Azam sets up public memorial project for Tok Nan

Condolence messages and words of comfort written on sticky notes are displayed in an area provided by Azam Youth Central for the general public at UTC Kuching.

Condolence messages and words of comfort written on sticky notes are displayed in an area provided by Azam Youth Central for the general public at UTC Kuching.

KUCHING: Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (Azam Sarawak) in collaboration with Azam Youth Central is holding a ‘Remembering Tok Nan’ programme at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) here starting yesterday until Jan 19.

Azam Sarawak acting deputy chief executive officer Rosalind Yang Misieng said the programme will serve as a platform for members of the public to offer condolence messages and words of comfort which will be framed and distributed to the family of the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

For Rosalind, the late Adenan was one of the last remaining wise leaders from the old days – open minded, well read and knowledgeable.

“Tan Sri Adenan was able to highlight the uniqueness of our local languages and dialects, able to transcend above petty concerns, unswayed by detractors, able to empathise with the struggles of the man on the street and the rural underprivileged, undeterred by divisive elements and consistently focused on the greater good of the people of Sarawak.

“He might not have been a perfect leader but the significance of what he managed to achieve is evident in the solidarity of Sarawakians today, and in the solid support from various quarters during his tenure and, in the wide outpouring of grief with his demise,” she said.

Azam Sarawak communications officer Mohd Hassnal Hakim Junaidi hopes that this programme will enable the public to show their appreciation for all of Adenan’s contributions to the state, especially among the younger generation.

“We, as youths of Sarawak, are deeply saddened by the passing of our true hero. All of his words of encouragement to the youths throughout the state will always be remembered dearly in our hearts,” he said.

Among those who were present at the event yesterday was Azam Sarawak community development officer Mohd Wasli Ismail who was involved with many activities which allowed him to work closely with Adenan.

“One of the most important advice that I received from the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem is always be true to yourself. Do not give up easily and always remember to uphold our local cultures and not to be distracted by foreign cultures.

“I wish to encourage youths out there to always remember him as a truly admirable and honourable individual who has done a lot to help people in the state, regardless of our social backgrounds. I hope that the state will continue to develop tremendously with our youths who he foresaw as able to continue his legacy for years to come,” he added.

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