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Gerakan’s call for Chin Peng’ return slammed

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 May 2009: The Ex-Policemen’s Association of Malaysia (PBPM) has protested against a call for former communist leader Chin Peng be allowed to return to Malaysia.

PBPM acting president Ku Mohamad Khalid Tuan Ibrahim said the Malayan Communist Party had waged a reign of terror against the country during the Emergency where scores of policemen were slain.

The suggestion made by Penang Gerakan chairperson Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan is uncalled for, said Ku Mohamad.

Teng yesterday called on the government to re-look at Chin Peng’s case and allow the MCP leader to return to the country on humanitarian grounds as he was no longer a security threat.

“Many people were also killed. The country was in upheaval during the communist insurgency,” said Ku Mohamad Khalid, adding that Teng should study the implication of his suggestion.

Umno Youth information chief Datuk Reezal Merican said the movement was against any move to make a hero out of a person who had committed crimes on the people and country.

“The crimes inflicted on the people cannot be neutralised merely for sentimental values under whatever circumstances,” he said. He urged all quarters to refrain from extremist views which could raise the anger of certain groups. — Bernama

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