Will a mere apology from the “Butcher of Malaya” suffice?

The Star reported that Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng apologised to the families of ‘innocent’ victims during his 54 years armed rebellion against the British, Malayans, HM Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong, Federal Constitution and Malaysians, in sundry.

Sunday November 22, 2009

Chin Peng apologises for death of innocents


KUALA LUMPUR: Chin Peng, the man with no regrets, has for the first time offered an apology to the victims and families of the Communist Party of Malaya’s acts of violence during the long years of its insurgency.

The former CPM secretary-general said that although the party did not subscribe to the killing of the innocent, he admitted that “we might have made mistakes in some cases.”

“If we had intentionally killed innocent people, then I apologise. I apologise to the families who had suffered (too),” he told The Star in a rare interview in Bangkok last month.

Honouring the fallen: Chin Peng laying a wreath at the grave of a comrade at Betong in this file picture.

“I take full responsibility for my comrades’ actions. (But) in war, we cannot differentiate the innocent from the non-innocent,” he added.

In the past, Chin Peng had been unrepentant over the loss of lives, nor regretted taking up the armed struggle. He also remains a committed communist.

During the interview, he said he did not expect the public to forgive him for the past but hoped they could put their differences behind them.

“That was war. That was then. If you say that we killed people, the communists too were killed by the security forces,” he said in the interview that he gave to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accord on Dec 2, 1989, in Haadyai, Thailand, between the Malaysian Government and the CPM.

Chin Peng, who lost his court battle last year to be allowed to return to Malaysia, touched on various topics during the interview, including his living arrangements in Bangkok; his relationship with his children and his source of funds.

He also alleged that he was prevented from returning because the Government played him out soon after the Peace Accord.


The Star also reported that the apology, should not be accepted:

Sunday November 22, 2009

Apology not accepted


Now that Chin Peng has finally apologised for his actions, some may feel it is time to forgive him but others offer very strong reasons why he should not be

I am against the return of Chin Peng. I think it will create unnessary ill-feeling among the people. I know certain ex-CPM guerillas and even some leaders have returned to visit their families, but Chin Peng is a different case.

Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin

“Firstly, he has not met certain legal requirements. Secondly, he is the man people identify with communist terrorism. We must not forget it was quite a brutal struggle in which many Malaysians lost their lives. Of course, in war, there is brutality on both sides.

“Most of the younger generation will have forgotten the terror of the communist struggles but for older people, Chin Peng was like the Osama (bin Laden) of his time. Those who lived through the Emergency will find it difficult to forgive and forget, much as many older people still remember the cruelty of the Japanese who occupied Malaya (during World War II).

“I also think that Chin Peng would be frustrated if he came back. This is not the Malaysia he wanted to create. Now the communists want to claim they had a share of (achieving) independence, but they didn’t want this Malaysia. They were defeated.”

(As a journalist) I covered the signing of the Peace Accord in 1989. It was very dramatic, tense and exiting. I recalled being a student in 1955, reading about the Baling Talks and being inspired to become a journalist. I felt excited to be a witness to history. A witness to the end of the story. It was a great moment in Malaysia’s history.” – Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin, former Information Minister (2006-2008)

“Chin Peng, as architect and director of the CPM’s 41-year-long armed rebellion and insurgency – which caused untold hardship, thousands of cruel deaths and disabling injuries to civillians and security forces and loss of a collosal amount of the nation’s treasury – deserves no less than a capital charge.

“However, the Government signed the Peace Accord with the CPM and should be bound by its terms. So whether Chin Peng should be allowed back should depend solely on whether he qualifies under the terms, not otherwise.

“The CPM were murderous terrorists. ASP Baskaran Nair was badly wounded in a CPM ambush in Hendon Estate, Province Wellesley, in 1952. Some of his men were killed and a number wounded. The terrorists came down and shot the wounded in their heads.

Tun Hanif Omar

“In October 1968, they captured a Chinese police signaller in an ambush and took him back and executed him. They abducted thousands of civillians but none came back. Most retired officers have no love for them.

