KUCHING: The sacrifices and services of the former scout with the 10th Platoon, D Company, First Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment, Datuk Sgt (Rtd) Awang Raweng will not be forgotten, said Perim (Persatuan Veteran India Angkatan Tentera Malaysia) Sarawak advisor, Col Ratnam.
He said that the late Awang was highly respected for his exploits against communist terrorists in the 1950s.
“He will always be remembered as a hero who had set a good example for the present generation of armed forces in the country.
“His demise is such a big loss to the nation’s armed forces and the veterans. He was definitely a brave fighter,” he told reporters when met at Kuching Civic Centre after paying his final tribute to the late Awang on Sunday (Sept 20).
Ratnam added he met Awang for the first time when he joined the armed forces in 1973.
“He was a kind person and had been our icon for his bravery. On behalf of Perim Sarawak, we would like to express our deepest condolence to his family members on their great loss,” he added.
Ratnam was accompanied by Perim Sarawak chairman, Captain (Rtd) K Narayanan and entourage when he paid his final respect to Awang.