A “Golden Jubilee” Closure To 54 Years of Atrocities

Finally, it is all over. Communist Party of Malaya Secretary General Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng died in a Bangkok hospital at 620am this morning. He was 90 years old.

Published: Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 12:29:00 PM
Updated: Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 12:47:51 PM

Former Malayan communist chief Chin Peng dies in Bangkok at age 90

PETALING JAYA: Chin Peng, former secretary-general of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), died at a hospital in Bangkok on Monday morning. He was 90 years old, the Bangkok Post reported.

He died of old age and was pronounced dead at 6.20am, reports said.

His relatives will perform religious rites for him on Friday, the daily said.

Chin Peng led the MCP’s guerrilla insurgency and fought against British and Commonwealth forces to establish an independent Communist state.

The insurgency officially ended on Dec 2, 1989 when the Malaysian government signed a peace treaty with MCP, less than a month after the Berlin Wall came down.

He lived in exile in Thailand and was not permitted to return in Malaysia, the Bangkok Post said.

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Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng led Communist Party of Malaya to brutally terrorise and committed atrocities which saw 18,000 lives killed merciless for 12 years of Emergency (1948-1960). Mostly non combatants, women, children and old folks. Rubber estates, smokehouses, mining dredgers, factories, warehouses, barracks and even kampungs were not spared from being razed down or partly wrecked.

The communist rebels attacked Bukit Kepong Police Station on 25 Feb 1950 where 27 persons were killed. Again in Kroh, Upper Perak on 17 June 1968 where 17 Field Force Policemen were ambushed and killed.

In December 1955 after winning a landslide Federal Consultative Council first general election in Malaya, then Chief Minister Tun Abdul Rahman wanted to meet Chin Peng in person and end this merciless armed rebellion, since it is proven majority of Malayans are behind him.

So the ‘Baling Talks’ were held and Tunku offered amnesty and return to ordinary Malayan society. Chin Peng rejected it and went back into the jungle, to continue armed struggle and terrorise Malayans.

A very huge bounty for the Most Wanted Man in Malaya alive, 1 May 1952

He continued the armed rebellion even after Federation of Malaya achieved Kemerdekaan. Emergency ended in 1960.

However, CPM refreshed their struggle. The 17 June 1968 ambush on the Field Force Police patrol in Kroh is known as the beginning of the ‘Second Emergency’. This is the two throng strategy of CPM in mid sixties when the armed struggle was waning, Chin Peng changed his tactics and gotten his Min Yuens to infiltrate and move within formally established organisations such as trade unions and political parties, such as the DAP, Gerakan, Socialist Party and Labour Party. They are supposed to sow radicalism, extremism and subversive elements via their posts and organisations.

This led to the bloody racial riot of 13 May 1969.

After failing to prop the Chinese Chauvinists to take over the Federal Government with the bloody racial riots, Chin Peng changed his strategy. Assasination of leaders especially security and military chiefs are planned. As such, IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim was shot at close range on 7 June 1974 and Perak CPO Tan Sri Khoo Chong Kong 13 November 1975.

After years on intense intelligence work by the Police Special Branch led by then Director Dato’ Rahim Md Noor, the Hadyaii Accord was singed on 2 December 1989. The CPM armed rebellion finally came to an end.

Hadyaii Accord, signed 2 Dec 1989

Hadyaii Accord, signed 2 Dec 1989

For 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 Malaya but was vehemently opposed. The matter was taken to court. Even his Malaysian citizenship has been questioned. Finally, after a long legal battle the Federal Court decided against it on 7 December 2010.

His citizenship and right to return was questioned again. IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s remark to this:

Chin Peng not a citizen, say police

BY LEE SHI-IAN
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 11:54 PM

Bukit Aman does not consider Chin Peng a citizen and does not see any reason why his remains should be brought back to Malaysia.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said there is nothing more to discuss about the former secretary-general of the Communist Party of Malaya.

“I’m not sure whether he obtained a citizenship from Thailand, but he is not a Malaysian,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.

“He has passed away so I don’t see what the issue is now,” Khalid said, declining to comment on the earlier statements made by former IGP Tan Sri Rahim Noor on Chin Peng.

In November 2009, Rahim had backed Chin Peng’s right to return to Malaysia, at least on a social visit.

Former Malayan communist chief Chin Peng (pic) died in Bangkok today, Thai newspaper Bangkok Post reported. He would have turned 90 this October 21.

The daily said his relatives will conduct religious rites this Friday.

Chin Peng led the guerrilla insurgency and fought against British and Commonwealth forces to establish an independent Communist state.

Chin Peng, whose real name was Ong Boon Hua, had been living in exile, mostly in Thailand, after the party signed an agreement in Haadyai in 1989 to end hostilities.

The Haadyai agreement was inked on December 2, 1989 by CPM leaders and senior government officials representing Malaysia and Thailand and signalled the end of the decades-long jungle war in the two countries.

The agreement also allowed for CPM members to return home, if they so desired, but till the end, Putrajaya refused to allow him back. – September 16, 2013.

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His death in Bangkok is now a closure of something evil and very painful, which started on 15 August 1945 when Japan announces it surrender. It is a good 50 Years Malaysia Day commemoration gift for all Malaysians.

