About Kam Agong

About Kam Agong

Born on 9th July 1957, Kam Agong was the only daughter of Agong Dawat, a decorated World War II veteran and village head of Long Semadoh, Lawas, Sarawak. Kam Agong was from the Lun Bawang tribe, one of the first communities to settle in the central highlands of Borneo. The Lun Bawang people are primarily farmers and the majority are of the Christian faith and belong to the Borneo Angelical Church or Sidang Injil Borneo.

Kam Agong was a God-fearing person and loving mother of eight. She was the cornerstone of our family. She took care of her children and helped them with their studies. She worked with her husband in the paddy fields and assisted him with construction work in her village. She taught her children to sing and to play music. She also participated in Church activities in the village.

In the early years, when there were no flights from Long Semadoh and no land transport from her village to the nearest town, Lawas, Kam Agong would walk for two to three weeks to Lawas from Long Semadoh carrying goods to sell in Lawas. With that money, she could purchase groceries and then would walk all the way back to Long Semadoh.

She was a strong lady, and according to some villagers they had never seen her falling ill. Even after a normal delivery, she could recuperate very quickly. All her previous deliveries were normal. Some of us children were delivered at home and at a nearby clinic. All seven previous deliveries very handled by a midwife and nurses. Only her eighth child was delivered by doctors.

World War Medal 1939-45