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Nov 4, 2008

Let Chin Peng Return To Malaysia!

In 2000, Chin Peng applied to be permitted back into Malaysia, and a complex legal issue has arisen out of this. Hearings on whether to permit his return to Malaysia were scheduled for May 25, 2005 but the High Court postponed the hearing to July 25, when his application to be allowed to return to Malaysia was rejected.

His return is opposed by victims of attacks committed by the Communist Party of Malaya, those who served in the armed forces during the Emergency, and members of the public. There has been a resurgence of accounts of the alleged atrocities the Communist Party of Malaya committed in newspapers by those who are against his return to Malaysia (such as the Ex-Servicemen's Association of Malaysia). Chin Peng has lived in exile in southern Thailand and has also given lectures in the National University of Singapore. The current Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, suggested the Government might reconsider its position in the future. He said he would wait for the outcome of the Court case before making a decision.

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In June 2008, Chin Peng again lost his bid to return to Malaysia when the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that compel him to show identification papers to prove his citizenship. Chin Peng maintained that his birth certificate was seized by the police during a raid in 1948. His counsel, Raja Aziz Addruse, had submitted before the Court of Appeal that it was wrong for the Malaysia government to compel him to produce the documents because he was entitled to enter and live in Malaysia by virtue of the agreement.

When Chin Peng's parents are already obviously dead, old as they must have been, this is the time for the other relatives of Chin Peng, mainly, his own brothers and sisters who are still alive, and also, his own children, to assist him now, and probably have some DNA testings done so as to ascertain the reality of the birth and existence of such a person named Tan Boon Hua, also, known as Chin Peng, to have been born in Sitiawan, Perak - some 84 years ago.

It is not impossible for the records of Chin Peng's birth to have been lost by the authorities concerned - in this relevant time. However, since the keeping of such records is not within the control of Chin Peng, he ought not to be blamed when the authorities cannot trace their records of his birth which might have been kept some 84 years ago. What about the records of his parents, and also, those of their deaths (certificates)? If it had been recorded that his parents had been citizens, then "BY OPERATION OF LAW", Chin Peng ought to be a citizen as well.

I think he is not a threat to government, and I'm really sure that his age not allow him to re-emerge as a fighter. It is indeed a great honor to our country that Chin Peng, after all his sojourns, have decided to come back home to Malaysia to breathe his last at 84. It hurts him a lot when denied to return to his homeland. Just think of our feelings if we are in his situation. Definitely, it will be good for us to fulfill his last request.

8 comments:

George said...

I would think that his atrance back to Malaysia would pose a threat to the BN government and i sure he will do many speeches...about his life... and perhaps he got some top secret info about UMNO during the independence period...

Puravin said...

Good article vasan...I think he should be allowed to return....after all he tooo faught for freedom.....The alliance worked with the British to secure independence while the communist party was on an anti-establishment path trying to gain freedom by force with of course a different ideology...
And yeah george i must agree with you too...it will pose other complications to the ruling elite :)

Hakim said...

We can assume him as Nationalist a long with Onn Jaafar, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Sambathan, Tun Tan Cheng Lok and etc....
he was a warrior to free Malaya from colonised.....

Terrassie Lau - the Rising Phoenix said...

He should be allowed to return back to Malaysia. He is 84 now, no longer a threat anymore, certainly not a threat to national unity given now that the communist party he had lead had disband. Give me a life in his homeland.

vasantarao appalasamy said...

@george, puravin, hakim and Terrassie Lau - our judiciary system must reformed and open ways for Chin Peng to return to his homeland......

Anonymous said...

Abolish ISA

Anonymous said...

Great, let him come back so that me and others who are the children of the Armed Forces killed by the Communist Party of Malaya, can band together and kill him.

Stop thinking from your selfish point of view. This guy is a terrorist and does not deserve to return home, unless he plans to get killed by people whose life were made miserable by him and his Communist Party.

vasantarao appalasamy said...

I wanna ask u is selfish here??
There are no hope for communism in Malaysia...
Are Malaysia so stupid to follow communism ideology now??
and another thing in my point of view, he is not terrorist, like previously Hakim said, he is one of the nationalist who fought for decolonised Malaya from British...