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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.