‘Never sur­ren­der our sovereignty’

New Straits Times - - Nation/News -

He was 68 when he died four years ago.

Langgi said his fam­ily would al­ways worry when­ever his fa­ther was in­volved in op­er­a­tions in the jungle.

“My fa­ther was shot by the com­mu­nists sev­eral times. How­ever, he re­mained com­mit­ted to fight­ing the en­emy. Those shots only in­jured his body but never his spirit,” he said.

Fol­low­ing in his fa­ther’s foot­steps, Langgi joined the Malaysian Armed

Forces 18 years ago.

“Since the first day, I have been up­hold­ing the war­rior’s cry, Agi Idup Agi Nge­la­ban, which in Iban means as long as we are alive, we must keep fight­ing.

“Never sur­ren­der when it comes to protecting our coun­try,” he said.

The fa­ther of two re­called the day he watched a group of young men run­ning in the field as part of an army phys­i­cal test in his home­town of Sri Aman.

“The thought of join­ing the army struck me. A coach later ap­proached me to join the other can­di­dates.

“And I passed the test to be­come a sol­dier when I was 18.”

The late Kanang’s sac­ri­fices have been im­mor­talised in the film Kanang Anak Langkau: The Iban War­rior.

Langgi played the role of his late fa­ther in the movie.

“I re­alised what my dad had gone through when film­ing the movie two years ago.

“The peace we en­joy now is the re­sult of the sac­ri­fices of many fallen he­roes.

“I will con­tinue to de­liver his mes­sage to the younger gen­er­a­tion so that we don’t take things for granted and con­tinue lov­ing this coun­try,” he said. By Goh Pei Pei

Langgi Kanang

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