KUCHING: In-coming Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem has been described as a fatherly figure who exudes authority and gentleness and holds a special position in the hearts of most Sarawakians.
According to 30-year-old Ahmad Bakhtiar Hamdan, a legal counsel with a government-linked company in Kuala Lumpur, as a veteran and seasoned politician with a lot of experience Adenan is a statesman with charisma and his appointment will bring continuity to local politics.
“I personally share the sentiment of most Sarawakians that we want political extremism out of Sarawak and Adenan is really capable of thwarting such threat from our shores. However, his fight will also be from within the state,” said Bakhtiar when contacted by The Borneo Post Thursday.
Despite that, he said Adenan will face an arduous task in putting his foot down on issues such as native customary rights land and coming up with a workable plan for Sarawak’s economy that will uplift the economic standings of Sarawakians.
“With his roots firmly attached to the interest of Sarawakians, he will garner a lot of support from everyone in Sarawak,” he believed.
Bakhtiar added that as a Sarawakian who spent most of his life away from the state, it is his wish that the transition will bring more prosperity to his beloved home state.
Meanwhile, Hope Place founder Kelvin Wan believes Adenan’s appointment is in the best interest of the state.
“In terms of education, it is my wish to see focus given to producing good character with good moral values. A good leader must put focus on quality education,” he said.
He also expressed hope that the new chief minister will look into social care and welfare issues and translate the 1Malaysia concept into action.
“The rural areas need further attention in terms of amenities and I believe that rural development must be given attention,” he added.
Meanwhile for 28-year-old Meredith Jason, an officer of a private firm, Adenan’s appointment must be taken positively as Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was well aware that he made the right choice of his successor.
“Taib will not simply choose his candidate, especially when his successor is the one who will lead the state. Taib’s 33 years experience as a leader backs his choice credentials,” said Meredith.
She added that Adenan, with his vast experience in various ministerial posts, will be able to fill the seat and ensure continuity towards achieving Sarawak’s vision to be a modern state by 2030.
On the other hand, 27-year-old Mohamad Awet Md Lukman said while some had predicted that Taib would choose a younger candidate, his decision to choose Adenan was for the best interest of everyone.
“I believe that Adenan will be able to understand the needs of various communities and races in Sarawak as heading a state which consists of various backgrounds is not easy,” he said.
He added that with his vast experience as a minister in both federal and state cabinet, Adenan will be able to guide the younger ministers in the right direction.
“It is also my wish that the change in the state leadership will see more youth-friendly policies especially on empowering them in terms of economy and talent,” he said.