Kuching: The last surviving recipient of the highest gallantry medal Sri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) Temenggung Datuk Kanang Langkau died suddenly yesterday morning at the age of 68.
The national hero collapsed while watching television at his home in Sungai Apong shortly after he complained of chest pains. He was immediately rushed to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) but attempts to revive him were to no avail before being pronounced dead at 1:45 a.m..
'The nation has lost a warrior who had devoted his life to the state and nation during the insurgency. Risking his life to fight against the communist in the name of freedom and democracy is truly what makes him a warrior' - Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu
Kanang served in the 8th Royal Ranger Regiment until his retirement after serving in the military service for 21 years. He was honored for his bravery during an encounter with the communist insurgents at Tanah Hitam, Perak in early 1980 during which he was shot three times. Five insurgents and a soldier was killed whole another was seriously injured during the battle.
He was then tasked to lead the Unit Combat Intelligence Platoon of the 8th Battalion Ranger to seek and destroy the group of communists in February 1980. For his bravery in the battle, he was awarded the SP and PGB medals by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ahmad Shah on June 3, 1981.
Kanang was born in Julau in 1945 and joined the service with Sarawak Rangers which was then part of the British Army as an Iban tracker on April 21, 1962 - Borneo Post
Yeah! Agi idup agi ngelaban! May your soul rest in peace, Uncle Hero!