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KUCHING, Oct 21: The late Chief Minister Pehin Seri Adenan Satem is a great leader because he spoke the language of the people.
To Movement of Change Sarawak (MoCS) leader Francis Siah, language issue is trivial compared to the quality a leader exhibits.
“A few days ago, I ticked of incoming Prime Minister (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim for insisting that Bahasa Melayu be the official language at all government events and at press conferences.
“Anwar, just watch this and hear how Adenan spoke to his fellow Sarawakians (and even in front of [then] Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife).
“There is no need to stress on the importance or superiority of one language over another. Just speak like a human being in a language understood by your fellow humans. That is a hallmark of a great leader.
“The humility, sincerity and goodwill through his simple lingo had endeared many to Adenan. All present at his official functions were eagerly waiting for the chief minister to speak,” said Siah in a statement today.
Siah held the view that Adenan is loved by many Sarawakians because the latter spoke from his heart.
“This is one reason why I miss the late Adenan Satem (view this old video). He speaks from the heart and for Sarawakians.
“Best of all, from his very own ‘Bahasa Sarawak’ or ‘Bahasa Rojak’ – a mix of bazaar Malay, everyday Iban and a spattering of the Hokkien dialect.
“Everyone, from kids to grandpas and grannies, to those who have never been to school and to those who have attained the highest education, understood him.”
Siah also opined that building big monumental structures will not earn the respect of the people but be a good friend and a brother to the people will.
“He (Adenan) did not build the longest bridge or the tallest building in Sarawak. He was simply a great Sarawakian, a good friend and a much-loved brother to all.
“That is his only legacy and that is enough. That is an inscription in the hearts of all who came to know and love him.
“Adenan needed no giant monument erected in his honour and memory to be revered and remembered by all.
“With much love and gratitude, rest well, dear brother Adenan,” said Siah. — DayakDaily