“I would describe Kanang as a hero, and the force needs somenone like him” Tan Sri Ghazali

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KUALA LUMPUR  –  Relatives, friends and admirers of Datuk Temenggong Kanang Langkau paid tribute to his undying patriotism to the country.

Former armed forces chief Tan Sri Mohd Ghazali Mohd Seth told NST, Kanang was an exceptional individual and would be deeply missed by everyone in the force.

“I would describe Kanang as a hero. He was a brave man and the force is grateful to have had someone like him.”

Ministry of Defence’s Department of Veteran Affairs director-general Maj-Gen Datuk Zulkiflee Mazlan said Kanang was their icon for outstanding bravery.

“In person, he was a friendly man, but when it came to work, he was extremely focused. He was always determined to accomplish whatever he set out to do. He had the drive to carry out his duties and he did them with passion.”

Royal Rangers Corps chairman Brig-Gen Datuk Mohd Zaki Mokhtar said Kanang’s services for the nation were incomparable and would always be treasured.

“He is a man of great valour. Hence, we believe he deserves the highest burial honour.

“It is a great loss, for the family and the nation. All we can do is pray for him and carry out our part for the country.”

Kanang’s brother-in-law Tiles Anak Bansi, when met at the Malaysian Armed Forces Ex-Servicemen association’s 87th annual conference yesterday, said Kanang was the reason he joined the army.

“I have him to thank for it. I was only 19 when he (Kanang) approached me and told me to become a soldier and serve the nation.”

Tiles, 55, who retired from the army in 1998, with a Warrant Officer 1 rank, said Kanang was a passionate, courageous and determined man.

It was these characteristics that fuelled his desire to protect the country from enemies.

“He was approachable and everyone knew him at our Kra Sri Aman longhouse.

“My brother-in-law was a generous and loving person, both with his family and the community.

“This is the man who got shot by enemy soldiers, but continued to bravely fight alongside his team.”