Thursday, 30 June 2011

The Letter that launched Operation Ngerapuh.

This was The Letter that launched Operation Ngerapuh, now renamed Operation Mai Pulai (a move to bring home the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers killed in actions and buried in various parts of Malaya and Singapore). The heart-breaking picture of the road-side grave of a Sarawak Ranger killed in action against the communist terrorists at the height of the Malayan Emergency 1948 - 1960, moved me to take the necessary actions.

I saw and read the appeal in a blog. I immediately tried to do something worthwhile. It compounded me why the grave was left where it was. Nobody seemed to care and moved it to a more respectable and dignified location, befitting a soldier who had sacrificed his life to defend this country.

It dawned on me that if the Authorities were nonchalant about one grave, it could happen to the other 20 Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers graves in other parts of Malaya and Singapore. I decided to make a move to make Sarawak realised that her dead heroes are buried, scattered and neglected in Malaya.

In conjunction with my book launch by the Chief Minister of Sarawak on 6 November 2008 in Kuching, I prepared the necessary letter and documents that I intended to hand over to the Chief Minister when I briefed him on the situation.

I was pleasantly surprised when he agreed to my proposal to bring back the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers to Kuching and rebury them in a Heroes Memorial. He gave me one term - that all next-of-kins must give their consents.

I set up a committee to do the necessary ground works and I travelled to Kuching quite often from my home base in Taiping, Perak.

The CM, Pehin Seri Abdul Taib Mahmud launched my books on 6 November 2008 in his office.

Discussing the issue with the CM and his Deputy Tan Sri Alfred Jabu ak. Numpang. Kanang ak. Langkau SP, PGB is on the right.

Immediately on my return from Kuching, I wrote a letter to Jabatan Hal Ehwal Veteran ATM (JHEV) about LKpl Ungkok's road-side grave. Four months later, JHEV exhumed and moved the grave to a Christian Cemetery nearby in full Iban tradition.  Thanks JHEV for the quick action.

The "miring ceremony" - an Iban tradition.

The VIPs including Alor Setar's Mayor, JHEV's Director, Maj Gen Dato' Zulkifli, Kol Steven Mundaw in his capacity as a senior Iban military officer, Maj Monday Juhid Director of JHEV Sarawak Branch and yours truly.

Moving Operation Ngerapuh Machinery
I had to garner supports for the projects. Luckily for me, I got acquainted with the Editor and officers of Sarawak's major daily paper, The Borneo Post. Through them, I had the project well publicised.

Forming a committee

Paid a courtesy call on YB Dato Seri William Mawan
(in the absence of Deputy CM, YAB Tan Sri Alfred Jabu)

Briefing Tan Sri Alfred Jabu on the project.

The first State-level meeting on Op Ngerapuh
chaired by the Deputy CM, YAB Tan Sri Alfred Jabu.

Me and my committee seen here with the Deputy Chief Minister, YAB Tan Sri Alfred Jabu.
Nation's Full Support
Then, on 23 February 2010, Operation Ngerapuh received the biggest boost. The Prime Minister, YAB Dato Seri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak during his visit to Sarawak announced his full support to bring the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers home to Kuching. The task was now in the Federal Government's hands. The Army has been tasked to spearhead the move. A week later, I received a call from the acting Chairman of the Malaysian Rangers Corp, Brig Gen Dato Zulkifli Mansor in Ipoh, to brief him on what had happened.

Briefing Acting Rangers Corps Chairman, Brig Gen Datuk Zulkifli
on Op Ngerapuh / Mai Pulai. The Army has been tasked to take over

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

A Documentary film on the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers in the making.

I think, it was worth the while. After highlighting predicaments and the exploits of the little-known Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers for the last 3 years, my efforts have finally began to bear fruits - the general public are more aware of the role and sacrifices these elite fighters had made during the Malayan Emergency 1948 - 1960.                  

A film production company by the name of "Million Frames Sdn Bhd" began to probe for leads and the right materials for their project on " The Iban Trackers". About a month ago they called and singled me out, after having located and read my blog. I would like to think, they were not wrong.

They had wanted to hook themselves to my plan to locate and interview as many of the 70-odd living members of this brave fighters as possible. But alas! I had to postpone it to after the fasting month, possibly in September 2011.

Anyway, while waiting for that trip to materialise, they coaxed the shy me into becoming an actor to relate all that I know about the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers. The session started with the shootings in Taiping Lake Garden in the morning and towards late afternoon we went to Kamunting Christian Cemetery where there are 4 Sarawak Rangers graves. Here are some of the scenes:

Further shootings, my final parts, were done in Kapit on 23 and 24 September 2011. A pity, the team didn't follow me to Rh Ajai in Baleh, where I stayed for 2 nights and to watch the launching of the Baleh Rafting Safari race on 23 September 2011 as they arrived in Sibu a little late for the event.

Update 19 November 2011
Here is segments of the almost completed documentary film.


Thursday, 2 June 2011


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Before treatment

Six weeks after treatment