There is now a raging controversy with regards to a question of whether the former CPM leader Chin Peng ( Ong Boon Hua) be allowed to return to Malaysia or not. This controversy was the result of a statement made by Penang Gerakan Chairman Datuk Dr. Teng Hock Nan who had suggested that Chin Peng be allowed to return to his country of birth, supposedly because of failing age, and that he no longer posed a threat to the country. But one thing is certain, that Chin Peng like any other communist, will never renounce his communist ideology, and that’s the issue that all Malaysians must be concern about.
The government is firm in its decision not to allow Chin Peng to return, but there are now voices to the contrary; the reason being that Chin Peng they claim was a patriot; a nationalist of sorts, who fought an arm insurrection to dispose off the British colonialist. But wasn’t Chin Peng and his marauding band of bandits offered an amnesty in 1955; denounce their CPM status and to participate in a legally constituted political party? The amnesty was rejected by Chin Peng and his followers, who wanted to retain their CPM status, and be given the freedom to propagate the communist ideology. This was flatly denied by the Malayan government then under the leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Speaking for those who had sacrificed their lives fighting against the communist terrorist from 1948 till 1960, and again from 1969 till 1990, I will not give a second thought to the idea of allowing Chin Peng to return to this country.
The security forces had fought the communist threat for a total of 33 years; hundreds have died in the process, and many more maimed for life, and for the families that have seen the loved ones die, it would not be that easy to forget and to forgive.
I could still remember during the period of the First Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), I had friends in my village of Ulu Langat, Selangor, having lost their parents through kidnapping by the communist terrorist, and their bodies were never recovered. Till today, my friends who are of my age, still talks about their lost parents. And do you think they will ever forgive Chin Peng for this?
And similarly, during the ‘Second Malaysian Emergency (1969-1990)’, I lost a lot of friends (soldiers and officers alike) fighting the communist terrorist. Any sane person having seen a comrade die, will never forget nor forgive those who have killed them.
Datuk Dr. Teng Hock Nan may not have experienced the long and torturous period that the security forces have to endure seeking and fighting the communist throughout the 33 years in the jungles. Neither have he seen friends die fighting the communist, and for that reason, I can forgive him for his ignorance.
But for us who have toiled in the jungles for months on end to ensure the peace that prevails in the country today, will find it hard to accept even the mere the sight of Chin Peng back in Setiawan, Perak.
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