Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Tun Temenggung Jugah Anak Barieng
Tun Temenggong Jugah Anak Barieng or Tun Jugah (1903 – July 1981) was a Malaysian politician of Iban descent from the state of Sarawak. He was the first Sarawakian Minister in the Malaysian Federal Parliament. He played a fundamental role in bringing the state of Sarawak into the Federation of Malaysia in 22 July 1963. He was a member and president of the United Traditional Bumiputera Party until his death in 1981
Jugah in the words of Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’kub, former Chief Minister of Sarawak and Governor of Sarawak, ‘ was a bridge between Sarawak and Malaya.’ He was a major figure and factor in the entry of Sarawak -and the Iban- into Malaysia. Vinson H Sutlive Jr in his book ‘Tun Jugah Of Sarawak: Colonialisme and Iban Response’ revealed Jugah’s very own philosophy, ‘Give life to yourself first. Once your foundation is solid, then you can talk and act.’ (Idup ka nyawa dulu. Udah urat tegap, baru kitai ulih bejaku). Thus, he was a chief (penghulu) of renown in the Brooke Raj, a chief (sanji) under the Japanese, and Paramount Chief (Temenggung) during the British period, and Federal Minister in Malaysia.
He was a recipient of numerous honours conferred by the state and federal governments. He received Darjah Panglima Negara Bintang Sarawak (PNBS), and the Title of Datuk, From Sarawak Goverment, and the same year, Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK) with the title Datuk from Sabah Government. The third honour for the year, 1964, were confered by The King, with the title Tan Sri, that is Darjah Yang Mulia Panglima Mangku Negara (PMN).