Chin Peng's remains cremated in Bangkok

Chin Peng's remains cremated in Bangkok

BANGKOK - The body of former Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng was cremated at the Wat That Thong temple here, with the final send-off seeing a reunion of over a hundred ex-comrades.

His remains were cremated at about 6pm yesterday.

Tears flowed among mourners as a farewell note written by the former CPM secretary-general was read out in Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia deputy chairman M. Sarasvathy delivered a brief eulogy.

Hundreds had paid their last respects during a three-day wake that started on Friday.

Former Thai prime minister Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, 81, who was the Thai army commander at the height of the CPM's guerilla war, was present at the solemn and simple ceremony.

Also present were former Thai military commanders Gen Datuk Kitti Ratanachaya and General Pisarn Wattanawongkiri.

Family spokesman Lee Chong refuted reports by the Bangkok Post that Chin Peng's ashes could be kept by his children and grandchildren as well as distributed among four villages where his former comrades had resettled in southern Thailand.

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