No way, says Najib over possibility of Chin Peng’s remains returning to Malaysia
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government will not consider any request from the family of Chin Peng to bring back his remains for burial here.
The Prime Minister said the former communist leader who died in Bangkok yesterday would be remembered as a terrorist who was involved in cruelty towards the people and attacks on the security forces.
As such, he stressed that the government would not be involved in the funeral of the former secretary-general of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) whether here or in Thailand.
"We will not allow him to be buried in Malaysia because of the black history he had created. Furthermore, Chin Peng is not a citizen of Malaysia.
"He did not want to be a Malaysian, so we don't have any ties with him at all," he said at a press conference here when asked if he would consider it if Chin Peng's family sought to have his funeral in Malaysia.
"The Malaysian government believe the funeral will be done in Thailand," said Najib who was here in conjunction with the 50th Malaysia Day celebration.
Chin Peng was reported to have died in a Bangkok hospital 6.20am yesterday from old age, about a month short of his 89th birthday.
Najib drew attention to the atrocities of the communists under Chin Peng espcially during the emergency period which resulted in thousands of lives lost, especially members of the security forces and thousands of civilians who were injured or disabled.
"The people also suffered from the destruction to property when the CPM launched the war against the government and sabotaged the economy of the nation," he said.
The communist leader, who had lived in exile in Thailand, had applied to return to Malaysia, but his application was rejected.