I deal with the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs a lot in my job, as behaviour affects one’s decision and motivation to do or achieve something, and especially with regards to safety. Let us have a look at it for a moment:
It shows that a normal human being is more motivated to satisfy his most basic needs first. Therefore, what you want would be at the top of your subconscious list while the good of the common would come on the fifth rung.
So when Chin Peng had had the opportunity to return to his place of birth, one would imagine that that would have been the apex of his personal needs. In the agreement signed between the Government of Malaysia and the Communist Party of Malaya on 2nd December, 1989, it mentioned that the CPM would have to give a list of those wanting to return to Malaysia, to the Government, within a year of the signing of the agreement.
With only 1,188 remaining members, I would give three months for the CPM members to decide, and a further three to produce the list. Those who would have really missed their families, I am sure, would have applied almost immediately. Let us now look at the list of CPM office-bearers who applied to return, and when the application was made. Bear in mind, the cut-off date was 1st December, 1990.
Was Chin Peng desperate to return to Sitiawan? I let you be the judge. But of the 1,188, 431 applied to be allowed to return to Malaysia. Only 338 were allowed home while 93 were denied for reasons that include them not being citizens and/or did not fulfil the conditions of the peace agreement. Those who returned were each given RM8,000 in subsidies and RM300 as subsistence allowance to help them through the normalisation process. You must also remember that among the 1,188 remaining members of the CPM, only 694 were Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean nationals, while two were former members of the Imperial Japanese Army who were here since the Second World War. The remaining 492 were Thai nationals.
Where do you think Chin Peng would have fitted in? He was born in Sitiawan to China-born parents in what was the Malayan state of Perak; took up arms and rebelled against the government in June 1948, while the Identity Card was only issued to registered citizens in 1949. The answer lies in his letter to the Prime Minister cum Home Affairs Minister on 27th August 2003:
Chin Peng was an alien with a Thai identity card. A bit like the yet-to-be-seen-anywhere 40,000 Banglas with MyKad during the 13th General Elections. Only that Chin Peng was a real person.
Therefore, for those wanting to return then they must fulfil the requirements of the peace agreement i.e. supply of personal particulars for verification as to identity and status (Malaysian citizen, of Malaysian origin – born post Merdeka, or post signing of the formation of Malaysia in 1963, or spouse, or child of either, or if you are an alien), then each applicant must have stayed in a designated place in Southern Thailand for at least six months prior to the application. Chin Peng must have failed at least one of the agreed-upon requirements, like the other 92 applicants. It was not as simple as “you apply in time, you get the automatic right to return.” If I am wrong, then we should give automatic citizenship to the children of homeless Bajaus in Sabah. Why complain?
Even with Chin Peng being over in Thailand, there were many fans of his, including characters such as Nga Kor Ming, Teresa Kok, Ronnie Liu et al already clamouring for his return, hero-worship him, and praise the Communist Party of Malaya, an organisation banned under Section 5 of the Societies Act, 1966. However, some self-proclaimed patriots from Malaysia continue to uphold and worship the atrocities committed by the CPM, in violation of Sections 47 and 50 of the Societies Act, 1966. This is evident in the recent arrest of two persons at an airport for being in possession of materials banned under Section 50 of the above mentioned Act, having returned from attending Chin Peng’s funeral in. Bangkok.
Coincidentally, the Germans have similar laws banning anything that could remind them of their Nazi past. Section 86 of the
Strafgesetzbuch prescribes the ban on logos, materials, propaganda, books, data storage of such material, dissemination or the possession of said materials whether domestic or abroad, are liable to imprisonment and fines. And this was made because the Nazis committed atrocities on ONE group of people in Germany for five years. Chin Peng and his men slaughtered Malayans/Malaysians for 41 years. Not just Malays, but also Chinese, Indians and other Malayans/Malaysians as well!
Some even tried to justify that atrocities were committed by both sides during the Emergency. Can they answer who slaughtered the British planters first? Another even said it was a civil war. Was it one? Civil wars are fought by and between citizens of the same nation. This was fought by 694 Malaysians, Indonesians and Singaporeans, 492 Thais, and two soldiers from the Imperial Japanese Army with the aim of setting up a satellite communist state by removing the Malay Rulers and their British advisers, and rule the masses using communist ideology. That, my dear idiot, is called an insurgency.
If Chin Peng’s ashes should be allowed back on the basis that he was born in Sitiawan albeit being non-citizen, for being a “nationalist” (doubtful), go tell the Jews and Germany a statue of German-citizen Hitler, who definitely was a nationalist, should be allowed to be built near the Brandenburg Gate or the Reichstag.