Adakah Chin Peng seorang warganegara Malaysia?
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 May 2009: Chin Peng, the former secretary-general of the outlawed Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), is not a Malaysian citizen but a British national, according to historian Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim. Khoo said Chin Peng, whose real name is Ong Boon Hua, was born in 1923 in Sitiawan which is in the Dindings District.
He said Dindings then was a part of the Straits Settlements which came under the British colonial administration.
“Dindings was a part of the Straits Settlements since 1826 and was only handed over to Perak in the 1930s. The Straits Settlements comprising Penang, Malacca and Singapore had been under British colonial administration between 1867 and 1941.
“According to these facts of history, Chin Peng is a British national and not a Malaysian citizen,” he told Bernama when asked to comment on calls by several people for the former CPM leader to be allowed to live in Malaysia.
Teng’s statement drew strong opposition from various quarters, particularly members of ex-police personnel’s and ex-service personnel’s associations whose relatives and colleagues had fallen victim to the communist brutality during the Emergency between 1948 and 1960.
Chin Peng’s attempt to get to reside in the country through the process of law also failed when the High Court dismissed his appeal because he did notfurnish his identification documents.
The Federal Court in April upheld two lower courts’ decisions compelling him to produce his identification papers if he wanted to enter the country. Chin Peng is believed to live in Bangkok.
“There may be no problems if Chin Peng intends to go to Britain. But if he wants to come to Malaysia, he has to prove that he is a Malaysian citizen,” said Khoo.
He said many people assumed that only Malays were killed by the communists during the Emergency but many Chinese and Indians were also murdered.
Thousands of civilians and members of the security forces were killed in the guerrilla war staged by Chin Peng and his colleagues from the jungles between 1948 and until the CPM laid down arms in 1989.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said yesterday the government would not allow Chin Peng to return to Malaysia as it would lead to
dissatisfaction among the people, especially those who fought the communists and families who lost their loved ones during the Emergency. - Bernama
Jika dia bukan warganegara, boleh tak kita panggil Chin Peng sebagai pendatang asing?
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Mei (Bernama) -- Chin Peng bukan rakyat Malaysia, sebaliknya bekas setiausaha agung Parti Komunis Malaya (PKM) itu adalah rakyat Britain, berdasarkan fakta sejarah kelahirannya.
Fakta mengejutkan itu didedahkan pakar sejarah Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim yang berkata Chin Peng atau nama sebenarnya Ong Boon Hua dilahirkan di Sitiawan pada 1923 yang ketika itu berada dalam Daerah Dinding.
Beliau berkata Daerah Dinding ketika itu adalah sebahagian daripada Negeri-Negeri Selat yang merupakan tanah jajahan British.
Dinding sejak 1826 adalah sebahagian daripada Negeri-Negeri Selat dan hanya diserahkan kepada Perak pada awal 1930-an. Negeri-Negeri Selat seperti Pulau Pinang, Melaka dan Singapura sejak 1867 sehingga 1941 adalah tanah jajahan British.
Mengikut fakta sejarah itu, maka Chin Peng adalah rakyat Britain dan bukannya rakyat Malaysia," katanya kepada Bernama ketika diminta mengulas pandangan beberapa pihak yang menyokong hasrat bekas pemimpin PKM itu untuk tinggal di Malaysia.
Untuk makluman pembaca terutamanya golongan muda yang terlepas pandang fakta ini, ketahuilah bahawa Chin Peng tidak pernah memohon kewarganegaraan Malaysia.
“Although he was born in Malaya, Chin Peng was never a citizen of Malaysia. He never applied to be one after Malaya achieved independence in August 1957 but chose to continue to fight the legally elected Government of Malaya simply because he claimed that it was still a lackey of the British Government.
“But his hidden agenda was to install a Communist system of government aligned to the Communist Party of China.
“He refused to give up his communist ideology and he preferred to remain in Thailand where he believed that he was getting a better ‘deal’ than returning to Malaysia.
“Now, years later, he has realised his mistake after seeing his ex-comrades enjoying good and properous lives here, and decides that ‘home sweet home’ is none other than Sitiawan. Our Government cannot and must not dance to his whim and fancies.
“Those of us who are against his return to Malaysia are the ones who fought hard and were committed to getting rid of the communist menace so that we, the people of Malaysia, can live in peace and harmony under a democratic system of government.” – Retired superintendent of Special Branch Paul Kiong, 65, one of only 27 recipients of the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) the country’s highest medal for gallantry