3 Sarawakians who fought against Com­mu­nist rebels re­ceive awards

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SIBU: The deeds and sac­ri­fices of three peo­ple dur­ing the Com­mu­nist in­sur­gency were ap­pre­ci­ated at an in­vesti­ture in con­junc­tion with the 82nd birth­day of Sarawak Yang di-Per­tua Negeri Tun Ab­dul Taib Mah­mud here yes­ter­day.

They were for­mer Sarawak po­lice deputy com­mis­sioner, the late Datuk Seri Alli Kawi, Sergeant (Rtd) Awang Raweng and late as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent Mo­hamad Johnny Mustapha.

Alli, who played a role in the mass sur­ren­der of mem­bers of the Parti Ko­mu­nis Kal­i­man­tan Utara (PKKU) in the Sri Aman and Kuch­ing di­vi­sions, led by Bong Kee Chok on Oct 20, 1973, was con­ferred the post­hu­mous award of Datuk Amar Bin­tang Kenyalang, which car­ries the ti­tle “Datuk Amar”.

Awang Raweng, 93, who was a for­mer Iban Scout with the 10th Pla­toon, D Com­pany, 1st Bat­tal­ion of the Worces­ter­shire Reg­i­ment and had pre­vi­ously been awarded the high­est George Cross medal, was con­ferred the Pan­glima Se­tia Bin­tang Sarawak award, which car­ries the ti­tle “Datuk”.

Johnny, who was the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the 15th Bat­tal­ion of the Po­lice field force in Sibu when he was killed in a com­mu­nist am­bush in Sun­gai Stabau, Sibu, on April 6, 1975, re­ceived the same medal posthu­mously.

Alli, who was rep­re­sented by his wife, Datin Seri Fa­timah Jamil, and Johnny, who was rep­re­sented by his younger brother, Datuk Mor­shidi Mustapha, re­ceived the awards.

Awang was ac­com­pa­nied by his son, Pang­gau.

Also con­ferred the Pan­glima Se­tia Bin­tang Sarawak award posthu­mously was the mother of Kapit mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Alexan­der Linggi, the late Puan Sri Mar­garet Linggi.

Mar­garet, who was rep­re­sented by her daugh­ter, Melia Linggi, to re­ceive the award, was ac­tive in pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing the Iban tra­di­tional weav­ing art known as “Ikat” through the Tun Ju­gah Foun­da­tion.

Head­ing the list of award re­cip­i­ents was the wife of the Sarawak chief min­is­ter, Datin Pat­inggi Datuk Juma’ani Tuanku Bu­jang, who was con­ferred the Datuk Amar Bin­tang Kenyalang, which car­ries the ti­tle “Datuk Amar”.

Bin­tulu mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing and for­mer as­sis­tant min­is­ter Datuk Shar­i­fah Mor­diah Tuanku Fauzi re­ceived the Pan­glima Ne­gara Bin­tang Sarawak, which car­ries the ti­tle “Datuk Seri”.

Be­tong mem­ber of par­lia­ment, Robert Law­son Chuat and As­sis­tant Util­ity Min­is­ter (Ru­ral Elec­tric­ity) Dr Ab­dul Rah­man Ju­naidi re­ceived the Pan­glima Gemi­lang Bin­tang Kenyalang award, which car­ries the ti­tle “Datuk”.

Also re­ceiv­ing the same award are busi­ness­man Datuk Ab­dil­lah Ab­dul Rahim and Hii Teck Yun.

Six se­nior govern­ment ser­vants — Sutin Shamat; Dr Wan Li­zoman Wan Omar; Soedirman Aini; Sharbini Suhaili; Pro­fes­sors Mohd Fadzil Ab­dul Rah­man and Ken Leben — were con­ferred the Dar­jah Jasa Bakti Sarawak, which car­ries the ti­tle “Datu”.

There were 12 re­cip­i­ents of the Pan­glima Se­tia Bin­tang Sarawak award, which car­ries the ti­tle “Datuk”.

Datuk Seri Alli Kawi

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