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Wednesday September 25, 2013 MYT 3:11:00 PM
Wednesday September 25, 2013 MYT 3:41:58 PM
by farik zolkepli
Chin Peng's memorabilia.
KUALA LUMPUR: Chin Peng’s ashes or memorabilia will never be allowed into the country, insisted Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
The IGP’s stance, however, contradicts that of Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who told reporters at Parliament earlier Wednesday that the Home Ministry did not have the right to stop anyone from bringing in the former Communist Party of Malaya leader’s ashes.
Khalid said police would take stern action against any individual or party who tried to revive the communist movement in the country, including bringing in Chin Peng memorabilia.
Commenting on the arrests of two men at the Penang International Airport on Tuesday, Khalid said police seized several VCDs and reading materials related to Chin Peng.
“Bringing such items into the country is strictly prohibited,” he told a press conference following a meeting with the Armed Forces on the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) at Wisma Pertahanan Wednesday.
He added police also made a similar arrest in Bukit Kayu Hitam recently.
“It not the first time certain parties tried to smuggle Chin Peng’s items into the country.
“Let me say this again...Chin Peng is not a Malaysian citizen, in fact he is a traitor. His remains, ashes or memorabilia will never be allowed to enter the country,” he said.
On Tuesday night, the Penang International Airport was a flurry of activity when two men, who arrived from Bangkok, were detained for carrying memorabilia of the late Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng.
The two, who arrived here last night at 9.55pm, were arrested immediately and taken to the nearby Bayan Baru police station.
The presence of senior police officers had earlier sparked off speculation that the duo had been arrested for carrying Chin Peng’s ashes.
Police had surrounded the airport and its departure hall prior to the aeroplane’s arrival from Thailand.
The two men, one a 59-year-old Hong Kong national and the other a 66-year-old Penangite, were arrested soon after their Thai Airways flight touched down. Their luggage was seized and police whisked them away to the police station.
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