BANGKOK - It was a calm and low-key affair as the body of the late Chin Peng was brought into a prayer hall at Bangkok's Wat That Thong temple.
Some 30 people, mainly comrades of his outlawed Communist Party of Malaya and relatives, were present to pay their last respects at his wake yesterday.
Chin Peng's two children, believed to be in their 60s, were said to be absent from the ceremony but a white and yellow wreath bearing their names stood next to the casket.
The note on the wreath, written in Chinese, reads: "In loving memory (of) our dear father. Your children."
Also present were several DAP members, who said they came here on their own accord.
Klang MP Charles Santiago said he came for a meeting with non-governmental organisations and dropped by at the temple after his business ended.
He was seen kneeling and holding a joss stick at a floral dais inside the air-conditioned hall, where the sealed casket bearing Chin Peng's remains was placed.Santiago was accompanied by Selangor DAP committee member S. Ramakrishnan, a former senator, and Aliran exco member Sarajun Hoda.
Prior to their arrival, Kuala Selangor district council member Kwi Ai Mei was spotted paying her respects to Chin Peng.
Others who came to pay their last respects were former Thai military commanders Gen Pisarn Wattanawongkiri and Gen Datuk Kitti Ratanachaya.
Taking a prominent place among the many wreaths for the late communist leader was one bearing the symbol of Princess Chulabhorn, the youngest daughter of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
More well-wishers joined the funeral service in the evening, which was carried out according to Buddhist rites.
Chin Peng is scheduled to be cremated here on Monday evening.