THE late Tun Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Temenggong Jugah Barieng has been called Sarawak’s greatest hero.
Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud paid that tribute to Tun Jugah during an event to remember the Sarawakian leader today.
Rightly so as Tun Jugah was among those leaders who were fundamental in the formation of Malaysia.
He was also one of the Sarawakian signatories in the Formation of Malaysia Agreement signed on July 9, 1963 in London.
Tun Jugah was Federal Minister of Sarawak Affairs — imagine there was a Minister at Federal level looking after just Sarawak then! He was also Sarawakian Internal Affairs Minister.
His concerns were obviously that of the future of Sarawakians! That’s definitely a true Sarawakian hero!
Tun Jugah was Paramount Chief of the Iban for over 50 years.
Many simply called him ‘Apai’ or ‘Father’.
Apai truly brought changes to the people, especially when he fought to bring the Bumiputera community out of poverty through education.
Pehin Sri Taib also said Apai was a brave and far-sighted leader who had the wisdom to mobilise the people to develop the state in line with Malaysia.
Indeed we need more heroes like Tun Jugah to continue leading our State with vision.
The report from Bernama:
Tun Jugah Remembered As Sarawak’s Greatest Hero – Taib
KUCHING, Oct 4 (Bernama) — Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud paid the ultimate tribute to the late Tun Jugah anak Barieng when he said the visionary leader would be remembered as Sarawak’s greatest hero.
He said the man had brought changes to the people, especially when he fought to bring the bumiputra community out of the ebb of poverty through education.
“The late Tun Jugah was a brave and far-sighted leader who took Sarawak to form Malaysia, and his wisdom to mobilise the people to develop the state in line with Malaysia.
“I will continue the struggle of the late Tun Jugah to ensure Sarawak continues as a stable, united and progressive state,” he said when speaking at a programme to commemorate Tun Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Temenggong Jugah Barieng.
The programme was organised by the National Archives, Tun Jugah Foundation and the Sarawak State Library here today.
He said the spirit of Tun Jugah to change the fate of the people through political stability and tolerance, from the colonial era to Malaysia’s formation, should serve as a model to the leaders.
Among the major services of Tun Jugah, who hailed from a longhouse in Merirai Kapit, was to garner the support of local leaders in Sarawak to agree to joining Malaya, Singapore and Sabah and form Malaysia.
He was also one of the signatories from Sarawak in the Formation of Malaysia Agreement signed on July 9, 1963 in London.
Prior to 1962, Tun Jugah was also the founder of the Parti Pesaka Anak Sarawak (Pesaka) and later led the Sarawak Alliance to fight for independence through Malaysia.
Tun Jugah died on July 8, 1981 at the Sarawak General Hospital. He was 78.
On Jan 29, 1985, the Tun Jugah Foundation was established with the objective of commemorating his services and contributions in his lifetime.