KUCHING: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan has claimed that the federal government had failed to appreciate the sacrifices of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers.
The Iban trackers and Sarawak Rangers had served courageously, defending the country during the communist insurgency and confrontation.
“Sarawakians should remember the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers who helped to fight against the communist insurgency in Malaya, beginning 1948,” he said.
“The people in Malaya have enjoyed life but these people got nothing.”
He said many of the families of these Iban trackers and Sarawak Rangers, from the rural parts of Sarawak, have been deprived of basic facilities as well as infrastructure development all these years.
Besides that, the remains of Sarawak Rangers and Iban Trackers, who had perished during the battle against the communist insurgency in Malaya, were also not taken care of by the federal government before this.
“Despite being independent for so long, the federal government couldn’t be bothered to bring the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers who had fought for Malaya back to Sarawak.”
In fact, he said it was the Sarawak government which conducted an operation, called “Ops Mai Pulai”, in 2011 to reclaim the remains of these Sarawak Rangers and Iban trackers.
According to Voon, the remains of these Sarawak Rangers and Iban trackers were found to be buried along the roadside back in Malaya.
Their sacrifices fighting for Malaya’s independence were obviously not appreciated by the federal government, he said.