Malaysia govt firm on not allowing Chin Peng’s ashes into country

There is a worry that a memorial will be set up for Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng in the country, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

"The Government's stand is firm that his (Chin Peng's) ashes cannot be brought back to the country.

"It is not so much about whether his remains should be sent here or not, but there may be some people who will build a memorial or give some form of recognition to Chin Peng," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

Zahid said the Government's refusal to allow Chin Peng's ashes into the country was based on the sentiments of thousands of family members of those who were victims of communist brutality.

"We have to be mindful not to offend the families of those who were killed or maimed by the communist terrorists."

Zahid also said there is no record of Chin Peng applying for his return to Malaysia nor a record of his Malaysian citizenship.

"He was twice offered to apply to return, but he never submitted his application nor replied to our offers. The Government sees this as a rejection by Chin Peng to return," he added.

Zahid said the offer to return during the one-year window of the 1989 Haadyai peace signings was not carried out by Chin Peng.

On former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Rahim Noor's claims that the Government had failed to uphold its side of the 1989 accord that allowed Chin Peng to return to Malaysia, Zahid said other former police leaders had differing views.