Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas has described the late Datuk Awang Raweng as one of Sarawak’s finest soldiers.

“He was the epitome of sheer dedication to duty and responsibility blended with uncommon valour.

“All Sarawakians and in particular the Dayak community will deeply mourn his passing but he will be remembered for a long long time … a legend in modern Sarawak,” he said in a statement today.

Uggah said the late Awang, the only Malaysian ever awarded the George Cross Medal, Britain’s second highest award for bravery as recorded in the London Gazette, on Nov 20, 1951, will serve as another inspiration for state soldiers and for Sarawakians in facing their own adversaries.

Uggah added it was most fitting that Awang would be given a state funeral and be buried with Sarawak brave warriors at the Kuching Heroes’ Cemetery on Monday (Sept 21).

“All Sarawakians share the grief of his family members.

On behalf of all, I would like to express our deepest condolences to them too,” Uggah added.