Little Iban Warrior
This is actually a backpost of the previous launching of the Little Iban Warrior book. I had wanted to read the book before I want to place some information about it in my blog. I am not going to write a review of the 140 pages of Lt. Colonel (Rtd) Linus Lunsong Janti's recollection of life from a small Iban kid right up to his life in the Army. There's a brief summary of it at the Renjervalour website. Instead I urge everyone to purchase a copy of his book where he shares his life story as a soldier. I dare say we do not get too many authors from those who are in this profession. Lt. Colonel (Rtd) Linus shares the joy and sadness (or bitterness) of life in the military and also described of his special relationship with the present Sultan of Johor (Our former King). He dedicated 20 good years of his life to being a soldier - and some of those were dangerous years because if the enemies do not get you at that time, other elements such as the Commando training he underwent will.
The environment at the launching hall was quite 'traditional' with the statue of an Iban Warrior holding a shield and sword. With so much food and free flowing beer, I could have written about those too but I do not want to lose focus. There were other distractions as the hall was full of friends and colleagues - and two pretty Iban Maidens in traditional wear.
Y.B Encik Alexander Nanta Linggi, Member of Parliament for Kapit officiated the launch event. The YB had informed the audience on the need to give continuous support to our servicemen, those who are still on the tour of duty and those who have already retired emphasising there is a need to look after their welfare and of their family.
And finally the launching with the presence of the VVIPs like YB Dr. Stephen Rundi, Temenggong James Jimbun, Datuk Celestine Ujang in the background
The special copy for the Yang Berhormat
Instant Fans: Mr. Andrew Tukau Salang (Sector Head for Environment & Natural Resource of the State Planning Unit), with Mr. Alexander Anthony Banyan (Assistant Director for the Foreign Assistance & Technical Aid of the State Planning Unit)
VIP Fan: During the launch there were a few moments of sharing by Lt. Colonel (Rtd) Linus and also his buddy in the army Lt Colonel (Rtd) Fathol Zaman Bukhari (in stripes) who came all the way to Kuching Sarawak for the launch. There was a moment during the speech when the Little Iban Warrior was moved by the memories in the army that he had to stop in between tears. In the picture above, you can see Mr. Rentap Jabu getting the signatures of our two warriors.
Earlier on the distribution of the book was meant to be amongst firends and relatives, sold by word of mouth. However due to its demand and popularity I adviced Lt. Colonel (Rtd) Linus to make use of established distributors. Some overeseas queries was quite hard to meet as the extra cost of postage differs from one country to the next. Thus this book is available for purchase via the Ruaikitai website as the Pegari Magazine group has agreed to assist. If you have any further queries about the book you may also call or SMS him directly at 019-8272505.
Now talk about the distractions just now - no warrior's tales is complete without the presence of Iban maidens in full traditional wear. So I got their autographs and particulars too :)...finders keepers :)