PETALING JAYA - The Government will not allow any group to glorify Chin Peng as an independence fighter, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
Rather, the communist leader who died yesterday, should forever be regarded as a terrorist leader.
"He may be dead, but his acts of terror against soldiers, policemen and the people during the Emergency will not be forgotten," he said when contacted in Melbourne.
"Because of him, many soldiers and police died, their wives became widows and children became orphans."
Umno veteran Tan Sri Sanusi Junid said it was ironic that Chin Peng died on the 50th Malaysia Day.
"His fight against British colonial powers was not about gaining independence, but was more of a fight against capitalism with the hope of creating another form of colonisation," he said.
Sanusi hoped historians would write the correct version of what actually transpired from the beginning of the insurgency.
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein also insisted that Chin Peng's body should not return.
He said Chin Peng was a traitor who had undermined national sovereignty.