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Sunday June 14, 2009

Anwar: Let Chin Peng return to Malaysia

KAJANG: PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has come out in support of former Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng’s return to Malaysia.

He said Chin Peng should be forgiven and allowed to return on humanitarian grounds.

“If we are friends with China why can’t we have peace with Chin Peng?” he told reporters during PKR’s special convention yesterday.

Anwar said Indonesia had already rehabilitated its communists, although they were involved in atrocities against the people there. The Malaysian government, he said, should do the same.

“We oppose the militant actions of communist terrorists and do not support their ideology. However, if Shamsiah Fakeh and Rashid Maidin were allowed to return, why not Chin Peng?” he asked.

Meanwhile, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said Chin Peng killed innocent Malayans, and he did not do it under the instruction of the government of China.

“Therefore, it is wrong to compare the PKM (Parti Komunis Malaya) led by Chin Peng to the Communist Party of China,” he said, stressing that Chin Peng was a leader of a terrorist movement. Anwar’s statement showed that he did not value the sacrifices of the Armed Forces who defended their homeland, he said.

He challenged Anwar to find one member of the Malaysian Armed Forces who agreed with his views.

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