Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Chin Peng's case set to be heard on 5 March

The KL High Court has set 5 March to hear Chin Peng's homecoming application under the 1989 Haayai Peace Accords concluded between the Government of Malaysia and the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM). Justice K.P. Gengadharan also set the same day to hear the defendants' application to verify Chin Peng's citizenship.

Chin Peng's case to be mentioned anew in KL


Blogger Monsterball said...

Hi James,
Legally, the Malaysian government cannot bar a citizen from entering the country. If a person is considered "undesirable" they will find a reason to arrest the guy the moment he comes in, but the 1989 Haatyai Accords promised no prosecution of ex-CPM members. There's a fine for entering or leaving the country without proper documents, but that's about it.

I guess their next move is to challenge Chin Peng's citizenship status. I can't really comment on that - he probably hasn't got a Malaysian IC or passport. But he was born in Malaya, there's probably other ways to prove his citizenship.

Of course, the Peace accords also promised the right of return to the ex-CPM members.

Members of my family fought the communists in the 1960's, so my political views are pretty obvious.

But the 1989 Peace Accord is something we must treasure.

This is one of very few guerilla wars in the world that has ended peacefully. The government must keep to its side of the agreement.

This case will be very interesting to watch.

7:23 PM  
Blogger heyimnan said...

My grandma used to tell stories about the hardships faced during the emergency period.

There is this other thing that never left my mind. She used to point out to me 2 individuals in the village who appeared to have mental problems. What she said next, sent the chilling down my spine.."these people developed such abnormality after detentions for suspected communist activities by the authority". On top of that, she also named several other similar cases that I never knew who they were.

I was fortunate not having to grow up during that trying period. My take on this issue is that, don't let politics make a fool out of humanity.

Whitewashing the history and make the fool out of ourselves does not help the country to move on.

8:53 PM  

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