Masing wants federal govt to give late Iban war hero due recognition

Masing (second left) paying his respects to the late Datuk Awang Raweng at Kuching Civic Centre, this afternoon (Sept 20, 2020).

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KUCHING, Sept 20: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing will put forward a request to the federal government to recognise Iban war hero, the late Datuk Awang Raweng’s contribution in defending the country.

Masing highlighted the late Awang played an important role in the security of the nation and almost lost his life in doing so.

“I would request for Kuala Lumpur to give him due recognition. After all, he almost lost his life defending Malaya against the threat of communism in the 50s,” Masing pointed out in a statement today.

He noted the British government has awarded Awang a George Cross (GC), the second highest award in the United Kingdom’s honour system after the Victoria Cross, for his bravery in saving one of its soldiers.

At the same time, he also questioned what has Malaysia given back to the war hero in return for his contributions and sacrifices.

“Please recognise bravery regardless of race, religion and regions,” he added.

Meanwhile, Masing disclosed that he is pleased that the Sarawak government recognised Awang’s contributions and according him a state funeral.

“Sarawak honours its brave Son by awarding Datoship and gave him a state funeral,” he added. — DayakDaily