SHAH ALAM: There was no request for permission to bring the ashes of Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng back to Malaysia, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The Deputy Prime Minister said no one had submitted any application to bring the ashes back into the country.
"I received a message from Mindef (Defence Ministry) that no application had been made," Dr Wan Azizah told reporters after opening the Smart Technology for Smart City Summit 2019 at a hotel here Wednesday (Nov 27).
She said several factors must be taken into consideration in regards to the matter.
"We have to think about the sensitivity and the sacrifices of our (military) heroes. We have to see first," added Dr Wan Azizah.
It was reported that the ashes of the CPM secretary-general, who had insisted on being buried on home soil, was returned to Malaysia and dispersed at two locations in Perak.
Chin Peng, whose real name was Ong Boon Hua, died of cancer in Thailand in 2013, a month before his 89th birthday.
Chai Kan Fook, who leads a committee in handling Chin Peng’s ashes, said the remains were scattered at a hillside near Chemor and at sea, about 3km from Lumut.
“It was among his last wishes to be ‘buried’ with his dead comrades near the hills, ” said Chai, 81, when contacted.