“The bloody insurgency followed on the heels of World War II. I don’t think the Chinese here who suffered at the hands of Japanese soldiers have forgiven them, it is just that they are not visiting on today’s innocent Japanese the crimes of those murderers of 1941-45!

“Mind you, many of those Japanese were hung or imprisoned after their surrender. Their Government apologised and paid war compensation. The secondary school of SMK Horley Methodist Teluk Intan (in Perak), my alma mater, was largely built on the war reparations paid out to Lower Perak Malays.

“The CPM has neither apologised (until now) nor paid compensation. Instead, they try to white-wash their evil deeds in their memoirs.” – Tun Hanif Omar, retired Inspector General of Police (1974-1994)

“Although he was born in Malaya, Chin Peng was never a citizen of Malaysia. He never applied to be one after Malaya achieved independence in August 1957 but chose to continue to fight the legally elected Government of Malaya simply because he claimed that it was still a lackey of the British Government.

“But his hidden agenda was to install a Communist system of government aligned to the Communist Party of China.

Paul Kiong

“Six years after Malaysia was formed, he sent a group of about 120 communist combatants to the south and into Kedah, Perak and West Pahang. He thought that he could gain the support of the masses after the May 13, 1969, riots. This incursion is termed the Second Emergency and it lasted till Dec 2, 1989, when the Peace Accord was signed.

“He refused to give up his communist ideology and he preferred to remain in Thailand where he believed that he was getting a better ‘deal’ than returning to Malaysia.

“Now, years later, he has realised his mistake after seeing his ex-comrades enjoying good and properous lives here, and decides that ‘home sweet home’ is none other than Sitiawan. Our Government cannot and must not dance to his whim and fancies.

“Those of us who are against his return to Malaysia are the ones who fought hard and were committed to getting rid of the communist menace so that we, the people of Malaysia, can live in peace and harmony under a democratic system of government.” – Retired superintendent of Special Branch Paul Kiong, 65, one of only 27 recipients of the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) the country’s highest medal for gallantry 

Suparman Taib

“Chin Peng’s return will only serve to open ‘old wounds’. We have got on with our lives and have lived in peace for so long so why create issues now and remind us of the sad times?

“I lost my right leg and injured the other leg when I stepped on a booby trap in a jungle operation in Klian Intan in 1981. I spent 10 painful months in hospital after my leg was amputated.

“My old injuries still hurt on rainy days and that brings back the memories. I am not out for revenge but the pain brings out the anger again.

“I am not opposed to Chin Peng’s return because he is a Chinese. I know of a Malay CPM member in Gopeng and I feel he too should haved stayed out of the country. I have told his relatives as much.” – Retired L/Kpl of the Malay Rejimen Suparman Taib, 55

At 85, the former jungle guerrilla is in frail health but remains obsessed with his fight to be allowed back to his hometown of Sitiawan, Perak, where he wishes to be buried.


During the Emergency (1948-60), almost 18,000 persons lost their lives. 60% of them are non combattant civilians. For another 29 years there after, lives are still lost because of Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng and the CPM Bandits.

Another fact remain, his armed rebellion was all about grabbing power, even at the cost of butchering innocent lives. If the intention of chasing away the British colonialists was his reason to wage an armed rebellion, then he should have considered democratically elected Malayan Chief Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra’s offer for total amnesty and coming back into the societies fold by laying downs arms at the Baling Talks on 28 December 1955, despite atrocities already committed. He vehemently refused. Then Merdeka came on 31 August 1957. Now that Federation of Malaya is a sovereign country with a Constitution, a parliament consist of democratically elected rakyat based on the constitutional monarchy and most importantly Britain no longer in control of Malaya and Malayans, he still continued to wage the armed rebellion for another 32 years. 

A quarter of million dollars bounty for Chin "Butcher of Malaya" Peng, from a 1950s Straits Time headline

In the 50s, Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng was Malaya’s PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1. There was a bounty of quarter of million dollars for his capture, which was a princely sum then.

