- Chin Peng not a citizen, say police
- Chin Peng: Freedom fighter or foe
- Let young ones in, Dr M tells aging Umno
- Minister reminds Malaysians to never forget Chin Peng was a “terrorist leader”
- Perkasa opposes any attempt to bring back Chin Peng’s remains
- Sanusi Junid’s son to take-on Khairy
- Sarawak Sets "Sarawak Gemilang 2030" Vision
- Chin Peng dies in Bangkok at 90
- 26,213 washed plates break Guinness World Record
Posted: 15 Sep 2013 05:22 PM PDT
(TMI) - Bukit Aman does not consider Chin Peng a citizen and does not see any reason why his remains should be brought back to Malaysia.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said there is nothing more to discuss about the former secretary-general of the Communist Party of Malaya.
"I'm not sure whether he obtained a citizenship from Thailand, but he is not a Malaysian," he told The Malaysian Insider today.
"He has passed away so I don't see what the issue is now," Khalid said, declining to comment on the earlier statements made by former IGP Tan Sri Rahim Noor on Chin Peng.
In November 2009, Rahim had backed Chin Peng's right to return to Malaysia, at least on a social visit.
Former Malayan communist chief Chin Peng (pic) died in Bangkok today, Thai newspaper Bangkok Post reported. He would have turned 90 this October 21.
The daily said his relatives will conduct religious rites this Friday.
Posted: 15 Sep 2013 05:17 PM PDT
(The Star) - Former Communist Party of Malaya secretary-general Chin Peng, 90, died Monday in Bangkok and remains a controversial figure in Malaysian history.
Some consider him a hero, others say he was an enemy of the state.
Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) National chairperson Dr Nasir Hashim said Monday that Chin Peng must be remembered as one of the pioneers in the struggle for independence as he fought against the colonial masters – first the Japanese and then the British.
"If history is rewritten, he has a place in the country's struggle for independence," he said.
Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar said Chin Peng's death marked the end of an era.
"He was a resourceful leader in difficult times," he said, adding that whatever Chin Peng had done it had been done for the greater good of the people and the principles he stood for.
Chin Peng's struggle, however, began to be viewed negatively when he continued to fight the forces of the newly independent Malaya.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said if Chin Peng's last wishes were for his ashes to be brought back home, it should be allowed.
However, Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said his ashes shouldn't be allowed back into the country.
"To me, Chin Peng was not only the head of the violent communist movement but also a criminal. Chin Peng must be erased from history, so that the people especially the younger generation do not know him.
"There are some black moments in the county's history that should be taken as lessons but not the history of terrorist and criminals who did harm to the country," he said.
Malaysian government leaders have consistently insisted that Chin Peng's return would upset many Malaysians who lost their loved ones during the communist insurgency.
Some 10,000 people are believed to have been killed in the communist insurgency.
Posted: 15 Sep 2013 04:54 PM PDT
(MM) - The old leaders of an aging Umno should let young blood take their place, the party's former president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today, warning that the decades-old party would die if it is not rejuvenated.
The former prime minister said the founding leaders of Umno and their successors are now old, with the level of their contributions dwindling even as those around them repeat stories of their capability and prowess as leaders.
Posted: 15 Sep 2013 04:43 PM PDT
(TMI) - Malaysians must never forget that Chin Peng, who died in Bangkok today, was a "terrorist leader" and his quest for an independent communist state had left thousands of security personnel dead and families without loved ones, said the Home Minister.
"I want Chin Peng to be remembered as a terrorist leader. The security forces which had fought a bloody war with him still cannot forget or forgive him for the atrocities during the Malayan insurgency," Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) told The Malaysian Insider when contacted.
The Home Ministry had always objected to Chin Peng's return to Malaysia, even though a peace agreement signed between the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) and the government in 1989 had allowed his return.
Chin Peng's death was reported by Bangkok Post today. He would have turned 90 this October 21.
The daily also said that his relatives would conduct religious rites this Friday.
Chin Peng led the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) guerrilla insurgency and fought against British and Commonwealth forces to establish an independent Communist state.
Posted: 15 Sep 2013 04:34 PM PDT
(TMI) - Malay right-wing group Perkasa will oppose any attempt to bring back Chin Peng's remains to Malaysia.
"If when he was alive we objected to him returning to Malaysia, even in death, his remains should not be allowed to be buried here," its president Ibrahim Ali (pic) told The Malaysian Insider in a text message today.
He also said any record of the former Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) secretary-general should be erased from the annals of the country's history, and kept from the eyes of the younger generation.
According to Bangkok Post reports, Chin Peng died of old age at a Bangkok Hospital this morning.
Posted: 15 Sep 2013 04:10 PM PDT
(Bernama) - A son of former Umno secretary-general and ex- agriculture minister Sanusi Junid has announced his interest
Akhramsyah Sanusi Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah fired the first salvo of his campaign in his blog, http://www.thoughtsintangents.blogspot.com.
"(I'm) ready to begin a discussion about this contest by confirming that it has been my intention to contest the Umno Youth chief post.
"God willing, this blogger will make an official announcement soon," said Akhramsyah who is a member of the Bendang Baru Umno branch in the Langkawi Division, Kedah.
Akhramsyah said he was offering himself to contest the post as he wanted to devote himself to the party as well as work hand in hand with friends to restore the glory of Umno Youth.
Until Akhramsyah came into the picture, no one has shown interest to challenge Khairy who helmed Umno Youth since 2009.
In the 2009 contest, Khairy, who is youth and sports minister, garnered 304 votes to beat his contenders, Dr Mohd Khir Toyo who obtained 254 votes, and Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir (232 votes).
Umno wings – Wanita, Youth and Puteri – will go to the polls on Oct 12.
Meanwhile almost all Umno branches eligible to hold delegates' meetings should have completed their respective meetings by midnight yesterday.
The party gave branches from July 15 – August 31 to convene their annual meetings. This deadline was later extended to yesterday.
Umno spokesman said the exact number of Umno branches which had completed their meetings would be made available on Tuesday.
There are 20,080 Umno branches nationwide, but some had failed to meet certain conditions and were prohibited them from holding their meetings.
In KOTA KINABALU, Sabah Umno executive secretary Kadzim M. Yahya said almost all of the 5,000 Umno branches in Sabah had completed their annual delegates' meetings even though some were postponed several times due to technical issues.
Sabah is among the states which registered the highest number of Umno members at 450,000.
Posted: 15 Sep 2013 02:33 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Sarawak is currently formulating an approach to be a high-income developed state by 2030, said its Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud here today.
Describing this ambition as "Sarawak Gemilang 2030" (Sarawak Excellence 2030), he said the state, which was far behind in terms of development during the early stages of the establishment of Malaysia, was now able to compete with other states that developed before it.
"We are on track towards achieving Vision 2020 but in Sarawak, we will not stop there because our golden dream is "Sarawak Gemilang 2030"," he said in his speech at the 50th Malaysia Day parade and rally at Padang Merdeka here.
Posted: 15 Sep 2013 02:16 PM PDT
Posted: 15 Sep 2013 08:58 AM PDT
What Malaysia is good at:
(The Star) - A total of 26,213 plates were washed using a single 800ml bottle of Joy Dishwashing Liquid yesterday, breaking the Guinness World Record for the "longest line of washed plates".
The previous record was achieved in India with fewer than 16,000 plates.
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