Warriors’ Day do held in full tradition
by Zoee Hillson, email@example.com. Posted on August 1, 2012, Wednesday
KUCHING: The state-level Warriors’ Day celebration was held in full tradition, complete with a guard of honour mounted by 109 officers and men from the 11th Battalion of the General Operations Force, here yesterday.
Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin inspected the guard of honour which was led by ASP Kinsi Vilu.
Among those present were war veterans such as Sergeant Midong Gundey, Corporal Jamong Rangon and Lance Corporal Jimmy Siang who also received financial aid from the Warriors’ Day Fund for their sacrifice, which included physical injuries sustained during battles.
Midong was shot in the arm during an operation at Ulu Katibas while Jamong lost his leg to a booby trap during Kun Intan operation and Jimmy was shot on the leg during battle.
Financial aid was also presented to war veterans aged 70 years and above. They were Abdul Rahman Omar, Epit Bajeng, Lau Ng Wan and Lakamanan Kuppan.
Widows of veterans – Aishah Bohari, Manyan Ambrose and Salina Lim Abdullah – also received similar assistance.
Besides the march, there were also poetry recital, playing of the last post in honour of those who have sacrificed their lives during service and an exhibition by the forces.
The event was also attended by personnel of various ranks from the army, police, Rela and students from uniformed bodies.
Also present were Salahuddin’s wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, Minister of Land Development Tan Sri Dr James Masing, state police commissioner Dato Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani and Third Brigade commander Brigadier-General Hasagaya Abdullah.