PETALING JAYA: Chin Peng’s ashes should be allowed back to Malaysia, said DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.
“If his last wishes are for his ashes to be brought back home, it should be allowed,” said Lim, who described Chin Peng’s passing as the end of an era.
“Whether one agrees or not with his struggle, his place in history is assured,” tweeted Lim.
However, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said Chin Peng’s remains should never be brought back to the country.
“Chin Peng was no freedom fighter,” he said.
Khairy said Chin Peng waged war against the British only to subject Malaya to communist tyranny.
“It was nothing more than changing one form of colonialism to another,” he said.
Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali also said Chin Peng’s ashes should not be allowed home.
“Chin Peng was not only the head of the violent communist movement, but also a criminal. Chin Peng must be erased from history.
“There are some black moments in the country’s history that should be taken as lessons, but not the history of terrorists and criminals who did harm to the country,” he said.