PETALING JAYA: Chin Peng would go down in the annals of Malaysian history as a key personality who undermined national security for decades, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Although certain sections of the community regarded Chin Peng as a hero, history should be recorded in the right perspective, said Dr Chua.
“Chin Peng was a key figure who undermined security of the nation for many years – from after World War II through the period of Emergency to even after Independence,” he said.
Expressing deep condolences to the family of Chin Peng, Dr Chua said his death marked the passing of an important figure in the history and development of Malaysia.
“The communist struggle resulted in many deaths, posed a threat to national security and disrupted the development of nation at that time (during the period of insurgency),” he said.
Former MIC secretary-general Datuk S. Murugesan said Chin Peng’s death marked the closure on the chapter of the communist insurgency in Malaysian history.
“Because of the demise of communism in Malaysia and the diminishing influence of communism worldwide, I do not think Chin Peng would be viewed favourably,” he said.
“He would be viewed negatively, especially as many deaths had occurred during the insurgency,” he said.
Murugesan said the younger generation should also refer to history in order to put things in the right perspective.
On Chin Peng’s last wish to be laid to rest in Malaysia, Murugesan said it was not necessary to bring back his remains from Bangkok in view of objections from those who had lost their loved ones during the insurgency.