Adenan Satem

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Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Haji
Adenan Satem
5th Chief Minister of Sarawak
Assumed office
1 March 2014
Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud
Deputy Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang (1985–present)
Preceded by Abdul Taib Mahmud
5th President of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu
Assumed office
1 March 2014
Preceded by Abdul Taib Mahmud
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Batang Sadong
In office
Preceded by Sukinam Domo
Succeeded by Nancy Shukri
Majority 9,732 (2004)
Member of the Sarawak State Assembly
for Tanjung Datu
Assumed office
20 May 2006
Preceded by Ranum Mina
Majority 4,136 (2006)
3,216 (2011)
Member of the Sarawak State Assembly
for Muara Tuang
In office
Succeeded by Mohamad Ali Mahmud
Majority 8,272 (1991)
9,708 (2001)
Sarawak Minister with Special Functions
In office
6 June 2011 – 28 February 2014
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by Post vacant
Personal details
Born (1944-01-27) 27 January 1944 (age 71)
Kuching, Empire of Japan
Nationality Malaysian
Political party Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) part of Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Jamilah Anu
Residence Santubong, Sarawak
Alma mater University of Adelaide
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Haji Adenan Satem (born 27 January 1944) is the fifth and current Chief Minister of Sarawak. He officially took the oath of office in a ceremony held at Astana on 28 February 2014,[1][2][3] and also the President of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), which is part of the Barisan Nasional coalition.[4] He is of Malay-Melanau descent.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Kuching, during the World War Two occupation era,and received his early education at St.Joseph Primary School, and later St.Joseph Secondary School.He once worked as a journalist and teacher before continuing his studies in law at the University of Adelaide,Australia.[5] Upon graduating in 1970, he was appointed as Magistrate where he hold the position until mid-1970s.

Political career[edit]

His political career began in 1976, when he was appointed as legal advisor and a committee member of the PBB, and later in 1979, he contested and won twice, once in a by-election for the Muara Tuang Constituency in January, and again in the State Election several months later in the same constituency. And from 1979 onwards he was the Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly for the Muara Tuang where he moved to Tanjung Datu for the 2006 state election,where he won. Besides than that, he is also Member of Parliament for Batang Sadong constituency after winning the 2004 election, thus he was appointed as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.He however gave up the post in 2006,and returned to Sarawak.In 2010, he was appointed Special Advisor to the Chief Minister, and later in 2011, as Minister with Special Functions.[6] In conjunction with the Governor of Sarawak's 78th Birthday, he was awarded the "Datuk Patinggi" title.[7]


His other credentials are:

  • Chairman of Sarawak Foundation (since 1998)
  • Chairman of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus Council (since 2004)
  • Chairman of the Sarawak Malay Culture Foundation (Amanah Khairat Yayasan Budaya Melayu Sarawak)
  • board of directors for Sarawak Higher Education Foundation (SHEF)
  • board member of the Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus Miri


  1. ^ "Malaysiakini". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Adenan Satem sworn in as Chief Minister of Sarawak". The Straits Times. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  3. ^ zora chan. "Adenan Satem sworn in as Sarawak Chief Minister – Nation | The Star Online". The Star. Malaysia. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Minos: Adenan will help SUPP and SPDP – BorneoPost Online | Largest English Daily In Borneo". Borneo Post. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Talking to Adenan Satem – Sarawak's next Chief Minister". 15 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Adenan,the Chosen One". Borneo Post. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Adenan a Datuk Patinggi". Borneo Post. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.