Federation of Malaya, then Malaysia committed so much reosurces of peoples’ lives and money to wage the war against Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng and CPM Bandits until the Hadyaii Accord was signed. Even that, the Royal Malaysian Police Special Branch worked for years to convince Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng and CPM Bandits to sign the Hadyaii Accord armstice. For decades, so many army and police servicemen died, maimed and suffered for ambushes and booby-traps that the CPM “Butchers of Malaya” Bandits subjected them against.

They even assassinated top Police officers in broad daylight in their armed rebellion. IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur on 7 June 1974 and Perak CPO Tan Sri Khoo Chong Kong was assassinated in Ipoh on 13 June 1975.

There was once we read in The Sun about how a someone lived all her life without a father as Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng murdered her Chinese school headmaster father in cold blood at their hometown in Sitiawan.

The Sun on  28 Oct 2003:

‘I’ll never forgive Chin Peng’

Byline: Joseph Masilamany

KLANG: The incessant bark of Tommy guns, the cold swish of swords before jungle executions and the glow of fires bloodied the Malayan horizon in a seemingly perpetual sunset. They wrenched the heart of a nation that counted grisly, bullet riddled and mutilated bodies of mostly ethnic Chinese and British planters which the enemy saw as trophies.

Author Noel Barber lent a name to that sullied period of insurgency hosted by the now defunct Malayan Communist Party led by Chin Peng.

Barber tagged it The War of the Running Dogs – a war that had threatened the sovereignty of Malaya and had convulsed an entire nation in its wake, spreading spasms of fear and terror with wanton bloodletting as the order of the day.

On the night of Dee 19, 1948 in the inconspicuous village of Simpang Dua, Sitiawan, death came stalking again and it was the Loi household that was its quarry.

Chinese school teacher Tok Choo Lean, then 32 and pregnant with her eighth child, had just finished after dinner chores.

As it was routine among the simple Hock Chiew community, Tok and her husband, headmaster Loi Hieng Poh, also 32, were looking forward to an evening chat with neighbours.

However, several comrades of Chin Peng arrived and called out for Loi.

When the unsuspecting Loi went out two shots were heard and he lay dead, his lifeless body bathing under the glare of a sullen street lamp.

The shock caused Tok to give birth to a premature baby girl four days later.

For the last 55 years, that baby girl Irene Loi Yu Ding, now headmistress of SK Convent (1) in Klang, had kept the incident to herself.

However, in a recent interview with theSun, Loi, a Methodist Christian, broke her long silence.

”It is time to speak, to ventilate, but forgiving Chin Peng is the furthest thing from my mind. Now that he is in the news again, I recall the abject state my family was driven to because of his eccentricity and love for power.”

According to Loi, with the death of her father, her mother (now 88 years old and still living in the same village) apart from being a teacher had to tap rubber to feed the family of eight.

“I am indebted to my mum and take comfort knowing that my late dad will remain an unsung martyr of Simpang Dua.”

Eyes glistening with tears and her voice stifled by emotion, Loi apologised as she tried to speak: “Chin Peng did not just kill headmaster Loi Hieng Poh but deprived me of a father-daughter bonding.”

She said the renegade from the Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army does not deserve a place in this country and is glad the government has decided not to give him passage.

Asked about lan Ward’s memoirs of Chin Peng, Loi retorted: “Is Chin Peng being glorified as a hero? What memoirs? My birth certificate says it all if anybody wants memories of the Emergency.”

Loi said she had to bear the indignity of having the term Ditembak mati written in the birth document in the column for ”Father’s details”.

”Rightly, it should be Ditembak mati oleh Chin Peng,” she said bitterly.

When reminded that as a Christian she is bound by her faith to forgive her enemies, Lot had an answer:

“I know … to forgive is divine, and I will come to terms with my father’s death.

“But I trust God will understand the frailty of my human state and will not test me beyond my strength.

