KOTA KINABALU - Chin Peng will always be remembered as a terrorist who was responsible for many atrocities in the country, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
It is for this reason that the government would not allow his remains, even his ashes, to be brought into the country.
Chin Peng, the former leader of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), died in Bangkok yesterday, having spent five decades in exile. He was 88.
Najib said Chin Peng had brought suffering and grief to the country during CPM's reign of terror.
"The terror brought by the communists during the Emergency had caused the death of thousands in the country, especially those in the security forces, including thousands of others who were hurt or maimed.
"The people had also suffered because when the communists waged war against the government, it caused collateral damage while the national economy suffered," he said at a press conference here yesterday.
Najib said the government would not be involved in any funeral arrangements for Chin Peng.
He said he was informed that Chin Peng would likely be buried in Thailand.
The prime minister said any request by Chin Peng's family to bring home his remains or ashes would not be entertained due to the "black history" the latter was responsible for.
Najib also noted that Chin Peng was not a Malaysian citizen.
"He did not want to become a citizen, so, we have no links with him."
The Bangkok Post reported yesterday that Chin Peng died of old age at a hospital in Bangkok. It was reported that he was pronounced dead at 6.20am.