Friday January 4, 2013
War hero passes away
firstname.lastname@example.org Photos ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE
KUCHING: Temenggong Datuk Kanang Langkau collapsed while watching television at home in Sungai Apong around midnight.
He complained of chest pains before collapsing. An ambulance rushed him to Sarawak General Hospital but he was pronounced dead around 1.45am Thursday. He was 68.
The hospital has yet to confirm the cause of death although a cardiac arrest was suspected.
The wake is at Kuching Civic Centre tomorrow while the funeral service will be on Sunday at St Thomas’ Cathedral. He will be buried at the War Heroes Memorial Cemetery near Sarawak Club.
Born in Julau in 1945, Kanang was in the Royal Rangers Regiment and Regimental Sergeant Major of 8 Renjer (8th Rangers) of the Malaysian Army.
He was awarded the Panglima Gagah Berani (PGB) on June 4, 1980 and Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ahmad Shah on June 3, 1981.
Kanang joined the Sarawak Rangers, then part of the British Army, as a tracker on April 21, 1962.
He was absorbed into the Malaysian Rangers when Malaysia was formed on September 16, 1963.
He retired as a First Warrant Officer after 21 years of service.
The last surviving holder of Sri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) received the prestigious Panglima Gemilang Bintang Kenyalang in 2011 from Head of State Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin. The award carries the title “Datuk”.