Oevaang Oeray. Courtesy of West KalimantanJ.C. Oevaang Oeray, the first Dayak governor of West Kalimantan, and Djerandeng Abdurrachman, an outspoken political activist and long-time area resident, will be nominated as national heroes.
Oevang served from 1960 to 1966 as the third governor of the province bordering with Serawak, Malaysia. He was appointed governor on Nov. 14, 1959 in a provincial legislative plenary session and later approved by Presidential Decree No. 465/1959 dated Dec. 24, 1959. He passed away on July 17, 1986 in Pontianak.
Djerandeng, who passed away on Sept. 7, 1987, was once a political prisoner during the Dutch East Indies administration for his critical report in the Maluku-based Soeara Ambon newspaper.
He wrote about his personal experience of the inhumane treatment he suffered as political prisoner at the Boven Digoel prison in Papua.