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Monday September 23, 2013 MYT 3:42:00 PM
Monday September 23, 2013 MYT 3:44:52 PM
by martin carvalho
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said former communist terrorist leader Chin Peng was offered the opportunity to return to Malaysia on two separate occasions, but he never submitted any application.
"We offered twice but unfortunately he never submitted his application or replied," said the Home Minister
"This meant he rejected the government's offer," he said, adding that the offers were made during the one-year window period following the1989 Hatyai Peace Agreement with the government.
He was commenting on claims by certain quarters that Chin Peng had applied to return to the country, but Zahid said there were no records of his application with the National Registration Department nor that of his citizenship.
He also said the Government was firm on not allowing Chin Peng's ashes back into the country.
"It is not so much about his ashes or legality, but there may be some people who will built a memorial or give some form of recognition to Chin Peng," he told reporters in the Parliament lobby Monday.
He also added that the decision not to allow Chin Peng's ashes back into the country was based on the sentiments of the families of the victims killed by communists.
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