A man who worked tirelessly for the people

Throughout his tenure, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem was known as the ‘chief minister who never sleeps’, given the 45 principles and actions he adhered to and implemented since March 2014.

Even the chief minister himself told Sarawakians studying, working and living in Peninsular Malaysia that “I have not been sleeping and I have made 45 decisions in the last 19 months” during the ‘Lan Berambeh Anak Sarawak 2015’ dinner held at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 24, 2014.

When addressing thousands of Sarawakians attending the ‘Kamek Ngan CM Adenan’ townhall session at PWTC that day, Adenan said he had not stopped asking himself ‘What have you done in the last 19 months?’


1.    Bumiputeras in the state should not be classified as ‘Lain-lain’

2.     Chinese are not ‘pendatang’

3.     Putrajaya is reminded of formulating policies that not all Bumiputeras are Malays or Muslims

4.     Many illegal immigrants expelled — Immigration Department told to be more active


5.     Reduced electricity tariff depending on the consumption units

6.     All ferry services throughout the state reduced

7.     Abolishment of tolls on bridges

8.     No GST (Goods and Services Tax) on Municipal Council services


9.     Recognition of Chinese independent schools with allocations of RM3 million in 2014, RM4 million in 2015 and RM5 million in 2016

10.     Recognition of UEC (Unified Examination Certificate) for Yayasan Sarawak loan/scholarship and entry to the state civil service.


11.     Contracts worth RM2.1 billion for Sarawak companies every year

12.     Increase of Petronas CSR (corporate social responsibility) with a baseline of RM10 million per year

13.     Petronas education assistance/technical school at a value of RM420 million for five years


14.     Creation of one new division (Serian) and nine new districts (Tebedu, Subis, Beluru, Telang Usan, Sebauh, Bukit Mabong, Tanjung Manis, Pusa and Kabong) and six new sub-districts (Siburan, Bario, Tinjar, Long Bedian, Mulu and Nanga Budu)

15.     Extra RM500 million for rural development to bridge the gap between urban and rural areas


16.     No to peninsula-based parties in Sarawak

17.     Umno agrees not to come to Sarawak * Adenan included Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS) as non-Sarawak political parties by declaring: “We do not want them in Sarawak” and “We can take care of ourselves and we know how to.”


18.     Sarawak insists on more autonomy in line with devolution of power to the state

19.     Talks on oil royalty are still on-going

20.     Talks and negotiations of empowerment for state government, in accordance with terms under Malaysia Agreement

21.     English to be the medium for non-national schools still under negotiation and English correspondence in state government together with Bahasa Malaysia

22.     Moratorium on Baram Dam

23.     International scholars and naturalists are welcome to do research in our national parks

24.     Collaborations with NGOs are encouraged

25.     To give state government longer time to continue governing the state with the good work so far

26.     Alibaba fishing licences are to be cancelled and reviewed

27.     All recipients under welfare assistance programme will receive an extra RM50 per month


28.     No new timber and plantation licences will be issued

29.     Half of OT (Occupation Ticket) licences cancelled or not renewed

30.     Over 30 sawmills with illegal logs closed down

31.     10 per cent of land forest will be national parks


32.     Sarawak has no tolerance for racists

33.     Non-Muslims are free to practise their religion

34.     The word ‘Allah’ can be used by anyone, anytime provided it is done with respect

35.     No restriction on Bahasa Melayu Bible in Sarawak

36.     No Hudud in Sarawak

37.     Bigots and extremists are not welcome in Sarawak

38.     Sarawak is a big state and enough for everybody to live together peacefully


39.     Priority to technical education


40.     From Telok Melano to Merapok, spanning a total distance of 1,089km will be upgraded, with following benefits;

•    From 2-Lane road to a 4-Lane highway across Sarawak

•    Modern bridges, proper Rest & Services Areas, designated Lay-bys

•    More comfortable journey

•    Shorter travelling time


41.    To increase numbers of communal land for the purpose of improving the livelihood and welfare of the people

42.     Continuous recognition of NCR (Native Customary Rights) land and undertaking of perimeter and individual surveys have succeeded in bringing more and more of such land onto the register and opening up opportunity for the natives to develop their land on a commercial basis

43.     Recent amendment to Section 5(5A) of the Sarawak Land Code has enabled Bumiputeras of Sarawak to acquire NCR land outside of their own community, thereby enhancing opportunity to develop NCR land

44.     Reinstating perpetuity terms to subdivided plots from parent title that carry a similar term (in perpetuity) erases landowners’ anxiety and sense of deprivation


45.     Ratio of nine local teachers to one from outside Sarawak under initiative 90:10 by 2018’ comes under the ‘Teachers in Sarawak’ section.

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