Dr M: Stop being hypocrites, racist over Chin Peng

Dr M: Stop being hypocrites, racist over Chin Peng

SEOUL: Stop being a hypocrite about Chin Peng’s ashes being brought back to Malaysia and get over it, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Who are we trying to appease by raising this issue? Do you want us to collect his ashes now? This small matter will be exploited just to paint a bad picture of the government.

“These sorts of things happened during Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s premiership but there was no reaction. Now everything seems to be flung back to the Pakatan Harapan government,” said a visibility irritated Mahathir at the Incheon International Airport yesterday.

The prime minister reminded Malaysians to move on with their lives as the former Communist Party of Malaya leader died years ago and there is no attempt to revive communism in the country.

“He is dead. There were many others in the past, such as the Japanese, who also tortured us, but all that seem to have been forgotten. It is not as if Chin Peng can do anything anymore, it is only his ashes that are brought back home,” he said.

Mahathir also called out the people’s hypocrisy and racist mentality over the matter, as other former communist leaders like Shamsiah Fakeh and Rashid Maidin were allowed to return to Malaysia, without any issues.

“Why? Is it because she is a Malay? Rashid Maidin also came back to Malaysia, and several others too, but Chin Peng we did not allow then because he was their leader,” Mahathir said.

He also did not rule out that possibility that the issue was being exploited by parties with their own agenda.

“How are we to know when exactly they would bring the ashes back? It is kept in a flask and we would never know as who is going to notice it, and even if someone does, it is only ashes,” he said.

On Wednesday, Home Minister Tan Sri Muyhiddin Yassin said the government had never allowed for Chin Peng’s ashes to be allowed back in Malaysia.

It was reported that the ashes of Chin Peng, whose real name was Ong Boon Hua, were brought back on Sept 16 from Thailand with a funeral ceremony being held on the same day.

His ashes were later scattered at the sea in Lumut and Banjaran Titiwangsa.

Chin Peng, who was born in Sitiawan, Perak, died of cancer in Bangkok in 2013.

By G Vinod