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Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 8:53:17 AM
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.
“His death will never be regarded as a loss in view of the treachery and violence committed by him in the past,” Hishammuddin said. “He and the CPM terrorists had committed atrocities, killing thousands of soldiers, security personnel and civilians,” he added.
Hishammuddin said that when he was the Home Minister, he did not grant Chin Peng’s request to return to Malaysia when the latter was gravely ill.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Chin Peng was never granted a Malaysian citizenship under the Independence agreement in 1957.
“He should be buried where he died,” he said when contacted in Bangkok, Thailand.
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