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Friday September 20, 2013 MYT 3:38:30 PM
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Saeleechee Ching (in front) and family members arriving at the prayer hall of the temple on Friday. Starpix by SIA HONG KIAU
BANGKOK: Preparations for the funeral rites for Chin Peng began early Friday at Wat That Thong temple amidst the persistent rain here.
The temple, located along a busy street in the heart of modern Bangkok city, is to be the last resting place for the former Communist Party of Malaya (CMP) secretary-general before his scheduled cremation on Monday evening.
Chin Peng's remains has yet to arrive at the temple as at 2pm (3pm Malaysian time), but according to Thai tradition, the body would usually be bathed in the late afternoon before being placed in a coffin.
Several people, believed to be former comrades of the late communist leader, and other well-wishers were seen arriving at the temple.
A small group of people, who were dressed in black, were also seen at the prayer hall of the temple where the wake is held.
One of them, identified as Saeleechee Ching, is believed to be a nephew of Chin Peng.
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