Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Formed by Charles Brooke in 1862, who later was to become the second Rajah of Sarawak. Mooted by Charles Brooke that to kill Dayaks he must use the Dayaks themselves. It became the nucleus of every military expeditions he mounted against the rebellious and warring Dayaks.
However, due to the financial constraint he faced during the 1930 Great Economic Recession, Sarawak Rangers was disbanded on 29 February 1932. Some of the personnel were absorbed into the Sarawak Constabulary.
From hereon, there was not much records about the activity of Sarawak Rangers.
It was said that in December 1941, Sarawak Rangers was re-raised to help in the defense of Kuching and Miri. As we knew, the might of the Japanese Army was too overwhelming. The defence of Kuching and Miri collapsed and members of Sarawak Rangers retreated into their long houses. These personnel, however, did help the Australian forces in harassing the Japanese during their occupation of Sarawak.
Sarawak was liberated on 11 September 1945 and again members of the Sarawak Rangers went back into their long houses.
On 16 June 1948, Malaya declared the Emergency. Seven weeks later, on 8 August 1948, a group of 49 Iban Trackers were sent to Malaya to help the Commonwealth Forces in fighting the insurgents. The para-military Iban Trackers proved to be very successful and on 1 January 1953, it was reformed into two platoons of Sarawak Rangers (Malayan Unit). By then, some 1200 Ibans had served and seen actions in Malaya. General Templar had called them the best trackers in the world.
The British Army was so impressed that it decided to take in Sarawak Rangers (Malayan Unit) as part of the British Army on 1 April 1960 and renamed it as Sarawak Rangers (Far East Land Forces). However, on 15 September 1963, it was disbanded and on the day Malaysia was born on 16 September 1963, some 100 of the former members of Sarawak Rangers volunteered to join the new First Battalion The Malaysian Rangers. The rest went home to their long houses, for reasons known to themselves.
For twelve years of fighting, the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers suffered amazingly low casualties, bearing in mind that they were always infront of any patrols. They suffered 20 KIA and 25 WIA. Their achievements spoke of their prowess in battles - 1 George Cross (civilian equivalent of the Victoria Cross), 1 George Medal (equivalent to our PGB), 1 Military Medal, 1 BEM, 19 Mention-In-Despatch and 21 Commander-In-Chief Certificates. If only the Iban Trackers had been fully recognised as a full-fledged military unit, it could have been eligible for more awards that were offered to military units.
It was not the end for Sarawak Rangers. Some joined the Police Force to continue their service to the country. During the Confrontation with indonesia they were formed into Border Scouts to provide the much-needed service to the Armed Forces.
Malaysia would have all to gain if this elite Unit was retained as one entity. Perhaps, it is not too late to have a rethink on this matter. Let's discard suspicions, political antagonism and jealousy if we want to move forward and have the best of the best for the nation.
Note: The picture below: On the top was the 1st platoon of Sarawak Rangers and on the bottom was the 2nd platoon, when they were reformed on 1 January 1953.
These awards and medals are all I have to show for my 25 years of career with the Malaysian Rangers/Army and during my retirement to date.

L to R:  Kesatria Angkatan Tentera (KAT), Panglima Gagah Berani (PGB), Pingat Perkhidmatan Bakti (PPB), Pingat Perkhidmatan Am (PPA), Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM), Pegawai Bintang Sarawak (PBS), Pegawai Bintang Kenyalang (PBK).

Academically I have:  Passed Staff College (psc), Diploma in Creative Writing, Masters in Strategic Study from UPNM.

Thank you Allah s.w.t for bestowing me these awards and medals. I am thankful and proud to have them.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015


After a long lapse of time, finally all (almost) the PGBs were called to attend the function organised by the Police, this time. Missing were the SPs and the PTUs.
We had a baca yassin, tahlil and doa selamat a day before at Masjid Negara, a parade and a demonstration by the policemen depicting some incidents of the past and a hari raya gathering at night. The Warriors Fund launch was done separately at Royal Chulan.

We were accomodated at Priemeria Hotel for 3 nights.

                          L to R:  Capt Panir PGB, me, Sgt Dajai PGB and Kpl Unggek PGB.

                                                       Sarawakian PGBs. Breakfast.
                                                                 Bajau and wife.

                                                 All the PGBs that came for the function.

                                 Mej Hanapiah PGB, me, Dato Abd Rahim PGB & a friend.

Monday, 10 August 2015


The Beginning
     I never knew I'm an Iban Kantuk. All along I thought I am a Balau.

     Some of the Ibans from the Kapuas River Basin in Kalimantan Indonesia had migrated to the ferile lowlands in Sarawak across the mountain ranges that divide both countries in approximately 17th Century. Great Grandfather Jagar's parents came from the Malawi District in Kalimantan. By calculating the number of generations he has now, it is estimated that Great Grandfather Jagar's parents must had migrated to what is now Lachau today in the early 18th Century, well before the White Rajah, James Brooke came to Sarawak on 15 August 1839.

