Citing the dark history of the Communist Party of Malaysia (CPM), Zulkifli Nordin said he rejected the idea proposed by several political leaders in Malaysia for the return of Chin Peng the former chieftain of the CPM to Malaysia.
According to news reports, the followers of the CPM outside Malaysia has accused the Malaysian government of renegating on a peace deal dated 1989 by refusing to allow Chin Peng to return to Malaysia.
“Tetapi isunya adalah kerana Chin Peng membawa bersamanya sejarah hitam negara ini.” kata Zulkifli.
“The issue is about the dark historical past of the country that accompanies Chin Peng,” he said. While he did not say Chin Peng’s presence could be of political importance in the country, he did mention that “Membenarkan beliau pulang dan tinggal dengan aman dalam negara ini adalah suatu penghinaan kepada ribuan rakyat pelbagai kaum yang telah menjadi mangsa beliau dan teroris komunis yang beliau pimpin.”
Zulkifli said Chin Peng could not be allowed to come and stay peacefully in the country since this would be a disrespect to the thousands of people of all races who suffered under the reign of terror of Chin Peng in the past.
He added that “Beliau adalah kepala teroris. Beliau tidak layak menjejak kaki ke bumi Malaysia ini walaupun sesaat, apatah lagi diberi tempat walau se inci. Beliau tidak pernah melahirkan rasa insaf dan sedar atas keganasan yang telah beliau lakukan. Kini beliau dan balaci-balacinya menagih simpati untuk menghabiskan usia tua kononnya di Malaysia.”
“He is a terrorist leader. He has no rights to be in Malaysia, not on an inch of land of this country and cannot be allowed to be in this country for a second altogether. Chin Peng has never really showed any regret for the violent struggle he led. Today he and his supporters want him to spend his last days in Malaysia.” he said in severe terms.
The Home Ministry today refuted claims by some quarters that the government had reneged on its peace agreement with the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) signed on December 2, 1989.
Its deputy minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said 442 ex-CPM members applied to return to Malaysia, but only 406 attended the interviews and fulfilled the conditions to be allowed to return.
“Chin Peng or his real name, Ong Boon Hwa, had submitted his application a day before the application period closed, but he did not attend the interview fixed for October 31, 1992.
“After that he never submitted a new application but instead used the court to determine the status of his citizenship. His action clearly showed that he failed to abide by the conditions stipulated in the peace agreement and did not obey the laws of the country as required,” he told a news conference here, today.
According to the records, in his bid to return to Malaysia, Chin Peng had filed to the court five affidavits between March 4 and April 4, 2005.
Abu Seman said in the case of Chin Peng, the Home Ministry had remained firm and would not compromise as he was not a hero who should be honoured.