Govt Will Not Allow Chin Peng To Return, Says Najib
PUTRAJAYA, May 27 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian government will not allow former Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng to reside in the country.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the return of the former terrorist would lead to dissatisfaction among the people, especially those who fought the communists and families who lost their loved ones during the CPM's revolt from 1948 to 1981 (known as the Emergency).
Najib said this to reporters at his office at the Perdana Putra building here today.
He was asked to comment on the call by Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan for the government to allow Chin Peng to return to Malaysia.
According to Teng, Chin Peng, who is now domiciled in Thailand, no longer posed a threat and as such the government should consider allowing him to return on humanitarian grounds.
The request by Teng drew flak from many quarters, including Defence Minister Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who described it as insensitive to present and former members of the security forces and families of those who lost their loved ones to the communists during the Emergency.
In other developments, commenting on the Internal Security Act detention of Jemaah Islamiah (JI) leader Mas Selamat Kastari, Najib said the suspect would be held at the Kamunting ISA detention camp for two years to enable the authorities to gain more information on the terrorist network.
He said Mas Selamat's detention was justified as he posed a threat to the security of Malaysia and Singapore.
He added that the security authorities of both countries were in contact on the matter and that Singapore too would have taken similar action had he been in the republic.
Mas Selamat, who escaped from a Singapore prison over a year ago, was captured at a remote village near Skudai in Johor last month.-- BERNAMA
Hhmmmm...first of all i do not know what had struck this Penang Gerakan chairman head when he came out with this silly outrageous proposal. Either he had too much drinks or he might be Chin Peng's decendent.
Maybe he thought that Penang is all strong with the Chinese supports thus making believe that this stupid call will gain support from his party and constituency. And perhaps, he is just trying to create some issues? Maybe.
He must be mad asking this ridiculous thing somehow.
Of course that dying old man will not pose any threat to the country anymore but the death and predicament caused by him and the communist to all the people during the CPM period those time are unforgettable.
What does he meant by considering to allow that communist to come back on humanitarian ground?
Did he posses that attributes when he and his guerrilla killed all the kampung folks and the soldiers fighting to restore the stability of the country those days.
He should be made paid the trouble he caused those days.
I will vote him to come back to the country but he got to serve his days somewhere in paid room and food in Kajang though.