Kanang Anak Langkau (Bujang Berani)

Kanang Anak Langkau (Bujang Berani)

Nickname “Panglima Perang Bujang Berani” (Iban), Pahlawan Negara (Malay) (Eng:National Hero)
Born 2 March 1945[1] at Julau, 3rd Division (Now under Sarikei Division), Sarawak, Malaysia
Died 3 January 2013 (aged 67)
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
United Kingdom United Kingdom (1962–1963) Malaysia Malaysia

British Army (1962–1963)
Malaysian Armed Forces

Years of service 1962–1983
Rank First Warrant Officer
Sarawak Rangers (British Army)
Royal Ranger Regiment
Commands held 8th Rangers Regimental Sergeant Major

Konfrontasi (1962–1966)
Second Malaysian Emergency (1968–1983)


Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP)
Panglima Gagah Berani (PGB)
Panglima Gemilang Bintang Kenyalang (PGBK)
Pegawai Bintang Sarawak (PBS)

Temenggong Datuk Kanang anak Langkau, SP, PGB, PGBK,PBS (Rt) (2 March 1945 – 3 January 2013) was a Malaysian hero and soldier from the Iban Dayak community in Sarawak. He was in the Royal Ranger Regiment and Regimental Sergeant Major of 8 Renjer (8th Rangers) of the Malaysian Army. He was awarded the Panglima Gagah Berani and Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa medals from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Ahmad Shah on 3 June 1981. He is the sole recipient of both the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa and Pingat Gagah Berani, and was the last living recipient of the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa.[1]

1 Early life and military service
2 Retirement
3 Death and Funeral
4 Honours and awards
5 Legacy
6 See also
7 References
8 External links

Early life and military service

Kanang anak Langkau was born in 1945 in Julau, Sarawak. He entered military service with the British Army, as an Iban Tracker, attending Jungle Warfare School in Ulu Tiram in early 1962. Kanang was attached to the 42 Commando serving during the Brunei Revolt and during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation. He later served with the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.[2] He was absorbed into the Sarawak Rangers which eventually became part of the Malaysian Rangers when Malaysia was proclaimed on 16 September 1963.[1][3]

Kanang retired after 21 years of service as a First Warrant Officer. He was the Temenggong (paramount chief) of the Iban in Sri Aman,his place of residence. He was awarded the Officer of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of Sarawak (PBS) (Malay: Pegawai Bintang Sarawak) in 1987.[1]

On 15 April 2009, he made headlines after rescuing a baby orangutan from captivity with his friend, Tay Choon Yong. The baby orangutan was being handed to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.[4]

On 24 September 2011, he was conferred the Commander of the Order of the Star of Hornbill Sarawak (PGBK) (Panglima Gemilang Bintang Kenyalang), with the title of Datuk by the Abang Muhammad Salahuddin, the Head of State’s 90th Birthday.[3]

In 2011, Kanang supervised Operation Mai Pulai. This operation involved the locating and exhumation of the remains of 21 Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers who were killed during the Second Malayan Emergency. Their remains were exhumed from multiple location on the Malay Peninsula and returned to Sarawak where they were ceremonially reburied in July 2011.[1]
Death and Funeral

On 3 January 2013, he collapsed while watching television at home in Sungai Apong, Sri Aman after complaining of chest pains. Immediately rushed to the Sarawak General Hospital, he was pronounced dead at the age of 68.[5][6]

He was given a national burial. His coffin, draped in the Jalur Gemilang and the colours of the Malaysian Armed Forces, was first brought to the 1st Infantry Division base located at Bukavu Camp in Penrissen for the family members and friends to perform prayers and miring ceremony (offering ceremony), before being brought to Kuching Civic Centre for the public to pay their last respects.[7] He was buried at the Heroes’ Grave in Jalan Taman Budaya, after the funeral prayers at St.Thomas Cathedral in Kuching.[8]



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