SARAWAKIANS MOURN AS ‘BORNEO HERO’ ADENAN LAID TO REST

KUCHING – The remains of Tan Sri Adenan Satem were interred with state honours at the Samariang Muslim cemetery here Thursday. He was laid to rest at 2.40pm.

Thousands of people from all walks of life attended the funeral to pay their respects.

Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak were among the VIPs who attended the funeral prayers at Masjid Jamek.

Acting state imam Ustaz Mustapha Kamal Ahmad Fauzi performed the prayers.

Taib then proceeded to present the Sarawak flag, which was draped over Adenan’s casket, to his wife Puan Sri Jamilah Anu.

Officers and men from the military and police later carried the casket to a hearse at 1.25pm for the two-kilometre journey to the cemetery.

Many people lined the route to the cemetery to pay their last respects.

Adenan died at the Sarawak Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan here from complications of heart disease at 1.24pm yesterday, 16 days short of his 73rd birthday.

MEANWHILE, thousands of people from all walks of life have converged at Masjid Jamek here to pay their respects to Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

The coffin bearing his remains arrived at the mosque from his residence in Santubong at about 11am, accompanied by his widow Puan Sri Jamilah Anu and their five children.

Jamilah was teary but shook hands with well-wishers, telling them “I am strong.”

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei is expected to join Governor Tun Taib Mahmud, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, federal and state leaders at the funeral.

Prayers were led by acting state imam Ustaz Mustapha Kamal Ahmad Fauzi.

Corporate leaders, community leaders and representatives of associations and non-governmental organisations, civil servants and ordinary folks were also among those who paid their respects to Adenan, reports Bernama.

A representative of Pok Ka Buddhist Temple, Christine Chiou was among those who arrived before 9am.

She said a large number of people from her temple would come to pay their respects to Adenan whom she described was among the best chief ministers for the state.

“I’m bringing these lilies which signify purity,” she said.

Adenan’s body will be laid at the mosque until 1pm for the public and dignitaries to pay their respects before the burial, which is scheduled after the zohor (midday) prayer.

Adenan died of heart complications at the Kota Samarahan Heart Centre near here at about 1.20 pm Wednesday.

People from all walks of life continue to arrive at Adenan’s residence at Damai Jaya, Santubong.

ANN

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