Chin Peng’s “Farewell, my dear Comrades! Farewell, my dear Compatriots! Farewell, my dear Motherland!”

Posted: September 21, 2013 in British government, Chin Peng, Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), Malaysia, Malaysia Day, malaysiakini
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Looks like Malaysia cannot be trusted. Yes, it reflects most adversely on the credibility and international standing of Malaysia for reneging on its commitments and undertakings in the Hatyai Agreement signed some 20 years ago.

The Hatyai Peace Agreement was signed at 8pm on November 30th 1989 in the Lee Gardens Hotel in Hatyai between the Malaysian Government the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) and the Thai Government. Malaysia’s long standing conflict with communism ended when Malaysia, Thailand government and the CPM finally signed the Peace Accord after a long-drawn conflict which was fought for 41 long years before finally laying down their arms.

The Malaysian Government was represented by Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Haji Wan Sidek Wan Abdul Rahman, Chief of the Defence Forces Jen Tan Sri Hashim Mohd Ali and Inspector-General of Police Tun Hanif Omar.

Thai Armed Forces Chief General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, Police-General Sawaeng Therasawat, Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Anek Sithiprasasana and Regional Internal Security Operations Command Director Lt Gen Yodhana Yamphundu signed on behalf of the Thai government.

The CPM side were represented by Chin Peng aka Ong Boon Hwa, Abdullah and Rashid Maydin.

During the signing of the Peace Accord Chin Peng in his speech even pledged his allegiance to the Yang diPertuan Agong and the country and said the accord was in line with CPM’s intention to make peace with the Malaysian government.

Then, why was not this agreement honoured by the Malaysian side? The Malaysian side didn’t even allow the CPM leader Chin Peng to come back to Malaysia to visit his hometown to pay respects to his parents’ graves in Sitiawan, when he requested. Now, after death, even Chin Peng’s ashes cannot be brought home. Why? Even Former inspector-general of police Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor is saying that Malaysia will become a laughing stock if the government adamantly refuses to allow Chin Peng’s remains to be brought into the country. I agree fully with the Former IGP.

Maybe the Malaysian side should go back and study history all over again, they should visit Imperial War Museum London or maybe just watch “Test Nationhood” a brilliant 35-minute propaganda film on Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960, by the Imperial War Museum.

Below is Chin Peng’s farewell letter obtained by Malaysiakini’s correspondent in Bangkok:

“My dear Comrades, my dear Compatriots,

When you read this letter, I am no more in this world.

It was my original intention to pass away quietly and let my relatives handle the funeral matters in private. However, the repercussions of erroneous media reports of me in critical condition during October 2011, had persuaded me that leaving behind such a letter is desirable.

Ever since I joined the Communist Party of Malaya and eventually became its secretary-general, I have given both my spiritual and physical self in the service of the cause that my party represented, that is, to fight for a fairer and better society based on socialist ideals. Now with my passing away, it is time that my body be returned to my family.

I draw immense comfort in the fact that my two children are willing to take care of me, a father who could not give them family love, warmth and protection ever since their birth. I could only return my love to them after I had relinquished my political and public duties, ironically only at a time when I have no more life left to give to them as a father.

It was regrettable that I had to be introduced to them well advanced in their adulthood as a stranger. I have no right to ask them to understand, nor to forgive. They have no choice but to face this harsh reality. Like families of many martyrs and comrades, they too have to endure hardship and suffering not out of their own doing, but out of a consequence of our decision to challenge the cruel forces in the society which we sought to change.

It is most unfortunate that I couldn’t, after all, pay my last respects to my parents buried in hometown of Sitiawan (in Perak), nor could I set foot on the beloved motherland that my comrades and I had fought so hard for against the aggressors and colonialists.

My comrades and I had dedicated out lives to a political cause that we believed in and had to pay whatever price there was as a result. Whatever consequences on ourselves, our family and the society, we would accept with serenity.

In the final analysis, I wish to be remembered simply as a good man who could tell the world that he had dared to spend his entire life in pursuit of his own ideals to create a better world for his people.

It is irrelevant whether I succeeded or failed, at least I did what I did. Hopefully the path I had walked on would be followed and improved upon by the young after me. It is my conviction that the flames of social justice and humanity will never die.

Farewell, my dear Comrades!

Farewell, my dear Compatriots!

Farewell, my dear Motherland!”