     The Ibans were said to be nomadic then. Perhaps during those early years they were still trying to find a suitable place to settle in. Then came the day they were tired of moving from one place to another and decided to stay put in what is Lahau today. Most probably by then, farming and planting of crops had tied them down.

     When Great Grandfather Jagar reached manhood, he was looking for a wife. He soon found out about one "anak umbong" - a virgin who was never allowed to step on the ground. She stayed at the highest part of the long house called "perabung" which was only reachable by seven very long ladders. She had seven maids who bathed, fed and clothed her.

     Great Grandfather Jagar lept to Malawi in one single bound, wrapped Great Grandmother Pandak in an Iban "pua kumbu" and flew with her to Lachau. They eloped.

     Great Grandmother Pandak gave birth to three children - all daughters, my mother Lenya, Entaya and Lilik. Mother married my father Langi and they had 8 children. Three, however, died of unknown ilnnesses. The eldest is my brother Upi, followed by sisters Impo and Jentang. I, Madang (Robert Rizal Abdullah) was next and brother Linggir was last.

Great Grandfather Jagar
     Great Grandfather Jagar was said to be a great and fearsome warrior who had special magical powers. He could fly and he could leap great distances in one single bound. That was what he did when he eloped with Great Grandmother Pandak from Malawi to Lachau.

     When his enemies, far and near, heard Jagar had settled down in Lachau, they dared not make any attempt to wage war on Lachau. Since then, Lachau had been at peace. Even during the Japanese Occupation period, Lachau was never touched by the Japanese atrocities and cruelties.

     Today, 200 years later, the Jagar clan had multiplied and expanded to many other parts of Sarawak and other parts of the world. To date there are five generations scattered throughout Sarawak and Semenanjung Malaysia.

     In line with the Country's modernisation and development, Jagar's offsprings also had been keeping abreast with with it. Amongst them, we have policemen, soldiers, government servants and some are working in the private sectors. Many are now highly educated with degrees and doctorates. Many in the Army or Police have taken to the warrior spirit of Great Grandfather Jagar. Some had shown great courage in battles with the Communist Terrorists who had tried to take over the Country. Some had been awarded with the country's bravery medals for their courageous feats.

Great Grandmother Pandak
     Not much was know about Great Grandmother Pandak. She was said to be an "anak umbong" - a very special lady who was brought up in a special way. She was never allowed to set foot on the ground now see the bare sunlight. She stayed at the highest part of a long house called "perabung" which was only reachable by seven very long ladders. Seven maids looked after all her needs. They bathed, clothed and fed her. Indeed, she must had been the daughter of a king or sultan there to having received such a special treatment.

     Basing on her three daughters, Great Grandmother Pandak must had been a very fair-skinned lady, Chinese-looking, gentle and kind. Some of us had taken that appearance and that is why we are often mistaken to be Chinese. I doubt she could be a woman of temper. Patience and hardworking would be some of her characters.

My Family Tree

A.   Jagar  +  Pandak
A1.   Tinsong (m).                                         )
A2.   Wot (m).                                               )
A3.   Gam (m).                                              )      1st Generation
A4.   Ganin (M).                                           )
A5.   Lentak (f). In Sebemban.                     )
A6.   Chalengga (f). In Gayau.                     )

A1.   Tinsong  +  ?
         5 Children.

A2.   Wot   +   ?
         7 Children.

A3.   Gam   +   ?
         6 Cildren.

A4.   Ganin   +   ?     (My Grandfather)
A4.1.  Lenya (f)                                                )
A4.2.  Entaya (f)                                               )     2nd Generation
A4.3.  Lilik (f)                                                  )

A4.1.  Lenya  +  Langi.
A4.1.1.  Upi (m).                                                 )
A4.1.2.  Impo (f).                                                )
A4.1.3.  Jentang (f).                                            )    3rd  Generation
A4.1.4.  Madang (Robert Rizal Abdullah) (m).  )
A4.1.5.  Linggir (m).                                           )

A4.2.  Entaya  +  Chundang.
           5 Children - 2 male 3 female.

A4.3.  Lilik  +  Lidang.
           5 Children - 3 males 2 females.

A4.1.4.  Madang @ Robert Rizal Abdullah  +  Raja Noriah Bt Raja Shahrom.
A4.1.4.1.  Puteri Azlin (f).                                   )
A4.1.4.2.  Megat Farril (m).                                 )    4th Generation

A4.1.4.1.  Puteri Azlin  +  Mohd Rosli Yusof.
A4.  Megat Sufi Aniq (m)                        )
A4.  Puteri Nurin Aisya (f)                      )    5th Generation

A4.1.4.2.  Megat Farril  +  Yushanida Yusof.
A4.  Megat Haziq Nazmi (m).                  )
A4. Puteri Liyana Attira (f).                     )  5th Generation
A4. Megat Airril Hakimi (m).                  )