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Home Ministry denies govt reneged on CPM peace pact

PUTRAJAYA, 2 June 2009: 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 2 Dec 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 31 Oct 1992.

“After that he never submitted a new application, [and] 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 4 March and 4 April 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. — Bernama

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