YAN, 15 June 2009: A Malaysian Information Department study reveals that the people do not want the government to allow former Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng to return to the country.
Chin Peng (Pic extracted from the
cover of My Side of History, published
by Media Masters Singapore, 2003) Information Department director-general Datuk Abdullah Morad said the result of a survey carried out on 10,000 respondents of various ethnic groups showed that 80% did not want Chin Peng to be allowed to return or to be granted citizenship.
He said the survey was carried out nationwide following a suggestion from certain quarters that Chin Peng should be allowed to return on humanitarian grounds.
“The survey revealed that the people of all ethnic groups could not accept Chin Peng because of the atrocities committed by him during the emergency period and after the country attained independence,” he told reporters after attending a function at Kampung Singkir Laut today.
He said the statement by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that Chin Peng should be allowed to return, because of the government’s permission previously granted to several other CPM members to return home, only created confusion.
“There can be chaos in the country and the people can become confused if the issue on Chin Peng continues to be played up by opposition leaders to gain sympathy although the people have rejected Chin Peng’s intention to return,” Abdullah said.
He said people of all races who loved the country should respect the Rukun Negara and the government’s decision not to allow Chin Peng to return. — Bernama