  1. John Toner says:

    I spent many of my formative years in Malaya. My father was a Police Officer in Lyang Lyang.
    Chin Peng, I now regard as a person with ideals I may not have agreed with at the time, but now on reflection find refreshing.
    Some may not regard he or his followers as particularly worthy people to be welcomed back into Malaya. If we all had this attitude today, there would be no international trade and all super powers would be despised. But guess what we welcome them all irrespective of past actions. Lets get on with life and allow Chin Peng’s ashes back into Malaysia.
    By the way while I lived in Lyang Lyang with my parents, one night I was lcked in a Police Cell while the Police Station was attacked by “CTS” from outside the fence line.
    I would like to hear from anyone who still has contact with any of Chin Peng’s people in Southern Thailand as I have a Khaki Cap with a 5 pointed Red Star on it to give back to it’s rightful owners. I now live in Laos P.D.R

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  2. A.Wellesley says:

    Fare thee well Mr Chin Peng, you saw your conviction thru.. May the Lord comfort you and your loved ones

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  3. Kula Segaran says:

    By M Kula Segaran

    I have heard about the Communist Party of Malaya secretary general Chin Peng from a young age. For as long as I can remember, Chin Peng has been associated with the town of Sitiawan. More than interest in his career as a guerrilla fighter drew me to him.

    I, too, hail from Sitiawan where I was born a good many years after Chin Peng emerged on the west coast of Perak in 1924. Marxists might disagree, but a sense of geographical solidarity may be just as strong as class solidarity.

    I had wanted to meet up with Chin Peng since the time I first heard about him. Being from a rubber tapping family, I was drawn to read quite a lot about him and his struggles.

    Rubber was the mainstay of the Malayan economy but rubber tappers were poor and communist ideology was sympathetic to those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Hence I had an interest in the fighter who was from my hometown of Sitiawan and in how his career worked out in history.

    My curiosity was gratified with the publication of Chin Peng’s memoir of his struggle, ‘My Side of History’, which was published in 2003. I devoured the book and remembered striking aspects of the story.

    An Ipoh lawyer of my acquaintance, Chan Kok Keong, took up Chin Peng’s application to the Malaysian government to be allowed to return to Malaysia to visit his parents’ graves. Kok Keong arranged for a meet-up in Bangkok in 2009.

    Through Kok Keong’s connections, the meeting took place in a famous hotel in the Thai capital in 2009. With episodes in Chin Peng’s memoirs fresh in my memory, the first thing I did when I encountered the man in the flesh as different to the vivid character in the pages of ‘My Side of History’ was to ask about intriguing episodes in the book.

    I asked how he evaded capture by the British and the Japanese while he traveled in Perak in the period between 1939 and during the Second World War (1942-45). He told me his base was in the high hills of Bidor, near Cameron Highlands.

    Chin Peng told me that he cycled from his base in the hills of Bidor via rubber plantations to places where he could meet up with fellow guerillas and contacts. He told me almost all the time he was able to avoid detention. Till today, this narrative evokes wonder and awe in him.

    I asked about how he had met up with the British military unit ferried by submarine to link up with officers of the Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army on the coast of Perak in 1943. He said the submarine landed in Lumut Kiri.

    Even present days Perakians would be hard put to know where Lumut Kiri is. It is a very remote area which is only accessible on foot. Chin Peng said he had cycled to Pantai Remis via rubber plantations and then walked the last few miles to Lumut Kiri to meet up with his British military contacts. This wasn’t an easy feat, even if attempted in these days — what more then!

    Honouring agreements

    In the Bangkok meeting with him, I sensed Chin Peng’s desire to o come back to Malaysia, if only to pay his respects at his parents’ graves which are at the Chinese grave site in the village of Pundut, in Lumut. Alas, that wish remains unfulfilled.

    I have raised in Parliament the 1989 Peace Agreement between the Malaysian government and the MCP.

    I have argued that the government must be ashamed for not honouring their part of the agreement to allow Chin Peng to return as required by the terms of the peace accord.

    Now the government’s decision to disallow the internment of his ashes in Pundut compounds the insensibility of the earlier decision to bar his return to the country of his birth.

    How can we expect others to abide by the terms of agreement they may make with us if our government violates and refuses to adhere to agreements we have made with others, such as the one we made with the MCP in 1989?

    I disagree with communist ideology and abhor the huge loss of life and destruction of property their militant struggle caused in Malaya between 1948 and 1960, and on a lesser scale from 1960 to the conclusion of a peace agreement in 1989.

    But I contend that the MCP’s struggle against the Japanese during the latter’s occupation of Malaya was valiant and their resistance to the British colonials after the defeat of the Japanese hastened the grant of independence to Malaya in 1957.

    For that reason and also in deference to the terms of the 1989 peace accords, Chin Peng’s ashes should be allowed the courtesy of entry into the country and internment in the place of his wish.

    M Kula Segaran the MP for Ipoh Barat and the DAP national vice chairman.


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