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In a media conference in Kota Kinabalu, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak said that the ashes of Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng or his real name Ong Boon Hua would not allowed to be brought back to Malaysia.

Published in: on September 16, 2013 at 13:00  Comments (16)  

Challenging the Undoing of Nationalism

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Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin plans to undo the right wing-ness of UMNO and eventually bring the nationalist party into a liberal and middle path political party.

Published: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 11:44:22 AM

Khairy aims to make Umno Youth more centrist

BY NIK MAZWIN NIK ANIS AND RAZAK AHMAD
NEWSDESK@THESTAR.COM.MY

PUTRAJAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin, who looks set to be returned unopposed as Umno Youth chief, will use his second term to cultivate a more centrist approach for the wing that has traditionally been a pressure group.

He said that being vocal in expressing right-wing sentiment in defending the interests of the party was no longer appropriate.

“I am trying to change the DNA of Umno Youth from being mostly right-wing and Malay-centric to a more centrist wing that focuses on issues and their solutions,” Khairy said in an interview.

With nominations due on Saturday, Khairy has yet to be challenged in the post that he won in the 2009 polls, beating Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.

Khairy stressed that he would not compromise on the party’s core struggle to uphold the interests of Islam, the Malays and the country.

”We will still fight to empower the Malay community, protect the sanctity of Islam and defend this country, but the way we do this must be different,” he said.

One plan he has to re-orientate the wing is to set up a “finishing school” to groom potential young leaders who will be identified from the ranks of Umno Youth and Puteri Umno and from among new members still studying in universities.

The finishing school will expose the members to what Khairy calls “the new politics” and will train them on topics such as human rights, media relations and the social media.

“Whatever I can do to change the DNA of Umno Youth I will do in this last term and one way I want to do it is by rewriting our political education training module for use in the finishing school,” he said.

He added that both the Umno president and deputy president had agreed to the proposal to set up the finishing school which will be headed by supreme council member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

The 37-year-old Khairy admitted that his approach to politics has not gone down well with conservatives in the party who accuse him of being too liberal in his outlook.

“I get called all sorts of names, but I think this is the way forward. If I get a second term I will be 41 years old at the end of it, which is just the right age for me to leave Umno Youth.”

“What I want to do is make sure the changes I am making remain in place after I am gone.”

On the contest for the Umno Youth deputy chief post, Khairy said he supported all four candidates and would accept anyone whom the delegates chose to be his right hand man.

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This is as if Khairy plans to take UMNO into a party that panders into popularism and liberal thinking and values. Eventually, what he has yet to say that one day he wants to see UMNO be liberal enough into accepting the values and principles that the Malays have stood against, like LGBT and apostasy.

That is politically dangerous, which is against what the nationalists who founding UMNO; ion the spirit of protecting the position and role of Islam, special Malay rights, values, traditions, heritage and culture and nationalism.

Undoing what the nationalist party stood for is the only way for anti-UMNO elements such as PKR and DAP could weaken UMNO and eventually wrestle power from the Malay majority. In general, the Malays are very conservative of values and principles especially when it is guided by Islam.

On the same note, Langkawi UMNO Youth member Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi offered himself to challenge Khairy Jamaluddin for UMNO Youth Chief post.

Published: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 6:55:00 PM
Updated: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 9:26:23 PM

Umno Youth: Akhramsyah Sanusi to take on Khairy Jamaluddin

BY SIRA HABIBU

PETALING JAYA: Akhramsyah Sanusi (pix), the son of former Kedah Mentri Besar Tan Sri Sanusi Junid, says he intends to take on incumbent Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin in the upcoming party polls.

“I want to see the wing return to its era of glory where there was sincerity in struggle and unity in implementing the Malay agenda,” he told The Star Online.

He also said he was going against Khairy because so far, no one has come up to announce their candidacy.

“The grassroots have been asking if I am willing to contest the top post in the wing.

“After having intense discussions over the last two weeks, and after referring the matter to elders, I decided to throw my hat in the ring,” he said.

“I will be making an official announcement after a few other consultations,” he said.

Akhramsyah, who would be 40 next month, is a chemical engineer with a masters degree from the Imperial College of London.

Sanusi said although it would be a tough fight, Akhramsyah “has my full support.”

Akhramsyah is a member of the Bendang Baru Umno branch in the Langkawi Division, Kedah.

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It is a herculean task to unseat an incumbent. Then again Akhramsyah is paving the way for others who are very protective in preserving the values and principles that the nationalist party stood for and by, to stand up and be counted in this round of party election.

Akhramsyah Sanusi in his MAYC shirt

He is a chemical engineer and currently serving Shell Malaysia as a senior manager. For the record, Akhramsyah who is a political analyst, socio-political blogger and Vice President of Blog House Malaysia stood for UMNO Exco post in the last party election. The He was unsuccessful.

Menteri Besar Kedah and Kedah UMNO Liaison Chief Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir is expected to make an announcement on candidates from Kedah who would be standing up for posts in this party election, at 400pm on 18 September 2013 in Seri Mentaloon, Alor Setar, Kedah.

Published in: on September 16, 2013 at 02:00  Comments (15)