Monday January 7, 2013
Warrior laid to rest at Heroes’ Grave
DATIN Brawang Chungga grieved openly as she said her last goodbye to her warrior husband, the late Warrant Officer 1 (Rtd) Datuk Temenggong Kanang Langkau.
As she drop petals of flowers into her husband’s open grave, dignitaries from the uniformed bodies and civil service, comrades-in-arms, family members and the public lowered their heads in silence to share her sadness.
The national hero was laid to rest yesterday at the Heroes’ Grave at Jalan Budaya here at 3.45pm following a funeral service at St Thomas’ Cathedral.
A large crowd gathered at the Heroes’ Grave to bid farewell to the brave soldier who once got shot three times while leading a platoon against a group of communists insurgents.
His remains were brought in at 3.24pm in a coffin draped with the “Jalur Gemilang” as well as the Armed Forces flag.
After that, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu representing the state government, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin representing the Federal Cabinet, the Defence Forces Chief Commander Jeneral Tan Sri Dato Seri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin, Army Defence Commander Jeneral Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, Air Force Commander Jeneral Tan Sri Datuk Seri Rodzali Daud, Naval Forces deputy commander Datuk Mohammed Noordin Ali formally paid their last respects.
The pallbearers who represented the tri-Armed Forces — Army, Navy and the Air Force — then removed and folded both flags which Jabu presented to Brawang.
The coffin was then draped with pua kumbu (traditional tribal textile often used in traditional and religious ceremonies) and this was followed by Reverend Michael Buma from St Thomas Cathedral performing the last rites.
The late Kanang’s coffin was lowered into the ground at 3.45pm and wreaths were placed in front of the grave.
Soon after, family members, relatives, friends and members representing several army veterans association all over Malaysia came to pay their respects and spoke about the late Kanang.
The Heroes’ Grave is also the resting place of 21 Iban trackers and Sarawak rangers who were killed in action in the peninsula.
Their remains were finally brought back to Sarawak and re-buried steeped in military honours in 2011.