Etin Jam, the recipient of the nation’s highest award for gallantry, is laid to rest at Kuching

KUCHING – Sarawak’s final recipient of the nation’s highest gallantry honour, Cpl. (Rtd.) Etin Jam was laid to rest in the Heroes Grave.

After a funeral at St Thomas’s Cathedral, the Seri Pahlawan Gagagah Perkasa recipient (SP) was buried on Friday (7th June), with full police honors.

The Rev Canon Roannie Canniedy of St Thomas’ Cathedral conducted a short burial service at graveside.

The Malaysian flag was then presented to Etin Nacha’s oldest daughter Linda Nacha by Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

Datuk Buckland Bangik, Deputy Secretary of State and Sarawak Police Commissioner Comm Datuk Mancha Ata were also present.

Etin, aged 83, died at Miri Hospital Tuesday (4th June) from lung cancer.

On Thursday, June 6, his remains were flown from Singapore to Kuching for a wake in the Civic Centre.

Uggah sent condolences to Etin’s parents on behalf of the government.

“We thank him and his family for their sacrifices when our country was threatened.

After the burial, he told journalists, “We enjoy peace, prosperity, and harmony as a result.”

Uggah called on the young generation to emulate heroes such as Etin.

“Although there are no wars going on right now, we still have many challenges to overcome with the correct attitude.

He said, “By working together and being brave, we can secure the future of our country.”

Etin was a constable with the Sri Aman Battalion 14 in Sri Aman in 1963, and then transferred to the Battalion 18 at Miri in 1970.

He retired in 1995 after retiring as a corporal.

Etin was awarded the SP in recognition of his courage in confronting communist insurgents in an ambush on April 29, 1972.

He was part a team that was escorting an explosives-laden lorry from the Public Works Department, Mukah. The lorry was in thick jungle at Mile 30 Jalan Ulu Oya. Etin and Cpl Ngalinuh Bala attacked the insurgents, killing one and forcing the others to retreat.

Etin and Ngalinuh received the highest honor of the nation on July 6, 72, for their valor.

Ngalinuh died in 2020.

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