BANGKOK - The family of the late Chin Peng has refuted talk that the date of the former Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) secretary-general's death was manipulated to coincide with the Malaysia Day anniversary.
Lee Suvit, 62, insisted that Chin Peng was certified dead at 6.20am in a hospital in Bangkok on Sept 16.
Lee, identified as a nephew of the late communist leader, said his sister was at Chin Peng's side when he breathed his last.
"We don't wish to respond to such lies but I can tell you for certain that my uncle (Chin Peng) died on the morning of Sept 16," Lee said to The Star on the third day of the wake proceedings here yesterday.
Chin Peng's remains were scheduled for cremation here at 5pm today.
On the Government's decision to not allow the ashes of the late communist leader to be brought into Malaysia, Lee said the family would not smuggle any part of the remains into the country.
He said Chin Peng was a leader of dignity respected by many and that his remains would be treated with the same honour.
"We will not use the back door to send him back to his homeland."