KUALA LUMPUR: It was a big mistake to bring the ashes of former communist leader Chin Peng back into the country, said PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
"To bring his ashes back and to glorify him is a very big mistake.
"Although it may just be his ashes but we should pay attention to the sentiments of the army personnel, the police officers as well as members of the public," he told reporters in Parliament lobby on Wednesday (Nov 27).
Tuan Ibrahim also questioned the motive behind the return of the ashes.
"Imagine what's next? What if they say that they want to build a monument or commemorate it annually through a celebration? What will happen to our nation?" he said.
The Kubang Kerian MP said while the nation should not take a step back in regards to the issue, it should respect the sacrifices of those who had fought the communists.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said it was the government's responsibility to answer the issue.
"The most important thing is - if you, as the authority, say that it is not proper, then you go and ask, you go and investigate, and you do whatever you want," he told reporters.
Any government decision, said Dr Wee, must be justified and based on whether it would promote racial harmony and be positive to the economy.
Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said he would only make a statement on the issue after the Home Ministry had concluded its probe into the incident.
It was reported that the ashes of the former Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng were brought back on Sept 16 from Thailand with a funeral ceremony being held on the same day.
Chin Peng's ashes were later scattered at a hillside near Chemor and at sea, about 3km from Lumut.
Chin Peng, whose real name was Ong Boon Hua, died of cancer in Thailand in 2013, a month before his 89th birthday.
Among his last wishes was that he was to be "buried" with his dead comrades near the hills here.
The former Barisan Nasional government had said that they would not allow Chin Peng's ashes to be brought back to Malaysia.
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