Chin Peng never took up Malaysian citizenship, says IGP Khalid

Chin Peng never took up Malaysian citizenship, says IGP Khalid

PETALING JAYA - Chin Peng was never a Malaysian citizen and there should be no reason for his remains to be brought back, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

"He never took up citizenship when he joined the CPM (Communist Party of Malaya)," Khalid told The Star Online when contacted for comments about the death.

"I believe he is happy to be buried where he spent his time the most," Khalid added.

Khalid said there was nothing more to be discussed about Chin Peng, the former CPM secretary-general who died on Monday at a Bangkok hospital.

He said he does not see what the issue was about, now that Chin Peng has passed away.

Chin Peng was one month short of his 90th birthday.

He died of old age and was pronounced dead at 6.20am, according to reports.

Chin Peng led the MCP's guerrilla insurgency and fought against British and Commonwealth forces to establish an independent Communist state.

The insurgency officially ended on Dec 2, 1989 when the Malaysian government signed a peace treaty with MCP, less than a month after the Berlin Wall came down.

He lived in exile in Thailand for more than five decades and was not permitted to return in Malaysia.

Born in late October 1924 with the name Ong Boon Hua, in the small seaside town of Sitiawan, in Perak state, Chin Peng was Malaysia's best-known former communist guerrilla and remains highly controversial.

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