by Dr. Chen Man Hin
The Malaysian government’s continued refusal to allow the remains of deceased Chin Peng to be buried in his home town in Malaysia is a blot on the humanity of Umno leaders.
The reason for their stubborn refusal was that Chin Peng caused the death of thousands of Malay police personnel in the guerrilla war from 1948 to 1989.
It is not true that Chin Ping killed them in cold blood. There was a guerrilla war going on at that time.
Chin Peng was the leader of the Malayan Liberation Front, which was part of the world communist movement.
It is relevant to point out that there was another guerrilla war going on in Vietnam from 1955 to 1975, between the Vietnam National Liberation Front and the American army in Vietnam, with war casualties running into tens of thousands for the Americans and hundreds of thousands for the Vietnamese.
Do America and Vietnam still bear a grudge against each other?
Umno leaders must open their eyes and follow the example of the Vietnamese and American governments and people.
In the guerrilla war in Malaya, Malayan security officers and Chin Peng’s fighters were killed between Malayan and British forces on one side and Chin Peng’s guerrillas on the other.
The Malayan government was angry because many Malay officers were killed. They have refused to grant citizenship to Chin Peng although the guerrilla war had ended in 1989. Now that he has died, the grudge and vengeance still grips UMNO leaders, who refuse to allow Chin Peng’s ashes to be buried in his home country, Malaysia.
The Malaysian government leaders should stop their senseless boycott of the rights of Chin Peng to be a citizen of our country and to be buried here.
It is valid to point out that the British troops were killed by the thousands in the guerrilla war with the Malayan communists but the British acknowledged that they were killed in a war.
This is a lesson for UMNO to learn and accept.