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Mubarak Voices Strong Support For Government’s Decision On Chin Peng’s Ashes

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 – The Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representatives (Mubarak) has offered strong support for the government’s decision not to allow the remains of Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng from being brought back to Malaysia in the best interest of the country.

Its information chief, Datuk Abdul Rahman Sulaiman said he hoped the government would stand firm with the decision.

Malayan Chin Peng.tifHe said Mubarak abhorred at any suggestion to bring home Chin Peng’s ashes as he was not a hero to be glorified.

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Describing such call as politically motivated and boils down to ignorance of history, he said the demand should not be entertained as Chin Peng’s sins were too big to be forgiven.

He recounted that Chin Peng did not return home during his lifetime as he did not comply with the terms of the peace treaty signed between Malaysia, the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) and Thailand in 1989.

chin-pengAbdul Rahman said Chin Peng did not want to risk facing legal action for the atrocities inflicted by communist insurgents against the people or to undergo a rehabilitation programme.

“Instead Chin Peng chose to live in exile as he dared not face the people and members of the security forces that he had persecuted. This makes him unfit to be honoured as a hero by the people,” he told Bernama.

Abdul Rahman said he was mindful of the peace agreement inked in Hatyai on Dec 2, 1989 as he was among editors assigned to churn out articles to persuade the people to accept the government’s decision to sign the accord.

2“I could still remember that the people then were enraged when the government agreed to go to the negotiation table with CPM as they could not forget the horrors of communist insurgents who killed innocent people,” he said.

Abdul Rahman said Chin Peng’s willingness to lay down arms and take part in peace talks at that time was prompted by the fall of communism in Eastern Europe as well the disintegration of the CPM.

In MELAKA, National Silat Federation (Pesaka) president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said Chin Peng’s death should not be mourned and grieving his demise could be deemed as an act of treason.

He said a wave of violence unleashed by communist insurgents against the people during the insurgency could not be pardoned and those who mourned Chin Peng’s death could be construed as extolling communist brutality.

“Chin Peng’s death is not a loss to the country and those who weep for his death relish his cruelty in killing innocent people.

“Many women had become widows and children had become orphans due to communist annihilation. Is Chin Peng worthy of mourning by the people, especially the younger generation?” he said in a statement.

Asserting Pesaka’s support for the government’s stand, he said the association would not allow Chin Peng’s remains to be brought home.

 

– BERNAMA