National hero Datuk Temenggong Kanang Langkau a former soldier died early today at the Sarawak General Hospital He was 68. Kanang a retired first warrant officer of the 8th Battalion Royal Rangers was the last surviving recipient of the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) the country’s highest award for bravery reported The Malaysian Insider.
According to an email I received today there are still 9 surviving recipient of this prestigious award (SP)7 from the PDRM and 2 from the Armed Forces.
A correction is necessary to honor our brave warriors. The email also gave the list of the surviving National War Heroes and recipients of the Highest Federal Award The Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) for gallantry. This award is the equivalent to the British Victoria Cross (VC) and Medal of Honor (MH). Our SP is even higher than the Tan Sris and even the Tuns. And during the Agong Investiture the SP is always the first to receive the award before the others. That is international protocol and same goes with the VC & MH.
Fong Thean Kit (awarded SP in 1971.) was shot twice but held on to an armed robber in Setapak.
Dato Syed Mohd Mokhtar fought bravely during a Thai/Malaysia Border ambush. A member of the Police Field Force (PFF) he was awarded the SP in 1972
Ex-Sub Inspector Ngalinuh Bala (PFF) of the Kelabit Tribe was awarded the SP in 1972 for valour during a Communist ambush in Sibu Sarawak.
Ex-Corporal Itim Bijam, an Iban PFF personnel received the SP in 1972 for his bravery during a communist ambush in Sibu, Sarawak.
Paul Kiong a Special Branch Officer was awarded the SP in 1983 for various successful covert operations against the Communist Terrorists in Perak from 1981-1986. Paul Keong was also awarded Perak State highest gallantry award the Pingat Keberanian Handal (PKH) from the Sultan of Perak YDMM Sultan Azlan Shah in 1988 for 3 successful operations against the Communist Terrorists resulting in 6 kills in 2 encounters in Ulu Slim and Kuala Kangsar area, of Perak.
Sia Boon Chee is another receipient of the SP in 1983, also for covert Special Branch operations against the communist terroritsts in Perak from 1981-1986.
Abd. Razak Yusoff of the PFF Commando Unit was awarded the SP in 2001 for his role in the Al-Ma’unah standoff in the Sauk area of Perak.
Ex-Kpt Hamid Awang (Dato') of the Royal Malay Regiment was awarded the SP in 1973 during an operation against the Communist in the Lundu district of Sarawak.
Ex-Lt. Jen Datuk Seri Zaini Mohd Said of the Armed Forces was awarded the SP in 2001 for his role during the Al-Ma’unah incident.