Saturday January 5, 2013
Grated nerves two days after war hero’s passing
KUCHING: After two long and exhausting days at the Sarawak General Hospital mortuary, family members of the late war hero Temenggong Datuk Kanang Langkau can finally proceed with a proper wake.
Kanang’s body was brought to Penrissen Camp’s Bukavu Hall around 2.30pm yesterday after a slight miscommunication between the family and the army.
Things started to heat up around noon when decisions had not been made immediately as to where the body should be brought for the family’s private wake ceremony yesterday.
Several distressed family members who had been waiting at the mortuary since Thursday got frustrated because they did not know when the body would be released and where it would be brought to.
“Why are we being treated this way? Why is this issue being juggled around here and there indecisively?” said a family member.
The initial plan was to bring Kanang’s body to Penrissen Camp where the family could have the wake ceremony comfortably.
However, it was said that they had to wait for the green light from the state government first.
After several meetings and phone calls, the green light was given and Kanang’s body was brought to the camp.
It was a wet afternoon but the comfort of Bukavu Hall was a relief for many who had been waiting in the prior heat and intermittent showers since Thursday at the mortuary.
At Bukavu Hall, more family members, especially from Sri Aman, came to pay their last respects. Some wept while others said some silent prayers.
According to Iban tradition, family members had to stay away throughout the wake before the burial, which is tomorrow.
Today, Kanang’s body will be brought to Kuching Civic Centre for the public, VIPs and community leaders to pay their last respects.
The wake there will be from 10am till noon, and 2pm till 5pm; and tomorrow from 9am till noon.
Kanang’s body will be brought to St Thomas’ Cathedral at 1pm tomorrow for the funeral service and he will be laid to rest at 3pm at the Heroes’ Grave near Jalan Budaya here with full military honours.