- Published on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:07
Malaysians are still coming to terms with the sudden demise of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, but perhaps none could be more heartbroken than for Pandelela Rinong.
Our decorated national diver posted a tweet not too long ago, sharing her grief:
Heartbroken news to all Sarawakians and of course to me. Our dearest Chief Minister Adenan Satem has passed away.— Pandelela Rinong (@Pandelela_R) January 11, 2017
Her grief brings into focus the poignancy of her words over the loss of a great leader she greatly admired and who in return had expressed his unreserved pride and joy over her achievements in the world stage in bringing honour to the country and Sarawak.
It was no secret that the late Tan Sri Adenan was overwhelmed with pride and euphoria over Pandelela’s achievement in the 2016 Rio Olympics game.
Sarawak Voice reported last year he had personally headed the entourage that welcomed Pandelela home, on top of announcing an abundance of incentives for her accomplishment – including renaming the Petra Jaya Aquatic Centre to the Pandelela Aquatic Centre.
"You have brought glory, honour and pride to Sarawak and Malaysia in general.
"You have become a role model for the youth, who will aspire to emulate your success," said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas on behalf of Tan Sri Adenan at the Civic Centre when the announcement was made, NST reported.
But Pandelela isn’t the only Sarawakian to have felt a deep hole being punched right through her chest as others too have expressed their grief:
‘We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return,’ we at Malaysian Digest send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Tan Sri Adenan Satem and the people of Sarawak.
- Malaysian Digest