“I’ll never forgive my father’s murderer … never,” she vowed.


In short, for 32 years post Merdeka, Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng and CPM Bandits imposed terror to Malaysians in their own home.

The fact remained, non combattant civilians are the most who suffered from the 54 years of CPM “Butchers of Malaya” Bandits atrocities. Example is the massacre of the Bukit Kepong Police Station on 23 February 195o not only killed Policemen (who are combattants), but also killed civilians. Amongst the non combattant civilians killed at the massacre are two women and two children. The three kampungs around Bukit Kepong were also severely affected by the massacre.

An apology simply would not suffice. At least not anymore. Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng imposed toture, suffering and extreme pain to so many people for far too long. The apology would have meant when he had the chance at the Baling Talks 44 years ago.

Instead Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng should be charged for the atrocities that he did. A special war crime and rebellion court should be instituted and he shall be allowed to defend himself. If Mohd. Amin Razali and three others could be charged for waging a war against HM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong for the Kampung Sauk incident in July 2000 and later found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging, so should  Chin ‘Butcher of Malaya” Peng.

The very least the families who had lost love ones to his atrocities should take him to court. Especially persons who are still alive but have been maimed, injured and suffered for all the actions Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng and his CPM Bandits did. Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng should pay for the atrocities and terrorism he did onto Malayans/Malaysians for 54 years!

Any Malaysians who would want to agree for Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng be pardoned with this simple apology should really talk and live the lives of the persons who were maimed, tortured and suffered and their families for the 54 years of CPM “Butchers of Malaya” Bandits atrocities and terrorism, first!

*Updated 500pm

Published in: on November 22, 2009 at 10:01  Comments (27)  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/will-an-apology-from-the-butcher-of-malaya-suffice/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

27 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. […] rest is here: Will an apology from the “Butcher of Malaya” suffice? « The … Share and […]

  2. Tiada ma’af bagimu. No allowing him to enter Malaysia.

    No remorse. Apology also a qualified one. Allowing him in will only create animosity and ill feelings.

    Let him die and be buried outside Malaysia. After all, when he fought the duly elected government of independent Malaya, he was not thinking about this country as a sovereign nation. He wanted it under the suzerainty of Communist China.

    For all his misdeeds, let him go to hell.

  3. Dear Sir,

    ** Permission for an out-of-topic reporting*

    The following poll was conducted over a month ago (invitation was submitted to this blog earlier).

    SHOULD the British Overseas Citizen (BOC) BE OFFERED BACK Malaysian Citizenship?

    1. “Yes”
    2. “No”
    3. “Dont care”

    The result:-

    About 97% (427 votes) voted “NO”
    About 1 % (5 votes) voted “YES”
    Less than 1% (4 votes) said “don’t care”.

    Details can be read HERE.

    Do read THIS NEWS too.

    Thank you.

  4. My grandfather was killed by CPM henchmen, they cut both his legs off just below the knee while he was tied to a tree and left him for the dead in front of his family (two armed CPM members was there to made sure nobody helped him down). All because he had no extra chicken or rice to give.

    And some people actually wanted him back in Malaysia when he is not even Malaysian…what kind of perverse logic is this?

    Apology not accepted. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Chin Peng can only be in Malaysia if his body was quartered and sent to the four corners of the country as a reminder to other traitors and his apologists.

  5. I was born after the end of the Communist insurgency but I do remember my late parents and relatives telling about the ghastly atrocities and their sufferings under CPM. The door of forgiveness to Chin Peng is closed and we should not reopen it, more so to give new breath to those aspirants to wish continue the communist philosophy beneath new cloaks or use this bastard’s apology as a means to promote their selfish political purposes. .

