Malaysia

Don’t upset Malays with Chin Peng issue, Perkasa warns MCA

An undertaker carries a bowl near a portrait of former Malayan Communist Party leader Chin Peng during his funeral at a temple in Bangkok today. Ong Boon Hua, also known as Chin Peng, was a communist guerrilla who fought to establish a communist state in Malaya, which later became Malaysia. He died in a hospital in Bangkok on September 16 at the age of 89. - Reuters pic, September 20, 2013.An undertaker carries a bowl near a portrait of former Malayan Communist Party leader Chin Peng during his funeral at a temple in Bangkok today. Ong Boon Hua, also known as Chin Peng, was a communist guerrilla who fought to establish a communist state in Malaya, which later became Malaysia. He died in a hospital in Bangkok on September 16 at the age of 89. - Reuters pic, September 20, 2013.Perkasa has warned the MCA not to upset the Malays by insisting that Putrajaya allow Chin Peng's ashes to be brought back here.

The Malay rights group pointed out that many Malays and Chinese died at the hands of the communists, led by Chin Peng, during the insurgency.

Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali questioned why the MCA was so adamant about the Chin Peng issue.

"Don't upset the Malays. Respect the feelings of others," urged Syed Hassan.

Perkasa chairman Datuk Ibrahim Ali also got into the debate and suggested that the communist leader's ashes should just be “tossed into the air”, adding that the people should just forget about Chin Peng.

"We are better off discussing the problems faced by the living. He is dead. His ashes should be tossed into the air," he said.

MCA had called on the government to allow Chin Peng's remains to be brought back into the country, putting the Chinese party on a collision course with Putrajaya which is against the move.

MCA publicity bureau chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie had said there was no law in the country which forbids anyone from either having their last rites or being buried in Malaysia.

She also pointed out the remains of terrorists Dr Azahari Husin and Nordin Mohamad Top were allowed to be buried in Malaysia, questioning if Putrajaya was taking a racial stand when it came to Chin Peng. – September 20, 2013.

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