Kanang anak Langkau passes away
Malaysians lost their very own war hero, Kanang anak Langkau, who died earlier today. He was said to be watching television before collapsing at his home in Sungai Apong, Kuching. He was pronounced dead at the Sarawak General Hospital.
Students in primary and secondary school will remember the name Kanang anak Langkau well from the curriculum, as he was hailed as one of the many heroes during the communist insurgence between the 1960s and 1970s, not long after the country achieved its independence. Sri Aman (formerly Simanggang), not far from his home, was once a communist fortress before its fall in 1973.
Raised from the Iban community, Kanang was prominently known for his ability to expertly track down the enemies’ whereabout, facilitating the search and destroy mission for the Malaysian army. Throughout his service, he was shot a number of times but managed to survive all the ambushes and killed many members of the insurgents.
Kanang anak Langkau left the army after more than 20 years in service with his last post as first warrant officer for the 8th Battalion of Royal Rangers. He was the final surviving recipient of the country’s highest bravery award, the Sri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP).
Kanang once declined a Datukship award, claiming that he was “not a rich guy” to receive such award. After two years, he eventually accepted the award by the Governor of Sarawak after being conferred the Panglima Gemilang Bintang Kenyalang accolade.