Adenan Satem

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This is a Malay name; the name Satem is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Adenan.
Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji
Adenan Satem
Adenan Satem during the Sejiwa Sanada programme at Kota Samarahan.jpg
Adenan Satem in 2016
5th Chief Minister of Sarawak
Assumed office
1 March 2014
Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud
Deputy Alfred Jabu Numpang (1976–2016)[1]
Douglas Unggah Embas (2016-present)
Abang Johari Openg (2016-present)
James Jemut Masing (2016-present)[2]
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 Adenan bin Satem
(1944-01-27) 27 January 1944 (age 72)
Kuching, Empire of Japan
Citizenship 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

Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Adenan bin 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,[3][4][5] and is also the President of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), which is part of the Barisan Nasional coalition.[6] He is of Malay and Melanau descent.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Adenan was born in Kuching, Sarawak during its occupation by Japan in World War II. He received his early education at St. Joseph's Primary School, and later at St. Joseph's Secondary School.[9] He once worked as a journalist and teacher before pursuing his studies in law at the University of Adelaide, Australia.[10][11] Upon graduating in 1970, he was appointed as Magistrate from 1971 to 1972. He was appointed assistant secretary for the Ministry of Primary Industries from 1972 to 1974.[12]

Political career[edit]

Adenan Satem's political career began in 1976 when he was appointed as the legal advisor and a committee member of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB). Later in 1979, he contested in elections and won twice, the first in a by-election for the Muara Tuang Constituency in January, and the other in the State Election several months later in the same constituency. Adenan was the Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly for Muara Tuang from 1979 onwards until he moved to Tanjung Datu in 2006 for the state election, where he won. Apart from that, he also became the Member of Parliament for Batang Sadong constituency after winning the 2004 election, appointing him the 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.[9] In conjunction with the Governor of Sarawak's 78th Birthday, he was awarded the "Datuk Patinggi" title.[13]

He is proving to be innovative as Chief Minister. He talks about autonomy for Sarawak [14] and the rights of Sarawakians. [15] He even called the Federal Government stupid. [16]


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. ^ Tawie, Sulok (21 March 2016). "After 43 years, Sarawak deputy CM Alfred Jabu to quit politics". The Malay Mail. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Povera, Adib; Landau, Esther (13 May 2016). "Sarawak unveils new cabinet lineup, featuring three deputy CMs". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Adenan sworn in as new Sarawak CM". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Adenan Satem sworn in as Chief Minister of Sarawak". The Straits Times. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  5. ^ zora chan. "Adenan Satem sworn in as Sarawak Chief Minister – Nation | The Star Online". The Star. Malaysia. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Minos: Adenan will help SUPP and SPDP – BorneoPost Online | Largest English Daily In Borneo". Borneo Post. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Adenan Ketua Menteri Sarawak Kelima". Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Adenan Satem: Pilihan Siapa?". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Adenan,the Chosen One". Borneo Post. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Talking to Adenan Satem – Sarawak's next Chief Minister". 15 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "'Back in favour' Adenan Satem steps into Sarawak's hot seat". The Ant Daily. 14 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Adenan Bin Haji Satem". Official website of the chief minister of Sarawak. Archived from the original on 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Adenan a Datuk Patinggi". Borneo Post. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "CMS calls for more autonomy". 
  15. ^ "Adenan stands by Snowdan". 
  16. ^ "CM Petra Jaya Stupid".