Monday January 7, 2013
Fitting farewell for Kanang
By RINTOS MAIL
KUCHING: Hundreds of mourners and supporters attended a funeral service for national hero Warrant Officer 1 (Rtd) Datuk Temenggong Kanang Langkau at St Thomas' Cat-hedral here.
A former member of the famed and fearsome Sarawak Rangers, Kanang, 67, died of a heart attack at the Sarawak Hospital at 1.45am on Thursday.
He was rushed there from his home at about midnight when he complained of breathing difficulties.
Kanang became the nation's pride for his bravery in fighting communists in 1962 and 1963 while in the service of the Malaysian Armed Forces.
The funeral service yesterday was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and wife Puan Seri Empiang Jabu, state Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin and Tenaga Nasional Bhd non-executive chairman and former president of the de-registered PBDS Tan Sri Leo Moggie.
Anglican Archbishop of South-East Asia Datuk Bolly Lapok gave the sermons during the funeral service.
The service and eulogy was conducted in Iban.
Before 2pm, locals of various races including some members of the Malaysian Armed Forces began to arrive at the cathedral to pay their last respects to the national hero and show support for his family.
In another development, the Sayang Gaza Sayang Palestine fund committee lodged a police report here against Suara Pakatan Rakyat website for posting an allegedly seditious report titled Kanang bukan hero sebenar (Kanang not a real hero) on Friday.
Its representative Datuk Idris Buang said the article was uncalled for.