KUALA LUMPUR – The late Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), Chin Peng who passed away in 2013 finally ‘returned home’ on 16 September 2019, six years after his death.
Chin Peng, or his real name, Ong Boon Hua’s ashes were brought back to Malaysia from Thailand two months ago and were scattered in the mountains and sea of his birth place.
The Malaysiakini portal quoted the coordinator of the ceremony, Chan Kan Fook, 81, said, they held a memorial right after Chin Peng’s ashes reached Ipoh.
According to Chan, half of Chin Peng’s ashes were scattered in the sea near Lumut in Perak and the other half of his ashes were scattered in the forests of the Titiwangsa range. There were no tombstone or monument for him.
His body was never allowed to be brought back to Malaysia during the Barisan Nasional administration.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during his reign as the Home Minister said that Chin Peng has caused the death of many police and army in the country.
“If we are to respect Chin Peng, how about the families of the police and army who were killed by the communists back then?
“I am not emotional in this matter but how many have died because of this person?” said Ahmad Zahid.
Earlier, the Chairman of Setiakawan Malaysia Abad ke-21 had urged the government to allow the ashes of Chin Peng to be brought back to Malaysia.
According to Tee, the government needs to honour the Hatyai Peace Deal signed in 2 December 1989 between the CPM and the Thai government where one of its condition was to allow CPM members to return to the country if they wish to do so. -MalaysiaGazette