Chin Peng to be cremated in Bangkok next week

Chin Peng to be cremated in Bangkok next week
The Wat That Thong temple where Chin Peng will be cremated in Bangkok.

PETALING JAYA - The late Chin Peng will be cremated according to Buddhist rites at Bangkok's Wat That Thong temple next week.

Paul Chin, an aide of the former secretary-general of the outlawed Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), said the body would be brought to the temple for a wake on Friday and the final rites conducted on Monday morning. The cremation will follow in the evening.

The communist leader died at a hospital in Bangkok on Monday morning. He was 89.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Chin Peng's remains would not be allowed back into the country.

Paul Chin said Chin Peng's one-time right-hand man Abdullah CD is expected to be among former party members and leaders who will attend the funeral.

Meanwhile, Opposition leaders continued to appeal to the GovernĀ­ment to allow Chin Peng's remains to be brought back to his hometown in Sitiawan, Perak.

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said: "Let bygones be bygones.

"It is clear the rakyat generally rejects the communist ideology. However, the late Chin Peng chose the path of peace in the end after failing to reach an agreement at the Baling Talks in 1955."

He added that the CPM chief entered a peace treaty with the Government in 1989.

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