  6. I may not be the generation of Insurgency and I’ve never felt the ‘true terror’ of what Communist did. I can only see the pictures of crimes and terrorism created by this bunch of screwed-up bastards in the history books and listen to stories from the veterans that lived during that time. I hated them because they’re the bastards who are trying to ruin our Malaysia for their own benefit. 6 out of 7 of my uncles were in the armed forces and my granddad was a HG. They told me the story of what these bastards did to the orang kampung. And I agree, that these all bastards were heartless beast. They are not human. No matter whether they are Malays, Chinese or Indian, as long as they are Communist supporter on whatever the reason, they are foolish bastards and heartless beast. A TRAITOR IS A TRAITOR, NO MATTER WHAT IS THEIR COLOR !!

  7. Kalau zaman Maharaja China dulu,semua keluarga si Chin Peng malah seluruh penduduk kampongnya akan dihukum bunuh kerana mengkhianati raja. Tapi kita tidak sekejam itu,walaupun ada waris mangsa CPM yang masih berdendam akibat kekejaman komunis terhadap mereka dahulu.Eloknya bangkai Chin Peng nanti di tanam di Betong atau di Hatyai saja kerana jika bangkai itu dibawa ke Malaysia maka akan tercemar lah bumi kita yang tercinta ini.

  8. Dia bukan rakyat Malaysia pun. Lebih baik dia mampus di luar Malaysia dan bangkainya dibakar dan dicampakkan ke dalam longkang.

  9. Jangan sesekali bagi PENGKHIANAT NEGARA INI KEMBALI!!!!

    Brapa ramai wanita, anak anak dan org tua tidak berdosa menjadi mangsa kekejaman PENGKHIANAT NEGARA ini hanya semata mata kerakusan utk raih kuasa secara paksa????

    Brapa banyak ladang dirosakan, kilang dan rumah dibakar, jambatan dan jalan keretapi untuk capai kerakusan buas utk kuasa secara paksa ini????

    HADIAH utk PENGKHIANAT NEGARA ini menjejakan kaki ditanahair yg beliau perangi ini ADALAH BUNUH!!!!


  10. Heran Bin Ajaib

    Tun Dr Mahathir yang berbudi, berjasa, berkorban sepanjang 22 tahun di caci, dicela, dimaki – tiada perasaan terima kasih langsung.

    Ini pengkhianat bangsa disayangi, dipuji, dihormati dan disanjung???

    Mungkin ini satu lagi taktik politik pembangkang, ketika anwar menghadapi kes liwatnya.

    • Ini kami setuju benar.

      Kes liwat mantan-salahguna-kuasa Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim diteruskan hari ini (23 Nov 2009). Dijangkakan, drama untuk melengahkan perbicaraan akan beterusan.

      “Justice delayed is justice denied”

      • I detest this Mat King Leather. May he and his followers rot in hell


      • But for bloody Chin Peng, justice has already been done. Teh Haadyai Accord. More than justice for him. We did not ask for his head on a pole. He could bersemayam di hutan Betong. Let him there until dia kelubang cacing!

        He is really a bloody bloke. Possibly a bloody bastard, too. Think about it.

  11. Agaknya … silap kerajaan jugak.

    Jika anggota PKM yg berugama Islam dibenarkan kembali ke tanahair … jadi dgn alasan yg sama Chin Peng meminta supaya dibenarkan kembali. Dgn ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’ maka ramailah cucu cicit Chin Peng menuntut ‘HAK ASASI’ utk dia pulang dan mati di Malaysia.

    Mahkamah pernah menolak rayuan Chin Peng kerana dia tidak dapat membuktikan kerakyatan. Jadi jika dia menuntut di Mahkamah Dunia (Wirld Court) … mungkin haru juga dijadinya … agaknya lah.


    • Bekas ahli PKM seperti Shamsiah Fakeh dan Musa Ahmad dibenarkan kembali kerana mereka kembali ke jalan Allah, menunjukan benar benar mereka bertaubat dan menolak fahaman kommunism.

      Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng dengan tegar enggan menolak fahaman kommunism beliau. Sebagai seorang kommunis tegar, menolak ugama dan kepercayaan kepada Tuhan bermakna melanggar prinsip Rukunegara.

