Former Malayan communist chief Chin Peng dies

BANGKOK - Chin Peng, former secretary-general of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), died at a hospital in Bangkok on Monday morning. He was 90 years old.

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

His relatives will perform religious rites for him on Friday, Bangkok Post reported.

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

He lived in exile in Thailand and was not permitted to return in Malaysia.

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