Wednesday, February 27, 2008

This is the only photo I have of Tun Jugah

The late Tun Jugah was a paramount chief of the Iban tribe in Sarawak. He came from a small town called Kapit which is located deep in the interior of Sarawak. His life was indeed very outstanding and legendary. He was one of the key politicians from Sarawak to negotiate the joining of Sarawak to form the Federation of Malaysia. After Sarawak gaining independence through Malaysia in 1963, he became a Minister in the Federal Cabinet. He was also one of the very few persons who had received the Tun title in Sarawak. There were several jokes about Tun Jugah when he was serving as the Federal Minister. This is one of the jokes: One winter day Tun Jugah was travelling to London on official duty. As the plane landed, he was so astonished to see the snow and to experience the cold weather for the first time in his life. He was very excited and exclaimed: England was so rich, the country could even afford to have air conditioning all over the places. In Malaysia we could'nt even afford to have air conditioning at home! Among his siblings, Datuk Amar Leonard Linggi Jugah also served as a Minister in the 1970 Sarawak State Cabinet. Datuk Amar Linggi's son , Alexander Linggi, was returned unopposed in the current 12th Malaysian General Election on nomination day on February 24, 2008. The above picture shows Tun Jugah, seated in the middle with white attire and wearing his traditional Iban hair cut, performing a Miring ceremony. On his right is Tan Sri Afred Jabu who is now one of the Deputy Chief Ministers of Sarawak.

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