      Sebagai penjenayah perang, pengganas dan pembunuh kejam, melanggar prinsip Rukunegara menguatkan lagi alasan untuk menafikan beliau kembali ketanahair yang beliau perangi dan rakyat yang beliau zalimi untuk 54 tahun berterusan.

  12. […] of Malaya” be allowed back in, then they must also insist that the man be made to stand trial as a war ciminal and crimes against HM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong, Federal…. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Imagining A Forgiving MalaysiaShould we allow […]

  13. […] yang terdiri dari anasir anti-Melayu seperti DAP dan politikus-anarkis seperti Anwar Ibrahim yang mendesak agar Penjenayah Perang Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng dibenarkan kembali ke Siti…, Perak untuk menghabiskan sisa sisa hidup. Dalam tempoh 12 tahun Darurat, Chin “Butcher of […]

  14. […] yang terdiri dari anasir anti-Melayu seperti DAP dan politikus-anarkis seperti Anwar Ibrahim yang mendesak agar Penjenayah Perang Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng dibenarkan kembali ke Sitiawan, Perak untuk menghabiskan sisa sisa hidup. Dalam tempoh 12 tahun Darurat, Chin “Butcher of […]

  15. Yes….Chin Peng should be allowed back but in several plastic bags. I served for almost 16 years in VAT69, I saw my men injured, dying and instantly died as well as I saw civilians injured and murdered by PGKs or Pengganas Kominis. Do I want him to return back? Do my colleagues in VAT69 want him to return back? Only a stupid person would ask me for an answer and only a brainless donkey would even suggest that. There is nothing about Chin Peng being a chineses and nothing about our armed forces of being almost malay as we also lost very good indians, chineses, eurasian, orang aslis, sikhs, ibans, dayaks and many other ethnic groups to ensure that we are able to provide a blanket of peace and freedom for Malaysians and foreigners alike living and working here! If the country can hang a group of men for treason against the King, Chin Peng should also die by hanging and I would willingly volunteer myself – I know many ex services men and women would do the same too – be the person to pull the rope and see that the life of terror escape slowly from Chin Peng’s boy. I did not vote for BN but I am disturbed that there are people who would throw bricks at , for examples, Dr Mahathir’s work for Malaysia and yet these same brainless people would welcomed back Chin Peng! Chin Peng had better not be allowed to return to Malaysia!

  16. […] ketangan seorang yang zalim seperti Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng. Apa pun keadaan, dosa seorang yang ‘menyembelih warga tanahair sendiri’ tidak wajar diampunkan, walaupun dengan darah sekalipun! Possibly related posts: (automatically generated) Published […]

  17. […] Peng untuk kembali Malaysia. Ini juga merupakan perjuangan Chauvinis Cina DAP. Kesedian untuk meminta maaf semata mata tidaklah diterima majoriti warga pasukan keselamatan yang mengambil risiko mengadai nyawa semata mata mempertahankan tanahair dari pengganas komunis […]

  18. […] is what a modern day Min Yuen is all about. Neither they nor their comrades who waged a war against Malayans and Malaysians for 54 years would ever be forgiven, nor […]

  19. […] utterance against Jalur Merdeka, the ‘vow’ at Red Rock Hotel, Penang 5 May 2011, the attempt to bring back to Malaysia  Chin “Butcher of Malay” Peng, simply wrap every messages what […]

  20. […] pro-communist DAP wanted Malaysians to accept the apology of Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng and became a promoter for the man who was responsible […]

  21. […] Secretary General Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng apology and allow him to return when the majority vehemently and boldly rejected the notion, is the evidence that the Chinese Chauvinist party is a Neo Min Yuen political organ and still very […]

  22. […] years he wanted to come back. He even apologised for his sins. Lately the Opposition, especially the Chinese Chauvinist DAP advocated the return of Chin Peng to […]

  23. […] The pain and anguish of suffering Malayans and Malaysians throughout the 54 years of atrocities and duress inflicted by CPM cannot be simply forgotten nor forgiven. Even when Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng offered his apology. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: