Tuang by-election in January 1979 and won with a 2,797-vote majority. In the state election held in September that year, he defended his seat with an increased majority.
Adenan went on to be a five-term Muara Tuang assemblyman after retaining his seat in 1983, 1981 and 1991. In the 1996 state polls, he retained the seat uncontested. His biggest majority was 8,272 votes, registered in the 1991 state polls.
He also served as PBB vice-president for three terms from 1987 to 1998. In 2007, he was re-appointed PBB publicity chief.
During the 11th general election in 2004, he contested and won the Batang Sadong parliamentary seat.
Adenan was once a journalist and a school teacher before he took up law. He served as the Kuching Magistrate from 1970 to 1972. He served as a law advisor for Petroleum Affairs in the Primary Industries Ministry from 1972 to 1974.
He also served as a lawyer at the Borneo High Court in 1975 and was appointed Yayasan Sarawak chairman on February 1 in 1999, succeeding Taib. -Source